1933–34 FA Cup

1933–34 FA Cup
Country England
Champions Manchester City
Runners-up Portsmouth

The 1933–34 FA Cup was the 59th season of the world's oldest football cup competition, the Football Association Challenge Cup, commonly known as the FA Cup. Manchester City won the competition for the second time, beating Portsmouth 2–1 in the final at Wembley, winning through two late goals from Fred Tilson.

Matches were scheduled to be played at the stadium of the team named first on the date specified for each round, which was always a Saturday. Some matches, however, might be rescheduled for other days if there were clashes with games for other competitions or the weather was inclement. 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 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. The 1933-34 competition was notable in that no second replays were required throughout the competition proper.


Round Date
Extra Preliminary Round Saturday 2 September 1933
Preliminary Round Saturday 16 September 1933
First Round Qualifying Saturday 30 September 1933
Second Round Qualifying Saturday 14 October 1933
Third Round Qualifying Saturday 28 October 1933
Fourth Round Qualifying Saturday 11 November 1933
First Round Proper Saturday 25 November 1933
Second Round Proper Saturday 9 December 1933
Third Round Proper Saturday 13 January 1934
Fourth Round Proper Saturday 27 January 1934
Fifth Round Proper Saturday 17 February 1934
Sixth Round Proper Saturday 3 March 1934
Semi-Finals Saturday 17 March 1934
Final Saturday 28 April 1934

First round proper

At this stage 43 clubs from the Football League Third Division North and South joined the 25 non-league clubs having come through the qualifying rounds. Chesterfield, Brighton & Hove Albion and Luton Town were given a bye to the Third Round. To make the number of matches up, non-league Folkestone and Kingstonian were given byes to this round. 34 matches were scheduled to be played on Saturday, 25 November 1933. Seven were drawn and went to replays in the following midweek fixture.

Tie no Home team Score Away team Date
1Chester6–1Darlington25 November 1933
2Bournemouth3–0Hayes25 November 1933
3Barrow4–2Doncaster Rovers25 November 1933
4Bath City0–0Charlton Athletic25 November 1933
ReplayCharlton Athletic3–1Bath City29 November 1933
5Watford0–3Reading25 November 1933
6Walsall4–0Spennymoor United25 November 1933
7Folkestone0–0Bristol Rovers25 November 1933
ReplayBristol Rovers3–1Folkestone29 November 1933
8Gainsborough Trinity1–0Altrincham25 November 1933
9Ilford2–4Swindon Town25 November 1933
10Tranmere Rovers7–0Newark25 November 1933
11Sutton Town2–1Rochdale25 November 1933
12Oxford City1–5Gillingham25 November 1933
13Queens Park Rangers6–0Kettering Town25 November 1933
14Northampton Town2–0Exeter City25 November 1933
15Coventry City3–0Crewe Alexandra25 November 1933
16Northfleet United0–2Dartford25 November 1933
17Carlisle United2–1Wrexham25 November 1933
18Clapton Orient4–2Epsom Town25 November 1933
19Crystal Palace3–0Norwich City25 November 1933
20Lancaster Town0–1Stockport County25 November 1933
21Scunthorpe United1–1Accrington Stanley25 November 1933
ReplayAccrington Stanley3–0Scunthorpe United29 November 1933
22Cardiff City0–0Aldershot25 November 1933
ReplayAldershot3–1Cardiff City29 November 1933
23Halifax Town3–2Barnsley25 November 1933
24Cheltenham Town5–1Barnet25 November 1933
25Kingstonian1–7Bristol City25 November 1933
26Dulwich Hamlet2–2Newport County25 November 1933
ReplayNewport County6–2Dulwich Hamlet30 November 1933
27New Brighton0–0Mansfield Town25 November 1933
ReplayMansfield Town3–4New Brighton29 November 1933
28Torquay United1–1Margate25 November 1933
ReplayMargate0–2Torquay United30 November 1933
29Workington1–0Southport25 November 1933
30York City2–3Hartlepools United25 November 1933
31Rotherham United3–2South Bank St Peters25 November 1933
32Gateshead5–2Darwen25 November 1933
33North Shields3–0Scarborough25 November 1933
34London Paper Mills0–1Southend United25 November 1933

Second Round Proper

The matches were played on Saturday, 9 December 1933. Three matches were drawn, with replays taking place in the following midweek fixture.

Tie no Home team Score Away team Date
1Bournemouth2–4Tranmere Rovers9 December 1933
2Bristol City2–1Barrow9 December 1933
3Walsall0–0Clapton Orient9 December 1933
ReplayClapton Orient2–0Walsall14 December 1933
4Gainsborough Trinity0–2Aldershot9 December 1933
5Swindon Town1–0Dartford9 December 1933
6Sutton Town1–2Reading9 December 1933
7Stockport County1–2Crystal Palace9 December 1933
8Queens Park Rangers1–1New Brighton9 December 1933
ReplayNew Brighton0–4Queens Park Rangers13 December 1933
9Accrington Stanley1–0Bristol Rovers9 December 1933
10Northampton Town3–0Torquay United9 December 1933
11Carlisle United1–2Cheltenham Town9 December 1933
12Southend United2–1Chester9 December 1933
13Halifax Town1–1Hartlepools United9 December 1933
ReplayHartlepools United1–2Halifax Town13 December 1933
14Charlton Athletic1–0Gillingham9 December 1933
15Workington3–1Newport County9 December 1933
16Rotherham United2–1Coventry City9 December 1933
17Gateshead1–0North Shields9 December 1933

Third round proper

The 44 First and Second Division clubs entered the competition at this stage, along with Chesterfield, Brighton & Hove Albion and Luton Town. The matches were scheduled for Saturday, 13 January 1934. Nine matches were drawn and went to replays in the following midweek fixture.

Tie no Home team Score Away team Date
1Birmingham2–1Sheffield United13 January 1934
2Chesterfield2–2Aston Villa13 January 1934
ReplayAston Villa2–0Chesterfield17 January 1934
3Bristol City1–1Derby County13 January 1934
ReplayDerby County1–0Bristol City17 January 1934
4Burnley0–0Bury13 January 1934
ReplayBury3–2Burnley17 January 1934
5Liverpool1–1Fulham13 January 1934
ReplayFulham2–3Liverpool17 January 1934
6Southampton1–1Northampton Town13 January 1934
ReplayNorthampton Town1–0Southampton18 January 1934
7Reading1–2Oldham Athletic13 January 1934
8Leicester City3–0Lincoln City13 January 1934
9Nottingham Forest4–0Queens Park Rangers13 January 1934
10Bolton Wanderers3–1Halifax Town13 January 1934
11Grimsby Town1–0Clapton Orient13 January 1934
12Wolverhampton Wanderers1–0Newcastle United13 January 1934
13Sunderland1–1Middlesbrough13 January 1934
ReplayMiddlesbrough1–2Sunderland17 January 1934
14Luton Town0–1Arsenal13 January 1934
15Tranmere Rovers3–0Southend United13 January 1934
16Tottenham Hotspur3–0Everton13 January 1934
17Manchester City3–1Blackburn Rovers13 January 1934
18West Ham United3–2Bradford City13 January 1934
19Brighton & Hove Albion3–1Swindon Town13 January 1934
20Manchester United1–1Portsmouth13 January 1934
ReplayPortsmouth4–1Manchester United17 January 1934
21Plymouth Argyle1–1Huddersfield Town13 January 1934
ReplayHuddersfield Town6–2Plymouth Argyle17 January 1934
22Millwall3–0Accrington Stanley13 January 1934
23Hull City1–0Brentford13 January 1934
24Crystal Palace1–0Aldershot13 January 1934
25Chelsea1–1West Bromwich Albion13 January 1934
ReplayWest Bromwich Albion0–1Chelsea17 January 1934
26Swansea Town1–0Notts County13 January 1934
27Charlton Athletic2–0Port Vale13 January 1934
28Cheltenham Town1–3Blackpool13 January 1934
29Leeds United0–1Preston North End13 January 1934
30Workington4–1Gateshead13 January 1934
31Stoke City3–0Bradford Park Avenue13 January 1934
32Rotherham United0–3Sheffield Wednesday13 January 1934

Fourth round proper

The matches were scheduled for Saturday, 27 January 1934. Five games were drawn and went to replays in the following midweek fixture.

Tie no Home team Score Away team Date
1Birmingham1–0Charlton Athletic27 January 1934
2Bury1–1Swansea Town27 January 1934
ReplaySwansea Town3–0Bury1 February 1934
3Liverpool3–1Tranmere Rovers27 January 1934
4Aston Villa7–2Sunderland27 January 1934
5Derby County3–0Wolverhampton Wanderers27 January 1934
6Tottenham Hotspur4–1West Ham United27 January 1934
7Portsmouth2–0Grimsby Town27 January 1934
8Brighton & Hove Albion1–1Bolton Wanderers27 January 1934
ReplayBolton Wanderers6–1Brighton & Hove Albion31 January 1934
9Millwall3–6Leicester City27 January 1934
10Hull City2–2Manchester City27 January 1934
ReplayManchester City4–1Hull City31 January 1934
11Oldham Athletic1–1Sheffield Wednesday27 January 1934
ReplaySheffield Wednesday6–1Oldham Athletic31 January 1934
12Chelsea1–1Nottingham Forest27 January 1934
ReplayNottingham Forest0–3Chelsea31 January 1934
13Huddersfield Town0–2Northampton Town27 January 1934
14Arsenal7–0Crystal Palace27 January 1934
15Workington1–2Preston North End27 January 1934
16Stoke City3–0Blackpool27 January 1934

Fifth round proper

The matches were scheduled for Saturday, 17 February 1934. There was one replay, in the Sheffield Wednesday–Manchester City match, played in the next midweek fixture.

Tie no Home team Score Away team Date
1Birmingham1–2Leicester City17 February 1934
2Liverpool0–3Bolton Wanderers17 February 1934
3Preston North End4–0Northampton Town17 February 1934
4Sheffield Wednesday2–2Manchester City17 February 1934
ReplayManchester City2–0Sheffield Wednesday21 February 1934
5Tottenham Hotspur0–1Aston Villa17 February 1934
6Swansea Town0–1Portsmouth17 February 1934
7Arsenal1–0Derby County17 February 1934
8Stoke City3–1Chelsea17 February 1934

Sixth round proper

The four Sixth Round ties were scheduled to be played on Saturday, 3 March 1934. There were no replays.

Tie no Home team Score Away team Date
1Preston North End0–1Leicester City3 March 1934
2Bolton Wanderers0–3Portsmouth3 March 1934
3Manchester City1–0Stoke City3 March 1934
4Arsenal1–2Aston Villa3 March 1934


The semi-final matches were played on Saturday, 17 March 1934. Manchester City and Portsmouth won their matches to meet in the final at Wembley


Main article: 1934 FA Cup Final

The 1934 FA Cup Final was contested by Manchester City and Portsmouth at Wembley. Manchester City won the game through two late goals from Fred Tilson, after Septimus Rutherford had put Portsmouth ahead midway through the first half.

Match details

28 April 1934
15:00 BST
Manchester City 2 – 1 Portsmouth
Tilson  74'  88' (Report) Rutherford  28'
Wembley, London
Attendance: 93,258
Referee: Stanley Rous, Hertfordshire
Manchester City

See also


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