1935 FA Cup Final

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1935 FA Cup Final
Old Wembley Stadium (external view).jpg
Event1934–35 FA Cup
Date27 April 1935
VenueWembley Stadium, London
RefereeBert Fogg

The 1935 FA Cup Final was contested by Sheffield Wednesday and West Bromwich Albion at Wembley. Sheffield Wednesday won 4–2, with goals scored by Jack Palethorpe, Mark Hooper and Ellis Rimmer (2). Wally Boyes and Teddy Sandford scored West Brom's goals. It is the most recent time that the trophy has been won by Sheffield Wednesday, and would be their last major trophy win for 56 years, until they won the Football League Cup in 1991.

Match summary

West Brom went into the match as favourites even though they were below Wednesday in the table, pundits believing that they had the better forward players with Wally Boyes, W.G. Richardson and Teddy Sandford all having notched over 20 League goals for the season. The two teams had actually met in a League game five days earlier on Easter Monday and drawn 1–1 at The Hawthorns. Wednesday went into the match with a full strength squad and fielded the same starting eleven that they had for every round except the third, Ellis Rimmer was their ace in the pack having scored in every round up to the final. West Brom brought back Joe Carter into the team having been absent with a knee injury since the semi-final. Harry Jones being the unlucky player to miss out. In hindsight the decision to play Carter was clearly a gamble and a mistake with no substitutes allowed. Carter was limping after only ten minutes of the match and missed two second half chances which he may have taken if he had been fully fit. Another controversial move by West Brom was the decision to leave out Arthur Gale who had played in all six FA Cup ties leading up to the final that season, scoring four goals from the right wing. Gale was replaced by Tommy Glidden who was effectively shackled by Wednesday's left back Ted Catlin.

The match had a thrilling start when Wednesday took the lead after just two minutes, a West Brom attack broke down leaving Ted Catlin injured on the floor, however referee Bert Fogg played an advantage and a quick break saw Mark Hooper and Ronnie Starling combine to feed Jack Palethorpe who hit a right foot shot into the corner of the goal. Albion however started to play some good football and got themselves back into the match after 21 minutes when the youngest player on the field, 22-year-old Wally Boyes, a boyhood Wednesdayite from Sheffield scored an equaliser. The diminutive left winger took a pass from Carter and hit a stinging, rising drive from the left side of the penalty area which gave Jack Brown no chance. The score remained at 1–1 until half time.

The early stages of the second half saw Ronnie Starling miss a chance and then have another effort cleared off the line. Not to be deterred Starling was prominent in Wednesday re-taking the lead on 70 minutes when his pass released Mark Hooper who beat two men before hitting a shot past Harold Pearson that went in off a post. Within five minutes West Brom were level as a Teddy Sandford shot was deflected into the net off Walt Millership. At this stage West Brom looked the likely winners with some of the Wednesday players arguing amongst themselves as they kicked off. It was during this stage of the game that the limping Joe Carter missed his two good chances, hitting the post with one of them. W. G. Richardson also missed a fine opportunity. With only five minutes remaining and extra time looking a distinct possibility Ellis Rimmer, who had had a quiet match up till that point made his mark on the match. He chased a long through ball from Wilf Sharp and the tall winger got his head to the ball just before West Brom keeper Pearson could reach it and guided it into the net. In the final minute Rimmer scored his second goal when Pearson could only parry a Mark Hooper shot and Rimmer knocked the ball home from close range. Wednesday had won the cup and Ellis Rimmer had scored in every round.[1][2]


Sheffield Wednesday have yet to win the FA Cup since their 1935 triumph; their only major trophy during that time was the Football League Cup in 1991. By this date, there were just two members of Wednesday's FA Cup winning team still alive; captain Ronnie Starling, who died later that year at the age of 82, and Jack Surtees, who died in July 1992 at the age of 81. The last surviving player from the game, Albion's Teddy Stanford, died in May 1995 at the age of 84.

Match details

Sheffield Wednesday4–2West Bromwich Albion
Palethorpe Goal 2'
Hooper Goal 70'
Rimmer Goal 85' Goal 89'
Report Boyes Goal 21'
Sandford Goal 75'
Attendance: 93,204
Referee: Bert Fogg
Sheffield Wednesday
West Bromwich Albion
1 England Jack Brown
2 Scotland Joe Nibloe
3 England Ted Catlin
4 Scotland Wilf Sharp
5 England Walter Millership
6 England Horace Burrows
7 England Mark Hooper
8 England Jack Surtees
9 England Jack Palethorpe
10 England Ronnie Starling (c)
11 England Ellis Rimmer
England Billy Walker
1 England Harold Pearson
2 England George Shaw
3 England Bert Trentham
4 Wales Jimmy Murphy
5 England Bill Richardson
6 England Jimmy Edwards
7 England Tommy Glidden (c)
8 England Joe Carter
9 England W. G. Richardson
10 England Teddy Sandford
11 England Wally Boyes
England Fred Everiss

Match rules

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

Road to Wembley

Sheffield Wednesday
Home teams listed first. Round 3: Sheffield Wednesday 3–1 Oldham Athletic

Round 4: Wolverhampton Wanderers F.C. 1–2 Sheffield Wednesday

Round 5: Norwich City 0–1 Sheffield Wednesday

Quarter-Final: Sheffield Wednesday 2–1 Arsenal

Semi-Final: Sheffield Wednesday 3–0 Burnley

(at Villa Park, Birmingham)

West Bromwich Albion
Home teams listed first. Round 3: West Bromwich Albion 2–1 Port Vale

Round 4: West Bromwich Albion 7–1 Sheffield United

Round 5: West Bromwich Albion 5–0 Stockport County

Quarter-Final: West Bromwich Albion 1–0 Preston North End

Semi-Final: West Bromwich Albion 1–1 Bolton Wanderers

(at Elland Road, Leeds)
Replay: West Bromwich Albion 2–0 Bolton Wanderers
(at Victoria Ground, Stoke-on-Trent)


  1. ^ "Sheffield Football, A History", Keith Farnsworth, ISBN 1-874718-13-X Page 200 (Gives details of match).
  2. ^ "Wednesday", Keith Farnsworth, ISBN 0-900660-87-2 Page 132-135 (Gives details of match and team selections).

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