1886 FA Cup Final

The 1886 FA Cup Final was contested by Blackburn Rovers and West Bromwich Albion at the Kennington Oval. The match finished goalless, Albion wanted to play extra time but Blackburn Rovers declined, meaning a replay was necessary.[1] The replay was particularly noteworthy in that it took place at Derbyshire County Cricket Club's Racecourse Ground, the first time an FA Cup Final was played outside London. The replay was won 2–0 by Blackburn Rovers, their third successive FA Cup Final victory. The goals came from James Brown and Joe Sowerbutts.

Both games were refereed by Major Francis Marindin.

1886 FA Cup Final
Event1885–86 FA Cup
Blackburn Rovers West Bromwich Albion
0 0
Date3 April 1886
VenueKennington Oval, London
RefereeFrancis Marindin
Attendance15,000
1886 FA Cup Final Replay
Event1885–86 FA Cup
Blackburn Rovers West Bromwich Albion
2 0
Date10 April 1886
VenueRacecourse Ground, Derby
RefereeFrancis Marindin
Attendance12,000

Route to the final

Blackburn Rovers

Blackburn Rovers
Round Opposition Score
1st Clitheroe (a) 2-0
2nd Oswaldtwistle Rovers (h) 1-0
3rd Darwen Old Wanderers (h) 6–1
4th Staveley (h) 7–1
5th bye
6th Brentwood (a) 3-1
Semi-final Swifts (n) 2-1

West Bromwich Albion

Jem Bayliss
In the sixth round, Jem Bayliss scored Albion's first FA Cup hat-trick.

In their third season in the FA Cup, West Bromwich Albion were drawn at home in every round prior to the semi-final. In the first two rounds, they defeated Aston Unity 4–1 and Wednesbury Old Athletic 3–2. The team then received a bye to the fourth round, where they beat Wolverhampton Wanderers by a 3–1 scoreline. Old Carthusians were defeated by a single goal in the fifth round. A hat-trick from Jem Bayliss—the first by an Albion player in the FA Cup[2]—contributed to a 6–0 quarter-final victory over Old Westminsters, putting the club into the FA Cup semi-final for the first time. The semi-final took place at Aston Lower Grounds and was against one of Albion's local rivals, Small Heath Alliance. Albion won 4–0—Arthur Loach and George Woodhall each scoring twice—to become the first Midlands club to reach the FA Cup Final.[3] After the game, Small Heath supporters invaded the pitch and then pelted missiles at vehicles bound for West Bromwich, causing several injuries.[4]

West Bromwich Albion
Round Opposition Score
1st Aston Unity (h) 4–1
2nd Wednesbury Old Athletic (h) 3–2
3rd bye
4th Wolverhampton Wanderers (h) 3–1
5th Old Carthusians (h) 1–0
6th Old Westminsters (h) 6–0
Semi-final Small Heath Alliance (n) 4–0

Match details

Blackburn Rovers
W.B. Albion
Blackburn Rovers 0
GK Herby Arthur
DF Richard Turner
DF Fergus Suter
MF Joseph Heyes
MF Jimmy Forrest
MF Hugh McIntyre
FW Jimmy Douglas
FW Thomas Strahan
FW Joe Sowerbutts
FW Howard Fecitt
FW James Brown (Captain)
West Bromwich Albion 0
GK Bob Roberts
DF Harry Green
DF Harry Bell
MF Ezra Horton
MF Charlie Perry
MF George Timmins
FW George Woodhall
FW Tommy Green
FW Jem Bayliss (Captain)
FW Arthur Loach
FW George Bell

Replay

Teams

Blackburn Rovers 2 (Brown & Sowerbutts)
GK Herby Arthur
DF Richard Turner
DF Fergus Suter
MF Nat Walton
MF Jimmy Forrest
MF Hugh McIntyre
FW Jimmy Douglas
FW Thomas Strahan
FW Joe Sowerbutts Goal
FW Howard Fecitt
FW James Brown (Captain) Goal
West Bromwich Albion 0
GK Bob Roberts
DF Harry Green
DF Harry Bell
MF Ezra Horton
MF Charlie Perry
MF George Timmins
FW George Woodhall
FW Tommy Green
FW Jem Bayliss (Captain)
FW Arthur Loach
FW George Bell

See also

References

Citations
  1. ^ Guardian 5-4-1886 p. 7
  2. ^ Matthews (2007) pp. 392–393.
  3. ^ Matthews (1987) p. 201.
  4. ^ McOwan p. 17.
Sources
  • "Guardian 5-4-1886".
  • McOwan, Gavin (2002). The Essential History of West Bromwich Albion. Headline. ISBN 0-7553-1146-9.
  • Matthews, Tony; Mackenzie, Colin (1987). Albion! A Complete Record of West Bromwich Albion 1879–1987. Breedon Books. ISBN 0-907969-23-2.
  • Matthews, Tony (2007). West Bromwich Albion: The Complete Record. Breedon Books. ISBN 978-1-85983-565-4.
  • 1885–86 Competition Results at rsssf.com
  • FA Cup Final lineups
  • Soccerbase summary – first match
  • Soccerbase summary – replay
  • Match report at www.fa-cupfinals.co.uk
Arthur Loach

Arthur Albert Loach (8 November 1863 – 9 February 1958) was an English footballer who played as a forward. He joined West Bromwich Albion in August 1882 and became one of the club's first professionals three years later when the FA legalised payments to players. He was on the losing side as Albion lost 0–2 to Blackburn Rovers in the 1886 FA Cup Final. In May 1886 he moved to Aston Villa on a free transfer and remained there until joining Rhyl in August 1888. Loach retired from football in 1896 and went on to run a hotel in Rhyl.

Baseball Ground

The Baseball Ground (sometimes referred to as the BBG) was a stadium in Derby, England. It was first used for baseball as the home of Derby County Baseball Club from 1890 until 1898 and then for football as the home of Derby County from 1895 until 1997. The club's reserve and youth sides used it until 2003, when it finally closed as a sports stadium after 113 years (108 of them as a football stadium) and was demolished.

Bob Roberts (footballer, born 1859)

Robert John Roberts (9 April 1859 – 20 October 1929), better known as Bob Roberts, was an English football goalkeeper. He spent the majority of his career at West Bromwich Albion, with whom he won an FA Cup winner's medal, and also played for Sunderland Albion and Aston Villa. He won three caps for England and is the first West Bromwich Albion player to have appeared at international level. He was nicknamed Long Bob and The Prince of Goalkeepers.

Charlie Perry (footballer, born 1866)

Charles Perry (3 January 1866 – 2 July 1927) was an English football centre-half who played for West Bromwich Albion and England.

Derby County F.C.

Derby County Football Club () is a professional association football club based in Derby, Derbyshire, England. The club competes in the EFL Championship, the second tier of English football, and has played its home matches at Pride Park Stadium since 1997.

Notable for being one of the 12 founder members of the Football League in 1888, Derby County is one of only 10 clubs to have competed in every season of the English football league system and, in 2009, was ranked 137th in the top 200 European football teams of the 20th century by the International Federation of Football History & Statistics.The club was founded in 1884 by William Morley, as an offshoot of Derbyshire County Cricket Club; it has spent all but four seasons in the top two divisions of English football. Its competitive peak came in the 1970s when it twice won the First Division and competed in major European competitions on four separate occasions, reaching the European Cup semi-finals as well as winning several minor trophies. Additionally, the club was a strong force in the interwar years, winning the 1945–46 FA Cup.

The club's home colours have been black and white since the 1890s. The team gets its nickname, The Rams, to show tribute to its links with the First Regiment of Derby Militia, which took a ram as its mascot. Additionally adopting the song "The Derby Ram" as its regimental song.

Derby Racecourse

Derby Racecourse is a former horse racing venue in Derby, England, from 1848 to 1939. It was preceded by two earlier courses, at different locations.

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.

Jimmy Forrest (footballer)

James Henry Forrest (24 June 1864 – 30 December 1925) was an English footballer whose career spanned the transition from amateurism to professionalism in English football in the 1880s and 1890s. He played most of his club career for Blackburn Rovers, whose early embracing of professionalism enabled them to become one of the major teams in English football, and with whom he appeared on the winning side in five FA Cup finals (a joint record). He was the first professional player to appear for England for whom he made eleven appearances, as a half-back.

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