1932 FA Cup Final: Newcastle United vs Arsenal

Newcastle United 2 - 1 Arsenal

  • Newcastle United
    • James 16
    • Lambert 88
  • Arsenal
    • John 15

Wembley Stadium, London, Saturday, 23rd April 1932


Match Referee: W. P. Harper

Team Line-ups:

Newcastle United

  • 1 Albert McInroy
  • 2Jimmy Nelson (c)
  • 3David Fairhurst
  • 4 Roddie MacKenzie
  • 5 Dave Davidson
  • 6Sam Weaver
  • 7 Jimmy Boyd
  • 8Jimmy Richardson
  • 9Jack Allen
  • 10 Harry McMenemy
  • 11 Tommy Lang
  • Manager
  • Andy Cunningham


  • 1 Hugh Turner
  • 2 Roy Goodall
  • 3 Bon Spence
  • 4 Jimmy Naylor
  • 5 Tom Wilson (c)
  • 6 Austen Campbell
  • 7 Alex Jackson
  • 8 Bob Kelly
  • 9 Harry Davies
  • 10 Harry Raw
  • 11 Billy Smith
  • Manager
  • Clem Stephenson

Match Report

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.

Newcastle United vs Arsenal Match Program

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.

Newcastle United vs Arsenal: Disputed Goal

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.

Newcastle United vs Arsenal: The 'Over The Line' goal that won the cup

The 'Over The Line' goal that won the cup

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