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REMEMBERING TOWN’S FIRST MATCH AT WEMBLEY

21 April 2020

Town’s first game at the National Stadium was in the 1928 FA Cup Final

- Looking back at Huddersfield Town’s first Wembley appearance
- Town featured in the 1928 FA Cup Final against Blackburn
- Details from the match that took place on 21 April 1928

Looking back at Huddersfield Town’s first ever visit to Wembley Stadium on 21 April 1928.

Wembley was opened in 1923 and hosted its first ever FA Cup Final just months later meaning it was just a year after Huddersfield Town lifted their inaugural FA Cup trophy.

In the Final for the third time, Town faced Blackburn Rovers, who had won the competition five times prior to this game.

Wins over Lincoln City, West Ham, Middlesbrough, Tottenham Hotspur and Sheffield United – after a third replay – secured a place in the Final for Jack Chaplin’s side.

Unfortunately, Town got off to the worst possible start in front of a packed-out Wembley Stadium (92,041) and never really recovered.

The opener would’ve been highly controversial modern day as Willie Mercer, Town’s ‘keeper, collected a cross and was heavily challenged in the air by Syd Puddefoot. Mercer crashed to the ground and John Roscamp poked the ball home to give the Lancastrians the lead.

Town struggled to find any real rhythm and Tom McLean doubled Rovers’ advantage before the break.

Chaplin’s side came out fighting in the second half and had a glimmer of hope courtesy of Scotland international Alex Jackson.

Despite Town’s efforts, Roscamp sealed the win for Blackburn with five minutes to go.

Huddersfield Town went on to feature in two more FA Cup Finals, but were beaten by Arsenal and Preston North End.


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