1927 FA Cup Final
The 1927 FA Cup Final was the showpiece match of English football’s primary cup competition, the Football Association Challenge Cup. Cardiff City, one of the few Welsh teams taking part, won the match 1–0. It remains the only occasion the trophy has been won by a team based outside England.
About 1927 FA Cup Final in brief
The 1927 FA Cup Final was the showpiece match of English football’s primary cup competition, the Football Association Challenge Cup. Cardiff City, one of the few Welsh teams taking part, won the match 1–0. It remains the only occasion the trophy has been won by a team based outside England. The teams entered the competition in the third round as members of the Football League First Division and progressed through five rounds to reach the final. For the first time, the final was broadcast on the radio by the BBC; some sources suggest this broadcast was the origin of the phrase \”back to square one\”, although the expression predates the match. There were more than 300,000 applications for tickets, and 91,206 were in attendance. The only goal of the game was credited to Cardiff’s Hughie Ferguson after his shot slipped out of the hands of Arsenal goalkeeper Dan Lewis, who knocked the ball into the net with his elbow. Cardiff won through a penalty of their own; Harry Wilding handled the ball and converted the penalty. The match was played at Mux Stadium in Wolverhampton, the first FA Cup semi-final for the neutral venue. Additional trains were provided to transport Cardiff’s fans to Wembley, and police reinforcements were deployed to keep at bay fans who had been sold fake tickets. A concert held before the game included a rendition of \”Abide with Me\”; singing this song before the match has since become a cup final tradition. In the ensuing years, Cardiff suffered a decline in their fortunes and did not reach the FA Cup final again until 2008.
The game was played in front of a crowd of 49,465 at Bolton’s ground Burnden Park, Cardiff won by two goals to nil, the scorers being Ferguson and Davies. The goals were scored by George McLachlan and Hughie. Ferguson. The press called the game the \”Singing Final\” and highlighted that theFA Cup had gone to Wales for the firstTime. Cardiff scored twice via a header by Len Davies and a shot by Ernie Curtis. Aston Villa managed to reply just once, when Cardiff goalkeeper Tom Farquharson scored an own goal after turning in a shots by Villa forward Arthur Dorrell. After an initial goalless draw in the following round against Second Division Chelsea on 5 March, the two sides met again at Ninian Park in a replay five days later. After this round, Cardiff were drawn against Football League Second Division side Darlington, who had reached the semi-finals of the competition. Cardiff would go on to win the match 2-1. The next round saw Cardiff face Reading, who reached the first semi- final for the second time. The result was a 1-0 victory for the Welsh team. The final was held at Wembley on 23 April 1927, and there was an expectation that the game would set a new attendance record for the game. It was played on a soft pitch, but heavy rain had fallen before and resulted in a resulting match in the resulting match.