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Rabbits’ Feet And Mr Rover’s Free Lunch: The 1939 FA Cup In 13 Wonderful Photographs

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On April 29th 1939 Portsmouth defeated Wolverhampton Wanderers 4–1 in British soccer’s FA Cup Final. The Second World War meant the next FA Cup final was not held again til 1946. These photographs are of that FA Cup season.

 

3rd January 1939:  Three Tottenham Hotspur FC soccer players looking at their new numbered football shirts for the third round FA cup tie against Watford at White Hart Lane, London. Left to right Duncan, A Hall, and W Hall (Capt).  (Photo by Stephens/Topical Press Agency/Getty Images)

3rd January 1939: Three Tottenham Hotspur FC soccer players looking at their new numbered football shirts for the third round FA cup tie against Watford at White Hart Lane, London. Left to right Duncan, A Hall, and W Hall (Capt). (Photo by Stephens/Topical Press Agency/Getty Images)

 

11th January 1939:  Villa's F O'Donnell heads over the Ipswich crossbar as Ipswich Town play Aston Villa at Portman Road in an FA Cup third round replay.  (Photo by Davis/Topical Press Agency/Getty Images)

11th January 1939: Villa’s F O’Donnell heads over the Ipswich crossbar as Ipswich Town play Aston Villa at Portman Road in an FA Cup third round replay. (Photo by Davis/Topical Press Agency/Getty Images)

 

Ipswich Town football players having a bath together at Portman Road after the replay of their third round FA Cup match with Aston Villa, 11th January 1939. Villa won the tie 2-1  (Photo by London Express/Getty Images)

Ipswich Town football players having a bath together at Portman Road after the replay of their third round FA Cup match with Aston Villa, 11th January 1939. Villa won the tie 2-1 (Photo by London Express/Getty Images)

 

Yeovil lost 2-1.

 

11th January 1939:  Yeovil factory workers who support Yeovil  football club, with their rabbits' feet which they hope will bring their team luck in their FA cup match against Sheffield Wednesday .  (Photo by Alan Webb/Fox Photos/Getty Images)

11th January 1939: Yeovil factory workers who support Yeovil football club, with their rabbits’ feet which they hope will bring their team luck in their FA cup match against Sheffield Wednesday . (Photo by Alan Webb/Fox Photos/Getty Images)

 

19th January 1939:  Wolverhampton Wanderers are favourites for the FA Cup in 1939. Here the team display their clean boots.  (Photo by Fox Photos/Getty Images)

19th January 1939: Wolverhampton Wanderers are favourites for the FA Cup in 1939. Here the team display their clean boots. (Photo by Fox Photos/Getty Images)

 

No free lunches: Cheslea lost 1-0 to Grimsby Town.

circa 1939:  Mr Roger, the proprietor of a restaurant on the Chalk Farm Road, London, putting up a notice announcing that he will give free meals to all his customers if Chelsea win the FA Cup.  (Photo by Fox Photos/Getty Images)

circa 1939: Mr Roger, the proprietor of a restaurant on the Chalk Farm Road, London, putting up a notice announcing that he will give free meals to all his customers if Chelsea win the FA Cup. (Photo by Fox Photos/Getty Images)

 

18th February 1939:  Groundstaff at Wembley Stadium roll the pitch as part of the months of preparations for the FA Cup Final.  (Photo by Fox Photos/Getty Images)

18th February 1939: Groundstaff at Wembley Stadium roll the pitch as part of the months of preparations for the FA Cup Final. (Photo by Fox Photos/Getty Images)

circa 1939:  Two women checking FA cup final tickets at Messrs Waterlow's printing works in Finsbury, London.  (Photo by Hulton Archive/Getty Images)

circa 1939: Two women checking FA cup final tickets at Messrs Waterlow’s printing works in Finsbury, London. (Photo by Hulton Archive/Getty Images)

6th February 1939:  A young woman checks tickets for the FA Cup Final as they come off the press.  (Photo by Fox Photos/Getty Images)

6th February 1939: A young woman checks tickets for the FA Cup Final as they come off the press. (Photo by Fox Photos/Getty Images)

A groundsman mowing the pitch in preparation for the FA Cup final at Wembley Stadium, London, 29th April 1939. (Photo by H. F. Davis/Topical Press Agency/Hulton Archive/Getty Images)

A groundsman mowing the pitch in preparation for the FA Cup final at Wembley Stadium, London, 29th April 1939. (Photo by H. F. Davis/Topical Press Agency/Hulton Archive/Getty Images)

29th April 1939:  A Portsmouth Football Club supporter cheering his team in Trafalgar Square, London, before their FA Cup Final match against Wolverhampton Wanderers at Wembley Stadium.  (Photo by Stephenson/Topical Press Agency/Getty Images)

29th April 1939: A Portsmouth Football Club supporter cheering his team in Trafalgar Square, London, before their FA Cup Final match against Wolverhampton Wanderers at Wembley Stadium. (Photo by Stephenson/Topical Press Agency/Getty Images)

29th April 1939:  Wolverhampton Wanderers, set to meet Portsmouth in the FA Cup final at Wembley. Left to right (back): J Mullen, Galley, Scott, Morris, Taylor, Gardiner. Left to right (front): Burton, McIntosh, Stan Cullis (1915 - 2001), Dorsett and Maguire.  (Photo by Hulton Archive/Getty Images)

29th April 1939: Wolverhampton Wanderers, set to meet Portsmouth in the FA Cup final at Wembley. Left to right (back): J Mullen, Galley, Scott, Morris, Taylor, Gardiner. Left to right (front): Burton, McIntosh, Stan Cullis (1915 – 2001), Dorsett and Maguire. (Photo by Hulton Archive/Getty Images)

5th June 1939:  Jimmy Guthrie, the Portsmouth captain, being carried by his team mates after winning the FA Cup final.  (Photo by Keystone/Getty Images)

5th June 1939: Jimmy Guthrie, the Portsmouth captain, being carried by his team mates after winning the FA Cup final. (Photo by Keystone/Getty Images)