1896 FA Cup Final

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1896 FA Cup Final
Event1895–96 FA Cup
Date18 April 1896
VenueCrystal Palace, London
RefereeWilliam Simpson

The 1896 FA Cup Final was won by The Wednesday at the Crystal Palace, in a victory over Wolverhampton Wanderers.

Tournament format

Clubs competed for a new trophy, which remains the oldest surviving FA Cup trophy, although it was retired from use in 1910.[1]

The Final

The Wednesday players posing with the trophy

Fred Spiksley became the star of the show in this Cup Final, scoring the two goals that gave the Wednesday a 2–1 win. Within the first minute, a run by Harry Davis, the outside-right, set up Spiksley to slot home the first. David Black soon equalised for Wolves with a cunning hook close to the post. Spiksley however smashed a shot against the upright which bounced into the goal and then out again. The referee gave a goal. The score stayed the same till the final whistle to give Wednesday their first FA Cup win.

The Wolves goalkeeper Tennant had been injured during the buildup to the winning goal and was dazed as the ball crashed off his bar, bounced down and back out and did not realise a goal had been given. At the end of the game, he walked up to Jack Earp, the Wednesday captain and asked, "When's the replay?",[This quote needs a citation] to which he received the reply "There is no replay old man! We won by two goals to one as you will see when we take the medals!".[This quote needs a citation] "But how? for only one shot passed me!".[This quote needs a citation] Replied a confused Tennant.

Match details

The Wednesday2–1Wolverhampton Wanderers
Spiksley Goal 1' Goal 18' Black Goal 8'
Crystal Palace, London
Attendance: 48,836
Referee: William Simpson
The Wednesday
Wolverhampton Wanderers [2]
GK England Jimmy Massey
DF England Jack Earp (c)
DF England Ambrose Langley
MF England Harry Brandon
MF England Tommy Crawshaw
MF Scotland Bob Petrie
FW Scotland Archie Brash
FW Scotland Alec Brady
FW Scotland Laurie Bell
FR England Harry Davis
FL England Fred Spiksley
England Arthur Dickinson
GK England Billy Tennant
DF England Dickie Baugh (c)
DF Scotland Tommy Dunn
MD England Billy Owen
MD England Billy Malpass
MD England Hill Griffiths
FW England Jack Tonks
FW England Charlie Henderson
FW England Billy Beats
FR England Harry Wood
FL Scotland David Black
England Jack Addenbrooke

Route to the Final

The Wednesday

Round 1: Southampton St. Mary's 2–3 The Wednesday

Round 2: The Wednesday 2–1 Sunderland

Quarter-final: The Wednesday 4–0 Everton

Semi-final: The Wednesday 1–1 Bolton Wanderers

(at Goodison Park)
  • Replay: Bolton Wanderers 1–3 The Wednesday
(at the Town Ground, Nottingham)

Wolverhampton Wanderers

Round 1: Notts County 2–2 Wolverhampton Wanderers

  • Replay: Wolverhampton Wanderers 4–3 Notts County

Round 2: Wolverhampton Wanderers 2–0 Liverpool

Quarter-final: Wolverhampton Wanderers 3–0 Stoke City

Semi-final: Wolverhampton Wanderers 2–1 Derby County

(at Villa Park)


  1. ^ "Birmingham City Supremo, David Gold, Delivers Oldest Surviving FA Cup To The National Football Museum". the National Football Museum. Archived from the original on 21 June 2006. Retrieved 9 August 2006.
  2. ^ FA Cup Final kits, 1890–1899

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