1879–80 FA Cup

The 1879–80 Football Association Challenge Cup was the ninth staging of the FA Cup, England's oldest football tournament. Fifty-four teams entered, eleven more than the previous season, although five of the fifty-four never played a match.

1879–80 FA Cup
Country England
Defending championsOld Etonians
ChampionsClapham Rovers
(1st title)
Runners-upOxford University

First round

Home Club Score Away Club Date
Finchley 1–2 Old Harrovians 8 November 1879
Sheffield Walkover Queen's Park
Royal Engineers 2–0 Cambridge University 13 November 1879
Maidenhead 3–1 Calthorpe 25 October 1879
Clapham Rovers 7–0 Romford 8 November 1879
South Norwood 4–2 Brentwood 1 November 1879
Oxford University 1–1 Marlow 6 November 1879
Old Etonians Walkover Barnes
Pilgrims 5–2 Clarence 1 November 1879
Herts Rangers 2–1 Minerva 15 November 1879
Rochester 0–6 Wanderers 15 November 1879
Gresham 3–0 Kildare 1 November 1879
Remnants 1–1 Upton Park 15 November 1879
Hendon 1–1 Old Foresters 8 November 1879
Nottingham Forest 4–0 Notts County 8 November 1879
Eagley 0–1 Darwen 1 November 1879
Grey Friars 2–1 Hanover United 8 November 1879
Henley Walkover Reading
West End Walkover Swifts
Blackburn Rovers 5–1 Tyne Association 1 November 1879
Hotspur 1–1 Argonauts 8 November 1879
Mosquitos 3–1 St Peter's Institute 1 November 1879
Aston Villa Bye
Stafford Road 2–0 Wednesbury Strollers 8 November 1879
Turton 7–0 Brigg 1 November 1879
Providence Bye
Birmingham[1] Walkover Panthers
Acton 0–4 Old Carthusians 8 November 1879

First round replays

Home Club Score Away Club Date
Marlow 0–1 Oxford University 10 November 1879
Upton Park 5–2 Remnants 25 November 1879
Old Foresters 2–2 Hendon 15 November 1879
Hendon 3–1 Old Foresters 22 November 1879
Argonauts 0–1 Hotspur 15 November 1879

Second round

Home Club Score Away Club Date
Sheffield 3–3 Providence 15 December 1879
Royal Engineers 4–1 Upton Park 23 December 1879
Clapham Rovers 4–1 South Norwood 20 December 1879
Wanderers 1–0 Old Carthusians 10 January 1880
Oxford University 6–0 Birmingham[1] 19 January 1880
Old Etonians Bye
Pilgrims Walkover Herts Rangers
Old Harrovians Bye
Hendon 7–1 Mosquitos 20 December 1879
Grey Friars 9–0 Gresham 20 December 1879
Henley 1–3 Maidenhead 29 November 1879
West End 1–0 Hotspur 13 December 1879
Blackburn Rovers 3–1 Darwen 6 December 1879
Stafford Road 1–1 Aston Villa 13 December 1879
Turton 0–6 Nottingham Forest 13 December 1879

Second round replays

Home Club Score Away Club Date
Sheffield 3–0 Providence 29 December 1879
Aston Villa 3–1 Stafford Road 24 January 1880

Third round

Home Club Score Away Club Date
Sheffield Bye
Royal Engineers 2–0 Old Harrovians 4 February 1880
Maidenhead Bye
Clapham Rovers 7–0 Pilgrims 17 January 1880
Oxford University Walkover Aston Villa
Old Etonians 3–1 Wanderers 24 January 1880
Hendon Bye
Nottingham Forest 6–0 Blackburn Rovers 31 January 1880
Grey Friars Bye
West End Bye

Fourth round

Home Club Score Away Club Date
Royal Engineers 1–0 Grey Friars 18 February 1880
Maidenhead 0–1 Oxford University 14 February 1880
Clapham Rovers 2–0 Hendon 14 February 1880
Old Etonians 5–1 West End 7 February 1880
Nottingham Forest 2–2 (Sheffield disqualified) Sheffield 19 February 1880

Fifth round

Home Club Score Away Club Date
Clapham Rovers 1–0 Old Etonians 21 February 1880
Oxford University 1–1 Royal Engineers 5 March 1880
Nottingham Forest Bye

Fifth Round Replay

Home Club Score Away Club Date
Oxford University 1–0 Royal Engineers 15 March 1880


Home Club Score Away Club Date
Clapham Rovers Bye
Oxford University 1–0 Nottingham Forest 27 March 1880


Home Club Score Away Club Date
Clapham Rovers 1–0 Oxford University 10 April 1880


  1. ^ a b No relation to Birmingham (City), Collett, Mike (2003). The Complete Record of The FA Cup. p. 134. ISBN 1-899807-19-5.
1880 FA Cup Final

The 1880 FA Cup Final was contested by Clapham Rovers and Oxford University at the Kennington Oval. Clapham Rovers won 1–0, the only goal being scored by Clopton Lloyd-Jones.

1880 in association football

The following are the association football events of the year 1880 throughout the world.

1881 FA Cup Final

The 1881 FA Cup Final was contested by Old Carthusians and Old Etonians at the Kennington Oval. Old Carthusians won 3–0, the goals scored by Edward Wynyard, Edward Hagarty Parry, and Alexander Tod.

The final was played at the Kennington Oval on 9 April 1881; this was the Old Carthusians first appearance in the final and the Old Etonians, on their fourth appearance, were expected to win comfortably. In the event, the Old Carthusians won convincingly, with goals from Edward Wynyard, Edward Parry, and Alexander Tod.

Harrow Chequers F.C.

Harrow Chequers Football Club was a football club from London, England in the 1860s to early 1890s. It played as the Harrow Chequers from 1865 to 1876, when it was then renamed the Old Harrovians, and continued play until at least 1891. Derived from former pupils of Harrow School, the club was involved in the formation of the FA Cup in 1871. It was slated to play in three of the first six FA Cup competitions in the 1870s, but they forfeited each time, and never contested an FA Cup match as the Chequers. One of their players, however, Morton Betts, is remembered for scoring the first (and only) goal in the first ever FA Cup Final in 1872, which is essentially all that is remembered today of the club. However, as the Old Harrovians, the team had some more success, including reaching the semifinals of the 1877–78 FA Cup.

Qualifying rounds
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