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The 1925 FA Cup Final was contested by Sheffield United and Cardiff City at Wembley Stadium. Sheffield United won by a single goal, scored by Fred Tunstall.

1925 FA Cup Final
Old Wembley Stadium (external view).jpg
Event1924–25 FA Cup
Date25 April 1925
VenueWembley Stadium, London
RefereeG. N. Watson
Attendance91,763
1924
1926

This was the first time a team from outside England had played in an FA Cup Final since Queens Park of Glasgow in 1885.

Route to the finalEdit

Sheffield UnitedEdit

Round Opposition Score[1]
1st Corinthians (h) 5–0
2nd The Wednesday (h) 3–2
3rd Everton (h) 1–0
4th West Bromwich Albion (h) 2–0
Semi-final Southampton (n) 2–0

Four goals by Johnson helped Sheffield United defeat amateur side Corinthian F.C. 5–0 in the first round of the cup in front of a home crowd of 38,167.[2] This set up a second round tie against local rivals The Wednesday who took a two goal lead in the opening ten minutes. Goals from Sampy and Green drew United level before half-time and another goal by Sampy early in second half gave United a 3–2 win.[3]

United were given another home tie in the third round where a single goal by Tunstall was enough to give them a win over Everton in what was, at the time, a record attendance at Bramall Lane of 51,745.[4] This figure was surpassed in the fourth round as 57,197 watched goals by Tunstall and Johnson give United a 2–0 home win against West Bromwich Albion.[5]

For United’s next match they travelled to Stamford Bridge to face Second Division side Southampton. It was United’s seventh appearance in the semi-final of the competition (and 100th cup tie overall). An own goal late in the first half gave United the lead. After the break Southampton had a chance to draw level but their penalty was saved by Sutcliffe. This was soon followed by a goal from Tunstall securing a 2–0 win and a place in the final. [6]

Cardiff CityEdit

Round Opposition Score[1]
1st Darlington (h) 0–0
Darlington (a) 0–0
Darlington (n) 2–0
2nd Fulham (h) 1–0
3rd Notts County (a) 2–0
4th Leicester City (h) 2–1
Semi-final Blackburn Rovers (n) 3–1

Cardiff faced Darlington in the first round of the cup. After two goalless draws the tie was decided with a third match at the neutral venue of Liverpool. Cardiff knocked out the Third Division North side with second half goals from Len Davies and Willie Davies to give a 2–0 win and set up a home tie against Fulham.[7] Cardiff’s second round match was played in a heavy downpour that caused play to be temporarily suspended. A Len Davies goal late in the first half was enough to give Cardiff a 1–0 win.[8]

Cardiff travelled to Meadow Lane for their third round tie against Notts County which they won 2–0 thanks to goals from Nicholson and Gill.[9] Cardiff hosted Leicester City in the fourth round where after a goalless first half Beadles gave Cardiff the lead, only for Duncan to level the score. In the final minute Willie Davies scored directly from a corner to send Cardiff through with a 2–1 win.[10]

The semi-final saw Cardiff return to Meadow Lane as a neutral venue for their match with Blackburn Rovers. Early goals from Nicholson, Gill and Willie Davies gave Cardiff a 3–0 lead at half-time. McKay replied for Blackburn with a headed goal after the break but the game finished 3–1 to Cardiff.[11]

Match detailsEdit

Sheffield United  1–0  Cardiff City
Tunstall   30'
Attendance: 91,763
Referee: G. N. Watson
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Sheffield United
 
 
 
 
 
 
Cardiff City
GK   Charles Sutcliffe
DF   Billy Cook
DF   Ernest Milton
MF   Harry Pantling
MF   Seth King
MF   George Green
FW   David Mercer
FW   Tommy Boyle
FW   Harry Johnson
FR   Billy Gillespie (c)
FL   Fred Tunstall
Manager:
John Nicholson
GK   Tom Farquharson
DF   James Nelson
DF   Jimmy Blair
DF   Harry Wake
MF   Fred Keenor (c)
MF   Billy Hardy
MF   Willie Davies
FW   Jimmy Gill
FW   Joe Nicholson
FR   Harry Beadles
FL   Jack Evans
Manager:
Fred Stewart

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b "England FA Challenge Cup 1924–1925". Rec.Sport.Soccer Statistics Foundation. Retrieved 4 October 2018.
  2. ^ "Exit of Corinthians". Sheffield Daily Telegraph. 12 January 1925. p. 8. Retrieved 4 October 2018 – via British Newspaper Archive.
  3. ^ "Warm time for Bill Inglis". Sunday Post. 1 February 1925. p. 14. Retrieved 4 October 2018 – via British Newspaper Archive.
  4. ^ "City and Rovers Disappoint: Cup-tie facts and figures". Western Daily Press. 23 February 1925. p. 9. Retrieved 4 October 2018 – via British Newspaper Archive.
  5. ^ "F.A. Cup-Fourth Round: Sheffield United rise to great heights to oust the Albion". Sheffield Daily Telegraph. 9 March 1925. p. 8. Retrieved 4 October 2018 – via British Newspaper Archive.
  6. ^ "Sheffield United's Seventh Semi-Final". Star Green ‘un. 28 March 1925. p. 4. Retrieved 4 October 2018 – via British Newspaper Archive.
  7. ^ "Cardiff through: Darlington mastered in cup replay". Daily Herald. 20 January 1925. p. 10. Retrieved 4 October 2018 – via British Newspaper Archive.
  8. ^ "Downfall of Fulham: Cardiff City triumph in a Sea of Mud". Daily Herald. 2 February 1925. p. 10. Retrieved 4 October 2018 – via British Newspaper Archive.
  9. ^ "A black day for Notts". Nottingham Journal. 23 February 1925. p. 6. Retrieved 4 October 2018 – via British Newspaper Archive.
  10. ^ "Wembley on the Horizon: Fourth obstacle too stiff for Leicester". Nottingham Journal. 9 March 1925. p. 6. Retrieved 4 October 2018 – via British Newspaper Archive.
  11. ^ "Cardiff City win: Blackburn Rovers beaten at Nottingham". Yorkshire Post and Leeds Intelligencer. 30 March 1925. p. 3. Retrieved 4 October 2018 – via British Newspaper Archive.

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