Arsenal’s 4-o win over Aston Villa on Saturday was a record 12th FA Cup triumph. Their first was against Huddersfield Town in 1930. If film footage of that occasion at the old Wembley stadium exists it’s yet to find its way on to You Tube. But coverage of the Gunners’ second Cup win is there. Sheffield United were the losers that time. As you’ll see, Pathe Gazette had limited access to the action, but made the best of capturing the mood of the day. This vintage newsreel is worth watching for the players’ haircuts alone.
Ted Drake, who got the winning goal, had joined Arsenal from his home town club Southampton in 1934 for a massive £6,500. Yes, the capital was draining the provinces of talent even then. Just before Christmas of the Cup final season Drake scored all seven goals in a 7-1 win against…poor old Aston Villa.
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