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FA Cup semi-final at Highbury in 1929. EPW025836

FA Cup semi-final at Highbury in 1929. EPW025836


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FA Cup semi-final at Highbury in 1929. EPW025836

HIGHBURY STADIUM, London. Aerial view of the 1929 FA Cup Semi-Final at the home of Arsenal Football Club. Portsmouth beat Aston Villa 1-0 to reach the final at Wembley where they went on to lose 2-0 to Bolton Wanderers. This was the first of twelve occasions when Highbury was used as the neutral venue for FA Cup semi-finals. Aerofilms Collection (see Links)

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In this aerial photograph, Highbury Stadium in London comes alive with the electric atmosphere of the 1929 FA Cup Semi-Final. The image, taken from above, reveals the intricate layout of the football ground as it was used as a neutral venue for the highly anticipated clash between Portsmouth and Aston Villa. The meticulously manicured pitch, framed by the lush green expanse of the surrounding grass embankments, stands out in stark contrast to the sea of spectators that filled the terraces. The intricate network of paths and walkways, designed to accommodate the thousands of fans, can be seen snaking through the stands, leading to the entrance gates. The day held significant importance for Portsmouth Football Club, as they emerged victorious with a hard-fought 1-0 win over Aston Villa. This triumph secured their place in the FA Cup Final at Wembley Stadium, where they ultimately faced Bolton Wanderers and lost 2-0. This photograph marks the first of twelve occasions when Highbury Stadium was used as a venue for FA Cup semi-finals. The historic moment underscores the rich footballing heritage of the iconic stadium, which once served as the home ground for Arsenal Football Club. The aerial perspective offers a unique vantage point, allowing us to appreciate the grand scale of the event and the sheer number of people who gathered to witness the action unfold. The image encapsulates the essence of urban leisure and the enduring passion for football that continues to captivate generations.

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