Matches played at Highbury, London


Date of matchType of matchName of teamName of teamScoreAttendance
10 January 1920

FA Cup 1st round

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15 March 1920Home ChampionshipEnglandWales1-221,110
19 March 1923International friendlyEnglandBelgium6-114,052
6 October 1924FA Charity ShieldProfessionalsAmateurs3-110,000
9 February 1925FA Cup 2nd round 2nd replayBlackburn RoversPortsmouth1-022,827
21 January 1929FA Cup 3rd round 2nd replayMillwallNorthampton Town2-032,391 
23 March 1929FA Cup semi-finalPortsmouthAston Villa1-036,147 
9 December 1929FA Cup 1st round 2nd replayClapton OrientFolkestone4-13,500
1 March 1930Football League Division Three (South)Queen's Park RangersCoventry City3-117,903
4 December 1930FA Cup 1st round 2nd replayClapton OrientLuton Town2-48,021
22 April 1931Sheriff of London (Dewar) Charity ShieldArsenalCorinthians5-312,000
9 December 1931International friendlyEnglandSpain7-155,000
26 October 1932Sheriff of London (Dewar) Charity ShieldArsenalCorinthians9-29,493
11 April 1934Division Three (South) Cup semi-finalTorquay UnitedNorwich City4-13,727
14 November 1934International friendlyEnglandItaly3-256,044
28 November 1934FA Charity ShieldArsenalManchester City4-010,888
23 October 1935FA Charity ShieldSheffield WednesdayArsenal1-013,500
2 December 1936International friendlyEnglandHungary6-236,000
10 April 1937FA Cup semi-finalPreston North EndWest Bromwich Albion4-142,636
26 September 1938FA Charity ShieldArsenalPreston North End2-135,000
26 October 1938International friendlyEnglandFIFA XI3-040,185
2 February 1939FA Cup 4th round 2nd replayWest Ham UnitedTottenham Hotspur2-150,468
20 February 1939FA Cup 5th round 2nd replayChelseaSheffield Wednesday3-151,879
25 March 1939FA Cup semi-finalPortsmouthHuddersfield Town2-160,053
3 May 1947International friendlyEnglandFrance3-054,389
19 November 1947International friendlyEnglandSweden4-244,282
31 July 1948Olympic Games 1st roundGreat BritainThe Netherlands



5 August 1948Olympic Games quarter-finalDenmarkItaly


6 October 1948FA Charity ShieldArsenalManchester United4-331,000
2 December 1948Home ChampionshipEnglandSwitzerland6-048,000
26 March 1949FA Cup semi-finalLeicester CityPortsmouth3-162,000
19 October 1949FA Charity ShieldPortsmouthWolverhampton Wanderers1-135,140
22 November 1950International friendlyEnglandYugoslavia2-261,454
3 October 1951International friendlyEnglandFrance2-257,603
3 December 1951FA Cup 1st round 2nd replayLeyton OrientGorleston5-412,013
18 February 1952FA Cup 4th round 2nd replayLuton TownBrentford



30 April 1952International 'B' Trial matchEnglandGreat Britain Olympic


15 November 1952International Amateur matchArsenalEngland


1 December 1952FA Cup 1st round 2nd replayBournemouth & Boscombe AthleticIpswich Town2-34,756 
5 February 1953FA Cup 4th roundWalthamstow AvenueManchester United2-549,119
11 February 1953FA Cup 4th round 3rd replayChelseaWest Bromwich Albion4-027,997 
14 February 1953International Amateur matchEnglandWales3-38,338
12 October 1953FA Charity ShieldArsenalBlackpool3-139,853
8 February 1954FA Cup 4th round 2nd replayPortsmouthScunthorpe & Lindsey United4-024,540
29 November 1954FA Cup 1st round 2nd replayQueen's Park RangersWalthamstow Avenue0-411,939
20 January 1955FA Cup 3rd round 2nd replayBrentfordBradford City1-05,951 
13 February 1956FA Cup 4th round 3rd replayChelseaBurnley0-042,757
2 October 1956Southern Professional Floodlit Cup 1st roundArsenalCrystal Palace4-04,685
5 November 1956Pre-Olympic friendlyArsenalGreat Britain3-24,154
4 December 1956Southern Professional Floodlit Cup quarter-final replayArsenalWest Ham United3-214,156
4 March 1958International youth matchEnglandAustria3-2-
26 March 1958FA Cup semi-final replayManchester UnitedFulham5-338,258 
27 October 1959Southern Professional Floodlit Cup 2nd roundArsenalPortsmouth2-14,108
23 November 1959Southern Professional Floodlit Cup quarter-finalArsenalLeicester City4-26,402
8 February 1960FA Cup 3rd round 2nd replayBrighton & Hove AlbionRotherham United6-032,864
30 March 1960European Cup quarter-final replayRangersSparta Rotterdam3-234,178
5 April 1960 Southern Professional Floodlit Cup semi-finalArsenalWest Ham United1-38,000
16 January 1961FA Cup 3rd round 2nd replayManchester CityCardiff City2-024,168 
28th September 1961World Cup qualifierEnglandLuxembourg4-133,409
15th January 1962FA Cup 3rd round 2nd replayIpswich Town Luton Town5-129,438
15th April 1963UEFA under-18 youth tournametEnglandRomania3-0-
23rd November 1964FA Cup 1st round 2nd replayEnfieldRomford4-29,091 
21st September 1965Sheriff of London (Dewar) Charity ShieldArsenalCorinthian Casuals5-22,670 
18th March 1968Olympic friendlyArsenalGreat Britain0-3-
28th April 1970Inter-Cities' Fairs Cup final 2nd legArsenalAnderlecht3-051,612
2nd January 1973International under-23 matchEnglandThe Netherlands3-111,867
14th March 1973International youth matchEnglandItaly1-0-
19 October 1976League Cup 3rd round 2nd replayMillwallOrient3-08,844
22 February 1977League Cup semi-final replayQueen's Park RangersAston Villa0-340,438
8th April 1978FA Cup semi-finalIpswich TownWest Browmich Albion3-150,922
15th April 1981FA Cup semi-final replayTottenham HotspurWolverhampton Wanderers3-052,539 
3rd April 1982FA Cup semi-finalQueen's Park RangersWest Bromwich Albion1-045,015
16th April 1983FA Cup semi-finalBrighton & Hove AlbionSheffield Wednesday2-154,000
20th May 1983UEFA international youth tournamentEngland


(won 2-4 on pens.)



14th April 1984FA Cup semi-finalEvertonSouthampton



27th April 1988UEFA under-21 championship semi-finalEnglandFrance 


5th April 1992FA Cup semi-finalLiverpoolPortsmouth



13th April 1997FA Cup semi-finalChelseaWimbledon3-032,674
25th January 2003

FA Cup 4th round

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Farnborough TownArsenal1-535,108 


Arsenal controversially moved the 10 miles from Plumstead to Islington in 1913, angering Tottenham Hotspur, Clapton Orient and local residents.


The enclosed site was the playing field of the London College of Divinity and bounded by houses, gardens and a laundry. Terraces were built using material excavated from the Piccadilly underground line, and an East Stand erected.


Redevelopment in the 1930s created an Art Deco styling for the club. By 2006, the need for greater capacity resulted in the club relocating a short distance to the 60,000 seat Emirates Stadium.


Highbury is not entirely ‘lost’. Two stands, including the listed East Stand, have been incorporated into the Highbury Stadium Square residential development (see last photograph below).

Highbury's terraces crammed with spectators watching the FA Cup semi-final between Aston Villa and Portsmouth. Portsmouth won 1-0. As a neutral venue, Highbury went on to host a total of 12 FA Cup semi-finals: