FA Cup Semi-Final Glory For Arsenal On This Day, 26th March 1930

According to the report, this was “perhaps one of the poorest semi-finals ever played“. I always think that at this stage of any competition, the performance does not matter; just win. Losing with a whiff of Wembley or whichever stadium in your nostrils is more soul-destroying than losing in the final.

The cup run compensated for a mediocre league campaign which saw Arsenal finish fourteenth. Following this win, they emerged victorious in only three more games including the final victory over Huddersfield Town. The other two games were home to Blackburn (4-0) and Sheffield United (8-1) at Highbury. The remainder were a mixture of draws and defeats, most notably 6-6 at Filbert Street where Arsenal trailed 3-1 to Leicester City at half-time. But those stories are for another day.

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