Defeat in White Horse final

28 April 1923
FA Cup final
Bolton Wanderers 2-0 West Ham United

A goal in each half was to break the hearts of West Ham United in the club's first major final since their formation less than a quarter of a century before.

The showpiece match was the first to be played at the new Empire Stadium, which would soon become better known as Wembley, and was such a sought-after ticket in the capital that many more than the 127,000 capacity crowd crammed into the venue. So many supporters had forced their way in that police on horseback were needed to quell the crowds and push them away from the touchlines.

Chief among them was PC George Scorey on his horse Billie and his contribution has gone down in English football history - leading to the new White Horse Bridge at the revamped Wembley being named in his honour. The match had been delayed by 45 minutes but once David Jack struck after just two minutes, United were always chasing the contest and it was the north-west club who lifted the trophy.

West Ham United: Hufton, Henderson, Bishop, Kay, Tresadern, Young, Richards, Brown, Watson, Moore, Russell