1883 FA Cup Final

The 1883 FA Cup Final was contested by Blackburn Olympic and Old Etonians at the Kennington Oval. Blackburn Olympic won 2–1 after extra time. Jimmy Costley and Arthur Matthews scored for Blackburn; Harry Goodhart for Old Etonians. It was a watershed match for the sport, as for the first time in an FA Cup final a working-class team playing the 'combination game' (passing) were triumphant over a team playing the public school tactics of 'rushing' and 'scrimmages'.[1]

1883 FA Cup Final
EventFA Cup 1882–83
Blackburn Olympic Old Etonians
2 1
Date31 March 1883
VenueKennington Oval, London
Blackburn Olympic 1883
The Blackburn Olympic team which won the cup.

Match details

Blackburn Olympic
Old Etonians
Blackburn Olympic 2 (Matthews, Costley)
GK Thomas Hacking
DF James Ward
DF Albert Warburton
MF Thomas Gibson
MF William Astley
MF Jack Hunter
FW Thomas Dewhurst
FW Arthur Matthews Goal
FW George Wilson
FW Jimmy Costley Goal
FW John Yates
Old Etonians 1 (Goodhart)
GK John Rawlinson
DF Thomas French
DF Percy de Paravicini
MF Hon Arthur Kinnaird
MF Charles Foley
MF Arthur Dunn
FW Herbert Bainbridge
FW John Chevallier
FW William Anderson
FW Harry Goodhart Goal
FW Reginald Macaulay


  1. ^ What If There Had Been No Port In The Vale?: Startling Port Vale Stories! (Witan Books, 2011, ISBN 978-0-9529152-8-7), p.40
Albert Warburton

Squire Albert Warburton (26 January 1856 – 24 November 1925) was an English footballer in the Victorian era, born in Oldham, Lancashire. "Squire" was not a title but his actual first name, although he was known by his middle name.Warburton was the captain of the Blackburn Olympic team which defeated Old Etonians in the 1883 FA Cup Final played at Kennington Oval on 31 March 1883. This was the first occasion on which a working-class team from the north of England had won the cup, which had previously been won solely by teams of wealthy amateurs from London and the south. At a civic reception upon the team's return to Blackburn, Warburton reportedly proclaimed "The Cup is very welcome to Lancashire. It'll have a good home and it'll never go back to London".In the match report in the Blackburn Times on 6 April 1883, Warburton was described as a "Master plumber; also pub landlord and poulterer". He was working as a publican at the time of the First World War. He died on 24 November 1925.

Herbert Bainbridge

Herbert William Bainbridge (29 October 1862 – 3 March 1940) was an English first-class cricketer and footballer. Bainbridge played cricket principally for Eton, Marylebone Cricket Club (MCC), Surrey, Cambridge University and Warwickshire. He was born at Guwahati, Assam, India and died at Leamington Spa, Warwickshire, England.

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.

Professionalism in association football

Association football is the world's most popular sport, and is worth US$600 billion worldwide. By the end of the 20th century it was played by over 250 million players in over 200 countries. Around the world, the sport is played at a professional level by professional footballers, and millions of people regularly go to football stadiums to follow their favourite football teams, while billions more watch the sport on television or on the internet. Football has the highest global television audience in sport. The sport had amateur origins and evolved into the modern professional competition.

William McGregor (football)

William McGregor (13 April 1846 – 20 December 1911) was a Scottish association football administrator in the Victorian era who is regarded as the founder of the Football League, the first organised association football league in the world.

After moving from Perthshire to Birmingham to set up business as a draper, McGregor became involved with local football club Aston Villa, which he helped to establish as one of the leading teams in England. He served the club for over 20 years in various capacities, including president, director and chairman. In 1888, frustrated by the regular cancellation of Villa's matches, McGregor organised a meeting of representatives of England's leading clubs, which led to the formation of the Football League, giving member clubs a guaranteed fixture list each season. This was instrumental in the transition of football from an amateur pastime to a professional business.

McGregor served as both chairman and president of the Football League and was also chairman of The Football Association (the FA). He was recognised by the FA for his service to the game shortly before his death in 1911, and was posthumously honoured by the local football authorities and Aston Villa.

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