1937 FA Cup Final (partially found footage of football match; 1937)
The 1937 FA Cup Final cumulated the end of the 62nd FA Cup season. Featuring Sunderland facing and ultimately winning its first FA Cup against Preston North End at Wembley Stadium in front of an audience of 93,495, it provided television history by being the first competitive football match to be broadcast, as well as the first FA Cup Final shown on television too.
Background[edit | edit source]
Both Sunderland and Preston North End, as First Division members, entered the tournament in the Third Round proper. Sunderland defeated Southampton, Luton Town, Swansea Town, Wolverhampton Wanderers and Millwall en route to the Final. Meanwhile, Preston North End's journey to the Final consisted of beating Newcastle United, Stoke City, Exeter City, Tottenham Hotspur and West Bromwich Albion. Prior to the Final commencing, Sunderland had never won the competition, whereas Preston North End were looking to add to their 1889 win.
Earlier in the year, the BBC had successfully partially broadcast a match between Arsenal and Arsenal Reserves for its new Television Service. The 1937 FA Cup Final would be the second match to be televised, albeit only partially. Nevertheless, the broadcast on 1st May 1937 meant it became the first competitive football match to be broadcast. It would also begin the trend of the FA Cup Final being annually broadcast, a staple of free-to-air television.
Ultimately, Sunderland would go on to win its first FA Cup. Preston North End had taken the lead on the forty fourth minute thanks to a Frank O'Donnell, but a strong second half for The Black Cats resulted in three goals, coming from Bobby Gurney, Raich Carter and Eddie Burbanks. The club would later win its second, and to date last, FA Cup, in 1973. Meanwhile, Preston North End would redeem itself by winning the 1938 Final, which following the success of the prior FA Cup Final broadcast, would become the first to be fully televised.
Availability[edit | edit source]
Like other early BBC television broadcasts, the 1937 FA Cup was broadcast live and was not recorded. Therefore, any televised footage of the event is now permanently missing. However, a fragment of the match itself was recorded for film reels, and is still publicly accessible.
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See Also[edit | edit source]
- 1939 FA Cup Final (partially found footage of football match; 1939)
- England 0-1 Scotland (partially found international football match; 1938)
References[edit | edit source]
- FA Cup Finals presenting statistics concerning the 1937 FA Cup Final. Retrieved 02 May '21
- Rec.Sport.Soccer Statistics Foundation listing of the 1936-37 FA Cup results. Retrieved 02 May '21
- The Northern Echo concerning Sunderland never winning the FA Cup prior to 1937. Retrieved 02 May '21
- Preston North End website concerning the club's FA Cup wins. Retrieved 02 May '21
- The Guardian, which listed the 1937 FA Cup Final as the second ever match to be televised. Retrieved 02 May '21
- BBC article concerning the history of the FA Cup being televised. Retrieved 02 May '21
- FA Cup Finals detailing Sunderland's 1973 FA Cup victory. Retrieved 02 May '21
- FA Cup Finals detailing Preston North End's 1938 FA Cup victory. Retrieved 02 May '21