1910–11 FA Cup

1910–11 FA Cup
Country England
Champions Bradford City
Runners-up Newcastle United

The 1910–11 FA Cup was the 40th season of the world's oldest association football competition, the Football Association Challenge Cup (more usually known as the FA Cup). Bradford City won the competition for the first and (as of 2015) only time, beating Newcastle United 1–0 in the replay of the final at Old Trafford in Manchester, through a goal from Jimmy Speirs. The first match, held at Crystal Palace, London, was a 0–0 draw.

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.

1911 was the first year that the current trophy design was used. The FA commissioned Fattorini's of Bradford to design and manufacture a new, larger trophy. Coincidentally, it was won by Bradford City in its first outing. This trophy still exists but is now too fragile to be used, so an exact replica was made by Toye, Kenning and Spencer[1] and has been in use since the 1992 final. The replica of the original, last used in 1910, was presented to the FA's long-serving president Lord Kinnaird. It was sold at Christie's in 2005 to David Gold. Gold has loaned this trophy to the National Football Museum in Manchester where it is on permanent display.


The format of the FA Cup for the season had two preliminary rounds, five qualifying rounds, four proper rounds, and the semi finals and final.

Round Date
Extra Preliminary Round Saturday 10 September 1910
Preliminary Round Saturday 17 September 1910
First Round Qualifying Saturday 1 October 1910
Second Round Qualifying Saturday 15 October 1910
Third Round Qualifying Saturday 5 November 1910
Fourth Round Qualifying Saturday 19 November 1910
Fifth Round Qualifying Saturday 3 December 1910
First Round Proper Saturday 14 January 1911
Second Round Proper Saturday 4 February 1911
Third Round Proper Saturday 25 February 1911
Fourth Round Proper Saturday 11 March 1911
Semi-Finals Saturday 25 March 1911
Final Saturday 22 April 1911

First round proper

36 of the 40 clubs from the First and Second divisions joined the 12 clubs who came through the qualifying rounds. Four sides, Stockport County, Lincoln City, Huddersfield Town and Gainsborough Trinity were entered instead at the Fourth Qualifying Round. Huddersfield lost to Lincoln City in that round, Stockport County lost to Rochdale, while Lincoln City themselves lost to Stoke in the fifth qualifying round. Gainsborough and eleven other non-league clubs won through to the First Round Proper.

Sixteen non-league sides were given byes to the First Round to bring the total number of teams up to 64. These were:

Millwall Athletic
Queens Park Rangers
Crystal Palace
Swindon Town
Plymouth Argyle
Northampton Town
Bristol Rovers
Norwich City
Grimsby Town
West Ham United
Brighton & Hove Albion
Coventry City

32 matches were scheduled to be played on Saturday, 14 January 1911. Four matches were drawn and went to replays in the following midweek fixture.

Tie no Home team Score Away team Date
1Birmingham1–1Oldham Athletic14 January 1911
ReplayOldham Athletic2–0Birmingham17 January 1911
2Bristol City0–3Crewe Alexandra14 January 1911
3Burnley2–0Exeter City14 January 1911
4Liverpool3–2Gainsborough Trinity14 January 1911
5Stoke1–2Manchester City14 January 1911
6Watford0–2Barnsley14 January 1911
7Blackburn Rovers5–1Southend United14 January 1911
8The Wednesday1–2Coventry City14 January 1911
9Bolton Wanderers0–2Chesterfield14 January 1911
10Grimsby Town3–0
Match void
Croydon Common14 January 1911
ReplayGrimsby Town8–1Croydon Common18 January 1911
11Wolverhampton Wanderers2–0Accrington Stanley14 January 1911
12Middlesbrough1–0Glossop14 January 1911
13West Bromwich Albion4–1Fulham14 January 1911
14Derby County2–1Plymouth Argyle14 January 1911
15Swindon Town3–1Notts County14 January 1911
16Sheffield United0–1Darlington14 January 1911
17Leicester Fosse3–1Southampton14 January 1911
18Newcastle United6–1Bury14 January 1911
19New Brompton0–1Bradford City14 January 1911
20Tottenham Hotspur2–1Millwall Athletic14 January 1911
21Brentford0–1Preston North End14 January 1911
22Bristol Rovers0–0Hull City14 January 1911
ReplayHull City1–0Bristol Rovers17 January 1911
23Northampton Town5–1Luton Town14 January 1911
24Portsmouth1–4Aston Villa14 January 1911
25West Ham United2–1Nottingham Forest14 January 1911
26Manchester United2–1Blackpool14 January 1911
27Norwich City3–1Sunderland14 January 1911
28Leeds City1–3Brighton & Hove Albion14 January 1911
29Clapton Orient1–2Woolwich Arsenal16 January 1911
30Crystal Palace0–4Everton14 January 1911
31Chelsea0–0Leyton14 January 1911
ReplayLeyton0–2Chelsea18 January 1911
32Bradford Park Avenue5–3Queens Park Rangers14 January 1911

Second Round Proper

The sixteen Second Round matches were played on Saturday, 4 February 1911. Four matches were drawn, with the replays taking place in the following midweek fixture.

Tie no Home team Score Away team Date
1Darlington2–1Bradford Park Avenue4 February 1911
2Burnley2–0Barnsley4 February 1911
3Blackburn Rovers0–0Tottenham Hotspur4 February 1911
ReplayTottenham Hotspur0–2Blackburn Rovers8 February 1911
4Wolverhampton Wanderers1–0Manchester City4 February 1911
5Crewe Alexandra1–5Grimsby Town4 February 1911
6Middlesbrough0–0Leicester Fosse4 February 1911
ReplayLeicester Fosse1–2Middlesbrough8 February 1911
7Derby County2–0West Bromwich Albion4 February 1911
8Everton2–1Liverpool4 February 1911
9Swindon Town1–0Woolwich Arsenal4 February 1911
10Newcastle United1–1Northampton Town4 February 1911
ReplayNewcastle United1–0Northampton Town8 February 1911
11West Ham United3–0Preston North End4 February 1911
12Brighton & Hove Albion0–0Coventry City4 February 1911
ReplayCoventry City2–0Brighton & Hove Albion8 February 1911
13Manchester United2–1Aston Villa4 February 1911
14Bradford City2–1Norwich City4 February 1911
15Hull City1–0Oldham Athletic4 February 1911
16Chelsea4–1Chesterfield4 February 1911

Third round proper

The eight Third Round matches were scheduled for Saturday, 25 February 1911. There were no replays.

Tie no Home team Score Away team Date
1Darlington0–3Swindon Town25 February 1911
2Burnley5–0Coventry City25 February 1911
3Wolverhampton Wanderers0–2Chelsea25 February 1911
4Middlesbrough0–3Blackburn Rovers25 February 1911
5Derby County5–0Everton25 February 1911
6Newcastle United3–2Hull City25 February 1911
7West Ham United2–1Manchester United25 February 1911
8Bradford City1–0Grimsby Town25 February 1911

Fourth round proper

The four Fourth Round matches were scheduled for Saturday, 11 March 1911. There were no replays.

Tie no Home team Score Away team Date
1Newcastle United4–0Derby County11 March 1911
2West Ham United2–3Blackburn Rovers11 March 1911
3Bradford City1–0Burnley11 March 1911
4Chelsea3–1Swindon Town11 March 1911


The semi-final matches were played on Saturday, 25 March 1911. Both matches were 3–0 wins, to Newcastle United and Bradford City won, going on to meet each other in the final.


Main article: 1911 FA Cup Final

The Final was the 40th FA Cup final. It was contested by Bradford City and Newcastle United. The first game resulted in a goalless draw at Crystal Palace. A single goal scored by Jimmy Speirs for Bradford won the replay at Old Trafford.

Match details

22 April 1911
Bradford City 0 – 0 Newcastle United
Crystal Palace, London
Attendance: 69,068
Referee: John Pearson
Bradford City
Newcastle United


26 April 1911
Bradford City 1 – 0 Newcastle United
Speirs  15'
Old Trafford, Manchester
Attendance: 58,000
Referee: John Pearson
Bradford City
Newcastle United

See also


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