FA Cup third round, second replay - 20 Jan 1947
A barrage from the outstanding centre-forward Tommy Lawton midway through the first half settled this epic FA Cup London derby. The first derived from John Paton’s brilliant wing-play, the Scot leaving Male for dead and crossing perfectly for Lawton’s head, which as powerful as many a player’s foot.
The second, from a rebound, showcased the no.9’s poaching instincts and nearly made it a hat-trick towards the final whistle; Swindin scrambled that one wide.
Two early errant attempts on goal and a missed penalty seemed to dampen the Gunners’ powder. Compton, in particular, came out second best to Lawton, the England striker still in his pomp, but the movement and combinations of fellow internationals Len Goulden and Tommy Walker were a source of bafflement too. Behind them the Pensioners’ James Macaulay dominated midfield.
The three gripping tussles had been watched by 183,135 spectators and generated £20,000 in receipts — then a record outside of a cup final. Billy Birrell’s side went on to face holders, Derby County — losing out 0-1 after a replay.