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First FA Cup final on TV and commentator had to eat his hat! Town in landmark game 78 years ago today.

Byline: Andrew Hirst Head of Content andrew.hirst@examiner.co.uk

IT was 78 years ago today that the first FA Cup Final was televised in its entirety by the BBC ... and it thrust Huddersfield Town into the limelight.

King George VI was there on April 30 to shake the hands of every player at the 1938 cup final - including one who was to achieve managerial fame at Town before going on to become a legend.

That was Preston player Bill Shankly who set up a dynasty at Liverpool that went on to achieve European glory.

Preston had lost the previous year but went on to defeat Town by a single goal ...

right at the death.

After 29 minutes of extra time it was still 0-0 and BBC commentator Thomas Woodrooffe (inset) said: "If there's a goal scored now, I'll eat my hat."

Seconds later, Preston were awarded a penalty when Alf Young brought down George Mutch. The decision was controversial as Mutch appeared outside the box.

But Mutch got up to score the winning goal from the spot and apparently Woodrooffe kept his promise.

Three of the players who participated in the final - Andy Beattie and Bill Shankly of Preston and Eddie Boot of Huddersfield - would all manage Huddersfield within 20 years of this final.

Shankly then led Liverpool to the Second Division Championship to gain promotion to the top-flight First Division in 1962 before going on to win three First Division Championships, two FA Cups, four Charity Shields and one UEFA Cup.

* Do you have any memories of the final? If so please contact the newsdesk at editorial@examiner.co.uk or phone 01484 437712.

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| Alf Young tosses the coin watched by Preston's Tom Smith

| King George VI shakes hands with Town players before the Cup final. Left: the controversial penalty

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Date:Apr 30, 2016
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