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Wembley - Saturday 23rd April


Newcastle United 2 Arsenal 1


Newcastle United

(Allen 2)

McInroy, Nelson, Fairhurst, McKenzie, Davidson, Weaver, Boyd, Richardson, Allen, McMenemy, Lang



Moss, Parker, Hapgood, Jones, Roberts, Male, Hulme, Jack, Lambert, Bastin, John

Referee: W.P. Harper

Attendance: 92,298


Arsenal, second‑placed in the League, were forced to take the field at Wembley without James, who was unfit, and that necessitated a change in the left flank of the attack. Newcastle, judged by their League performances, were nothing out of the ordinary. Few thought they stood a chance against the great Highbury side.


The match was merely following its expected course when Arsenal went ahead after fifteen minutes. 'Police Constable' Roberts, the Arsenal centre‑half, sent a long pass out to Hulme who beat Fairhurst and centred. McInroy and Nelson both failed to cut it out, leaving John with a chance he couldn't miss.


Newcastle equalized seven minutes before the interval, when Alien at last 'lost' Roberts and scored with a header. This was Newcastle's famous 1 over the line' goal ‑ perhaps the most disputed goal in the history of football. Photographs later indicated that the ball had run over the dead‑ball line before Richardson hooked it over from the right. Certainly the Arsenal defence relaxed, thinking that it had, and Alien was left unguarded in the middle.

The disputed Newcastle goal was headed by Allen while Hapgood was out of play.


From that moment the Cup slowly slipped from Arsenal's grasp, though the tension was sustained almost to breaking point. Alien snatched Newcastle's seventy‑second minute winner, and for the first time the team scoring first at Wembley had lost.

The 'Over The Line' goal that won the cup

Round By Round


ARSENAL v Man C 1 ‑0; Chelsea v NEWCASTLE UTD 1‑2


Sixth Round

Huddersfield Tv ARSENAL 0‑1; Bury v Man C 3‑4, Liverpool v Chelsea 0‑2; NEWCASTLE UTD v Watford 5‑0


Fifth Round 

Huddersfield T v PNE 4‑0, Portsmouth v ARSENAL 0‑2; Bury v Stoke C 3‑0; Man C v Derby Co 3‑0 ' Liverpool v Grimsby T 1 ‑0; Sheff Wed v Chelsea 1‑1, 0‑2, NEWCASTLE UTD v Leicester C 3‑1;  Watford v Bradford PA 1 ‑0


Fourth Round

Huddersfield T v QPR 5‑0; PNE v Wolves 2‑0; Portsmouth v Aston Villa 1‑1, 1‑0; ARSENAL v PlymouthArg 4‑2 Bury v Sheff Utd 3‑1; Sunderland v Stoke C 1‑1, 1‑1, 1‑2; Man C v Brentford 6‑1; Derby Co v Blackburn R 3‑2, Chesterfield v Liverpool 2‑4 ' Grimsby T v Birmingham 2‑1, Sheff Wed v Bournemouth& Bos Ath 7‑0, Chelsea v W. Ham 3‑1, NEWCASTLE UTD v Southport 1‑1, 1‑1, 9‑0; Port Vale v Leicester C 1‑2, Watford v Bristol C 2‑1; Bradford PA v Northampton T 4‑2


Third Round

Oldham Ath v Huddersfield T 1‑1, 0-6; OPR v Leeds Ltd 3‑1, PNE v Bolton Wand 0‑0, 5‑2; Luton T v Wolves 1‑2; Middlesbro v Portsmouth 1‑1, 0‑3; WBA v Aston Villa 1‑2; ARSENAL v Darwen 11‑1; Plymouth Arg v Man Utd 4‑1; Bury v Swansea T 2‑1, Sheff Utd v Corinthians 2‑1; Sunderland v Southampton 0‑0, 4‑2; Stoke C v Hull C 3‑0, Millwall v Man C 2‑3; Brentford v Bath C 2‑0; Burnley v Derby Co 0‑4, Burton T v Blackburn R 0‑4, Chesterfield v Nott'm Forest 5‑2; Everton v Liverpool 1 ‑2 ' Grimsby T v Exeter C 4‑1; Birmingham v Bradford C 1 ‑0;  Spurs v Sheff Wed 2‑2, 1‑3, Halifax v Bournemouth & Bos Ath 1‑3; Tranmere R v Chelsea 2‑2, 3‑5; CharIton Ath v W. Ham 1‑2, Blackpool v NEWCASTLE UTD 1 ‑1, 0‑1; Barnsley v Southport 0‑0, 1‑4; Brighton & H Alb v Port Vale 1‑2; Leicester C v Crook T 7‑0, Watford v Fulham 1‑1, 3‑0; Notts Co v Bristol C 2‑2, 2‑3; Bradford PA v Cardiff C 2‑0; Darlington v Northampton T 1‑1,0‑2 


Second Round

Gainsboro Tr v Watford 2‑5, Brighton & H Alb v Doncaster R 5‑0; Brentford v Norwich C 4‑1; Burton T v Gateshead 4‑1 ;Scunthorpe Utd v QPR 1‑4, Cardiff C v Clapton Orient 4‑0, New Brighton v Hull C 0‑4, Lincoln C v Luton T 2‑2, 1‑4; Halifax T v Accrington S 3‑0; Northampton T v Southampton 3‑0; Bath C v Crystal Palace 2‑1; Darwen v Chester 2‑1; Carlisle Utd v Darlington 0‑2; Tranmere R v Bristol R 2‑0 Aldershot v Crook T 1 ‑1, 0‑1 Bournemouth & Bos Ath v Blyth Spartans 1 ‑0, Fulham v Yeovil and Petters Utd 0‑0, 5-2


First Round

Aldershot v Chelmsford 7‑0; Barnet v OPR 3‑7; Bath C v Nunhead 9‑0; Bournemouth & Bos Ath v Northfleet Utd 1‑ 1, 1‑0; Bristol R v Gillingham 5‑1;  Cardiff C v Enfield 8‑0; Chester v Hartlepools Utd 4‑ 1; Coventry C v Clapton Orient 2‑2, 0‑2, Crewe Alex v Gainsboro Tr 2‑2, 0‑ 1; Crook T v Stockport Co 3‑ 1; Darlington v Walsall 1 ‑0, Darwen v Peterborough and Fletton Utd 4‑ 1; Folkestone v Brighton & H Alb 2‑5, Fulham v Guildford C 2‑0; Gateshead v Wrexham 3‑2; Lancaster T v Blyth Spartans 0‑3; Hull C v Mansf ield T 4‑ 1; Manchester Central v Lincoln C 0‑3; Newark T v Halifax T 1‑ 1, 1‑2, New Brighton v York C 3‑1, Northampton T v Metropolitan Police 9‑0; Reading v Crystal Palace 0‑ 1; Rotherham Utd v Accrington S 0‑0, 0‑5; Scunthorpe Utd v Rochdale 2‑ 1; Swindon T v Luton T 0‑5; Thames v Watford 2‑2, 2‑3; TunbridgeWells Rangers v Brentford 1‑1, 1‑2; Torquay Utd v Southend Utd 1‑3, Tranmere R v West Stanley 3‑0; Wimbledon v Norwich C 1‑3, Yeovil and Petters Utd v Hayes 3‑1; Yorks Amateurs v Carlisle Utd 1‑3, Barrow v Doncaster R 3‑3, 1‑1, 1‑1, 0‑1; Burton T v Wigan Borough wo