1924 FA Cup Final

The 1924 FA Cup Final was contested by Newcastle United and Aston Villa at Wembley. Newcastle won 20, the goals scored by Neil Harris and Stan Seymour. The match has become commonly known as the "Rainy Day" final due to the weather that day, a consequence of which has led to there being very few good condition programmes left for the game. (Many fans used their match programmes as makeshift umbrellas.) The value of the programme is the highest for any Wembley final with recent sales attaining over £6,000 at auction.

1924 FA Cup Final
Event1923–24 FA Cup
Date26 April 1924
VenueWembley Stadium, London
RefereeW. E. Russell

The referee was Swindon-born William E. Russell, the only referee from Swindon, Wiltshire, to ever officiate an FA Cup Final. He died aged 65 years in April - June 1946.[citation needed]

Match details

Newcastle United20Aston Villa
Harris  83'
Seymour  85'
Attendance: 91,695
Referee: W. E. Russell
Newcastle United
Aston Villa
Bill Bradley
Billy Hampson
Frank Hudspeth (c)
Peter Mooney
Charlie Spencer
Willie Gibson
James Low
Billy Cowan
Neil Harris
Tommy McDonald
Stan Seymour
Selection Committee
Tommy Jackson
Tommy Smart
Tommy Mort
Frank Moss
Vic Milne
George Blackburn
Richard York
Billy Kirton
Len Capewell
Billy Walker (c)
Arthur Dorrell
George Ramsay

Road to Wembley

Newcastle United's captain Frank Hudspeth with the FA Cup trophy following the match

Newcastle United

Round 1Portsmouth24Newcastle United
Round 2Derby County22Newcastle United
Round 2 replayNewcastle United22Derby County
Round 2 2nd replayDerby County22Newcastle United
Round 2 3rd replayNewcastle United53Derby County
Round 3Watford01Newcastle United
Quarter-finalNewcastle United50Liverpool
Semi-finalNewcastle United20Manchester City
 (at St Andrew's)

Aston Villa

Round 1Ashington15Aston Villa
Round 2Swansea Town02Aston Villa
Round 3Aston Villa30Leeds United
Quarter-finalWest Bromwich Albion02Aston Villa
Semi-finalAston Villa30Burnley
 (at Bramall Lane)