On 7 April 1952, Arsenal reached the FA Cup Final after beating Chelsea 3-0 in the semi-final replay after the first leg – which was played only two days earlier – ended in a 1-1 draw. Coincidentally, all the games were played at White Hart Lane because Highbury was transformed into an ARP (Air Raid Precautions) stronghold during the Second World War and as such, all our home games were played at Tottenham’s ground.
An inspired Arsenal side marched into White Hart Lane and registered an emphatic 3-0 win over Chelsea to progress into the FA Cup Final. In the other semi-final match, Newcastle United progressed into the Final after beating Blackburn Rovers 2-1 in the replay following a barren draw played at Hillsborough in Sheffield.
Towards the end of the season, Arsenal met Newcastle in the Final at Wembley Stadium in front of a capacity crowd of 127,000 spectators. Unfortunately, it was never meant to be Arsenal’s day as Chilean international Jorge Robledo scored the only goal of the match in the 84th minute to win the title for Newcastle in the competition’s 71st season.
Nonetheless, fast forward to 2015 and the Gunners are the team to have lifted the much coveted trophy the most number of times, 11, although the achievement is also shared with Manchester United who likewise have won 11 FA Cup titles.