1882 FA Cup Final

The 1882 FA Cup Final was contested by Old Etonians and Blackburn Rovers at the Kennington Oval. Old Etonians won 1–0, the only goal scored, according to most reports, by William Anderson, although another, questionably, gives Reginald Macaulay. It was the last final to be won by one of the Southern "gentleman amateur" teams who had dominated the first decade of the competition.

1882 FA Cup Final
EventFA Cup 1881–82
Old Etonians Blackburn Rovers
1 0
Date25 March 1882
VenueKennington Oval, London
RefereeCharles Clegg


In the final, played at Kennington Oval on 25 March 1882, the Old Etonians met Blackburn Rovers, who were the first team from outside London and the Home counties to appear in an FA Cup Final. Blackburn included England internationals, Fred Hargreaves and his brother, John, and Jimmy Brown.

The Old Boys dominated the early stages of the match but Rovers defended well until, according to the match report in Gibbons' "Association Football in Victorian England", "following an expert through ball by Dunn, Macaulay steered the ball between the Blackburn goalposts to secure a well-deserved half-time lead".[1] However, a tribute in The Times (1937) states Macaulay was fond of recalling he outpaced the Blackburn players and helped towards the goal, without claiming to have scored it. Other reports identify the scorer differently: Bell's Life in London, The Field and The Times stated it was Anderson, the first two detailing the ball had been successively passed to him by Macaulay and Dunn, while The Sporting Life states the ball was centred "to the front of the posts" by Novelli before it was kicked "out of a brief and loose bully" (i.e. a scrimmage) by an unnamed player.[2]

Also varied is the time at which the goal was reportedly scored: eight minutes from the start by Bell's Life, ten minutes by The Sportsman, and "a quarter of an hour's play" by The Sporting Life.[3]

The Old Etonians were able to prevent Blackburn from scoring in the second half, thus claiming the cup for the second time in three years.

Match details

Old Etonians
Blackburn Rovers
Old Etonians 1 (Anderson or Macaulay)
GK John Rawlinson
DF Thomas French
DF Percy de Paravicini
MF Hon Arthur Kinnaird
MF Charles Foley
MF Philip Novelli
FW Arthur Dunn
FW Reginald Macaulay Goal
FW Harry Goodhart
FW John Chevallier
FW William Anderson
Blackburn Rovers 0
GK Roger Howarth
DF Hugh McIntyre
DF Fergus Suter
MF Fred Hargreaves
MF Harold Sharples
MF John Hargreaves
FW Geoffrey Avery
FW James Brown
FW Thomas Strachan
FW Jimmy Douglas
FW John Duckworth


In May 2013 a programme from the game sold at auction at Sotheby's for £35,250, a world record for a football programme.[4]


  1. ^ Gibbons, Philip (2001). Association Football in Victorian England – A History of the Game from 1863 to 1900. Upfront Publishing. pp. 64–65. ISBN 1-84426-035-6.
  2. ^ Warsop, Keith (2004). The Early FA Cup Finals and the Southern Amateurs, A Who's Who and Match Facts 1872 to 1883. Tony Brown SoccerData. p. 38. ISBN 1-899468-78-1.Warsop, writing later than Gibbons, names Anderson as the definite scorer in the match summary on page 52.
  3. ^ Warsop, Keith. The Early FA Cup Finals. pp. 38, 52.Warsop considers eight minutes the official time in match summary on page 52.
  4. ^ "Antique Blackburn Rovers programme sells for £35,000". Lancashire Telegraph. 14 May 2013. Retrieved 15 May 2013.

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Arthur Dunn Challenge Cup

The Arthur Dunn Cup is a football cup competition played between the Old Boys of public schools. It started in 1903 and is named in honor of Arthur Dunn who had proposed such a competition but died very suddenly shortly after. Dunn was a leading amateur player of his day and was in the winning Old Etonians side in the 1882 FA Cup Final. It was Dunn who passed the ball to Anderson who scored the only goal to defeat Blackburn Rovers at the Kennington Oval.

Football programme

The purchase of a football programme has long been part of the 'ritual' of attending a football match in Great Britain, along with a pint and/or a pie. Due to their initial expendable nature (like the ticket) it took many decades for the format to gain respectability as a collectible. Collecting programmes became a common hobby among fans during the 1960s and from then on a number of specialist dealers began to appear. It is now quite common for a 1920s FA Cup Final programme to fetch in excess of £1000 at auction houses such as Sotheby's or Bonhams with said sale receiving national press coverage. Everton was the first club to produce regular match programmes.

Fred Hargreaves

Frederick William Hargreaves (16 August 1858 – 5 April 1897) was an English footballer who represented the England national football team. He also played first-class cricket with Lancashire.

A member of the Malvern College 1st XI team, Hargreaves played his club football for the Blackburn Rovers and was a midfielder in their team which lost the 1882 FA Cup Final. His first international cap for England came in 1880 when he took the field against Wales, with England winning 3-2. The following year he made an appearance in another international against Wales but this time finished on the losing side. In 1882, he claimed his third and final cap in a convincing 13-0 victory over Ireland. As of January 2013, this remains England's highest ever winning margin.

His brother John Hargreaves also played at Blackburn and represented England.

An amateur cricketer who was previously a member of Malvern's First Eleven Cricket team, he appeared in his only first-class cricket match in 1881, against Derbyshire. Hargreaves was dismissed by George Osborne for a duck in his only innings and took a couple of catches. He played club cricket at Blackburn's East Lancashire Cricket Club.

Jimmy Douglas (Scottish footballer)

James Douglas, known as Jimmy Douglas, (3 September 1859 – 1919) was a Scottish footballer, who played in the Football League for Blackburn Rovers.The first football club to sign Jimmy Douglas was Scottish club, Paisley Institution. There appear to be no records about this club. In 1879 Jimmy Douglas was signed by Renfrew Football Club. This Renfrew existed from 1875 until 1891. Douglas left Renfrew in 1880 and headed south to England. There he joined Barrow Rangers (not today's Barrow Rangers) but after a short stay joined Blackburn Rovers. Before leaving Renfrew, he got a call–up from Scotland. Douglas played in an international friendly against Wales which Scotland won 5–1. However, as Douglas played in England he was never called–up again.Jimmy Douglas was one of a triumvirate of Scottish professionals who provided the backbone of Blackburn Rovers' FA Cup success of the 1880s. To circumvent the rules on professionalism Douglas was found employment at Yate's Iron Foundry in the town and he quickly became a popular member of the club.

His enthusiastic approach to the game was noted by the correspondent of the Blackburn Times, in April 1882, when he wrote that Douglas 'is a bold player, and when fortune seems against the team becomes reckless of danger, dashing forward against any odds. He is an excellent wing player, and he and his partner understand each other perfectly. He divides with McIntyre the kicks from the right corner flag, and is frequently exceedingly successful in making them. In shooting at goal he is rather too apt to send the leather over the bar, but is, nevertheless, dangerous in front of goal, and is very valuable in a scrimmage'. His success was all the more remarkable because of his small build, but, in an era when brute force often triumphed over finesse, his Scot had sufficient skill to be able to make his mark on the game. When Douglas first joined Blackburn he operated on the right wing of a six–man attack, but when the club adopted the five–man front line he dropped back to right–half. Indeed, his versatility was such that he was drafted into the pivotal centre–half position on more than one occasion and was able to operate with supreme ease in this more demanding role.Jimmy Douglas played in the first of four FA Cup Finals at Kennington Oval on 25 March 1882, 1882 FA Cup Final, Blackburn Rovers became the first team to play in the FA Cup Final who were not based in the Home Counties or London. Blackburn Rovers lost 1–0 to Old Etonians and Douglas played as a forward. Jimmy Douglas played in the 1884 FA Cup Final when the opponents were Queen's Park Glasgow. Rovers won 2–1 and Douglas played on the wing. Douglas' third Final was on 4 April 1885 when again Blackburn Rovers faced Queen's Park Glasgow. Rovers won 2–0 and Douglas played as a forward. The 1886 FA Cup Final was an all–English affair when on 3 April 1886 Blackburn Rovers drew 0–0 with West Bromwich Albion. Douglas played as a forward. The replay was the following week and Rovers won 2–0 with Douglas as a forward again.

Douglas made his League debut on 15 September 1888, playing as a wing-half against Accrington at Leamington Road, then home of Blackburn Rovers. The match ended in a 5-5 draw. Douglas only missed one of the 21 League games played in season 1888–89, as Blackburn finished fourth. As a wing-half he played in a midfield that achieved big (three-League-goals-or-more) wins on seven separate occasions. Douglas appeared in the two 1888–89 FA Cup semi-final matches Blackburn played against Wolverhampton Wanderers, which Blackburn lost after a replay.At the end of his career , in 1892, Douglas had played 76 first–class matches for Blackburn Rovers scoring eight goals. He played in 34 League matches and 42 FA Cup ties. All his goals were scored in FA Cup ties.

John Rawlinson (politician)

John Frederick Peel Rawlinson (21 December 1860 – 14 January 1926) was an amateur English footballer who won the FA Cup with Old Etonians in 1882 and made one appearance for England in 1882 playing as a goalkeeper, before serving as a Member of Parliament for Cambridge University from 1906 to 1926.

List of Blackburn Rovers F.C. players

This is a list of notable footballers who have played for Blackburn Rovers. The aim is for this list to include all players that have played 100 or more senior matches for the club. Other players who are deemed to have played an important role for the club can be included, but the reason for their notability should be included (and sourced) in the 'Notes' column.

For a list of all Blackburn Rovers players with a Wikipedia article, see Category:Blackburn Rovers F.C. players, and for the current squad see Blackburn Rovers F.C.#Current squad.

Percy de Paravicini

Percy John de Paravicini (15 July 1862 – 11 October 1921) was an English amateur cricketer and international footballer in the late nineteenth century.

Reginald Macaulay

Reginald Heber Macaulay (24 August 1858 – 15 December 1937) was an amateur English footballer who won the FA Cup with Old Etonians in 1882 and made one appearance for England in 1881 playing as a forward.

Tom French

Tom or Thomas French may refer to:

Tom French, world renowned data and evaluation expert. Jazz musician (bass guitar, piano and drums). Everyone's favourite Tom French. Alias' 'Cafe Tom' and 'Frenchie'

Thomas French, journalist for the St. Petersburg Times

Thomas French (cricketer) (1821–1909), English cricketer and cleric

Thomas French (footballer) (1859–1908), played on the winning side in the 1882 FA Cup Final

Valpy French (Thomas Valpy French: 1825–1891), British bishop and missionary

Tom French (jockey) (1844–1873), English jockey

Tom French (poet), winner of the 2002 Forward Poetry Prize for Best First Collection

Tom French (politician), former President of the Workers' Party of Ireland

Tom French (rugby union), currently in the London Wasps squad

Tom French Cup, awarded by the New Zealand Rugby Union to the Māori player of the year

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