The 1923 FA Cup Final was a football match between Bolton Wanderers and
West Ham United on 28 April 1923 at the original Wembley Stadium in
London. The showpiece match of English football's primary cup
competition, the Football Association Challenge Cup (better known as the
FA Cup), it was the first football match to be played at Wembley
Stadium. The final was preceded by chaotic scenes as vast crowds surged
into the stadium, far exceeding its official capacity of approximately
125,000. A crowd estimated at up to 300,000 gained entrance and the
terraces overflowed, with the result that spectators found their way
into the area around the pitch and even onto the playing area itself.
Mounted policemen, including one on a light-coloured horse (pictured)
which became the defining image of the day, had to be brought in to
clear the crowds from the pitch to allow the match to take place.
Although West Ham started strongly, Bolton proved the dominant team for
most of the match and won 2–0. The pre-match events prompted
discussion in the House of Commons and led to the introduction of a
number of safety measures for future finals. The match is often referred
to as the "White Horse Final" and is commemorated by the White Horse
Bridge at the new Wembley Stadium.
Read more: <https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/1923_FA_Cup_Final>
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