The Shortt Report

On the 11th June, 1923, the then Secretary of State for the Home Department asked the Rt. Hon. Edward Shortt, KC, to form a committee to inquire, amongst other things, into arrangements made to deal with the abnormally large attendances on special occasions, especially attendances at athletic grounds. This arose from disorder which occurred at Wembley Stadium on the occasion of the first cup final on the 28th April, 1923, between West Ham and Bolton Wanderers.


This particular report is summarised on pages 10 and 11 of the Popplewell Report.



Football Fact

The 1923 Cup Final at Wembley, then known as the Empire Stadium, had an official attendance of 126,047, although contemporary accounts place the attendance closer to 200,000. Click the programme.

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1923 Cup Final programme




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