1932 FA Cup Final

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1932 FA Cup Final
1932 FA Cup Final.jpg
Photo of Richardson (top left) crossing the ball back into the Arsenal penalty box; the ball is fully over the goal-line at the moment he played it.
Event1931–32 FA Cup
Date23 April 1932
VenueWembley Stadium, London
RefereeW. P. Harper

The 1932 FA Cup Final was contested by Newcastle United and Arsenal at Wembley Stadium in what became known as the "Over The Line" final. Newcastle won 2–1, both of their goals scored by Jack Allen.

Arsenal had led 1–0 with a Bob John goal, but Newcastle's equaliser came after a long ball that had appeared to foul over the goal line, and was put back into action for a goal kick.[1] Newcastle winger Jimmy Richardson crossed the ball back into the field and Jack Allen levelled the match for the Magpies. The referee ruled that the ball had not gone out of play, but photographic evidence later showed that the ball had crossed the line; the goal stood. Allen scored again in the second half to win the match 2–1.

Match details

Newcastle United2–1Arsenal
Allen Goal 38'72' (Report) John Goal 15'
Attendance: 92,298
Referee: W. P. Harper
Newcastle United
1 Albert McInroy
2 Jimmy Nelson (c)
3 David Fairhurst
4 Roddie MacKenzie
5 Dave Davidson
6 Sam Weaver
7 Jimmy Boyd
8 Jimmy Richardson
9 Jack Allen GoalGoal
10 Harry McMenemy
11 Tommy Lang
Manager: Andy Cunningham
1 Frank Moss
2 Tom Parker (c)
3 Eddie Hapgood
4 Charlie Jones
5 Herbie Roberts
6 George Male
7 Joe Hulme
8 David Jack
9 Jack Lambert
10 Cliff Bastin
11 Bob John Goal
Manager: Herbert Chapman

Match rules

  • 90 minutes.
  • 30 minutes of extra-time if necessary.
  • Replay if scores still level.


  1. ^ "FA Cup Final 1932". FA Cup History (unofficial site). Archived from the original on 11 March 2007. Retrieved 27 June 2006.

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