1900–01 FA Cup

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1900–01 FA Cup
Country England
Defending championsBury
ChampionsTottenham Hotspur
(1st title)
Runners-upSheffield United
Top goal scorer(s)Sandy Brown (15 goals)[1]

The 1900–01 FA Cup was the 30th 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 Tottenham Hotspur of the Southern League, who defeated Sheffield United 3–1 in a replay after a 2–2 draw in the first game.[2] This was the only occasion since the formation of The Football League in 1888 that a club from outside the League won the cup.[3]

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, an intermediate round, three proper rounds, and the semi finals and final.

Round Date
Preliminary Round Saturday 22 September 1900
First Round Qualifying Saturday 6 October 1900
Second Round Qualifying Saturday 20 October 1900
Third Round Qualifying Saturday 3 November 1900
Fourth Round Qualifying Saturday 17 November 1900
Fifth Round Qualifying Saturday 8 December 1900
Intermediate Round Saturday 5 January 1901
First Round Proper Saturday 9 February 1901
Second Round Proper Saturday 23 February 1901
Third Round Proper Saturday 23 March 1901
Semi-Finals Saturday 6 April 1901
Final Saturday 20 April 1901

Intermediate Round

The Intermediate Round featured ten games, played between the ten winners of the Fifth Qualifying Round, and ten teams given byes.[4] Football League First Division Liverpool and Stoke, along with Burslem Port Vale, Glossop, Grimsby Town, Newton Heath, New Brighton Tower and Woolwich Arsenal from the Football League Second Division were entered automatically into this round, as were Southern League Division One Portsmouth and Bristol City.

The other Second Division sides had to gain entry to this round through the earlier qualifying rounds. Barnsley, Blackpool, Burton Swifts, Chesterfield, Gainsborough Trinity, Lincoln City, Middlesbrough, Stockport County and Walsall were all entered in the Third Qualifying Round. Of these, only Chesterfield, Middlesbrough and Walsall reached the Intermediate Round. They were joined by seven other non-league sides.

The ten matches were played on 5 January 1901. One tie, which was Reading v Bristol City, went to a replay, played in the following midweek. This rematch again resulted in a draw, so a second replay was played the following week at a neutral venue (Swindon Town's County Ground).

Tie no Home team Score Away team Date
1 Chesterfield 3–0 Walsall 5 January 1901
2 Darwen 0–2 Woolwich Arsenal 5 January 1901
3 Kettering 1–0 Crewe Alexandra 5 January 1901
4 Stoke 1–0 Glossop 5 January 1901
5 Reading 1–1 Bristol City 5 January 1901
Replay Bristol City 0–0 Reading 9 January 1901
Replay Reading 2–1 Bristol City 14 January 1901
6 Grimsby Town 0–1 Middlesbrough 5 January 1901
7 Burslem Port Vale 1–3 New Brighton Tower 5 January 1901
8 Luton Town 1–2 Bristol Rovers 5 January 1901
9 Newton Heath 3–0 Portsmouth 5 January 1901
10 West Ham United 0–1 Liverpool 5 January 1901

First round proper

The First Round Proper contained sixteen ties between 32 teams. The remaining 16 of the 18 Football League First Division sides were given a bye to this round, as were Small Heath, Burnley and Leicester Fosse from the Football League Second Division, and Southern League Division One Southampton, Millwall Athletic and Tottenham Hotspur. They joined the ten teams who won in the intermediate round.[4]

The matches were played on Saturday 9 February 1901. Four matches were drawn, with the replays taking place in the following midweek.

Tie no Home team Score Away team Date
1 Kettering 1–1 Chesterfield 9 February 1901
Replay Chesterfield 1–2 Kettering 13 February 1901
2 Southampton 1–3 Everton 9 February 1901
3 Stoke 1–1 Small Heath 9 February 1901
Replay Small Heath 2–1 Stoke 13 February 1901
4 Reading 2–0 Bristol Rovers 9 February 1901
5 Notts County 2–0 Liverpool 9 February 1901
6 Nottingham Forest 5–1 Leicester Fosse 9 February 1901
7 Aston Villa 5–0 Millwall Athletic 9 February 1901
8 The Wednesday 0–1 Bury 9 February 1901
9 Bolton Wanderers 1–0 Derby County 9 February 1901
10 Wolverhampton Wanderers 5–1 New Brighton Tower 9 February 1901
11 Middlesbrough 3–1 Newcastle United 9 February 1901
12 West Bromwich Albion 1–0 Manchester City 9 February 1901
13 Sunderland 1–2 Sheffield United 9 February 1901
14 Newton Heath 0–0 Burnley 9 February 1901
Replay Burnley 7–1 Newton Heath 13 February 1901
15 Woolwich Arsenal 2–0 Blackburn Rovers 9 February 1901
16 Tottenham Hotspur 1–1 Preston North End 9 February 1901
Replay Preston North End 2–4 Tottenham Hotspur 13 February 1901

Second Round Proper

The eight Second Round matches were scheduled for Saturday 23 February 1901. There was one replay, between Aston Villa and Nottingham Forest, played in the following midweek.

Tie no Home team Score Away team Date
1 Notts County 2–3 Wolverhampton Wanderers 23 February 1901
2 Aston Villa 0–0 Nottingham Forest 23 February 1901
Replay Nottingham Forest 1–3 Aston Villa 27 February 1901
3 Bolton Wanderers 0–1 Reading 23 February 1901
4 Middlesbrough 5–0 Kettering 23 February 1901
5 Small Heath 1–0 Burnley 23 February 1901
6 Sheffield United 2–0 Everton 23 February 1901
7 Woolwich Arsenal 0–1 West Bromwich Albion 23 February 1901
8 Tottenham Hotspur 2–1 Bury 23 February 1901

Third round proper

The four Third Round matches were scheduled for Saturday, 23 March 1901. Two replays were needed, played in the following midweek.

Tie no Home team Score Away team Date
1 Reading 1–1 Tottenham Hotspur 23 March 1901
Replay Tottenham Hotspur 3–0 Reading 27 March 1901
2 Wolverhampton Wanderers 0–4 Sheffield United 23 March 1901
3 Middlesbrough 0–1 West Bromwich Albion 23 March 1901
4 Small Heath 0–0 Aston Villa 23 March 1901
Replay Aston Villa 1–0 Small Heath 27 March 1901


The semi-final matches were both intended to be played on Saturday 6 April 1901. Sheffield United and Aston Villa played on this date, but drew their tie and had to replay it five days later; this next match finished in a 3–0 win for United. The other game, Tottenham Hotspur against West Bromwich Albion, was delayed until Monday 8 April and finished in a convincing win for Spurs.



Sandy Brown scored for Tottenham in the replay

The final took place on Saturday 20 April 1901 at Crystal Palace. Over 110,000 supporters attended the match. Fred Priest opened the scoring for Sheffield United after about 20 minutes. Sandy Brown headed an equalising goal shortly afterwards and half time arrived with the score 1–1. Brown put Spurs ahead early in the second half, but, not to be denied, Sheffield United pressed strongly, and Walter Bennett headed an equaliser for the draw.

In the replay, Spurs became the first and only "non (Football) league" side to win the FA Cup since the creation of Football League when they beat United 3–1 before an attendance of 20,470 at Burnden Park, Bolton. John Cameron opened the scoring before centre forward Sandy Brown became the first player to score in every round. He netted both goals in the final as well as one in the replay for a total of 15 in the season's competition.

Match details

Tottenham Hotspur2 – 2Sheffield United
Brown Goal 23' Goal 51' [5] Priest Goal 10'
Bennett Goal 52'
Attendance: 114,815[6]
Referee: A. Kingscott
Tottenham Hotspur
Sheffield United [7]


Tottenham Hotspur3 – 1Sheffield United
Cameron Goal 52'
Smith Goal 76'
Brown Goal 87'
[5] Priest Goal 40'
Attendance: 20,470[6]
Referee: A. Kingscott

See also


  1. ^ Soar, Phil (1995). Tottenham Hotspur The Official Illustrated History 1882–1995. Hamlyn. p. 25. ISBN 0-600-58706-1.
  2. ^ James M. Ross (6 June 2008). "England FA Challenge Cup Finals". Rec.Sport.Soccer Statistics Foundation. Archived from the original on 24 October 2008. Retrieved 30 October 2008.
  3. ^ Christopher Lyles (5 January 2008). "FA Cup by numbers". Daily Telegraph. Retrieved 24 October 2008.
  4. ^ a b Brown, Tony (1994). The Ultimate F.A. Cup Statistics Book. Association of Football Statisticians. Retrieved 6 November 2018 – via The exemption system had three categories for this season. Twenty two clubs were still exempt to round one. Ten were exempt to a new intermediate round after the qualifying rounds. Four from each group were exempt to the third qualifying round as before.
  5. ^ a b Match report at Archived 27 December 2007 at the Wayback Machine
  6. ^ a b "Sporting Chronicle - 1901 FA Cup Final". Archived from the original on 28 October 2008. Retrieved 2 December 2008.
  7. ^ "FA Cup Final kits, 1900-1909". Archived from the original on 25 September 2008. Retrieved 2 December 2008.
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