1920–21 FA Cup

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1920–21 FA Cup
Country England
Champions Tottenham Hotspur
Runners-up Wolverhampton Wanderers

The 1920–21 FA Cup was the 46th season of the world's oldest association football competition, the Football Association Challenge Cup (more usually known as the FA Cup). Tottenham Hotspur won the competition, beating Wolverhampton Wanderers 1–0 in the final at Stamford Bridge, London.

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. 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.

Calendar

The format of the FA Cup for the season had two preliminary rounds, six qualifying rounds, four proper rounds, and the semi finals and final.

Round Date
Extra Preliminary Round Saturday 11 September 1920
Preliminary Round Saturday 25 September 1920
First Round Qualifying Saturday 9 October 1920
Second Round Qualifying Saturday 24 October 1920
Third Round Qualifying Saturday 6 November 1920
Fourth Round Qualifying Saturday 20 November 1920
Fifth Round Qualifying Saturday 4 December 1920
Sixth Round Qualifying Saturday 18 December 1920
First Round Proper Saturday 8 January 1921
Second Round Proper Saturday 29 January 1921
Third Round Proper Saturday 19 February 1921
Fourth Round Proper Saturday 5 March 1921
Semi-Finals Saturday 19 March 1921
Final Saturday 23 April 1921

First round proper

52 of the 66 clubs from the First, Second and Third divisions joined the 12 clubs who came through the qualifying rounds.

Of those sides not receiving a bye to the first round proper, Second Division side Leeds United were entered at the First Qualifying Round stage, as their promotion to the second tier was agreed by election, rather than through promotion. However, the match was not played, and Harrogate were given a walkover. Three sides from the Third Division (Merthyr Town, Newport County and Gillingham) were entered at the fourth qualifying round. Five Third Division and four Second Division sides were entered at the sixth qualifying round stage. These were:

Second Division
Third Division

Of these, all of the Third Division sides and Clapton Orient proceeded to the First Round Proper, in addition to six non-league sides. 32 matches were scheduled to be played on Saturday, 8 January 1921. Six matches were drawn and went to replays in the following midweek fixture, of which one went to another replay.

Tie no Home team Score Away team Date
1 Darlington 2–2 Blackpool 8 January 1921
Replay Blackpool 2–1 Darlington 12 January 1921
2 Liverpool 1–1 Manchester United 8 January 1921
Replay Manchester United 1–2 Liverpool 12 January 1921
3 Preston North End 2–0 Bolton Wanderers 8 January 1921
4 South Shields 3–0 Portsmouth 8 January 1921
5 Watford 3–0 Exeter City 8 January 1921
6 Reading 0–0 Chelsea 8 January 1921
Replay Chelsea 2–2 Reading 12 January 1921
Replay Chelsea 3–1 Reading 17 January 1921
7 Leicester City 3–7 Burnley 8 January 1921
8 Notts County 3–0 West Bromwich Albion 8 January 1921
9 Blackburn Rovers 1–1 Fulham 8 January 1921
Replay Fulham 1–0 Blackburn Rovers 12 January 1921
10 Aston Villa 2–0 Bristol City 8 January 1921
11 Sheffield Wednesday 1–0 West Ham United 8 January 1921
12 Grimsby Town 1–0 Norwich City 8 January 1921
13 Wolverhampton Wanderers 3–2 Stoke 8 January 1921
14 Sunderland 0–1 Cardiff City 8 January 1921
15 Derby County 2–0 Middlesbrough 8 January 1921
16 Luton Town 2–1 Birmingham 8 January 1921
17 Everton 1–0 Stockport County 8 January 1921
18 Swindon Town 1–0 Sheffield United 8 January 1921
19 Newcastle United 1–1 Nottingham Forest 8 January 1921
Replay Newcastle United 2–0 Nottingham Forest 12 January 1921
20 Tottenham Hotspur 6–2 Bristol Rovers 8 January 1921
21 Queens Park Rangers 2–0 Arsenal 8 January 1921
22 Brentford 1–2 Huddersfield Town 8 January 1921
23 Northampton Town 0–0 Southampton 8 January 1921
Replay Southampton 4–1 Northampton Town 12 January 1921
24 Brighton & Hove Albion 4–1 Oldham Athletic 8 January 1921
25 Plymouth Argyle 2–0 Rochdale 8 January 1921
26 Bradford City 3–1 Barnsley 8 January 1921
27 Millwall 0–3 Lincoln City 8 January 1921
28 Hull City 3–0 Bath City 8 January 1921
29 Crystal Palace 2–0 Manchester City 8 January 1921
30 Southend United 5–1 Eccles United 8 January 1921
31 Bradford Park Avenue 1–0 Clapton Orient 8 January 1921
32 Swansea Town 3–0 Bury 8 January 1921

Second Round Proper

The 16 Second Round matches were played on Saturday, 29 January 1921. Five matches were drawn, with replays taking place in the following midweek fixture.

Tie no Home team Score Away team Date
1 Burnley 4–2 Queens Park Rangers 29 January 1921
2 Preston North End 4–1 Watford 29 January 1921
3 South Shields 0–4 Luton Town 29 January 1921
4 Notts County 0–0 Aston Villa 29 January 1921
Replay Aston Villa 1–0 Notts County 2 February 1921
5 Grimsby Town 1–3 Southampton 29 January 1921
6 Derby County 1–1 Wolverhampton Wanderers 29 January 1921
Replay Wolverhampton Wanderers 1–0 Derby County 2 February 1921
7 Lincoln City 0–0 Fulham 29 January 1921
Replay Fulham 1–0 Lincoln City 2 February 1921
8 Everton 1–1 Sheffield Wednesday 29 January 1921
Replay Sheffield Wednesday 0–1 Everton 2 February 1921
9 Swindon Town 0–2 Chelsea 29 January 1921
10 Newcastle United 1–0 Liverpool 29 January 1921
11 Tottenham Hotspur 4–0 Bradford City 29 January 1921
12 Brighton & Hove Albion 0–0 Cardiff City 29 January 1921
Replay Cardiff City 1–0 Brighton & Hove Albion 2 February 1921
13 Crystal Palace 0–2 Hull City 29 January 1921
14 Southend United 1–0 Blackpool 29 January 1921
15 Bradford Park Avenue 0–1 Huddersfield Town 29 January 1921
16 Swansea Town 1–2 Plymouth Argyle 29 January 1921

Third round proper

The eight Third Round matches were scheduled for Saturday, 19 February 1921. One match was drawn and went to a replay in the following midweek fixture. This was also drawn, and so a second replay was played the following week.

Tie no Home team Score Away team Date
1 Southampton 0–1 Cardiff City 19 February 1921
2 Aston Villa 2–0 Huddersfield Town 19 February 1921
3 Luton Town 2–3 Preston North End 19 February 1921
4 Everton 3–0 Newcastle United 19 February 1921
5 Fulham 0–1 Wolverhampton Wanderers 19 February 1921
6 Plymouth Argyle 0–0 Chelsea 19 February 1921
Replay Chelsea 0–0 Plymouth Argyle 23 February 1921
Replay Chelsea 2–1 Plymouth Argyle 28 February 1921
7 Hull City 3–0 Burnley 19 February 1921
8 Southend United 1–4 Tottenham Hotspur 19 February 1921

Fourth round proper

The four Fourth Round matches were scheduled for Saturday, 5 March 1921. There was one replay, between Hull City and Preston North End, played in the following midweek fixture.

Tie no Home team Score Away team Date
1 Everton 0–1 Wolverhampton Wanderers 5 March 1921
2 Tottenham Hotspur 1–0 Aston Villa 5 March 1921
3 Hull City 0–0 Preston North End 5 March 1921
Replay Preston North End 1–0 Hull City 9 March 1921
4 Cardiff City 1–0 Chelsea 5 March 1921

Semi-Finals

The semi-final matches were played on Saturday, 19 March 1921. The Wolverhampton Wanderers–Cardiff City match was drawn and went to a replay four days later. Wolves won this, and went on to meet Tottenham Hotspur in the final.

Replay

Final

The Final was contested by Tottenham Hotspur and Wolverhampton Wanderers at Stamford Bridge. Spurs won by a single goal, scored by Jimmy Dimmock, eight minutes into the second half. The cup was presented to the winning team by King George V.

Match details

23 March 1921
Tottenham Hotspur 1 – 0 Wolverhampton Wanderers
Dimmock Goal 53'
Stamford Bridge, London
Attendance: 72,805
Referee: J. Davies (Rainhill)
Tottenham Hotspur
Wolverh'ton Wanderers

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