1938 FA Cup Final

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1938 FA Cup Final
Old Wembley Stadium (external view).jpg
Event1937–38 FA Cup
Date30 April 1938
VenueWembley Stadium, London
RefereeA. Jewell (London)

The 1938 FA Cup Final was contested by Preston North End and Huddersfield Town at Wembley Stadium. Preston, losing finalists the previous year, won by a single goal. This was their second win in the competition.


After 29 minutes of extra time it was still 0–0 and BBC commentator Thomas Woodrooffe said "if there's a goal scored now, I'll eat my hat". Seconds later, Preston were awarded a penalty, from which George Mutch scored the winning goal; Woodrooffe kept his promise, though it was one made of cake and marzipan.[1][2]

This was the first FA Cup final to be broadcast on television. It was a repeat of the 1922 FA Cup Final. This time the scores were reversed but once again a penalty was needed to separate the two sides.[3][4]

Three of the players who participated in the final (Andy Beattie & Bill Shankly of Preston and Eddie Boot of Huddersfield) would all manage Huddersfield within 20 years of this final.

The last surviving member of the winning team was Bobby Beattie, who died in September 2002 at the age of 86.

Match details

Preston North End1–0
Huddersfield Town
Mutch Goal 119' (pen.) Report
Attendance: 93,497
Referee: A. Jewell (London)
Preston North End
Huddersfield Town
1 England George Holdcroft
2 England Len Gallimore
3 Scotland Andy Beattie
4 Scotland Bill Shankly
5 Scotland Tom Smith (c)
6 England Bob Batey
7 England Dickie Watmough
8 Scotland George Mutch
9 Scotland Bud Maxwell
10 Scotland Bobby Beattie
11 Scotland Hugh O'Donnell
England James Taylor (acting)
1 England Bob Hesford
2 England Benny Craig
3 England Reg Mountford
4 England Ken Willingham
5 England Alf Young (c)
6 England Eddie Boot
7 England Joe Hulme
8 England Jimmy Isaac
9 Scotland Willie MacFadyen
10 England Bobby Barclay
11 England Pat Beasley
England Clem Stephenson

Match rules

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

Road to Wembley


  1. ^ Mark Connelly & David Welch (2005). War and the Media: Reportage and Propaganda, 1900-2003. I.B. Tauris. p. 141. ISBN 1-860-64959-9.
  2. ^ Scott Murray (13 May 2011). "The Joy of Six: FA Cup final goals". The Guardian. Retrieved 29 December 2016.
  3. ^ Thomas Dunmore & Scott Murray (2013). Soccer For Dummies. John Wiley & Sons. p. 27. ISBN 1-118-51065-8.
  4. ^ Nihon Hōsō Kyōkai, NHK Hōsō Bunka Chōsa Kenkyūjo (2003). NHK Broadcasting Studies, Issue 2. NHK Broadcasting Culture Research Institute. p. 132.

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