1904–05 FA Cup

1904–05 FA Cup
Country England
Champions Aston Villa
Runners-up Newcastle United

The FA Cup 1904–05 was the 34th staging of the world's oldest association football competition, the Football Association Challenge Cup (more usually known as the FA Cup). Aston Villa won the competition for the fourth time, beating Newcastle United 2–0 in the final at Crystal Palace, through two goals scored by Harry Hampton. The man of the match was Aston Villa's prolific scorer William "Billy" Garraty who was born only a few miles from the now Villa Park.

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 two preliminary rounds, six qualifying rounds, an intermediate round, three proper rounds, and the semi finals and final.

Round Date
Extra Preliminary Round Saturday 10 September 1904
Preliminary Round Saturday 17 September 1904
First Qualifying Round Saturday 1 October 1904
Second Qualifying Round Saturday 15 October 1904
Third Qualifying Round Saturday 29 October 1904
Fourth Qualifying Round Saturday 12 November 1904
Fifth Qualifying Round Saturday 26 November 1904
Sixth Qualifying Round Saturday 10 December 1904
Intermediate Round Saturday 14 January 1905
First Round Proper Saturday 4 February 1905
Second Round Saturday 18 February 1905
Third Round Saturday 4 March 1905
Semi Finals Saturday 25 March 1905
Final Saturday 15 April 1905

Intermediate Round

The Intermediate Round featured ten games, played between the ten winners of the Sixth Qualifying Round, and ten teams given byes. Manchester United, Bristol City, West Bromwich Albion, Burnley and Grimsby Town from the Second Division were entered automatically into this round, as were non-league Reading, Portsmouth, Bristol Rovers, Plymouth Argyle and Millwall.

The other Second Division sides had to gain entry to this round through the earlier qualifying rounds. Glossop, Blackpool, Burton United, Gainsborough Trinity, Leicester Fosse and Doncaster Rovers were entered at the Third Qualifying Round stage, with only Blackpool, Leicester and Gainsborough reaching the intermediate round from these. Chesterfield, Barnsley, Bradford City, Lincoln City and Burslem Port Vale were all entered at the Sixth Qualifying Round stage, with only the latter losing in that round.

Tie no Home team Score Away team Date
1Bristol City2–1Blackpool14 January 1905
2Burnley1–1Lincoln City14 January 1905
ReplayLincoln City3–2Burnley18 January 1905
3Grimsby Town2–0Gainsborough Trinity14 January 1905
4West Bromwich Albion2–5Leicester Fosse14 January 1905
5Brentford1–1Reading14 January 1905
ReplayReading2–0Brentford18 January 1905
6Portsmouth0–0Chesterfield14 January 1905
ReplayPortsmouth2–0Chesterfield18 January 1905
7Brighton & Hove Albion1–2Bristol Rovers14 January 1905
8Manchester United2–2Fulham14 January 1905
ReplayFulham0–0Manchester United18 January 1905
ReplayManchester United0–1Fulham23 January 1905
9Plymouth Argyle2–0Barnsley14 January 1905
10Bradford City1–4Millwall14 January 1905

First round proper

The First Round Proper contained sixteen ties between 32 teams. The 18 First Division sides were given a bye to this round, as were Liverpool and Bolton Wanderers from the Second Division, and non-league Southampton and Tottenham Hotspur. They joined the ten teams who won in the intermediate round.

The matches were played on Saturday, 4 February 1905. Seven matches were drawn, with the replays taking place in the following midweek fixture. Two of these went to a second replay the following week.

Tie no Home team Score Away team Date
1Bury1–0Notts County4 February 1905
2Liverpool1–1Everton4 February 1905
ReplayEverton2–1Liverpool8 February 1905
3Southampton3–1Millwall Athletic4 February 1905
4Stoke2–0Grimsby Town4 February 1905
5Nottingham Forest2–0Sheffield United4 February 1905
6Blackburn Rovers1–2The Wednesday4 February 1905
7Aston Villa5–1Leicester Fosse4 February 1905
8Bolton Wanderers1–1Bristol Rovers4 February 1905
ReplayBristol Rovers0–3Bolton Wanderers8 February 1905
9Middlesbrough1–1Tottenham Hotspur4 February 1905
ReplayTottenham Hotspur1–0Middlesbrough9 February 1905
10Sunderland1–1Wolverhampton Wanderers4 February 1905
ReplayWolverhampton Wanderers1–0Sunderland8 February 1905
11Derby County0–2Preston North End4 February 1905
12Lincoln City1–2Manchester City4 February 1905
13Small Heath0–2Portsmouth4 February 1905
14Woolwich Arsenal0–0Bristol City4 February 1905
ReplayBristol City1–0Woolwich Arsenal8 February 1905
15Newcastle United1–1Plymouth Argyle4 February 1905
ReplayPlymouth Argyle1–1Newcastle United8 February 1905
ReplayNewcastle United2–0Plymouth Argyle13 February 1905
16Fulham0–0Reading4 February 1905
ReplayReading0–0Fulham8 February 1905
ReplayFulham1–0Reading13 February 1905

Second round proper

The eight second-round matches were scheduled for Saturday, 18 February 1905. There were two replays, played in the following midweek fixture.

Tie no Home team Score Away team Date
1Bristol City0–0Preston North End18 February 1905
ReplayPreston North End1–0Bristol City23 February 1905
2Stoke0–4Everton18 February 1905
3Aston Villa3–2Bury18 February 1905
4The Wednesday2–1Portsmouth18 February 1905
5Wolverhampton Wanderers2–3Southampton18 February 1905
6Tottenham Hotspur1–1Newcastle United18 February 1905
ReplayNewcastle United4–0Tottenham Hotspur22 February 1905
7Manchester City1–2Bolton Wanderers18 February 1905
8Fulham1–0Nottingham Forest18 February 1905

Third round proper

The four quarter final matches were scheduled for Saturday, 4 March 1905. The Preston North End – The Wednesday game was drawn, and replayed on 9 March.

Tie no Home team Score Away team Date
1Preston North End1–1The Wednesday4 March 1905
ReplayThe Wednesday3–0Preston North End9 March 1905
2Aston Villa5–0Fulham4 March 1905
3Bolton Wanderers0–2Newcastle United4 March 1905
4Everton4–0Southampton4 March 1905

Semi finals

The semi-final matches were played on Saturday, 25 March 1905. Aston Villa's match with Everton was drawn and thus replayed four days later. Aston Villa won and went on to meet Newcastle United in the final.



Main article: 1905 FA Cup Final

The Final was contested by Aston Villa and Newcastle United at Crystal Palace. Aston Villa won 2–0, with Harry Hampton scoring both goals.

Match details

15 April 1905
15:00 GMT
Aston Villa 2 – 0 Newcastle United
Hampton  2'  76'
Crystal Palace, London
Attendance: 101,117[1]
Referee: P. R. Harrower
Aston Villa
Newcastle United [2]

See also


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