Programme of the Day - 26th April
FA Cup Final
Aston Villa :
Referee : W.E. Russell (
Lessons were learned from the chaotic staging of The Stadiums first Cup Final
the previous year, and admission to the meeting of two of the giants of early English football was by ticket only. The restricted crowd and the days torrential rain made for an altogether different atmosphere at Wembley, although there was plenty
for visiting football fans to see on their trip to
The first half was a fine, open game, in which each side gave as good as they received.
The Geordies centre forward Harris was their best forward, always keen to take on the Villa defence, and with seven minutes to play his shot was only partially stopped by goalkeeper Jackson. The club archives give the goal to Harris, although contemporary newspapers credit it to Cowan, who followed through.
Stan Seymour, who had a quiet afternoon, burst into life three minutes later and scored a memorable second goal with an unstoppable shot. It was too late for Villa to respond, and throughout the game they failed to counter the busy Cowan, nor subdue Gibson, whom many considered to be the games best player.
In stark contrast to the handbook-sized issue for the first Wembley final, the page size for the second occasion was twice as large. The front cover, printed in four colours on a matt card, featured a sketch of match action, both teams wearing the strips of that days combatants, and an aerial sketch of the stadium.
The inside pages were numbered from 1 (ie the cover was not included) and started with an ornate design surrounding the words Programme & Souvenir of the Football Associations English Cup competition, Final Tie 1924, in the stadium at The British Empire Exhibition, Wembley. This was printed in a grey-green colour, making this programme one of the first to incorporate a spot colour to augment the black print
A portrait of the Prince of Wales, President of the British Empire Exhibition, was on page 3, and the Story of the Cup filled a further two pages. There were portraits of the President and Secretary of the FA, and the match referee , and a page on how the teams reached the final.
Following centre spread team lines in
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