1875–76 FA Cup

The 1875–76 Football Association Challenge Cup was the fifth staging of the FA Cup, England's oldest football tournament. Thirty-two teams entered, three more than the previous season, although five of the thirty-two never played a match.

1875–76 FA Cup
Country England
Teams32
Defending championsRoyal Engineers
ChampionsWanderers (3rd title)
Runners-upOld Etonians

Format

The fifth ever FA Cup would feature a knockout style tournament, similar to the 1934 FIFA World Cup, except with 32 club teams.

First round

Home Club Score Away Club Attendance Date
Sheffield Walkover Shropshire Wanderers
Leyton Walkover Harrow Chequers
Royal Engineers 15–0 High Wycombe 10 November 1875
Maidenhead 2–0 Ramblers 23 October 1875
Clapham Rovers Walkover Hitchin
Reigate Priory 1–0 Barnes 30 October 1875
Upton Park 1–0 Southall 23 October 1875
Wanderers 5–0 1st Surrey Rifles 23 October 1875
South Norwood Walkover Clydesdale
Oxford University 6–0 Forest School 6 November 1875
Old Etonians 4–1 Pilgrims 9 November 1875
Swifts 2–0 Marlow 3 November 1875
Cambridge University Walkover Civil Service
Panthers 1–0 Woodford Wells 6 November 1875
105th Regiment 0–0 Crystal Palace 6 November 1875
Herts Rangers 4–0 Rochester 6 November 1875

Replay

Home Club Score Away Club Attendance Venue Date
Crystal Palace 3–0 105th Regiment 1578 Kennington Oval 20 November 1875

Second round

Home Club Score Away Club Attendance Date
Sheffield Walkover Upton Park
Royal Engineers Walkover Panthers
Clapham Rovers 12–0 Leyton 18 December 1875
Reigate Priory 0–8 Cambridge University 11 December 1875
Wanderers 3–0 Crystal Palace 11 December 1875
South Norwood 0–5 Swifts 11 December 1875
Oxford University 8–2 Herts Rangers 18 December 1875
Old Etonians 8–0 Maidenhead 11 December 1875

Third round

Home Club Score Away Club Attendance Date
Royal Engineers 1–3 Swifts 29 January 1876
Wanderers 2–0 Sheffield 29 January 1876
Old Etonians 1–0 Clapham Rovers 29 January 1876
Cambridge University 0–4 Oxford University 31 January 1876

Semi-Finals

Home Club Score Away Club Attendance Venue Date
Wanderers 2–1 Swifts Kennington Oval 26 February 1876
Oxford University 0–1 Old Etonians Kennington Oval 19 February 1876

Final

Home Club Score Away Club Attendance Venue Date
Wanderers 1–1 Old Etonians 3,000 Kennington Oval 11 March 1876

Replay

Home Club Score Away Club Attendance Venue Date
Wanderers 3–0 Old Etonians 3,500 Kennington Oval 18 March 1876

References

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.

1876 in association football

The following are the association football events of the year 1876 throughout the world.

Seasons
Qualifying rounds
Finals
187576 in European football
Domestic cups

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