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1939 FA Cup Final

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1939 FA Cup Final

1939 FA Cup Final
Event 1938–39 FA Cup
Date 29 April 1939
Venue Wembley Stadium, London
Referee T. Thompson
Attendance 99,370

The 1939 FA Cup Final was contested by Portsmouth and Wolverhampton Wanderers at Wembley. Portsmouth won 4–1, with goals from Bert Barlow, John Anderson and two by Cliff Parker. Dicky Dorsett scored Wolves' effort.

As a result of the suspension of the FA Cup for the duration of the Second World War, the next FA Cup final was not until seven years later in 1946, thereby enabling Portsmouth fans to claim that their team has held the Cup for the longest time.

Wolves had entered the game as clear favourites, having scored 19 goals in their five FA Cup games and lying second in the league table. By contrast, Portsmouth were struggling in the relegation zone.

Captain Jack Tinn said afterwards that his side won thanks to the help of his "lucky spats".


  • Match summary 1
  • Match details 2
  • Road to Wembley 3
    • Portsmouth 3.1
    • Wolverhampton Wanderers 3.2
  • See also 4
  • External links 5
  • References 6

Match summary

Approaching the half hour mark, Barlow scored Portsmouth's first goal from within the area. Portsmouth pressed their advantage, refusing to let Wolves back into the contest. Anderson hooked in a second just before half time after McAlinden's chip in from the right had left the advancing Scott in no-man's-land.

Immediately after the restart, Wolves goalkeeper Scott fumbled a shot on the goal line and only prevented the strike creeping in with an outstretched hand on top of the ball. However, Cliff Parker slid in to kick the ball from under the keeper's hand to make it 3–0. Wolves drove forward to try to mount a recovery but a solitary Dorsett strike from eight yards was their only success. Portsmouth put the result beyond any doubt when Parker headed in his second and Portsmouth's fourth when he headed in from close range from a Worrall cross.

Portsmouth's Tommy Rowe, who died in May 2006 at the age of 92, was the last surviving player from the game.

Match details

29 April 1939
15:00 GMT
Portsmouth 4–1 Wolverhampton Wanderers
Barlow Goal 29'
Anderson Goal 43'
Parker Goal 46', Goal 71'
Dorsett Goal 54'
Empire Stadium, Wembley, London
Attendance: 99,370
Referee: T. Thompson (Lemington, Newcastle upon Tyne)
Wolverhampton Wanderers
1 Harry Walker
2 Lew Morgan
3 Bill Rochford
4 Jimmy Guthrie (c)
5 Tommy Rowe
6 Guy Wharton
7 Fred Worrall
8 Jimmy McAlinden
9 John Anderson
10 Bert Barlow
11 Cliff Parker
Jack Tinn
1 Alec Scott
2 Bill Morris
3 Frank Taylor
4 Tom Galley
5 Stan Cullis (c)
6 Joe Gardiner
7 Stan Burton
8 Alex McIntosh
9 Dennis Westcott
10 Dicky Dorsett
11 Teddy Maguire
Major Frank Buckley

Match rules

  • 90 minutes.
  • 30 minutes of extra-time if necessary.
  • Replay if scores still level.

Road to Wembley


Round 3: Portsmouth 4–0 Lincoln City

Round 4: Portsmouth 2–0 West Bromwich Albion

Round 5: Portsmouth 2–0 West Ham United

Round 6: Portsmouth 1–0 Preston North End

Semi-Final: Portsmouth 2–1 Huddersfield Town

(at Highbury)

Wolverhampton Wanderers

Round 3: Wolverhampton Wanderers 3–1 Bradford Park Avenue

Round 4: Wolverhampton Wanderers 5–1 Leicester City

Round 5: Wolverhampton Wanderers 4–1 Liverpool

Round 6: Wolverhampton Wanderers 2–0 Everton

Semi-Final: Wolverhampton Wanderers 5–0 Grimsby Town

(at Old Trafford)

See also

External links

  • FA Cup Final lineups


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