Arsenal Win FA Charity Shield On This Day, 7th October 1931

Twelve months previously, Sheffield Wednesday had been beaten by Arsenal in the FAs traditional match between the reigning champions and the previous season’s FA Cup winners.

This was Arsenal’s first time as Champions in the match, West Bromwich Albion won the FA Cup, beating Birmingham City in the Black Country derby at Wembley, as well as winning promotion to the First Division. Cliff Bastin’s goal settled this match.

This was only the fourth time that the match had been played outside of London – Highbury, White Hart Lane, Stamford Bridge, even The Den – and the first where some evidence of sanity in planning the fixture had taken place with Villa Park being more convenient to the northern participants than dragging them to various parts of the capital.

Arsenal played in 7 of the 9 FA Charity Shields during the 1930s, winning 5 and losing two. They were not retaining the trophy but the club’s first defeat in this match would not happen until Sheffield Wednesday reversed their 1930 loss in 1935.