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1929–30 FA Cup

1929–30 FA Cup

The 1929–30 FA Cup was the 55th season of the world's oldest football cup competition, the Football Association Challenge Cup, commonly known as the FA Cup. Arsenal won the competition for the first time, beating Huddersfield Town 2–0 in the final at Wembley.

Matches were scheduled to be played at the stadium of the team named first on the date specified for each round, which was always a Saturday. Some matches, however, might be rescheduled for other days if there were clashes with games for other competitions or the weather was inclement. If scores were level after 90 minutes had been played, a replay would take place at the stadium of the second-named team later the same week. If the replayed match was drawn further replays would be held until a winner was determined. If scores were level after 90 minutes had been played in a replay, a 30-minute period of extra time would be played.

1929–30 FA Cup
Defending championsBolton Wanderers
ChampionsArsenal(1st title)
Runners-upHuddersfield Town
← 1928–29
1930–31 →


Extra Preliminary RoundSaturday 7 September 1929
Preliminary RoundSaturday 31 September 1929
First Round QualifyingSaturday 5 October 1929
Second Round QualifyingSaturday 19 October 1929
Third Round QualifyingSaturday 2 November 1929
Fourth Round QualifyingSaturday 16 November 1929
First Round ProperSaturday 30 November 1929
Second Round ProperSaturday 14 December 1929
Third Round ProperSaturday 11 January 1930
Fourth Round ProperSaturday 25 January 1930
Fifth Round ProperSaturday 15 February 1930
Sixth Round ProperSaturday 1 March 1930
Semi-FinalsSaturday 22 March 1930
FinalSaturday 26 April 1930

First round proper

At this stage 41 clubs from the Football League Third Division North and South joined 24 non-league clubs and Third Division North side York City, who came through the qualifying rounds. Crystal Palace and Swindon Town were given a bye to the Third Round. To make the number of matches up, non-league Mansfield Town and Ilford were given byes to this round. 34 matches were scheduled to be played on Saturday, 30 November 1929. Seven were drawn and went to replays in the following midweek fixture, of which two went to a second replay.

Tie noHome teamScoreAway teamDate
1Bournemouth2–0Torquay United30 November 1929
2Barrow1–0Newark30 November 1929
3Nelson0–3Crewe Alexandra30 November 1929
4South Shields2–4Wrexham30 November 1929
5Walsall1–0Exeter City30 November 1929
6Gillingham0–2Margate30 November 1929
7Leyton4–1Merthyr Town30 November 1929
8Lincoln City3–1Wigan Borough30 November 1929
9Luton Town2–3Queens Park Rangers30 November 1929
10Gainsborough Trinity0–0Port Vale30 November 1929
ReplayPort Vale5–0Gainsborough Trinity4 December 1929
11Doncaster Rovers0–0Shildon30 November 1929
ReplayShildon1–1Doncaster Rovers4 December 1929
ReplayDoncaster Rovers3–0Shildon9 December 1929
12Ilford0–3Watford30 November 1929
13Wellington Town1–4Stockport County30 November 1929
14Fulham4–0Thames30 November 1929
15Accrington Stanley3–1Rochdale30 November 1929
16Brighton & Hove Albion4–0Peterborough & Fletton United30 November 1929
17Norwich City3–3Coventry City30 November 1929
ReplayCoventry City2–0Norwich City5 December 1929
18Carlisle United2–0Halifax Town30 November 1929
19Tunbridge Wells Rangers1–3Bath City30 November 1929
20Clapton Orient0–0Folkestone30 November 1929
ReplayFolkestone2–2Clapton Orient4 December 1929
ReplayClapton Orient4–1Folkestone9 December 1929
21Nunhead0–2Bristol Rovers30 November 1929
22Wimbledon1–4Northfleet United30 November 1929
23Southend United1–0Brentford30 November 1929
24Scunthorpe United1–0Hartlepools United30 November 1929
25Mansfield Town0–2Manchester Central30 November 1929
26Barry0–0Dagenham Town30 November 1929
ReplayDagenham Town0–1Barry4 December 1929
27Newport County3–2Kettering Town30 November 1929
28Southport0–0Chesterfield30 November 1929
ReplayChesterfield3–2Southport4 December 1929
29Dulwich Hamlet0–3Plymouth Argyle30 November 1929
30New Brighton4–1Lancaster Town30 November 1929
31York City2–2Tranmere Rovers30 November 1929
ReplayTranmere Rovers0–1York City5 December 1929
32Rotherham United3–0Ashington30 November 1929
33Aldershot0–1Northampton Town30 November 1929
34Caernarvon Athletic4–2Darlington30 November 1929

Second Round Proper

The matches were played on Saturday, 14 December 1929. Three matches were drawn, with replays taking place in the following midweek fixture.

Tie noHome teamScoreAway teamDate
1Chesterfield2–0Port Vale14 December 1929
2Watford1–1Plymouth Argyle14 December 1929
ReplayPlymouth Argyle3–0Watford18 December 1929
3Leyton1–4Fulham14 December 1929
4Doncaster Rovers1–0New Brighton14 December 1929
5Stockport County4–0Barrow14 December 1929
6Queens Park Rangers2–1Lincoln City14 December 1929
7Bristol Rovers4–1Accrington Stanley14 December 1929
8Northampton Town6–0Margate14 December 1929
9Coventry City7–1Bath City14 December 1929
10Brighton & Hove Albion4–1Barry14 December 1929
11Carlisle United4–2Crewe Alexandra14 December 1929
12Clapton Orient2–0Northfleet United14 December 1929
13Southend United1–4York City14 December 1929
14Scunthorpe United3–3Rotherham United14 December 1929
ReplayRotherham United5–4Scunthorpe United19 December 1929
15Newport County2–3Walsall14 December 1929
16Caernarvon Athletic1–1Bournemouth14 December 1929
ReplayBournemouth5–2Caernarvon Athletic18 December 1929
17Manchester Central0–1Wrexham14 December 1929

Third round proper

The 44 First and Second Division clubs, entered the competition at this stage, along with Third Division Crystal Palace and Swindon Town. Also given a bye to this round of the draw were amateur side Corinthian. The matches were scheduled for Saturday, 11 January 1930. Eight matches were drawn and went to replays in the following midweek fixture, of which one went to a second replay.

Tie noHome teamScoreAway teamDate
1Birmingham1–0Bolton Wanderers11 January 1930
2Blackpool2–1Stockport County11 January 1930
3Chesterfield1–1Middlesbrough11 January 1930
ReplayMiddlesbrough4–3Chesterfield15 January 1930
4Bury0–0Huddersfield Town11 January 1930
ReplayHuddersfield Town3–1Bury15 January 1930
5Liverpool1–2Cardiff City11 January 1930
6Walsall2–0Swansea Town11 January 1930
7Blackburn Rovers4–1Northampton Town11 January 1930
8Aston Villa5–1Reading11 January 1930
9Sheffield Wednesday1–0Burnley11 January 1930
10Derby County5–1Bristol City11 January 1930
11Doncaster Rovers1–0Stoke City16 January 1930
12Wrexham1–0West Bromwich Albion11 January 1930
13Sheffield United2–1Leicester City11 January 1930
14Newcastle United1–1York City11 January 1930
ReplayYork City1–2Newcastle United15 January 1930
15Tottenham Hotspur2–2Manchester City11 January 1930
ReplayManchester City4–1Tottenham Hotspur15 January 1930
16Fulham1–1Bournemouth11 January 1930
ReplayBournemouth0–2Fulham15 January 1930
17Barnsley0–1Bradford Park Avenue11 January 1930
18Coventry City1–2Sunderland11 January 1930
19Portsmouth2–0Preston North End11 January 1930
20West Ham United4–0Notts County11 January 1930
21Brighton & Hove Albion1–1Grimsby Town11 January 1930
ReplayGrimsby Town0–1Brighton & Hove Albion14 January 1930
22Manchester United0–2Swindon Town11 January 1930
23Plymouth Argyle3–4Hull City11 January 1930
24Bradford City4–1Southampton11 January 1930
25Carlisle United2–4Everton11 January 1930
26Clapton Orient1–0Bristol Rovers11 January 1930
27Oldham Athletic1–0Wolverhampton Wanderers11 January 1930
28Charlton Athletic1–1Queens Park Rangers11 January 1930
ReplayQueens Park Rangers0–3Charlton Athletic16 January 1930
29Arsenal2–0Chelsea11 January 1930
30Leeds United8–1Crystal Palace11 January 1930
31Corinthian2–2Millwall11 January 1930
ReplayMillwall1–1Corinthian15 January 1930
ReplayMillwall5–1Corinthian20 January 1930
32Rotherham United0–5Nottingham Forest11 January 1930

Fourth round proper

The matches were scheduled for Saturday, 25 January 1930. Five games were drawn and went to replays in the following midweek fixture, of which one went to a second replay.

Tie noHome teamScoreAway teamDate
1Nottingham Forest2–1Fulham25 January 1930
2Blackburn Rovers4–1Everton25 January 1930
3Aston Villa3–1Walsall25 January 1930
4Middlesbrough1–1Charlton Athletic25 January 1930
ReplayCharlton Athletic1–1Middlesbrough29 January 1930
ReplayMiddlesbrough1–0Charlton Athletic3 February 1930
5Sunderland2–1Cardiff City25 January 1930
6Derby County1–1Bradford Park Avenue25 January 1930
ReplayBradford Park Avenue2–1Derby County29 January 1930
7Swindon Town1–1Manchester City25 January 1930
ReplayManchester City10–1Swindon Town29 January 1930
8Wrexham0–0Bradford City25 January 1930
ReplayBradford City2–1Wrexham27 January 1930
9Newcastle United3–1Clapton Orient25 January 1930
10Portsmouth0–1Brighton & Hove Albion25 January 1930
11West Ham United4–1Leeds United25 January 1930
12Millwall4–0Doncaster Rovers25 January 1930
13Hull City3–1Blackpool25 January 1930
14Oldham Athletic3–4Sheffield Wednesday25 January 1930
15Huddersfield Town2–1Sheffield United25 January 1930
16Arsenal2–2Birmingham25 January 1930
ReplayBirmingham0–1Arsenal29 January 1930

Fifth round proper

The matches were scheduled for Saturday, 15 February 1930. There was one replay, between Sunderland and Nottingham Forest, played in the next midweek fixture.

Tie noHome teamScoreAway teamDate
1Aston Villa4–1Blackburn Rovers15 February 1930
2Sheffield Wednesday5–1Bradford Park Avenue15 February 1930
3Middlesbrough0–2Arsenal15 February 1930
4Sunderland2–2Nottingham Forest15 February 1930
ReplayNottingham Forest3–1Sunderland19 February 1930
5Newcastle United3–0Brighton & Hove Albion15 February 1930
6Manchester City1–2Hull City15 February 1930
7West Ham United4–1Millwall15 February 1930
8Huddersfield Town2–1Bradford City15 February 1930

Sixth round proper

The four Sixth Round ties were scheduled to be played on Saturday, 1 March 1930. There were two replays.

Tie noHome teamScoreAway teamDate
1Nottingham Forest2–2Sheffield Wednesday1 March 1930
ReplaySheffield Wednesday3–1Nottingham Forest5 March 1930
2Aston Villa1–2Huddersfield Town1 March 1930
3Newcastle United1–1Hull City1 March 1930
ReplayHull City1–0Newcastle United6 March 1930
4West Ham United0–3Arsenal1 March 1930


The semi-final matches were played on Saturday, 22 March 1930. Arsenal and Hull City drew, replaying their game four days later. Huddersfield Town and Arsenal won their matches to meet in the final at Wembley.



The 1930 FA Cup Final was contested by Arsenal and Huddersfield Town at Wembley. Arsenal won 2–0, with goals from Alex James and Jack Lambert.

Match details

Huddersfield Town

See also

  • FA Cup Final Results 1872-


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