1896 FA Cup Final

1896 FA Cup Final
Event 1895–96 FA Cup
Date 18 April 1896
Venue Crystal Palace, London
Referee William Simpson
Attendance 48,836

The 1896 FA Cup Final was won by The Wednesday at the Crystal Palace, in a victory over Wolverhampton Wanderers.

Tournament format

210 teams entered, a record high for the competition, beating the previous record by some 27 clubs. The qualifiers were whittled down to 32 clubs to participate in the competition proper. Clubs competed for a new trophy, which remains the oldest surviving FA Cup trophy, although it was retired from use in 1910.[1]

The Final

Fred Spiksley became the star of the show in this Cup Final, scoring the two goals that gave the Wednesday a 2–1 win. Within the first minute, a run by Harry Davis, the outside-right, set up Spiksley to slot home the first. David Black soon equalised for Wolves with a cunning hook close to the post. Spiksley however smashed a shot against the upright which bounced into the goal and then out again. The referee gave a goal. The score stayed the same till the final whistle to give Wednesday their first FA Cup win.

The Wolves goalkeeper Tennant had been injured during the buildup to the winning goal and was dazed as the ball crashed off his bar, bounced down and back out and did not realise a goal had been given. At the end of the game, he walked up to Jack Earp, the Wednesday captain and asked, "When's the replay?", to which he received the reply "There is no replay old man! We won by two goals to one as you will see when we take the medals!". "But how? for only one shot passed me!". Replied a confused Tennant.

Match details

18 April 1896
The Wednesday 2–1 Wolverhampton Wanderers
Spiksley  1'  18' Black  8'
Crystal Palace, London
Attendance: 48,836
Referee: William Simpson
The Wednesday
Wolverhampton Wanderers [2]
GK England Jimmy Massey
DF England Jack Earp (c)
DF England Ambrose Langley
MF England Harry Brandon
MF England Tommy Crawshaw
MF Scotland Bob Petrie
FW Scotland Archie Brash
FW Scotland Alec Brady
FW Scotland Laurie Bell
FR England Harry Davis
FL England Fred Spiksley
England Arthur Dickinson
GK England Billy Tennant
DF England Dickie Baugh (c)
DF Scotland Tommy Dunn
MD England Billy Owen
MD England Billy Malpass
MD England Hill Griffiths
FW England Jack Tonks
FW England Charlie Henderson
FW England Billy Beats
FR England Harry Wood
FL Scotland David Black
England Jack Addenbrooke

Route to the Final

The Wednesday

Round 1: Southampton St. Mary's 2–3 The Wednesday

Round 2: The Wednesday 2–1 Sunderland

Quarter-final: The Wednesday 4–0 Everton

Semi-final: The Wednesday 1–1 Bolton Wanderers

(at Goodison Park)
  • Replay: Bolton Wanderers 1–3 The Wednesday
(at the Town Ground, Nottingham)

Wolverhampton Wanderers

Round 1: Notts County 2–2 Wolverhampton Wanderers

  • Replay: Wolverhampton Wanderers 4–3 Notts County

Round 2: Wolverhampton Wanderers 2–0 Liverpool

Quarter-final: Wolverhampton Wanderers 3–0 Stoke City

Semi-final: Wolverhampton Wanderers 2–1 Derby County

(at Villa Park)


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