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1875 FA Cup Final

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1875 FA Cup Final
Royal engineers 1875.jpg
Royal Engineers, winning side
Event1874–75 FA Cup
Date13 March 1875
VenueKennington Oval, London
RefereeCharles Alcock
Attendance2,000
1874
1876
1875 FA Cup Final Replay
Event1874–75 FA Cup
Date16 March 1875
VenueKennington Oval, London
RefereeCharles Alcock
Attendance3,000

The 1875 FA Cup Final was a football match between Royal Engineers and Old Etonians on 13 March 1876 at Kennington Oval in London. It was the fourth final of the world's oldest football competition, the Football Association Challenge Cup (known in the modern era as the FA Cup). Heading into the final, the Royal Engineers were playing in their third final after losing the 1872 and 1874 finals while the Old Etonians were playing in their first FA Cup final. [1]

Prior to the final, the Royal Engineers had played one more match than the Old Etonians with the Etonians getting a bye in the second round due to the odd number of the teams that had entered the tournament. 2,000 people saw the match which ended in a 1–1 draw, Henry Renny-Tailyour scored for the Engineers but Alexander Bonsor replied to have the match end in a draw and have the final being replayed for the first time with goals from William Stafford and Henry Renny-Tailyour sealing the Royal Engineers first and only FA Cup title.

Route to the final

The Engineers, who lost the final on two of the three previous occasions, kicked off with a resounding 3–0 win over Marlow. They kept the scoring feat up in the next round, beating Cambridge University 5–0. The Quarter Final was a closely fought match against Clapham Rovers, just prevailing 3–2. The Semi-final produced a repeat fixture of the final of 1874, as the Engineers faced Oxford University. This time, the Engineers won 1–0.

The Old Etonians started off against the Swifts, which proved a very tough match. After two drawn games, the Etonians managed to pull off a 3–0 victory. In the second round they received a bye which led them into the quarter-finals. Following a win against Maidenhead, they played Shropshire Wanderers. An extremely close match was just edged out by a single goal to nil.[2]

Final matches

The first match was notable chiefly because it was played in a "howling gale". The conditions considerably favoured the Etonians team, which had the wind at its backs for all but 10 minutes of the 90, and all 30 minutes of extra time (teams in this period changed ends after every goal- this game was the last to feature this rule).[3] Cuthbert Ottaway received a severe hack on his ankle 37 minutes into the final and was forced to leave the field; in his absence, the Old Boys were regarded as fortunate to have held on for a 1–1 draw.[4]

Ottaway failed to recover in time for the replay, held only three days later, and Etonians also lost the services of three other players who had prior commitments. Unable to obtain adequate replacements, the Old Boys arrived at the ground an hour late and lost the delayed replay 0–2. Henry Renny-Tailyour scored in both matches for the Engineers.

The newapaper The Observer published the following chronicle of the match on March 14, 1875:

Final

R. Engineers
O. Etonians
GK Capt William Merriman
DF Lieut George H. Sim
DF Lieut Gerald Onslow
DF Lieut Richard Ruck
FW Lieut Pelham von Donop
FW Lieut Charles Wood
FW Lieut Herbert Rawson
FW Lieut William Stafford
FW Capt Henry Renny-Tailyour
FW Lieut Alexander Mein
FW Lieut Cecil Wingfield-Stratford
GK Charles Farmer
DF Francis Wilson
DF Albert Thompson
DF Edgar Lubbock
FW Robert Benson
FW William Kenyon-Slaney
FW Frederick Patton
FW Alexander Bonsor
FW Cuthbert Ottaway
FW Hon Arthur Kinnaird
FW Sir James Stronge

Replay

Royal Engineers2–0Old Etonians
Stafford Goal
Renny-Tailyour Goal
Report
Attendance: 3,000
R. Engineers
O. Etonians
GK Capt William Merriman
DF Lieut George Hamilton Sim
DF Lieut Gerald Onslow
DF Lieut Richard Ruck
FW Lieut Pelham von Donop
FW Lieut Charles Wood
FW Lieut Herbert Rawson
FW Lieut William Stafford
FW Capt Henry Renny-Tailyour
FW Lieut Cecil Wingfield-Stratford
FW Lieut Alexander Mein
GK Capt Edward Drummond-Moray
DF Matthew George Farrer
DF Edgar Lubbock
DF Francis Wilson
FW Thomas Hamond
FW Alfred Lubbock
FW Frederick Patton
FW Alexander Bonsor
FW Charles Farmer
FW Hon Arthur Kinnaird
FW Sir James Stronge

References

  1. ^ 1874–75 Competition Results by Macario Reyes on the RSSSF
  2. ^ "When the Sappers won the FA Cup". Archive.org. UK: Royal Engineers Museum. 20 December 2006.
  3. ^ Motson, John, "Motson's FA Cup Odyssey: The World's Greatest Knockout Competition”, Robson Publishing, 2005
  4. ^ FA Cup Final: 1875 on FA-Cup Finals
  5. ^ 1875 FA Cup Final on Newspapers.com
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