1897–98 FA Cup

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1897–98 FA Cup
Country England
Defending championsAston Villa
ChampionsNottingham Forest
(1st title)
Runners-upDerby County

The 1897–1898 FA Cup was the 27th 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 Nottingham Forest, who defeated Derby County 3–1 in the final of the competition, played at Crystal Palace in London.

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.

Round Date
Preliminary Round Saturday 18 September 1897
First Round Qualifying Saturday 25 September 1897
Second Round Qualifying Saturday 16 October 1897
Third Round Qualifying Saturday 30 October 1897
Fourth Round Qualifying Saturday 20 November 1897
Fifth Round Qualifying Saturday 11 December 1898
First Round Proper Saturday 29 January 1898
Second Round Proper Saturday 12 February 1898
Third Round Proper Saturday 26 February 1898
Semi-Finals Saturday 19 March 1898
Final Saturday 16 April 1898

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 Newton Heath, Burnley, Leicester Fosse, Grimsby Town, Walsall and Manchester City from the Second Division. The other Second Division sides were entered into the Third Qualifying Round. Of those sides, only Newcastle United, Woolwich Arsenal, Luton Town and Gainsborough Trinity qualified to the FA Cup Proper. Six non-league sides also qualified.

The matches were played on Saturday, 29 January 1898. One match was drawn, with the replay taking place in the following midweek fixture.

Tie no Home team Score Away team Date
1 Burnley 3–1 Woolwich Arsenal 29 January 1898
2 Bury 1–2 Stoke 29 January 1898
3 Liverpool 2–0 Hucknall St Johns 29 January 1898
4 Preston North End 1–2 Newcastle United 29 January 1898
5 Southampton 2–1 Leicester Fosse 29 January 1898
6 Notts County 0–1 Wolverhampton Wanderers 29 January 1898
7 Nottingham Forest 4–0 Grimsby Town 29 January 1898
8 Long Eaton Rangers 0–1 Gainsborough Trinity 29 January 1898
9 West Bromwich Albion 2–0 New Brighton Tower 29 January 1898
10 Sunderland 0–1 The Wednesday 29 January 1898
11 Derby County 1–0 Aston Villa 29 January 1898
12 Luton Town 0–1 Bolton Wanderers 29 January 1898
13 Everton 1–0 Blackburn Rovers 29 January 1898
14 Newton Heath 1–0 Walsall 29 January 1898
15 Sheffield United 1–1 Burslem Port Vale 29 January 1898
Replay Burslem Port Vale 2–1 Sheffield United 2 February 1898
16 Manchester City 1–0 Wigan County 29 January 1898

Second Round Proper

The eight Second Round matches were scheduled for Saturday, 12 February 1898. There were two replays, played in the following midweek fixture.

Tie no Home team Score Away team Date
1 Burnley 3–0 Burslem Port Vale 12 February 1898
2 Southampton 1–0 Newcastle United 12 February 1898
3 Stoke 0–0 Everton 12 February 1898
Replay Everton 5–1 Stoke 17 February 1898
4 Nottingham Forest 4–0 Gainsborough Trinity 12 February 1898
5 Bolton Wanderers 1–0 Manchester City 12 February 1898
6 Wolverhampton Wanderers 0–1 Derby County 12 February 1898
7 West Bromwich Albion 1–0 The Wednesday 12 February 1898
8 Newton Heath 0–0 Liverpool 12 February 1898
Replay Liverpool 2–1 Newton Heath 16 February 1898

Third round proper

The four Third Round matches were scheduled for Saturday, 26 February 1898. There were two replays, played in the following midweek fixture.

Tie no Home team Score Away team Date
1 Burnley 1–3 Everton 26 February 1898
2 Bolton Wanderers 0–0 Southampton 26 February 1898
Replay Southampton 4–0 Bolton Wanderers 2 March 1898
3 West Bromwich Albion 2–3 Nottingham Forest 26 February 1898
4 Derby County 1–1 Liverpool 26 February 1898
Replay Liverpool 1–5 Derby County 2 March 1898


The semi-final matches were both played on Saturday, 19 March 1898. The Nottingham Forest–Southampton match went to a replay, played the following Wednesday, when Nottingham Forest managed a 2–0 win. They went on to meet Derby County in the final at Crystal Palace.



The final took place on Saturday, 16 April 1898 at Crystal Palace. Just over 62,000 supporters attended the match. Arthur Capes opened the scoring for Nottingham Forest after 19 minutes. Forest's lead was maintained for only twelve minutes before Derby County equalised, through a goal from Steve Bloomer. Capes hit his second just before half-time, and Forest preserved the lead until the 86th minute, when McPherson scored a third Forest goal, to hand them their first ever FA Cup Victory.

Match details

Nottingham Forest3 – 1Derby County
Capes Goal 19' Goal 42'
McPherson Goal 86'
[1] Bloomer Goal 31'
Attendance: 62,017[2]
Referee: J. Lewis
Nottingham Forest
Derby County [3]

See also


  1. ^ Match report at Archived 28 September 2011 at the Wayback Machine
  2. ^ "Sporting Chronicle - 1898 FA Cup Final". Archived from the original on 30 October 2008. Retrieved 10 December 2008.
  3. ^ FA Cup Final kits, 1890-1899
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