1902–03 FA Cup

1902–03 FA Cup
Country England
Champions Bury
Runners-up Derby County

The 190203 FA Cup was the 32nd season of the world's oldest association football competition, the Football Association Challenge Cup (more usually known as the FA Cup). Bury won the competition for the second and (as of 2009) final time, beating Derby County 60 in the final at Crystal Palace. This scoreline still stands as a record victory in an FA Cup final.

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 20 September 1902
First Round Qualifying Saturday 4 October 1902
Second Round Qualifying Saturday 18 October 1902
Third Round Qualifying Saturday 1 November 1902
Fourth Round Qualifying Saturday 15 November 1902
Fifth Round Qualifying Saturday 29 November 1902
Intermediate Round Saturday 13 December 1902
First Round Proper Saturday 7 February 1903
Second Round Proper Saturday 21 February 1903
Third Round Proper Saturday 7 March 1903
Semi-Finals Saturday 21 March 1903
Final Saturday 18 April 1903

Intermediate Round

For the qualifying rounds, see 1902–03 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. First Division Middlesbrough, along with Bristol City, Preston North End, Woolwich Arsenal, Burnley and Lincoln City from the Second Division were entered automatically into this round, as were non-league Reading, Bristol Rovers, West Ham United and Millwall Athletic.

The other Second Division sides had to gain entry to this round through the earlier qualifying rounds. Burton United, Blackpool and Stockport County were entered at the First Qualifying Round, while the others, Burslem Port Vale, Chesterfield, Doncaster Rovers, Gainsborough Trinity, Leicester Fosse and Manchester United, were entered in the Third Qualifying Round. Of these, only Manchester United, Glossop and Burton United reached the Intermediate Round. They were joined by seven other non-league sides.

The ten matches were played on 13 December 1902. Three matches went to replays, with one of these going to a second replay (held at Villa Park).

Tie no Home team Score Away team Date
1Bristol City31Middlesbrough13 December 1902
2Reading10Burnley13 December 1902
3Lincoln City20West Ham United13 December 1902
4Luton Town30Kidderminster Harriers13 December 1902
5Bishop Auckland13Preston North End13 December 1902
6Barnsley40Swindon Town13 December 1902
7Brentford11Woolwich Arsenal13 December 1902
ReplayWoolwich Arsenal50Brentford17 December 1902
8Bristol Rovers22Millwall Athletic13 December 1902
ReplayMillwall Athletic00Bristol Rovers18 December 1902
2nd ReplayMillwall Athletic20Bristol Rovers22 December 1902
9Glossop21New Brompton13 December 1902
10Burton United11Manchester United13 December 1902
ReplayManchester United31Burton United17 December 1902

First round proper

The First Round Proper contained 16 ties between 32 teams. 17 of the 18 First Division sides were given a bye to this round, as were Manchester City and Small Heath from the Second Division, and Southern League teams Southampton, Portsmouth, and Tottenham Hotspur. They joined the ten teams who won in the intermediate round.

The matches were played on Saturday, 7 February 1903. Four matches were drawn, with the replays taking place in the following midweek. One of these, the Notts County v Southampton match, went to a second replay, which Notts County won at Small Heath's St Andrew's ground.

Tie no Home team Score Away team Date
1Bury10Wolverhampton Wanderers7 February 1903
2Preston North End31Manchester City7 February 1903
3Notts County00Southampton7 February 1903
ReplaySouthampton22Notts County11 February 1903
2nd ReplayNotts County21Southampton16 February 1903
4Nottingham Forest00Reading7 February 1903
ReplayReading36Nottingham Forest12 February 1903
5Blackburn Rovers00The Wednesday7 February 1903
ReplayThe Wednesday01Blackburn Rovers12 February 1903
6Aston Villa41Sunderland7 February 1903
7Bolton Wanderers05Bristol City7 February 1903
8Grimsby Town21Newcastle United7 February 1903
9Derby County21Small Heath7 February 1903
10Everton50Portsmouth7 February 1903
11Millwall Athletic30Luton Town7 February 1903
12Woolwich Arsenal13Sheffield United7 February 1903
13Tottenham Hotspur00West Bromwich Albion7 February 1903
ReplayWest Bromwich Albion02Tottenham Hotspur11 February 1903
14Barnsley20Lincoln City7 February 1903
15Glossop23Stoke7 February 1903
16Manchester United2-1Liverpool7 February 1903

Second Round Proper

The eight Second Round matches were played on Saturday, 21 February 1903. There was one replay, between Nottingham Forest and Stoke City, played in the following midweek.

Tie no Home team Score Away team Date
1Nottingham Forest00Stoke21 February 1903
ReplayStoke20Nottingham Forest26 February 1903
2Aston Villa41Barnsley21 February 1903
3Grimsby Town02Notts County21 February 1903
4Derby County20Blackburn Rovers21 February 1903
5Everton31Manchester United21 February 1903
6Sheffield United01Bury21 February 1903
7Millwall Athletic41Preston North End21 February 1903
8Tottenham Hotspur10Bristol City21 February 1903

Third round proper

The four Third Round matches were played on Saturday 7 March 1903. There were no replays.

Tie no Home team Score Away team Date
1Bury10Notts County7 March 1903
2Derby County30Stoke7 March 1903
3Millwall Athletic10Everton7 March 1903
4Tottenham Hotspur23Aston Villa7 March 1903


The semi-final matches were played at neutral venues on Saturday 21 March 1903. Bury and Derby County won and went on to meet each other in the final.

21 March 1903
Bury 30 Aston Villa


Main article: 1903 FA Cup Final

The Final was contested by Bury and Derby County at Crystal Palace. Bury won 60, with goals from George Ross, Charlie Sagar, Joe Leeming (2), William Wood and John Plant. The scoreline remains a record for the biggest winning margin in the FA Cup final.

Match details

18 April 1903
15:00 GMT
Bury 6 0 Derby County
Ross  20'
Sagar  48'
Leeming  56'  76'
Wood  57'
Plant  59'
Crystal Palace, London
Attendance: 63,102[2]
Referee: J. Adams
Derby County [3]

See also


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