1896–97 FA Cup

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1896–97 FA Cup
Country England
Defending championsThe Wednesday
ChampionsAston Villa (3rd title)

The 1896–1897 FA Cup was the 26th 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 Aston Villa, who defeated Everton 3–2 in the final of the competition, played at Crystal Palace in London. In doing so, Aston Villa became only the second team to have won the Double, as they won the league on the same day as their cup victory (and the only team to do this).

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, five qualifying rounds, three proper rounds, and the semi finals and final. Each of the Rounds Proper were played on a set date, whereas the Preliminary and Qualifying Round matches were played on several dates over a given period of time.

Round Start Date End Date
Preliminary Round Saturday 10 October 1896
First Round Qualifying Saturday 10 October 1896 31 October
Second Round Qualifying Saturday 31 October 1896 21 November
Third Round Qualifying Saturday 21 November 1896 12 December
Fourth Round Qualifying Saturday 12 December 1896 2 January
Fifth Round Qualifying Saturday 2 January 1897 16 January
First Round Proper Saturday 30 January 1897
Second Round Proper Saturday 13 February 1897
Third Round Proper Saturday 27 February 1897
Semi-Finals Saturday 20 March 1897
Final Saturday 10 April 1897

First round proper

The First Round Proper contained 16 ties between 32 teams. The 16 First Division sides were given a bye to this round, as were Notts County, Small Heath, Burton Wanderers, Grimsby Town, Newcastle United and Manchester City from the Second Division. The other Second Division sides were entered into the Third Qualifying Round. Of those sides, only Newton Heath and Burton Swifts qualified to the FA Cup Proper. Eight non-league sides also qualified.

The matches were played on Saturday, 30 January 1897. One match was drawn, with the replay taking place in the following midweek fixture.

Tie no Home team Score Away team Date
1 Liverpool 4–3 Burton Swifts 30 January 1897
2 Preston North End 6–0 Manchester City 30 January 1897
3 Stoke 5–2 Glossop North End 30 January 1897
4 Blackburn Rovers 2–1 Sheffield United 30 January 1897
5 Aston Villa 5–0 Newcastle United 30 January 1897
6 The Wednesday 0–1 Nottingham Forest 30 January 1897
7 Grimsby Town 0–0 Bolton Wanderers 30 January 1897
Replay Bolton Wanderers 3–3 Grimsby Town 8 February 1897
Replay Bolton Wanderers 3–2 Grimsby Town 11 February 1897
8 Sunderland 1–0 Burnley 30 January 1897
9 Derby County 8–1 Barnsley St Peter's 30 January 1897
10 Luton Town 0–1 West Bromwich Albion 30 January 1897
11 Everton 5–2 Burton Wanderers 30 January 1897
12 Newton Heath 5–1 Kettering 30 January 1897
13 Stockton 0–0 Bury 30 January 1897
Replay Bury 12–1 Stockton 2 February 1897
14 Small Heath 1–2 Notts County 30 January 1897
15 Millwall Athletic 1–2 Wolverhampton Wanderers 30 January 1897
16 Southampton St Mary's 1–1 Heanor Town 30 January 1897
Replay Heanor Town 0–1 Southampton St Mary's 3 February 1897

Second Round Proper

The eight Second Round matches were scheduled for Saturday, 13 February 1897. There was one replay, played in the following midweek fixture.

Tie no Home team Score Away team Date
1 Preston North End 2–1 Stoke 13 February 1897
2 Blackburn Rovers 2–1 Wolverhampton Wanderers 13 February 1897
3 Aston Villa 2–1 Notts County 13 February 1897
4 West Bromwich Albion 1–2 Liverpool 13 February 1897
5 Sunderland 1–3 Nottingham Forest 13 February 1897
6 Derby County 4–1 Bolton Wanderers 13 February 1897
7 Everton 3–0 Bury 13 February 1897
8 Southampton St Mary's 1–1 Newton Heath 13 February 1897
Replay Newton Heath 3–1 Southampton St Mary's 17 February 1897

Third round proper

The four Third Round matches were scheduled for Saturday, 27 February 1897. There were two replays, played in the following midweek fixture, of which the Preston North End – Aston Villa match went to a second replay the following week.

Tie no Home team Score Away team Date
1 Liverpool 1–1 Nottingham Forest 27 February 1897
Replay Nottingham Forest 0–1 Liverpool 3 March 1897
2 Preston North End 1–1 Aston Villa 27 February 1897
Replay Aston Villa 0–0 Preston North End 3 March 1897
Replay Aston Villa 3–2 Preston North End 8 March 1897
3 Derby County 2–0 Newton Heath 27 February 1897
4 Everton 2–0 Blackburn Rovers 27 February 1897


The semi-final matches were both played on Saturday, 20 March 1897. Aston Villa and Everton went on to meet in the final at Crystal Palace.


The final took place on Saturday, 10 April 1897 at Crystal Palace. Just under 66,000 supporters attended the match. John Campbell opened the scoring for Villa after 18 minutes. Villa's lead was maintained for only five minutes before Everton equalised, through a goal from Jack Bell. Everton then went in front after Dickie Boyle scored five minutes later, but that lead only lasted seven minutes, when Fred Wheldon got an equaliser. Jimmy Crabtree put Villa back in front just before half-time, and Villa managed to come through the second half without conceding, meaning they had become only the second team ever to win the Double in England.

Match details

Aston Villa3 – 2Everton
Campbell Goal 18'
Wheldon Goal 35'
Crabtree Goal 44'
[1] Bell Goal 23'
Dickie Boyle Goal 28'
Attendance: 65,891[2]
Referee: J. Lewis
Aston Villa
Everton [3]

See also


  1. ^ "Match report at". Archived from the original on 11 March 2007. Retrieved 11 December 2008.
  2. ^ "Sporting Chronicle - 1897 FA Cup Final". Archived from the original on 30 October 2008. Retrieved 11 December 2008.
  3. ^ FA Cup Final kits, 1890-1899
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