1901–02 FA Cup

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1901–02 FA Cup
Country England
Defending championsTottenham Hotspur
ChampionsSheffield United
(2nd title)

The FA Cup 1901–02 was the thirty-first staging of the world's oldest association football competition, the Football Association Challenge Cup (more usually known as the FA Cup). Sheffield United won the competition for the second time, beating Southampton 2–1 in the replay of the final at Crystal Palace. The first match had finished 1–1.

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 21 September 1901
First Qualifying Round Saturday 5 October 1901
Second Qualifying Round Saturday 19 October 1901
Third Qualifying Round Saturday 2 November 1901
Fourth Qualifying Round Saturday 16 November 1901
Fifth Qualifying Round Saturday 30 November 1901
Intermediate Round Saturday 14 December 1901
First Round Proper Saturday 25 January 1902
Second Round Saturday 8 February 1902
Third Round Saturday 22 February 1902
Semi Finals Saturday 15 March 1902
Final Saturday 19 April 1902

Intermediate Round

The Intermediate Round featured ten ties, played between the ten winners of the Fifth Qualifying Round, and ten teams exempt to this stage. First Division Small Heath, along with Chesterfield, Newton Heath, Woolwich Arsenal, Burnley and Leicester Fosse from the Second Division were entered automatically into this round, as were non-league Reading, New Brighton Tower, Portsmouth and Millwall Athletic.

The other Second Division sides had to gain entry to this round through the earlier qualifying rounds. Barnsley, Blackpool, Bristol City, Burton United, Burslem Port Vale, Doncaster Rovers, Gainsborough Trinity, Glossop, Lincoln City and Stockport County, were all entered in the Third Qualifying Round. Of these, only Glossop and Lincoln City reached the Intermediate Round. They were joined by eight other non-league sides.

New Brighton Tower had disbanded during the summer of 1901, so Oxford City were granted a walkover.

The ten matches were played on 14 December 1901. Two matches went to replays, played in the following midweek.

Tie no Home team Score Away team Date
1 Reading 2–1 Chesterfield 14 December 1901
2 Walsall 2–0 New Brompton 14 December 1901
3 Newton Heath 1–2 Lincoln City 14 December 1901
4 Bishop Auckland 2–3 Burnley 14 December 1901
5 Millwall Athletic 1–1 Bristol Rovers 14 December 1901
Replay Bristol Rovers 1–0 Millwall Athletic 18 December 1901
6 Leicester Fosse 0–1 Glossop 14 December 1901
7 Woolwich Arsenal 1–1 Luton Town 14 December 1901
Replay Luton Town 0–2 Woolwich Arsenal 18 December 1901
8 Oxford City Walkover New Brighton Tower N/A
9 Northampton Town 4–1 Darwen 14 December 1901
10 Portsmouth 2–1 Small Heath 14 December 1901

First round proper

The First Round Proper contained sixteen ties between 32 teams. 17 of the 18 First Division sides were exempt to this round, as were West Bromwich Albion, Middlesbrough and Preston North End from the Second Division, and Southern League Southampton and Tottenham Hotspur, finalists in the two previous seasons. They joined the ten teams who won in the intermediate round.

The matches were played on Saturday 25 January 1902. Seven matches were drawn, with the replays taking place in the following midweek. Two of these then went to a second replay the following week.

Tie no Home team Score Away team Date
1 Bury 5–1 West Bromwich Albion 25 January 1902
2 Liverpool 2–2 Everton 25 January 1902
Replay Everton 0–2 Liverpool 29 January 1902
3 Stoke 2–2 Aston Villa 25 January 1902
Replay Aston Villa 1–2 Stoke 29 January 1902
4 Walsall 1–0 Burnley 25 January 1902
5 Notts County 1–2 Reading 25 January 1902
6 Blackburn Rovers 0–2 Derby County 1 February 1902
7 The Wednesday 0–1 Sunderland 25 January 1902
8 Grimsby Town 1–1 Portsmouth 25 January 1902
Replay Portsmouth 2–0 Grimsby Town 29 January 1902
9 Wolverhampton Wanderers 0–2 Bolton Wanderers 25 January 1902
10 Middlesbrough 1–1 Bristol Rovers 25 January 1902
Replay Bristol Rovers 1–0 Middlesbrough 29 January 1902
11 Woolwich Arsenal 0–2 Newcastle United 25 January 1902
12 Tottenham Hotspur 1–1 Southampton 25 January 1902
Replay Southampton 2–2 Tottenham Hotspur 29 January 1902
2nd Replay Southampton 2–1 Tottenham Hotspur 3 February 1902
13 Manchester City 1–1 Preston North End 25 January 1902
Replay Preston North End 0–0 Manchester City 29 January 1902
2nd Replay Preston North End 2–4 Manchester City 3 February 1902
14 Oxford City 0–0 Lincoln City 25 January 1902
Replay Lincoln City 4–0 Oxford City 30 January 1902
15 Northampton Town 0–2 Sheffield United 25 January 1902
16 Glossop 1–3 Nottingham Forest 25 January 1902

Second round proper

The eight second-round matches were scheduled for Saturday, 8 February 1902. There were no replays.

Tie no Home team Score Away team Date
1 Southampton 4–1 Liverpool 8 February 1902
2 Reading 0–1 Portsmouth 8 February 1902
3 Walsall 0–5 Bury 8 February 1902
4 Lincoln City 1–3 Derby County 8 February 1902
5 Sheffield United 2–1 Bolton Wanderers 8 February 1902
6 Newcastle United 1–0 Sunderland 12 February 1902
7 Manchester City 0–2 Nottingham Forest 8 February 1902
8 Bristol Rovers 0–1 Stoke 8 February 1902

Third round proper

The four quarter final matches were scheduled for Saturday 22 February 1902. There were two replays, played in the following midweek.

Tie no Home team Score Away team Date
1 Bury 2–3 Southampton 22 February 1902
2 Nottingham Forest 2–0 Stoke 22 February 1902
3 Newcastle United 1–1 Sheffield United 22 February 1902
Replay Sheffield United 2–1 Newcastle United 27 February 1902
4 Portsmouth 0–0 Derby County 22 February 1902
Replay Derby County 6–3 Portsmouth 27 February 1902

Semi finals

The semi-final matches were played on Saturday 15 March 1902. Sheffield United and Derby County drew their tie and had to replay it; this next match also finished in a draw, and so a second replay was played a week later. Sheffield United eventually won and went on to meet Southampton in the final.

Second Replay


The Final was contested by Sheffield United and Southampton at Crystal Palace. The match finished 1–1 after extra time, with the goals scored by Alf Common for Sheffield United and Harry Wood for Southampton.

In the replay, which also took place at Crystal Palace, Sheffield United won 2–1, with goals from George Hedley and Billy Barnes. Albert Brown scored Southampton's goal.

Match details

Sheffield United1 – 1Southampton
Common Goal 55' [1] Wood Goal 88'
Attendance: 76,914[2]
Sheffield United
Southampton [3]


Sheffield United2 – 1Southampton
Hedley Goal 2'
Barnes Goal 79'
Brown Goal 70'
Attendance: 33,068

See also


  1. ^ Match report at
  2. ^ Sporting Chronicle - 1902 FA Cup Final
  3. ^ "FA Cup Final kits, 1900-1909". Archived from the original on 2008-09-25. Retrieved 2008-12-01.
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