1920-1940 Overview

Spurs won the 1921 FA Cup final with a 1-0 victory over Wolves, in a final which took place at Stamford Bridge. The hopes of the whole of Wales rested on the shoulders of Cardiff City when they met Sheffield United in the 1925 FA Cup final. Led by their outstanding Irish inside forward Billy Gillespie, Sheffield United ran out 1-0 winners. Cardiff won the FA Cup of 1927 two years later as they beat Arsenal 1-0. The 1930 FA Cup final changed the balance of footballing power between the North and South for the next twenty years.

Arsenal, an ordinary First Division club with no honors, faced Huddersfield Town who, four years before, were the first side to win the league title three years in a row. Arsenal went on to win the match 2-0 as Alex James, scored the first goal and created the second. West Brom became the first team from the second division to win the FA Cup at Wembley. It proved to be the wettest FA Cup final in history.

West Brom ended up beating Birmingham 2-1. In 1934, Sheffield Wednesday beat West Brom 4-2 in an entertaining FA Cup final. For the third final running there was a colour clash as both teams played in blue and white stripes. Wednesday played in white shirts and blue shorts and Albion in blue shirts and white shorts. The following season Ted Drake was on target for the Gunners, scoring the only goal of a tight match to send the Blades of Sheffield United packing.

Two sides steeped in history appeared in the FA Cup final of 1937. Sunderland and Preston North End had dominated the early years of the league. Preston took a first half lead. Sunderland pulled ahead in the second half, with their captain scoring their second. The much fancied Wolves found that being the bookies favorite counts for nothing in the FA Cup final when they were hammered by the proud Portsmouth. Because of their lowly league position near the foot of the table. Portsmouth ended up beating Wolves 4-1, remaining one of the big upsets of FA Cup football history.

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