1898 FA Cup Final

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1898 FA Cup Final
Nottingham Forest posing with the trophy
Event1897–98 FA Cup
Date16 April 1898
VenueCrystal Palace, London
RefereeJ Lewis

The 1898 FA Cup Final was contested by Nottingham Forest and Derby County at Crystal Palace. Forest won 3–1, with goals from Arthur Capes (2) and John McPherson. Steve Bloomer scored for Derby.


This was an FA Cup final between local rivals Nottingham Forest and Derby County. The two teams had faced each other in the First Division only 5 days previously. In that game Derby had won 5-0 making them favourites for the final. Though in that game only 5 of the 11 players for Forest also played in the final.[1]

Route to the Final

Nottingham Forest[1]

1st Round
Nottingham Forest4 - 0Grimsby Town
McInnes, Richards(2), Arthur Capes
Town Ground, Nottingham
Attendance: 6000
Referee: Fox
2nd Round
Nottingham Forest4 - 0Gainsborough Trinity
McInnes, Richards(2), Benbow
Town Ground, Nottingham
Attendance: 10000
Referee: Cooper
3rd Round
West Bromwich Albion2 - 3Nottingham Forest
Frank Foreman, Richards, Spouncer
Stoney Lane, West Bromwich
Attendance: 16500
Referee: Lewis
Southampton1 - 1Nottingham Forest
Bramall Lane, Sheffield
Attendance: 30000
Referee: Lewis
Semi-final (Replay)
Nottingham Forest2 - 0Southampton
McInnes, Richards
Crystal Palace, London
Attendance: 16800
Referee: Lewis

Derby County

1st Round
Derby County1 - 0Aston Villa
2nd Round
Wolverhampton Wanderers0 - 1Derby County
3rd Round
Derby County1 - 1Liverpool
Stevenson Bradshaw
Baseball Ground
Attendance: 12699
Referee: Fox,J
3rd Round (Replay)
Liverpool1 - 5Derby County
Becton Boag (3), Bloomer (2)
Attendance: 15000
Referee: Fox, J
Semi Final
Derby County3 - 1Everton
Molineux Stadium, Wolverhampton


Forest went ahead early after a goal from Capes, but Bloomer scored an equalizer with a header. The turning point was near the midway point. Richards tried to lob from a Mcinnes cross, but Fryer was easily first to it. The custodian, however, dropped the ball at the feet of Capes, who turned it in to the empty net. Forest lost a player with an injury, but McPherson killed off the contest.[2]

A match report taken from the back of a John Player's cigarette card[3] reads: "John Goodall who played on the right wing for Derby County unselfishly summed up this game by his remark "the best team won". All the famous critics had predicted an easy victory for Derby, and credit must be extended to the Forest not only for their fight against redoubtable opponents but against popular sentiment. The Forest forwards were much more in touch with each other than was the case with the opposition front line. Forman, McPherson and Wragg forming a combination that would be hard to equal. Capers [sic] scored twice for the Forest, McPherson scoring their third goal. Bloomer scored the only goal for Derby. Result: Notts Forest 3 goals, Derby County 1 goal."

The post match photograph of Nottingham Forest with the cup was taken wearing Derby County's white shirts as the Garibaldi Red of Forest was considered too dull so the photograph was retaken.[4]

Numbered seats in the pavilion were 10s. 6d. Numbered seats in the covered stands were 5s.


Nottingham Forest3–1Derby County
Capes Goal 19' Goal 42'
McPherson Goal 86'
[5] Bloomer Goal 31'
Attendance: 62,017[6]
Referee: J. Lewis
Nottingham Forest
Derby County[7]
Dan Allsopp
Archie Ritchie
Adam Scott
Frank Forman (c)
John McPherson
Willie Wragg
Tom McInnes
Charlie Richards
Len Benbow
Arthur Capes
Alf Spouncer
Harry Hallam
Jack Fryer
Jimmy Methven
Joe Leiper
John D. Cox
Archie Goodall
Jimmy Turner
John Goodall
Steve Bloomer
John Boag
Jimmy Stevenson
Hugh McQueen
Harry Newbould

See also


  1. ^ a b Smales, Ken (2006). Nottingham Forest The Official Statistical History. Pineapple Books.
  2. ^ Derby County: The Story of a football club (abridged sample, page 20), Anton Rippon, 2013, ISBN 978-0992677909
  3. ^ John Player & Sons cigarette card, No.4 of 50 in a series "Association Cup Winners": Notts Forest, 1898 (with the front showing photographs of the winning players).
  4. ^ Collar, Mark (2013). Those Forest Men.
  5. ^ Match report at Archived 28 September 2011 at the Wayback Machine
  6. ^ "Sporting Chronicle – 1898 FA Cup Final". Archived from the original on 30 October 2008. Retrieved 22 April 2007.
  7. ^ FA Cup Final kits, 1890–1899
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