1895–96 FA Cup

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1895–96 FA Cup
Country England
Defending championsAston Villa
ChampionsThe Wednesday (1st title)
Runners-upWolverhampton Wanderers

The 1895–1896 FA Cup was the 25th season of the world's oldest association football competition, the Football Association Challenge Cup (more usually known as the FA Cup). The cup was won by The Wednesday, who defeated Wolverhampton Wanderers 2–1 in the final of the competition, played at Crystal Palace in London. This was Wednesday's first victory in the FA Cup.

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, four qualifying rounds, three proper rounds, and the semi finals and final.

Round Start Date
Preliminary Round Saturday 5 October 1895
First Round Qualifying Saturday 12 October 1895
Second Round Qualifying Saturday 2 November 1895
Third Round Qualifying Saturday 23 November 1895
Fourth Round Qualifying Saturday 14 December 1895
First Round Proper Saturday 1 February 1896
Second Round Proper Saturday 15 February 1896
Third Round Proper Saturday 29 February 1896
Semi-Finals Saturday 21 March 1896
Final Saturday 18 April 1896

First round proper

The First Round Proper contained sixteen ties between 32 teams. The 16 First Division sides were given a bye to this round, as were Notts County, Darwen, Burton Wanderers, Liverpool, Newton Heath and Woolwich Arsenal from the Second Division. The other Second Division sides were entered into the First Qualifying Round. Of those sides, only Grimsby Town, Newcastle United, Crewe Alexandra and Burton Swifts qualified to the FA Cup Proper. Six non-league sides also qualified.

The matches were played on Saturday, 1 February 1896. Two matches were drawn, with the replays taking place in the following midweek fixture.

Tie no Home team Score Away team Date
1 Blackpool 4–1 Burton Swifts 1 February 1896
2 Chesterfield 0–4 Newcastle United 1 February 1896
3 Darwen 0–2 Grimsby Town 1 February 1896
4 Burnley 6–1 Woolwich Arsenal 1 February 1896
5 Liverpool 4–1 Millwall Athletic 1 February 1896
6 Stoke 5–0 Tottenham Hotspur 1 February 1896
7 Nottingham Forest 0–2 Everton 1 February 1896
8 Blackburn Rovers 1–2 West Bromwich Albion 1 February 1896
9 Wolverhampton Wanderers 2–2 Notts County 1 February 1896
Replay Notts County 3–4 Wolverhampton Wanderers 5 February 1896
10 Crewe Alexandra 0–4 Bolton Wanderers 1 February 1896
11 Sunderland 4–1 Preston North End 1 February 1896
12 Derby County 4–2 Aston Villa 1 February 1896
13 Burton Wanderers 1–1 Sheffield United 1 February 1896
Replay Sheffield United 1–0 Burton Wanderers 6 February 1896
14 Newton Heath 2–1 Kettering 1 February 1896
15 Small Heath 1–4 Bury 1 February 1896
16 Southampton St Mary's 2–3 The Wednesday 1 February 1896

Second Round Proper

The eight Second Round matches were scheduled for Saturday, 15 February 1896. There were three replays, played in the following midweek fixture.

Tie no Home team Score Away team Date
1 Blackpool 0–2 Bolton Wanderers 15 February 1896
2 Burnley 1–1 Stoke 15 February 1896
Replay Stoke 7–1 Burnley 20 February 1896
3 The Wednesday 2–1 Sunderland 15 February 1896
4 Grimsby Town 1–1 West Bromwich Albion 15 February 1896
Replay West Bromwich Albion 3–0 Grimsby Town 20 February 1896
5 Wolverhampton Wanderers 2–0 Liverpool 15 February 1896
6 Everton 3–0 Sheffield United 15 February 1896
7 Newton Heath 1–1 Derby County 15 February 1896
Replay Derby County 5–1 Newton Heath 19 February 1896
8 Newcastle United 1–3 Bury 15 February 1896

Third round proper

The four Third Round matches were scheduled for Saturday, 29 February 1896. There were no replays.

Tie no Home team Score Away team Date
1 The Wednesday 4–0 Everton 29 February 1896
2 Bolton Wanderers 2–0 Bury 29 February 1896
3 Wolverhampton Wanderers 3–0 Stoke 29 February 1896
4 Derby County 1–0 West Bromwich Albion 29 February 1896


The semi-final matches were both played on Saturday, 21 March 1896. The Wednesday and Wolverhampton Wanderers went on to meet in the final at Crystal Palace.



The final took place on Saturday, 18 April 1896 at Crystal Palace. Less than 50,000 supporters attended the match. The match finished 2–1 to The Wednesday, through two early goals from Fred Spiksley. Between the two goals, David Black had equalised for Wolves.

Match details

The Wednesday2 – 1Wolverhampton Wanderers
Spiksley Goal 1' Goal 18' Black Goal 8'
Crystal Palace, London
Attendance: 48,836
The Wednesday
Wolverhampton Wanderers [1]

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