Town's Captain speaks ahead of the 1930 FA Cup Final
- 1930 FA Cup Final 78 vinyl donated by fan John Broscombe
- The recording is of Town’s and Arsenal’s captains speaking pre-match
- The vinyl has since been digitised by Pulse 1 Radio
A rare piece of memorabilia has recently been donated to Huddersfield Town by Terriers’ supporter John Broscombe – and Town fans can enjoy it online thanks to club partner Pulse1!
The rare vinyl comes from Town’s 1930 FA Cup Final against Arsenal at Wembley and features the opposing captains, Alex Jackson and Gunners’ Tom Parker, speaking before the match took place, which Huddersfield lost 2-0.
It’s a throwback to the generous, sporting nature of the game, with both skippers stating their hopes that football would be the eventual winner on the occasion.
More than half a million people applied for tickets of the game as it attracted interest across the land, and £60,000 had to be returned due to its immense popularity.
Jackson, a Scottish winger who played for Huddersfield and was nicknamed ‘The Gay Cavalier’, takes an admirably sporting approach in the recording ahead of the final.
“Both teams are fully capable of playing attractive and effective football and it is my sincere wish, and also that of my colleagues and our opponents, that the game may be spoken of for years to come as a classic.”
Opposition captain Parker replied in kind fashion: “When it’s over I hope there is no man on either side who feels the result will have been different because of any failing on his part.”
An incredible 92,499 people packed into Wembley Stadium to watch the match, but the day wasn’t remembered for the loss which Town suffered.
Instead, the eerie image of the Graf Zeppelin which loomed over the stadium in the first half was people’s lasting image of the occasion - the German craft was the largest airship built at that time.
The Decca vinyl belonged to John’s grandfather, William, and he remembers listening to it as a child. Following the sad death of his brother Ken, he came across the record again and he felt the Club was where it belonged.
“There was only one place I wanted it to go and that was to Huddersfield Town,” John told the Huddersfield Daily Examiner.
“It’s amazing piece of history but just how rare it is we don’t know.
“I would love to know if anyone else has a copy. My guess would be that there will be a few still around.”
The Club is delighted to announce that club partner Pulse1 has now digitalised the recording; click HERE
to listen to both captains on the Pulse1 website or HERE
for the link via Pulse2.