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1931–32 FA Cup

1931–32 FA Cup

The 1931–32 FA Cup was the 57th season of the world's oldest football cup competition, the Football Association Challenge Cup, commonly known as the FA Cup. Newcastle United won the competition for the third time, beating Arsenal 2–1 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.

1931–32 FA Cup
Defending championsWest Bromwich Albion
ChampionsNewcastle United
(3rd title)
← 1930–31
1932–33 →


Extra Preliminary RoundSaturday 5 September 1931
Preliminary RoundSaturday 19 September 1931
First Round QualifyingSaturday 3 October 1931
Second Round QualifyingSaturday 17 October 1931
Third Round QualifyingSaturday 31 October 1931
Fourth Round QualifyingSaturday 13 November 1931
First Round ProperSaturday 28 November 1931
Second Round ProperSaturday 12 December 1931
Third Round ProperSaturday 9 January 1932
Fourth Round ProperSaturday 23 January 1932
Fifth Round ProperSaturday 13 February 1932
Sixth Round ProperSaturday 27 March 1932
Semi-FinalsSaturday 12 March 1932
FinalSaturday 23 April 1932

First round proper

At this stage 42 clubs from the Football League Third Division North and South joined the 25 non-league clubs having come through the qualifying rounds. Southport and Exeter City were given a bye to the Third Round. To make the number of matches up, non-league Aldershot Town were given byes to this round. Bath City were also given a bye to the First Round, awarded during the Fourth Qualifying Round, and not as a result of the normal process of the FA Cup. Also notable in this round is the home win awarded to Burton Town, probably given as a result of Wigan Borough folding that year and resigning from the Football League. 34 matches were scheduled to be played on Saturday, 28 November 1931. Eight were drawn and went to replays in the following midweek fixture, of which one went to two more replays.

Tie noHome teamScoreAway teamDate
1Chester4–1Hartlepools United28 November 1931
2Darlington1–0Walsall28 November 1931
3Darwen4–1Peterborough & Fletton United28 November 1931
4Bournemouth1–1Northfleet United28 November 1931
ReplayNorthfleet United0–1Bournemouth2 December 1931
5Barnet3–7Queens Park Rangers28 November 1931
6Barrow3–3Doncaster Rovers28 November 1931
ReplayDoncaster Rovers1–1Barrow3 December 1931
ReplayBarrow1–1Doncaster Rovers7 December 1931
ReplayDoncaster Rovers1–0Barrow9 December 1931
7Bath City9–0Nunhead28 November 1931
8Reading0–1Crystal Palace28 November 1931
9Folkestone2–5Brighton & Hove Albion28 November 1931
10Crewe Alexandra2–2Gainsborough Trinity28 November 1931
ReplayGainsborough Trinity1–0Crewe Alexandra2 December 1931
11Swindon Town0–5Luton Town28 November 1931
12Tranmere Rovers3–0West Stanley28 November 1931
13Fulham2–0Guildford City28 November 1931
14Crook Town3–1Stockport County28 November 1931
15Bristol Rovers5–1Gillingham28 November 1931
16Northampton Town9–0Metropolitan Police28 November 1931
17Coventry City2–2Clapton Orient28 November 1931
ReplayClapton Orient2–0Coventry City3 December 1931
18Hull City4–1Mansfield Town28 November 1931
19Tunbridge Wells Rangers1–1Brentford28 November 1931
ReplayBrentford2–1Tunbridge Wells Rangers2 December 1931
20Wimbledon1–3Norwich City28 November 1931
21Lancaster Town0–3Blyth Spartans28 November 1931
22Scunthorpe United2–1Rochdale28 November 1931
23Cardiff City8–0Enfield28 November 1931
24Burton Town*Walkover -
Home win*
Wigan BoroughN/A
25Yeovil & Petter's United3–1Hayes28 November 1931
26New Brighton3–1York City28 November 1931
27Torquay United1–3Southend United28 November 1931
28Newark1–1Halifax Town28 November 1931
ReplayHalifax Town2–1Newark2 December 1931
29Yorkshire Amateur1–3Carlisle United28 November 1931
30Rotherham United0–0Accrington Stanley28 November 1931
ReplayAccrington Stanley5–0Rotherham United2 December 1931
31Aldershot Town7–0Chelmsford28 November 1931
32Thames2–2Watford28 November 1931
ReplayWatford2–1Thames2 December 1931
33Manchester Central0–3Lincoln City28 November 1931
34Gateshead3–2Wrexham28 November 1931

Second Round Proper

The matches were played on Saturday, 12 December 1931. Three matches were drawn, with replays taking place in the following midweek fixture.

Tie noHome teamScoreAway teamDate
1Darwen2–1Chester12 December 1931
2Bournemouth1–0Blyth Spartans12 December 1931
3Bath City2–1Crystal Palace12 December 1931
4Lincoln City2–2Luton Town12 December 1931
ReplayLuton Town4–1Lincoln City16 December 1931
5Gainsborough Trinity2–5Watford12 December 1931
6Tranmere Rovers2–0Bristol Rovers12 December 1931
7Fulham0–0Yeovil & Petter's United12 December 1931
ReplayYeovil & Petter's United2–5Fulham17 December 1931
8Brentford4–1Norwich City12 December 1931
9Northampton Town3–0Southend United12 December 1931
10Brighton & Hove Albion5–0Doncaster Rovers12 December 1931
11Carlisle United0–2Darlington12 December 1931
12Scunthorpe United1–4Queens Park Rangers12 December 1931
13Cardiff City4–0Clapton Orient12 December 1931
14Burton Town4–1Gateshead12 December 1931
15Halifax Town3–0Accrington Stanley12 December 1931
16New Brighton Athletic0–4Hull City12 December 1931
17Aldershot Town1–1Crook Town12 December 1931
ReplayCrook Town1–0Aldershot Town16 December 1931

Third round proper

The 44 First and Second Division clubs entered the competition at this stage, along with Third Division Southport and Exeter City. Also entered at this stage, to make up the numbers, were Corinthian, who were a famous amateur side. The matches were scheduled for Saturday, 9 January 1932. Twelve matches were drawn and went to replays in the following midweek fixture.

Tie noHome teamScoreAway teamDate
1Birmingham1–0Bradford City9 January 1932
2Blackpool1–1Newcastle United9 January 1932
ReplayNewcastle United1–0Blackpool13 January 1932
3Chesterfield5–2Nottingham Forest9 January 1932
4Darlington1–1Northampton Town9 January 1932
ReplayNorthampton Town2–0Darlington14 January 1932
5Burnley0–4Derby County9 January 1932
6Bury2–1Swansea Town9 January 1932
7Preston North End0–0Bolton Wanderers9 January 1932
ReplayBolton Wanderers2–5Preston North End13 January 1932
8Watford1–1Fulham9 January 1932
ReplayFulham0–3Watford14 January 1932
9Leicester City7–0Crook Town9 January 1932
10Notts County2–2Bristol City9 January 1932
ReplayBristol City3–2Notts County13 January 1932
11Grimsby Town4–1Exeter City9 January 1932
12Middlesbrough1–1Portsmouth9 January 1932
ReplayPortsmouth3–0Middlesbrough13 January 1932
13West Bromwich Albion1–2Aston Villa9 January 1932
14Sunderland0–0Southampton9 January 1932
ReplaySouthampton2–4Sunderland13 January 1932
15Luton Town1–2Wolverhampton Wanderers9 January 1932
16Everton1–2Liverpool9 January 1932
17Sheffield United2–1Corinthian9 January 1932
18Tranmere Rovers2–2Chelsea9 January 1932
ReplayChelsea5–3Tranmere Rovers13 January 1932
19Tottenham Hotspur2–2Sheffield Wednesday9 January 1932
ReplaySheffield Wednesday3–1Tottenham Hotspur13 January 1932
20Queens Park Rangers3–1Leeds United9 January 1932
21Barnsley0–0Southport9 January 1932
ReplaySouthport4–1Barnsley12 January 1932
22Brentford2–0Bath City9 January 1932
23Brighton & Hove Albion1–2Port Vale9 January 1932
24Plymouth Argyle4–1Manchester United9 January 1932
25Millwall2–3Manchester City9 January 1932
26Oldham Athletic1–1Huddersfield Town9 January 1932
ReplayHuddersfield Town6–0Oldham Athletic13 January 1932
27Bradford Park Avenue2–0Cardiff City9 January 1932
28Burton Town0–4Blackburn Rovers9 January 1932
29Halifax Town1–3Bournemouth9 January 1932
30Charlton Athletic1–2West Ham United9 January 1932
31Arsenal11–1Darwen9 January 1932
32Stoke City3–0Hull City9 January 1932

Fourth round proper

The matches were scheduled for Saturday, 23 January 1932. Three games were drawn and went to replays in the following midweek fixture, of which two went to second replays.

Tie noHome teamScoreAway teamDate
1Chesterfield2–4Liverpool23 January 1932
2Bury3–1Sheffield United23 January 1932
3Preston North End2–0Wolverhampton Wanderers23 January 1932
4Watford2–1Bristol City23 January 1932
5Sheffield Wednesday7–0Bournemouth23 January 1932
6Grimsby Town2–1Birmingham23 January 1932
7Sunderland1–1Stoke City23 January 1932
ReplayStoke City1–1Sunderland28 January 1932
ReplayStoke City2–1Sunderland1 February 1932
8Derby County3–2Blackburn Rovers23 January 1932
9Newcastle United1–1Southport23 January 1932
ReplaySouthport1–1Newcastle United26 January 1932
ReplayNewcastle United9–0Southport1 February 1932
10Manchester City6–1Brentford23 January 1932
11Portsmouth1–1Aston Villa23 January 1932
ReplayAston Villa0–1Portsmouth27 January 1932
12Chelsea3–1West Ham United23 January 1932
13Bradford Park Avenue4–2Northampton Town23 January 1932
14Huddersfield Town5–0Queens Park Rangers23 January 1932
15Port Vale1–2Leicester City23 January 1932
16Arsenal4–2Plymouth Argyle23 January 1932

Fifth round proper

The matches were scheduled for Saturday, 13 February 1932. There was one replay, between Chelsea and Sheffield Wednesday, played in the next midweek fixture.

Tie noHome teamScoreAway teamDate
1Bury3–0Stoke City13 February 1932
2Liverpool1–0Grimsby Town13 February 1932
3Watford1–0Bradford Park Avenue13 February 1932
4Sheffield Wednesday1–1Chelsea13 February 1932
ReplayChelsea2–0Sheffield Wednesday17 February 1932
5Newcastle United3–1Leicester City13 February 1932
6Manchester City3–0Derby County13 February 1932
7Portsmouth0–2Arsenal13 February 1932
8Huddersfield Town4–0Preston North End13 February 1932

Sixth round proper

The four Sixth Round ties were scheduled to be played on Saturday, 27 February 1932. There were no replays.

Tie noHome teamScoreAway teamDate
1Bury3–4Manchester City27 February 1932
2Liverpool0–2Chelsea27 February 1932
3Newcastle United5–0Watford27 February 1932
4Huddersfield Town0–1Arsenal27 February 1932


The semi-final matches were played on Saturday, 12 March 1932. Newcastle United and Arsenal won their matches to meet in the final at Wembley.


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

Match details

Newcastle United

See also

  • FA Cup Final Results 1872-


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