1930–31 FA Cup

1930–31 FA Cup
Country England
Champions West Bromwich Albion
Runners-up Birmingham City

The FA Cup 1930–31 was the 56th staging of the world's oldest football cup competition, the Football Association Challenge Cup, commonly known as the FA Cup. West Bromwich Albion of the Football League Second Division won the competition, beating First Division team Birmingham City 2–1 in the final at Wembley, London. In doing so Albion became the first and to date only club to both win the cup and gain promotion in the same year.

Matches were played at the stadium of the team named first on the date specified for each round, which was always a Saturday. If scores were level after 90 minutes had been played, a replay would take place at the stadium of the second-named team later the same week. If the replayed match was drawn further replays would be held at neutral venues until a winner was determined. If scores were level after 90 minutes had been played in a replay, a 30-minute period of extra time would be played.


Round Date
Extra Preliminary Round Saturday 6 September 1930
Preliminary Round Saturday 20 September 1930
First Qualifying Round Saturday 4 October 1930
Second Qualifying Round Saturday 18 October 1930
Third Qualifying Round Saturday 1 November 1930
Fourth Qualifying Round Saturday 15 November 1930
First Round Proper Saturday 29 November 1930
Second Round Saturday 13 December 1930
Third Round Saturday 10 January 1931
Fourth Round Saturday 24 January 1931
Fifth Round Saturday 14 February 1931
Sixth Round Saturday 28 February 1931
Semifinals Saturday 14 March 1931
Final Saturday 25 April 1931


First Round Proper

At this stage clubs from the Football League Third Division North and South joined those non-league clubs having come through the qualifying rounds. Matches were played on Saturday, 29 November 1930. Six matches were drawn, with replays taking place later the same week.

Tie no Home team Score Away team Date Attendance Notes
1Chesterfield1–2Notts County29 November 1930
2Nelson4–0Workington29 November 1930
3Rochdale1–2Doncaster Rovers29 November 1930
4Walsall1–0Bournemouth & Boscombe Athletic29 November 1930
5Folkestone5–3Sittingbourne29 November 1930
6Gillingham7–2Guildford City29 November 1930
7Crewe Alexandra1–0Jarrow29 November 1930
8Lincoln City8–3Barrow29 November 1930
9Luton Town2–2Clapton Orient29 November 1930
ReplayClapton Orient2–4Luton Town4 December 1930
10Gainsborough Trinity1–0Scunthorpe United29 November 1930
11Scarborough6–0Rhyl Athletic29 November 1930
12Wrexham2–0Wigan Borough29 November 1930
13Ilford1–6Brentford29 November 1930
14Tranmere Rovers4–4Gateshead29 November 1930
ReplayGateshead3–2Tranmere Rovers3 December 1930
15Wellington Town0–0Wombwell29 November 1930
ReplayWombwell0–3Wellington Town4 December 1930
16Queens Park Rangers5–0Thames29 November 1930
17Fulham1–1Wimbledon29 November 1930
ReplayWimbledon0–6Fulham3 December 1930
18Accrington Stanley3–1Lancaster Town29 November 1930
19Bristol Rovers4–1Merthyr Town29 November 1930
20Northampton Town1–2Coventry City29 November 1930
21Norwich City2–0Swindon Town29 November 1930
22Northfleet United0–3Exeter City29 November 1930
23Carlisle United3–1New Brighton29 November 1930
24Tunbridge Wells Rangers3–0Kingstonian29 November 1930
25Crystal Palace6–0Taunton Town (1)29 November 1930
26Southend United0–1Torquay United29 November 1930
27Hartlepools United2–3Stockport County29 November 1930
28Halifax Town2–2Mansfield Town29 November 1930
ReplayMansfield Town1–2Halifax Town3 December 1930
29Southport4–2Darlington29 November 1930
30Dulwich Hamlet2–2Newport County29 November 1930
ReplayNewport County4–1Dulwich Hamlet4 December 1930
31Walthamstow Avenue1–5Watford29 November 1930
32York City3–1Gresley Rovers29 November 1930
33Newark2–1Rotherham United29 November 1930
34Aldershot4–1Peterborough & Fletton United29 November 1930

Second Round Proper

The matches were played on Saturday, 13 December 1930. Two matches were drawn, with replays taking place on Thursday, 18 December 1930.

Tie no Home team Score Away team Date Attendance Notes
1Nelson1–1York City13 December 1930
ReplayYork City3–2Nelson18 December 1930
2Watford3–1Luton Town13 December 1930
3Walsall4–0Newport County13 December 1930
4Gillingham1–3Aldershot13 December 1930
5Crewe Alexandra2–4Queens Park Rangers13 December 1930
6Gainsborough Trinity0–4Southport13 December 1930
7Scarborough6–4Lincoln City13 December 1930
8Doncaster Rovers0–1Notts County13 December 1930
9Wellington Town2–4Wrexham13 December 1930
10Fulham4–0Halifax Town13 December 1930
11Accrington Stanley0–1Torquay United13 December 1930
12Brentford1–0Norwich City13 December 1930
13Bristol Rovers4–2Stockport County13 December 1930
14Carlisle United4–2Tunbridge Wells Rangers13 December 1930
15Crystal Palace6–0Newark13 December 1930
16Exeter City1–1Coventry City13 December 1930
ReplayCoventry City1–2Exeter City18 December 1930
17Gateshead3–2Folkestone13 December 1930

Third Round Proper

The 44 First and Second Division clubs entered the competition at this stage. The matches were scheduled to be played on Saturday, 10 January 1931, though one was postponed until later the same week. Nine matches were drawn, with replays taking place later the same week. Three matches required a second replay; these were all played on Monday, 19 January 1931.

Tie no Home team Score Away team Date Attendance Notes
1Burnley3–0Manchester City10 January 1931
2Bury1–1Torquay United10 January 1931
ReplayTorquay United1–2Bury14 January 1931
3Liverpool0–2Birmingham City10 January 193143,907[1]
4Leicester City1–2Brighton & Hove Albion10 January 1931
5Notts County3–1Swansea Town10 January 1931
6Blackburn Rovers1–1Walsall10 January 1931
ReplayWalsall0–3Blackburn Rovers15 January 1931
7Bolton Wanderers1–0Carlisle United10 January 1931
8Wolverhampton Wanderers9–1Wrexham10 January 1931
9Middlesbrough1–1Bradford City14 January 1931
ReplayBradford City2–1Middlesbrough19 January 1931
10West Bromwich Albion2–2Charlton Athletic10 January 193127,749
ReplayCharlton Athletic1–1West Bromwich Albion14 January 1931
2nd replayWest Bromwich Albion2–1Charlton Athletic19 January 193136,350 [2]
11Sunderland2–0Southampton10 January 1931
12Scarborough1–2Grimsby Town10 January 1931
13Sheffield United1–1York City10 January 1931
ReplayYork City0–2Sheffield United14 January 1931
14Newcastle United4–0Nottingham Forest10 January 1931
15Tottenham Hotspur3–1Preston North End10 January 1931
16Fulham0–2Portsmouth10 January 1931
17Barnsley4–1Bristol City10 January 1931
18Brentford2–2Cardiff City10 January 1931
ReplayCardiff City1–2Brentford14 January 1931
19Bristol Rovers3–1Queens Park Rangers10 January 1931
20West Ham United1–3Chelsea10 January 1931
21Plymouth Argyle0–2Everton10 January 1931
22Hull City1–2Blackpool10 January 1931
23Oldham Athletic1–3Watford10 January 1931
24Crystal Palace1–1Reading10 January 1931
ReplayReading1–1Crystal Palace14 January 1931
2nd replayCrystal Palace2–0Reading19 January 1931 [3]
25Exeter City3–2Derby County10 January 1931
26Arsenal2–2Aston Villa10 January 193140,864
ReplayAston Villa1–3Arsenal14 January 193173,668
27Southport3–1Millwall10 January 1931
28Leeds United2–0Huddersfield Town10 January 1931
29Corinthian1–3Port Vale10 January 1931
30Stoke City3–3Manchester United10 January 1931
ReplayManchester United0–0Stoke City14 January 1931
2nd replayStoke City2–4Manchester United19 January 1931 [4]
31Aldershot0–1Bradford Park Avenue10 January 1931
32Gateshead2–6Sheffield Wednesday10 January 1931

Fourth Round Proper

The matches were played on Saturday, 24 January 1931. Two matches were drawn, the replays being played on Wednesday, 28 January 1931.

Tie no Home team Score Away team Date Attendance Summary
1Birmingham City2–0Port Vale24 January 193139,885[1]
2Bury1–2Exeter City24 January 1931
3Watford2–0Brighton & Hove Albion24 January 1931
4Blackburn Rovers5–1Bristol Rovers24 January 1931
5Bolton Wanderers1–1Sunderland24 January 193136,602
ReplaySunderland3–1Bolton Wanderers28 January 193146,914
6Grimsby Town1–0Manchester United24 January 1931
7West Bromwich Albion1–0Tottenham Hotspur24 January 193146,850
8Sheffield United4–1Notts County24 January 1931
9Barnsley2–1Sheffield Wednesday24 January 1931
10Brentford0–1Portsmouth24 January 1931
11Bradford City0–0Wolverhampton Wanderers24 January 1931
ReplayWolverhampton Wanderers4–2Bradford City28 January 1931
12Crystal Palace0–6Everton24 January 193138,000
13Chelsea2–1Arsenal24 January 193162,945
14Bradford Park Avenue2–0Burnley24 January 1931
15Southport2–1Blackpool24 January 1931
16Leeds United4–1Newcastle United24 January 1931

Fifth Round Proper

The matches were played on Saturday, 14 February 1931. No replays were necessary.

Tie no Home team Score Away team Date Attendance Summary
1Birmingham City3–0Watford14 February 193149,729[1]
2Sunderland2–1Sheffield United14 February 193163,016
3Everton5–3Grimsby Town14 February 193165,534
4Barnsley1–3Wolverhampton Wanderers14 February 1931
5Portsmouth0–1West Bromwich Albion14 February 193130,981
6Chelsea3–0Blackburn Rovers14 February 193161,170
7Exeter City3–1Leeds United14 February 1931
8Southport1–0Bradford Park Avenue14 February 1931

Final rounds

Sixth Round Proper

28 February 1931
Birmingham 2 – 2 Chelsea
St Andrew's, Birmingham
Attendance: 55,298

28 February 1931
Sunderland 1 – 1 Exeter City
Connor Houghton
Roker Park, Sunderland
Attendance: 51,842

28 February 1931
Everton 9 – 1 Southport
Goodison Park, Liverpool
Attendance: 45,647


4 March 1931
Chelsea 0 – 3 Birmingham
Stamford Bridge, London
Attendance: 74,365


14 March 1931
Birmingham 2 – 0 Sunderland
Elland Road, Leeds
Attendance: 43,570


Main article: 1931 FA Cup Final

The final took place on Saturday, 25 April 1931 at Wembley and ended in a victory for West Bromwich Albion by 2–1, with goals scored by "Ginger" Richardson for West Bromwich Albion and Joe Bradford for Birmingham. The attendance was 92,406.

25 April 1931
15:00 BST
West Bromwich Albion 2 – 1 Birmingham
W. G. Richardson  25'  58' [5] Bradford  57'
Wembley, London
Attendance: 92,406
Referee: Arthur H Kingscott
West Bromwich Albion
Birmingham City


  1. 1 2 3 Attendances at Birmingham matches from Matthews, Tony (1995). Birmingham City: A Complete Record. Derby: Breedon Books. p. 173. ISBN 978-1-85983-010-9.
  2. Match played at Villa Park, Birmingham.
  3. Match played at Stamford Bridge, London.
  4. Match played at Anfield, Liverpool.
  5. "FA Cup Final 1931". fa-cupfinals.co.uk. Archived from the original on 21 May 2008. Retrieved 2008-05-16.


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