1922 FA Cup Final

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1922 FA Cup Final
Huddersfield town afc 1922.jpg
Huddersfield Town, winners
Event1921–22 FA Cup
Date29 April 1922
VenueStamford Bridge, London
RefereeJ.W.P. Fowler (Sunderland)

The 1922 FA Cup Final was contested by Huddersfield Town and Preston North End at Stamford Bridge. Huddersfield won by a single goal, a penalty scored by Billy Smith.


This was the last final before the opening of Wembley Stadium, and was also Huddersfield's first and only FA Cup triumph.[1] Preston goalkeeper James Mitchell was the first (and only) player ever to wear spectacles in an FA Cup Final.[2][3] This was the first final to be decided by a penalty kick and the award of it was controversial, confirmed by newsreel footage, that the foul had occurred outside the penalty area.[4]

Match details

Huddersfield Town1–0Preston North End
Smith Goal 67' (pen.) (Report)
Attendance: 53,000
Referee: J W.P. Fowler (Sunderland)
Huddersfield Town
Preston North End
GK 1 Sandy Mutch
2 James Wood
3 Sam Wadsworth
4 Charlie Slade
5 Tom Wilson (c)
6 Billy Watson
7 George Richardson
8 Frank Mann
9 Ernie Islip
10 Clem Stephenson
11 Billy Smith
Herbert Chapman
GK 1 James Mitchell
2 Tom Hamilton
3 Alex Doolan
4 Tom Duxbury
5 Joe McCall (c)
6 Johnny Williamson
7 Archibald Rawlings
8 Frank Jefferis
9 Billy Roberts
10 Roland Woodhouse
11 Peter Quinn

Road to Stamford Bridge

Huddersfield Town

The Stamford Bridge in the 1920s–30s
Round 1 Burnley 2–2 Huddersfield Town
Round 1 replay Huddersfield Town 3–2 Burnley
Round 2 Brighton & Hove Albion 0–0 Huddersfield Town
Round 2 replay Huddersfield Town 2–0 Brighton & Hove Albion
Round 3 Blackburn Rovers 1–1 Huddersfield Town
Round 3 replay Huddersfield Town 5–0 Blackburn Rovers
Quarter-final Huddersfield Town 3–1 Millwall
Semi-final Huddersfield Town 2–0 Notts County
  (at Turf Moor)

Preston North End

Round 1 Preston North End 3–0 Wolverhampton Wanderers
Round 2 Preston North End 3–1 Newcastle United
Round 3 Barnsley 1–1 Preston North End
Round 3 replay Preston North End 3–0 Barnsley
Quarter-final Arsenal 1–1 Preston North End
Quarter-final replay Preston North End 2–1 Arsenal
Semi-final Preston North End 2–1 Tottenham Hotspur
  (at Hillsborough)


  1. ^ "Treasured memories of Huddersfield Town soccer hero Willie Watson up for auction". The Huddersfield Daily Examiner. 12 July 2013. Retrieved 27 December 2016.
  2. ^ Wilson, Jonathan; Winner, David; Auclair, Philippe; Sandbrook, Dominic; Montague, James; Clavane, Anthony; Lowe, Sid; Lyttleton, Ben; Kuper, Simon; Smyth, Rob (2011). The Blizzard - The Football Quarterly: Issue One. Blizzard Media Ltd.
  3. ^ John Motson (2005). Motson's FA Cup Odyssey: The World's Greatest Knockout Competition. Robson. p. 87. ISBN 1-861-05903-5.
  4. ^ Doug Thmoson (18 October 2016). "Cup-final controversy: Previous meetings between Huddersfield Town and Preston North End". The Huddersfield Daily Examiner. Retrieved 27 December 2016.

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