1923 FA Cup Final: 100 Years On

One hundred years ago today (28th April), Bolton Wanderers won the FA Cup for the first time in their history.

The Whites beat West Ham United 2-0 in the first game to ever be played at Wembley Stadium.

Goals from David Jack and John Smith secured the win for Wanderers and allowed captain Joe Smith to receive the trophy from King George V.

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Though the official attendance was 126,047, it is estimated over 200,000 people were actually present on the day.

The game would become known as the ‘White Horse Final’ with the enormous crowds pushed back behind the touchline by a white police horse named Billy (image above).

In homage this centenary season of the 1923 Final, Wanderers launched a limited-edition anniversary kit back in October 2022. Featuring the red club crest of the day and the polo neck with laces, today’s Whites wore the kit for the FA Cup first round fixture against Barnsley in early November.

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Club historian Simon Marland expands on what proved to be an eventful off-field Final and a legendary day in Wanderers’ long history in tomorrow's ‘The Wanderer’ matchday programme, available online and via programme sellers around the stadium ahead of kick-off (Wanderers v Fleetwood Town at home, KO 3pm).

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