1872–73 FA Cup

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1872–73 FA Cup
Country England
Defending championsWanderers
ChampionsWanderers (2nd title)
Runners-upOxford University
Matches played13
Goals scored35 (2.69 per match)

The 1872–73 Football Association Challenge Cup was the second staging of the FA Cup, England's oldest national football tournament. Sixteen teams entered, one more than the previous season, although two of the sixteen never actually played a match.

In keeping with the original concept of it being a "challenge" cup, the holders, Wanderers, were given a bye all the way to the final, for which they were also allowed to select the venue. This was the only season in which the holders were granted these privileges.

Queen's Park were given byes until the semi-finals in order to reduce the amount of travelling necessary, but then withdrew anyway when scheduled to play Oxford University, who therefore received a walk-over to the final.


First Round: 14 teams (all except Queen's Park and defending champions Wanderers) would play, each match eliminating the loser.

Second Round: 6 teams (Royal Engineers getting a bye) would play, the winners advancing.

Third Round: The 3 winners and Royal Engineers would play. The winners would advance.

Fourth Round: The two remaining teams from the Third Round would play, the winner facing Queen's Park.

Semi-Final: The Fourth Round team would face Queen's Park. However, this was not needed as Queen's Park withdrew.

Final: The Semi-Final team would face Wanderers, the defending champion.


Round Date Fixtures Clubs New entries this round
Original Replays Walkovers Byes
First round 19–26 October 1872 7 0 1 2 16 → 9 14
Second round 23 November – 7 December 1872 3 0 0 3 9 → 6 none
Third round 9–21 December 1872 2 0 0 2 6 → 4 none
Fourth round 3 February 1873 1 0 0 2 4 → 3 none
Semi-final none 1 0 1 1 3 → 2 1
Final 29 March 1873 1 0 0 0 2 → 1 1

First round

Home Club Score Away Club Attendance Date
Barnes 0–1 South Norwood 19 October 1872
Civil Service 0–3 Royal Engineers 26 October 1872
Maidenhead 1–0 Marlow 26 October 1872
Reigate Priory 2–4 Windsor Home Park 26 October 1872
Upton Park 0–2 1st Surrey Rifles 26 October 1872
Crystal Palace 2–3 Oxford University 26 October 1872
Clapham Rovers Walkover Hitchin
Queen's Park Bye

Second round

Home Club Score Away Club Attendance Date
Clapham Rovers 0–3 Oxford University 23 November 1872
1st Surrey Rifles 0–3 Maidenhead 7 December 1872
Windsor Home Park 3–0[nb 1] South Norwood 7 December 1872
Queen's Park Bye
Royal Engineers Bye
  1. ^ Originally played 23 November 1872 at South Norwood's ground, South Norwood winning 1–0. The match was ruled as void, and ordered to be replayed.[1]

Third round

Home Club Score Away Club Attendance Date
Oxford University 1–0 Royal Engineers 9 December 1872
Windsor Home Park 0–1 Maidenhead 21 December 1872
Queen's Park Bye

Fourth round

Home Club Score Away Club Attendance Date
Oxford University 4–0 Maidenhead 3 February 1873
Queen's Park Bye


Home Club Score Away Club Attendance Date
Oxford University Walkover Queen's Park


As the 1871–72 Cup winners, Wanderers had not played in the cup before this game.

Wanderers2–0Oxford University
Kinnaird Goal 27'
Wollaston Goal 80'
Attendance: 3000

The final was played at Lillie Bridge. The attendance of 3,000 was considered low, and of those who did attend, not all stayed for the whole duration of the game. This was attributed to the Boat Race occurring later the same day.


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