North-London has been a breeding ground for football folklore down the years and Arsenal, a club with a proud history and an unmatched desire to win, have been at the forefront of English football in general since their inception. Arsenal’s history is full of memorable victories and trophies, from the Invincible 2004-05 season to the famed 1930 FA Cup victory and the 1971 League and Cup double, the North London club have had an eventful past. Here’s a look at some of the Cup finals won by the Gunners.
Arsenal defeated Huddersfield Town by 2-0 to lift the FA Cup for the first time back in 1930. Goals from Alex James and Jack Lambert were enough to help the North London side lift the FA Cup for the first time in the club’s history and the mastermind behind the triumph was their iconic manager Herbert Chapman. Huddersfield Town had previously reached great heights under Chapman and the teams entered the pitch side-by-side for the first time in football history in the honour of the Gunners boss. The other noticeable event in the match was the Graf Zeppelin, the largest airship at the time, looming over the stadium in the first half.
Ted Drake’s solitary goal was enough for Arsenal in beating Sheffield Wednesday as the Gunners won their second FA Cup title, six years after the first Cup victory. Alex James captained the North London club in the final. George Male had an outstanding match with a brilliant defensive display to keep the Sheffield strikers at bay. The match was played in the true essence of sportsmanship and was relatively free from fouls.
Arsenal defeated England giants Liverpool to land their 3rd FA Cup in 1950, a final highlighted by Reg Lewis’ match-winning brace in a game that ended 2-0. The Merseyside club was led by Phil Taylor whereas Joe Mercer led the North London club. Further interesting titbits from the showpiece event include Liverpool dropping a certain Bob Paisley in the final even despite the Scotsman scoring the winner against arch-rivals Everton in the FA Cup semi-finals while Arsenal had a famous cricketer, Denis Compton in their squad for the game.