1900–01 FA Cup

1900–01 FA Cup
Country England
Champions Tottenham Hotspur
Runners-up Sheffield United

The 1900–01 FA Cup was the 30th season of the world's oldest association football competition, the Football Association Challenge Cup (more usually known as the FA Cup). The cup was won by Tottenham Hotspur of the Southern League, who defeated Sheffield United 3–1 in a replay after a 22 draw in the first game.[1] This was the first and only occasion since the formation of The Football League in 1888 that a club from outside the League won the cup.[2]

Matches were scheduled to be played at the stadium of the team named first on the date specified for each round, which was always a Saturday. If scores were level after 90 minutes had been played, a replay would take place at the stadium of the second-named team later the same week. If the replayed match was drawn further replays would be held at neutral venues until a winner was determined. If scores were level after 90 minutes had been played in a replay, a 30-minute period of extra time would be played.


The format of the FA Cup for the season had a preliminary round, five qualifying rounds, an intermediate round, three proper rounds, and the semi finals and final.

Round Date
Preliminary Round Saturday 22 September 1900
First Round Qualifying Saturday 6 October 1900
Second Round Qualifying Saturday 20 October 1900
Third Round Qualifying Saturday 3 November 1900
Fourth Round Qualifying Saturday 17 November 1900
Fifth Round Qualifying Saturday 8 December 1900
Intermediate Round Saturday 5 January 1901
First Round Proper Saturday 9 February 1901
Second Round Proper Saturday 23 February 1901
Third Round Proper Saturday 23 March 1901
Semi-Finals Saturday 6 April 1901
Final Saturday 20 April 1901

Intermediate Round

For the qualifying rounds, see 1900–01 FA Cup Qualifying Rounds.

The Intermediate Round featured ten games, played between the ten winners of the Fifth Qualifying Round, and ten teams given byes. Football League First Division Liverpool and Stoke, along with Burslem Port Vale, Glossop, Grimsby Town, Newton Heath, New Brighton Tower and Woolwich Arsenal from the Football League Second Division were entered automatically into this round, as were Southern League Division One Portsmouth and Bristol City.

The other Second Division sides had to gain entry to this round through the earlier qualifying rounds. Barnsley, Blackpool, Burton Swifts, Chesterfield, Gainsborough Trinity, Lincoln City, Middlesbrough, Stockport County and Walsall were all entered in the Third Qualifying Round. Of these, only Chesterfield, Middlesbrough and Walsall reached the Intermediate Round. They were joined by seven other non-league sides.

The ten matches were played on 5 January 1901. One tie went to a replay, played in the following midweek. This rematch again resulted in a draw, so a second replay was played the following week at a neutral venue (Swindon Town's County Ground).

Tie no Home team Score Away team Date
1Chesterfield30Walsall5 January 1901
2Darwen02Woolwich Arsenal5 January 1901
3Kettering10Crewe Alexandra5 January 1901
4Stoke10Glossop5 January 1901
5Reading11Bristol City5 January 1901
ReplayBristol City00Reading9 January 1901
ReplayReading21Bristol City14 January 1901
6Grimsby Town01Middlesbrough5 January 1901
7Burslem Port Vale13New Brighton Tower5 January 1901
8Luton Town12Bristol Rovers5 January 1901
9Newton Heath30Portsmouth5 January 1901
10West Ham United01Liverpool5 January 1901

First round proper

The First Round Proper contained sixteen ties between 32 teams. The remaining 16 of the 18 Football League First Division sides were given a bye to this round, as were Small Heath, Burnley and Leicester Fosse from the Football League Second Division, and Southern League Division One Southampton, Millwall Athletic and Tottenham Hotspur. They joined the ten teams who won in the intermediate round.

The matches were played on Saturday 9 February 1901. Four matches were drawn, with the replays taking place in the following midweek.

Tie no Home team Score Away team Date
1Kettering11Chesterfield9 February 1901
ReplayChesterfield12Kettering13 February 1901
2Southampton13Everton9 February 1901
3Stoke11Small Heath9 February 1901
ReplaySmall Heath21Stoke13 February 1901
4Reading20Bristol Rovers9 February 1901
5Notts County20Liverpool9 February 1901
6Nottingham Forest51Leicester Fosse9 February 1901
7Aston Villa50Millwall Athletic9 February 1901
8The Wednesday01Bury9 February 1901
9Bolton Wanderers10Derby County9 February 1901
10Wolverhampton Wanderers51New Brighton Tower9 February 1901
11Middlesbrough31Newcastle United9 February 1901
12West Bromwich Albion10Manchester City9 February 1901
13Sunderland12Sheffield United9 February 1901
14Newton Heath00Burnley9 February 1901
ReplayBurnley71Newton Heath13 February 1901
15Woolwich Arsenal20Blackburn Rovers9 February 1901
16Tottenham Hotspur11Preston North End9 February 1901
ReplayPreston North End24Tottenham Hotspur13 February 1901

Second Round Proper

The eight Second Round matches were scheduled for Saturday 23 February 1901. There was one replay, between Aston Villa and Nottingham Forest, played in the following midweek.

Tie no Home team Score Away team Date
1Notts County23Wolverhampton Wanderers23 February 1901
2Aston Villa00Nottingham Forest23 February 1901
ReplayNottingham Forest13Aston Villa27 February 1901
3Bolton Wanderers01Reading23 February 1901
4Middlesbrough50Kettering23 February 1901
5Small Heath10Burnley23 February 1901
6Sheffield United20Everton23 February 1901
7Woolwich Arsenal01West Bromwich Albion23 February 1901
8Tottenham Hotspur21Bury23 February 1901

Third round proper

The four Third Round matches were scheduled for Saturday, 23 March 1901. Two replays were needed, played in the following midweek.

Tie no Home team Score Away team Date
1Reading11Tottenham Hotspur23 March 1901
ReplayTottenham Hotspur30Reading27 March 1901
2Wolverhampton Wanderers04Sheffield United23 March 1901
3Middlesbrough01West Bromwich Albion23 March 1901
4Small Heath00Aston Villa23 March 1901
ReplayAston Villa10Small Heath27 March 1901


The semi-final matches were both intended to be played on Saturday 6 April 1901. Sheffield United and Aston Villa played on this date, but drew their tie and had to replay it five days later; this next match finished in a 30 win for United. The other game, Tottenham Hotspur against West Bromwich Albion, was delayed until Monday 8 April and finished in a convincing win for Spurs.



Main article: 1901 FA Cup Final
Tottenham score in the replay

The final took place on Saturday 20 April 1901 at Crystal Palace. Over 110,000 supporters attended the match. Fred Priest opened the scoring for Sheffield United after about 20 minutes. Sandy Brown headed an equalising goal shortly afterwards and half time arrived with the score 11. Brown put Spurs ahead early in the second half, but, not to be denied, Sheffield United pressed strongly, and Walter Bennett headed an equaliser for the draw.

In the replay, Spurs became the first and only "non (Football) league" side to win the FA Cup since the creation of Football League when they beat United 31 before an attendance of 20,470 at Burnden Park, Bolton. John Cameron opened the scoring before centre forward Sandy Brown became the first player to score in every round. He netted both goals in the final as well as one in the replay for a total of 15 in the season's competition.

Match details

20 April 1901
15:30 GMT
Tottenham Hotspur 2 2 Sheffield United
Brown  23'  51' [3] Priest  10'
Bennett  52'
Crystal Palace, London
Attendance: 114,815[4]
Referee: A. Kingscott
Tottenham Hotspur
Sheffield United [5]


27 April 1901
15:00 GMT
Tottenham Hotspur 3 1 Sheffield United
Cameron  52'
Smith  76'
Brown  87'
[3] Priest  40'
Burnden Park, Bolton
Attendance: 20,470[4]
Referee: A. Kingscott

See also


  1. James M. Ross (6 June 2008). "England FA Challenge Cup Finals". Rec.Sport.Soccer Statistics Foundation. Archived from the original on 24 October 2008. Retrieved 30 October 2008.
  2. Christopher Lyles (5 January 2008). "FA Cup by numbers". Daily Telegraph. Retrieved 24 October 2008.
  3. 1 2 Match report at fa-cupfinals.co.uk
  4. 1 2 Sporting Chronicle - 1901 FA Cup Final
  5. FA Cup Final kits, 1900-1909
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