1903 FA Cup Final

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1903 FA Cup Final
Event1902–03 FA Cup
Date18 April 1903
VenueCrystal Palace, London
RefereeJ Adams

The 1903 FA Cup Final was contested by Bury and Derby County at Crystal Palace. Bury won 6–0.[1] It is the only FA Cup where the winners (Bury FC) did not concede a single goal throughout their cup run.[citation needed]

Route to the final

  • Bury
Round 1 – Wolverhampton Wanderers ( H ) 1–0
Round 2 – Sheffield United ( A ) 1–0
Round 3 – Notts County ( H ) 1–0
Semi-final – Aston Villa ( N ) 3–0
  • Derby County
Round 1 – Birmingham ( H ) 2–1
Round 2 – Blackburn Rovers ( H ) 2–0
Round 3 – Stoke ( H ) 3–0
Semi-final – Millwall ( N ) 3–0

Match details

Bury6–0Derby County
Attendance: 63,102[3]
Referee: J. Adams
Derby County[4]
Hugh Monteith
Jimmy Lindsay
James McEwen
John Johnston
Frank Thorpe
George Ross (c)
Billy Richards
Willie Wood
Charlie Sagar
Joe Leeming
John Plant
Club secretary:
Harry Spencer Hamer
Jack Fryer
Jimmy Methven
Charlie Morris
Ben Warren
Archie Goodall (c)
Johnny May
Joe Warrington
Charlie York
John Boag
George Richards
George Davis
Harry Newbould

Match rules

  • 90 minutes.
  • 30 minutes of extra-time if necessary.
  • Replay if scores still level.
  • No substitutes

Match summary

Derby came into the final without the injured Steve Bloomer, but even so they had the stronger side on paper. However, the match turned out to be one of the most one-sided ever played,[5] and Bury's 6–0 victory remains a record for the biggest margin in an FA Cup Final, later equalled by Manchester City in the 2019 Final.[6] Bury also equalled another record, winning the Cup without conceding a goal in any round.[3]

Derby's play was so poor that Bury were never fully extended. Monteith, the Bury goalkeeper, had little to do whilst defenders McEwen and Ross contributed much to Bury's crushing victory. Richards led the attack although he didn't score; Leeming scored twice with Bury's other goals coming from Ross, Sagar, Wood and Plant.[3]


  1. ^ "The Emirates FA Cup, Past Results". The FA. Retrieved 7 March 2016.
  2. ^ "FA Cup 1902/1903 » Schedule". Retrieved 14 April 2016.
  3. ^ a b c d "Bury v Derby County, 18 April 1903". Retrieved 14 April 2016.
  4. ^ a b "The FA Cup Finalists 1900-1909 - Historical Football Kits". Archived from the original on 25 September 2008. Retrieved 14 April 2016.
  5. ^ Derby County: The Story of a football club (abridged sample, page 24), Anton Rippon, 2013, ISBN 978-0992677909
  6. ^ "Man City win FA Cup to clinch domestic treble". 19 May 2019. Retrieved 19 May 2019.
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