1936: Sheffield invades London


In 1936, the Football Association Cup final saw London's Arsenal take on Sheffield United - nicknamed the Blades after Sheffield's steel cutlery industry - at Wembley Stadium.

Sheffield laid on special trains to London for the match, with the total number of spectators at over 93,000.  The Sheffield fans made the most of their time in the capital by touring the city, resplendent in their red-and-white team colours.  As these pictures show, some appeared to be wearing pyjamas in team colours over their ordinary clothes.

Due to a dispute over payments between Wembley officials and the newsreel companies, the media were banned from the stadium. Only one official Wembley cameraman filmed inside that day.  Some enterprising companies reacted by using autogyros to film the match from the air and the BBC, in an ‘experiment’, used commentators for the first time.

Final score: Arsenal 1, Sheffield 0.


Energetic Sheffield supporters with rattles in Trafalgar Square

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 'Sheffield cup tie supporters go gay in London. London has been given a 'northern' touch by the thousands of Sheffield United Cup Final supporters who have arrived for today's big match. The photo shows happy cup final supporters from Sheffield in Euston Road'   (c)  TopFoto

'Sheffield cup tie supporters go gay in London. London has been given a 'northern' touch by the thousands of Sheffield United Cup Final supporters who have arrived for today's big match. The photo shows happy cup final supporters from Sheffield in Euston Road' 

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 Sheffield supporters watching the Changing of the Guard in front of the King's House, at the Tower of London  (c)  TopFoto

Sheffield supporters watching the Changing of the Guard in front of the King's House, at the Tower of London

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"A pavement artist with a topical turn of mind did a brisk 'business' on Tower Hill when crowds of Shefield Cup Final supporters stopped to admire his drawing of Harry Hooper, the Sheffield captain wedded to the FA Cup"

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 A line of Sheffield supporters in Trafalgar Square  (c)  TopFoto

A line of Sheffield supporters in Trafalgar Square

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Curation: Amanda Uren



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