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1923 FA Cup Final ...


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Wembley - West Ham team inspect Cup Final Ground


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1923 FA Cup Final Tram

This postcard features one of the most famous tramcars in the history of public transport, and one possibly unique in its connection with the world of soccer. There must be a multitude of West Ham United supporters who have heard about it, but only those who are approaching their Centenary will remember it really well. Over 89 years have elapsed since this vehicle traversed the tramway routes of East London, the tram was decorated in 1923 to celebrate the Hammers reaching the first F.A. Cup Final at Wembley.

It was devised and designed by officials of the Tramways Department of the West Ham Corporation, and was based at the Greengate Street depot. From where it made its way around the main streets of the surrounding boroughs, and was a really splendid sight when it was illuminated after darkness had fallen.

Jack Cotter Pathe News

Pathe's cameraman Jack Cotter disguised as a West Ham United football fan in order to 'pinch' the 1923 FA Cup Final from newsreel rivals               (Photograph: British Pathe)

1922-23 FA Cup Final postcard Cup Final page

The FA Cup Final at Wembley Stadium was contested between Bolton Wanderers and West Ham United on April 28, 1923. The showpiece match of English football's primary cup competition, the Football Association Challenge Cup, it was the first football match to be played at Wembley Stadium. King George V was in attendance to present the trophy to the winning team.

Both team had progressed through five rounds to reach the final. Bolton Wanderers won 1–0 in every round from the third onwards, and David Jack scored the lone goal each time. West Ham United faced opposition from the Second Division or lower in each round, the first time this had occurred since the introduction of multiple divisions in the Football League. West Ham took three attempts to defeat Southampton in the fourth round but then easily defeated Derby County in the semi-final, scoring five goals.


The final was preceded by chaotic scenes as vast crowds surged into the stadium, far exceeding its official capacity of approximately 125,000. A crowd estimated at up to 300,000 gained entrance and the terraces overflowed, with the result that spectators found their way into the area around the pitch and even onto the playing area itself. Mounted policemen, including one on a light-coloured horse which became the defining image of the day, had to be brought in to clear the crowds from the pitch to allow the match to take place. The match began 45 minutes late as crowds stood around the perimeter of the pitch. Although West Ham started strongly, Bolton proved the dominant team for most of the match and won 2–0. David Jack scored a goal two minutes after the start of the match and Jack Smith added a controversial second goal during the second half. The pre-match events prompted discussion in the House of Commons and led to the introduction of a number of safety measures for future finals. The match is often referred to as the "White Horse Final" and is commemorated by the White Horse Bridge at the new Wembley Stadium.

1922-23 FA Cup Final Autographs

1923 Cup Final Rosette sent in by Andy Ling.

Andy's Grandfather Bill Ling wore the rosette at Wembley and was one of many who lined the edge of the pitch on that famous day

1923 Cup Final Ticket WHU v. Bolton Wanderers Programme

FA Cup Final Programme and Tickets

1923 Cup Final Ticket 2

Image courtesy of Nigel Turner

1923 Autographs Cup Final Crowd 02 Frank Brown Postcard

Frank Brown Postcard

Bolton Wanderers and West Ham United Autographs

Cup Final Crowd 013 23_04_28 WHU v. Bolton Pirate Edition

Pirate Cup Final Programme

Image courtesy of Nigel Turner

1923 Cup Final Napkin

Souvenir in Commemoration of the English Cup Final

1964 FA Cup Final 1923-24 Season 1923 FA Cup Final signatures postcard