1873 FA Cup Final

The 1873 FA Cup Final was a football match between Wanderers and Oxford University on 29 March 1873 at Lillie Bridge in London. It was the second final of the world's oldest football competition, the Football Association Challenge Cup (known in the modern era as the FA Cup). Unusually, the final was held in the morning, so as to avoid a clash with the annual Oxford-Cambridge Boat Race which was held on the same day. Wanderers reached the final without playing a match, as the original rules of the competition stated that the holders would receive a bye straight to the final and other teams would compete to gain the other place in the final and challenge the holders for the trophy. Oxford reached the final when their semi-final opponents, Queen's Park, dropped out of the competition

Both teams had key players absent for the final, including several who had represented Wanderers in the previous year's final. The best player on the day was Arthur Kinnaird, who scored the first goal for Wanderers. Charles Wollaston added a second goal towards the end of the match to give Wanderers a 2–0 victory and a second consecutive FA Cup win. It was the only Cup final prior to 1893 not played at The Oval.

1873 FA Cup Final
1896 FA Cup
Event1872–73 FA Cup
Wanderers Oxford University
2 0
Date29 March 1873
VenueLillie Bridge, London
RefereeAlfred Stair (Upton Park F.C.)

Route to the final

As the previous year's FA Cup winners, Wanderers received a bye straight to the final in the 1872–73. This was in keeping with the original concept of the competition being a "challenge cup", in which the holders would qualify directly for the following season's final and teams would compete for the other place in the final and the right to challenge them for the trophy.[1] This was the only time this rule was used.[2]

In the first round Oxford University played Crystal Palace (a defunct former amateur club not connected to the current professional club of the same name) and won 3–2 at home. In the second round, they played an away match against Clapham Rovers, winning 3–0.[3]

In the third round Oxford University were paired with the previous season's runners-up, the Royal Engineers. Oxford won 1–0 and went on to play Maidenhead in the quarter-finals. Due to other teams receiving byes, this was the only match at the quarter-final stage, and for the third consecutive round Oxford emerged victorious without conceding a goal, winning 4–0.[3] In the semi-finals, Oxford's opponents were set to be the leading Scottish club, Queen's Park, who had received a bye straight to the semi-finals to reduce the amount of travelling required to compete in a competition in which all the other entrants were from the south of England.[2] Queen's, however, decided to withdraw from the competition, giving Oxford a bye into the final.[2] One modern source states that the Scottish club actually beat Oxford but then could not afford to travel to London for the final so withdrew at that point.[4]



Arthur Kinnaird was the star player for Wanderers.

As the match was scheduled for the same day as the annual Oxford-Cambridge boat race, the decision was made to stage it in the morning, thereby allowing the spectators to witness both sporting events.[5] Both teams were missing key players. Oxford's first-choice goalkeeper, Charles Nepean, was unavailable, as were four of Wanderers' regular players, including Thomas Hooman, William Crake and Albert Thompson, all of whom had been in the cup-winning team the year before.[1] As cup-holders, Wanderers were permitted to choose the stadium at which the match would be played. As the club had no official stadium of its own, its officials chose the Lillie Bridge ground in West Brompton.[4]

Oxford dominated the early stages of the game due largely to the strong running of Arnold Kirke-Smith. Newspaper The Sportsman commented that "the whole eleven work[ed] well together and with great energy".[1] Nonetheless, Wanderers came closer to scoring when William Kenyon-Slaney got the ball into the goal, only for the umpires to disallow the goal due to an infringement of the offside rule. After 27 minutes, Wanderers captain Arthur Kinnaird, whom the press rated as the best player of the match due to his dribbling skills, gave his team the lead when he outpaced Oxford's backs and kicked the ball between the goalposts.[1]

In a desperate attempt to secure an equalising goal, Oxford took the unusual step of dispensing with the use of a goalkeeper and moved Andrew Leach, who had been playing in that position, upfield to play as a forward.[1] This plan back-fired at around the 80-minute mark, however, when Charles Wollaston broke through and scored a second goal for the Wanderers, who thereby retained the trophy which they had won in its inaugural year.[6] The correspondent from The Field stated that the shot would easily have been saved had there been a player in goal.[1]


Wanderers2–0Oxford University
Kinnaird Goal 27'
Wollaston Goal 80'
Wanderers[1] Oxford University[1]
Goalkeeper England Reginald de Courtenay Welch
Goalkeeper England Andrew Leach
Full-back England Leonard Howell Full-back England Charles Mackarness
Half-back Ireland Edward Bowen Half-back England Francis Birley
Forward England Charles Wollaston Forward England Charles Longman
Forward England Robert Kingsford Forward England Arnold Kirke-Smith
Forward England Alexander Bonsor Forward England Robert Vidal
Forward England Capt. William Kenyon-Slaney Forward England Frederick Maddison
Forward England Charles Thompson Match rules: Forward England Cuthbert Ottaway
Forward United States Julian Sturgis 90 minutes normal time. Forward England Harold Dixon
Forward Scotland Arthur Kinnaird 30 minutes extra-time if scores are level, at captains' discretion. Forward England Walter Paton
Forward Scotland Rev. Henry Holmes Stewart Replay if scores still level. Forward England John Robert Sumner
No substitutes.


As was the norm until 1882, the winning team did not receive the trophy at the stadium on the day of the match, but later in the year at their annual dinner.[7] Oxford's sporting disappointment continued in the afternoon, as the university's crew was defeated by three lengths by Cambridge in the Boat Race, Cambridge's fourth successive victory in the contest.[8]


  • Warsop, Keith (2004). The Early FA Cup Finals and the Southern Amateurs. SoccerData. ISBN 1-899468-78-1.
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  3. ^ a b "England FA Challenge Cup 1872–73". Rec.Sport.Soccer Statistics Foundation. 27 January 2001. Retrieved 24 November 2009.
  4. ^ a b Soar, Phil; Martin Tyler (1983). Encyclopedia of British Football. Willow Books. p. 154. ISBN 0-00-218049-9.
  5. ^ Matthews, Tony (2006). Football Firsts. Capella. p. 86. ISBN 1-84193-451-8.
  6. ^ Gibbons, Philip (2001). Association Football in Victorian England – A History of the Game from 1863 to 1900. Upfront Publishing. pp. 38–39. ISBN 1-84426-035-6.
  7. ^ Warsop, p.53
  8. ^ "Race Statistics". The Boat Race. Retrieved 24 November 2009.

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1876 FA Cup Final

The 1876 FA Cup Final was a football match between Wanderers and Old Etonians on 11 March 1876 at Kennington Oval in London. It was the fifth final of the world's oldest football competition, the Football Association Challenge Cup (known in the modern era as the FA Cup). Wanderers had won the Cup on two previous occasions. The Etonians were playing in their second consecutive final, having lost in the 1875 final. Both teams had conceded only one goal in the four rounds prior to the final. In the semi-finals Wanderers defeated Swifts and the Etonians beat the 1874 FA Cup winners Oxford University.

The match finished in a 1–1 draw, the second time an FA Cup Final had finished all-square. John Hawley Edwards scored for Wanderers, but the Etonians equalised with a goal credited in modern publications to Alexander Bonsor, although contemporary newspaper reports do not identify him as the scorer. A week later, the replay took place at the same venue. The Etonians were forced to make a number of changes due to players being unavailable, and the revised team was no match for the Wanderers, who won 3–0. Charles Wollaston and Thomas Hughes scored a goal apiece in a five-minute spell before half-time, and Hughes added the third early in the second half.

Albert Meysey-Thompson

Albert Childers Meysey-Thompson (13 July 1848 – 20 March 1894) was an English barrister and an amateur footballer who played for Wanderers in the 1872 FA Cup Final and for Old Etonians in the 1875 and 1876 FA Cup Finals.

Andrew Leach

Andrew John Leach (16 September 1851 – 7 November 1904) was an English footballer in the early days of the sport. He played for Oxford University in the 1873 FA Cup Final.

Arnold Kirke Smith

Arnold Kirke Smith (23 April 1850 – 8 October 1927) was an English footballer who played for England as a forward in the first international match against Scotland, as well as captaining Oxford University in the 1873 FA Cup Final. Smith was ordained as an Anglican priest in 1875 and after various clerical appointments he became vicar of Boxworth where he remained until his death on 8 October 1927.

Charles Mackarness

Charles Coleridge Mackarness (22 July 1850 – 1 March 1918) was the Archdeacon of the East Riding between 1898 and 1916. In his youth, he had been a keen amateur sportsman and played twice in the FA Cup Final for Oxford University, being on the victorious side in 1874 and runner-up in the previous year.

Charles Meysey-Thompson

Revd. Charles Maude Meysey-Thompson (5 December 1849 – 11 September 1881) was an English clergyman who, as an amateur footballer, won the FA Cup in 1873 with the Wanderers. He also played in the 1876 FA Cup Final for the Old Etonians and for the Scottish XI in the last representative match against England in 1872.

Harold Baily Dixon

Harold Baily Dixon (1852–1930) was a British chemist. He was also an amateur footballer who appeared for Oxford University in the 1873 FA Cup Final.

John Robert Sumner

John Robert Edwards Sumner (14 November 1850 – 15 October 1933) was an amateur footballer who played for Oxford University in the 1873 FA Cup Final. He was later a rancher in the United States.

Julian Sturgis

Julian Russell Sturgis (21 October 1848 – 13 April 1904) was a novelist, poet, librettist and lyricist. Born in the US, he lived and worked in Britain nearly all his life and took British citizenship.

Educated at Eton and Balliol College, Oxford, Sturgis was a notable athlete. He distinguished himself in Eton's sporting activities and rowed for Balliol for three years. He then played association football as an amateur, from 1872 to 1876, and was the first foreigner to play in an FA Cup Final.

Sturgis qualified as a barrister, but he embarked on a writing career in 1874, producing novels, poetry, plays and libretti. He wrote the words for four operas, with music by Arthur Goring Thomas, Arthur Sullivan, Alexander Mackenzie and Charles Villiers Stanford, respectively. He is, perhaps, best remembered as the librettist for Sullivan's 1891 opera Ivanhoe.

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List of alumni of University College, Oxford

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Longman (surname)

Longman is a surname. Notable people with the surname include:

Albert Heber Longman (1880–1954), Australian naturalist and museum director

Charles Longman (1852–1934), played in the 1873 FA Cup Final

Daniel K. Longman, English social and family historian

Evelyn Beatrice Longman (1874–1954), US sculptor

Frank Longman (1882–1928), American football player and coach

George Longman (1852–1938), English cricketer

George Longman (MP) (1776–1822), English politician and business

Sir Hubert Harry Longman (1856–1940), the sole Longman baronet

Irene Longman (1877–1964), Australian politician

Phillip Longman (born 1956), American demographer

Richard Longman, British racing driver

Thomas Longman (1699–1755), English publisher who founded the publishing house of Longman

Tremper Longman, Old Testament scholar

William Longman (1892–1967), English croquet player

Robert Kingsford

Robert Kennett Kingsford (23 December 1849 – 14 October 1895) was an English footballer who made one appearance for England in 1874, and was a member of the Wanderers team that won the 1873 FA Cup Final.

Stamford Bridge (stadium)

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The capacity of the stadium is 40,853, making it the ninth largest venue of the 2019–20 Premier League season. The club has plans to expand capacity to 63,000 by the 2023–24 season. When expansion starts, Chelsea intend to play at Wembley Stadium until they return in 2024.Opened in 1877, the stadium was used by the London Athletic Club until 1905, when new owner Gus Mears founded Chelsea Football Club to occupy the ground; Chelsea have played their home games there ever since. It has undergone major changes over the years, most recently in the 1990s when it was renovated into a modern, all-seater stadium.

Stamford Bridge has been a venue for England international matches, FA Cup Finals, FA Cup semi-finals and Charity Shield games. It has also hosted numerous other sports, such as cricket, rugby union, speedway, greyhound racing, baseball and American football. The stadium's highest official attendance is 82,905, for a league match between Chelsea and Arsenal on 12 October 1935.

Sumner (surname)

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Allen Melancthon Sumner (1882–1918), American Marine

Andrew Sumner, British movie journalist and publisher

Bernard Sumner (born 1956), British musician

Brian Sumner (born 1979), British skateboarder

Byron Sumner (born 1991), Australian rules footballer

Carl Sumner (1908–1999), American baseball player

Charles Sumner (bishop) (1790–1874), Anglican bishop (Landaff and then Winchester)

Charles Sumner (1811–1874), American politician

Charlie Sumner (1930–2015), American football player and coach

Charlotte Sumner, American neurologist

Chris Sumner (born 1943), former Australian politician

Cid Ricketts Sumner (1890–1970), American novelist

Claude Sumner (1919–2012), Canadian philosopher

Edmond Sumner (born 1995), American basketball player, NBA, Indiana Pacers

Edwin Vose "Bull" Sumner (1797–1863), American Civil War general

Elizabeth Keawepoʻoʻole Sumner (1850–1911), Hawaiian chiefess and lady-in-waiting

Francis Bertody Sumner (1874–1945), American ichthyologist, zoologist and writer

Geoffrey Sumner (1908–1989), British actor, commentator for British Movietone News

Gordon Matthew Thomas Sumner (born 1951), Also known as Sting, lead singer of British Band The Police

Gregory Sumner, history professor and biographer

Heywood Sumner (1853–1940), English artist, designer, writer and archaeologist

Increase Sumner (1746–1799), American politician and jurist

J. D. Sumner (1924–1998), American singer and songwriter

James B. Sumner (1887–1955), American biochemist

Jessie Sumner (1898–1994), U.S. Representative from Illinois

Jethro Sumner (1733–1785), American Revolutionary War general

Joe Sumner (born 1976), British musician

John Bird Sumner (1780–1862), Anglican bishop/Archbishop of Canterbury

John Robert Sumner (1850–1933), English amateur footballer, played in 1873 FA Cup Final (grandson of John Bird Sumner)

John S. Sumner (1876–1971), head of New York Society for the Suppression of Vice from 1915 to 1950

John Sumner (actor, born 1951), British actor

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Kelly Sumner (born 1961), British businessman

L. W. Sumner (born 1941), Canadian philosopher

Liam Sumner (born 1993), former professional Australian rules footballer

Mary Lou Sumner (1927–2002), American politician

Mary Sumner (1828–1921), founder of the Mothers' Union

Mickey Sumner (born 1984), English actress

Nancy Sumner (1839–1895), Hawaiian chiefess and lady-in-waiting

Peter Sumner (1942–2016), Australian actor, director and writer

Phil Sumner (born 1990), cornet, keyboard and guitar player

Robert Sumner (1922–2016), American evangelist and writer

Samuel S. Sumner (1842–1937), American general

Sarah Sumner, American evangelical theologian

Sophie Sumner (born 1990), British fashion model

Steve Sumner (1955–2017), New Zealand football player

T. B. Sumner (1857–1934), American politician

Thomas Hubbard Sumner (1807–1876), American mariner

Tim Sumner (footballer) (born 1994), Australian rules footballer

Tim Sumner (physicist), Professor of Experimental Physics at Imperial College London

Walt Sumner (born 1947), American football player

William Graham Sumner (1840–1910), American sociologist

William H. Sumner (1780–1861), Boston historical figure

William Keolaloa Sumner (1816–1885), Hawaiian chief and landholder

Timeline of Oxford

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Walter Paton

Walter Boldero Paton (19 April 1853 – 11 February 1937) was an English barrister who also wrote guides to emigration to the British colonies. In his youth, he was a keen footballer who played for Oxford University in the 1873 FA Cup Final and for England in 1871 in a representative match against Scotland.

William Kenyon-Slaney

William Slaney Kenyon-Slaney PC (24 August 1847 – 24 April 1908), was an India-born English sportsman, soldier and politician.

Kenyon-Slaney was born in Rajkot in Gujarat in British India, the son of Captain William Kenyon of the 2nd Bombay Cavalry and Frances Catherine Slaney, daughter of Robert A. Slaney of Shropshire. Upon the death of Robert Slaney in 1862 the Kenyon family inherited the Slaney family estate of Hatton Grange near Shifnal in Shropshire and the Kenyon family name was changed to Kenyon-Slaney.

Kenyon-Slaney was educated at Eton and briefly at Christ Church, Oxford. In November 1867, he left Oxford and received a commission into the 3rd battalion of the Grenadier Guards.

Kenyon-Slaney was a noted sportsman and played first-class cricket for the Marylebone Cricket Club (MCC). He was also a keen association football player playing for Wanderers and was selected to play for England against Scotland in the second ever football international on 8 March 1873, where he scored two goals. Kenyon-Slaney became the first player to score in an international football match as the first international between the two nations in November the previous year had been a goalless draw.

He also took part for the Wanderers on the winning side in the 1873 FA Cup Final and on the losing side for the Old Etonians in the drawn first match of the 1875 Final and both matches of the 1876 Final.

In 1882 under the command of Sir Garnet Wolseley he took part in the Battle of Tel el-Kebir during the Urabi Revolt and was decorated for his efforts. In 1887 he was promoted to Colonel and placed on half pay. He fully retired from the military in 1892.

On 22 February 1887, he married Lady Mabel Selina Bridgeman, daughter of the 3rd Earl of Bradford; they had two children; a daughter Sybil Agnes Kenyon-Slaney (b. 1888) and a son Robert Orlando Rodolph Kenyon-Slaney (b. 1892) who was High Sheriff of Shropshire in 1935.

In 1886 Kenyon-Slaney was elected to Parliament to represent the Newport division of Shropshire for the Conservative Party which he represented until his death (after an attack of gout) in 1908. He was buried at St Andrew's Parish Churchyard, Ryton, Shropshire.

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