April 30, 1938: The BBC Television Service televises the FA Cup Final for the first time

Event-04-30-1938.jpgThe 1938 FA Cup Final was contested by Preston North End and Huddersfield Town at Wembley Stadium. Preston, losing finalists the previous year, won by a single goal. This was their second win in the competition.

This was the first FA Cup final to be broadcast on television. It was a repeat of the 1922 FA Cup Final. This time the scores were reversed but once again a penalty was needed to separate the two sides.

After 29 minutes of extra time it was still 0–0 and BBC commentator Thomas Woodrooffe said “if there’s a goal scored now, I’ll eat my hat”. Seconds later, Preston were awarded a penalty, from which George Mutch scored the winning goal; Woodrooffe kept his promise, though it was one made of cake and marzipan.


Watch highlights on the British Movietone YouTube Channel.


April 7: Jim Clark killed in car crash (BBC News)

Celebrity-03-04-19361968: Motor racing world champion Jim Clark was killed in a car crash during a Formula Two race at Hockenheim.  Clark, 32, was at the wheel of his Lotus-Cosworth which left the track at 170mph (274km/h), somersaulted through the air and collided with a tree on a remote part of the German track.

The twice Formula One champion, who sustained a broken neck and a fractured skull, was dead before he reached hospital.  The cause of the accident is not yet known although experts have suggested it could have been a fault in the steering mechanism or rear-axle suspension.