1887 FA Cup Final

The 1887 FA Cup Final was contested by Aston Villa and West Bromwich Albion at the Kennington Oval. Aston Villa won 2–0, with goals by Archie Hunter and Dennis Hodgetts.

1887 FA Cup Final
Aston villa west bromwich 1887 final
A scene of the match
Event1886–87 FA Cup
Aston Villa West Bromwich Albion
2 0
Date2 April 1887
VenueKennington Oval, London
RefereeFrancis Marindin

Route to the Final

Aston Villa's route to the final was a turbulent one, smashing Wednesbury Old Athletic 13–0 in the first round, but having to play three replays against Wolverhampton Wanderers. After that, they recovered to make it to the final.

Although West Bromwich Albion didn't have any wins nearly as large as Aston Villa's, their path to the final was less turbulent, constantly defeating teams without much variation.[1]

Aston Villa

Round Opponent Score
1 Wednesbury Old Athletic 13–0
2 Derby Midland 6–1
3 Wolverhampton Wanderers 2–2
3 (Replay) Wolverhampton Wanderers 1–1
3 (Second Replay) Wolverhampton Wanderers 3–3
3 (Third Replay) Wolverhampton Wanderers 2–0
4 Notts County Both teams allowed through
5 Horncastle 5–0
6 Darwen 3–2
Semi-Finals Rangers 3–1

West Bromwich Albion

Round Opponent Score
1 Burton Wanderers 6–0
2 Derby Junction 2–1
3 Crewe Alexandra Both teams allowed through
4 Mitchell St. George's 1–0
5 Lockwood Brothers 1–0 (Match voided)
5 (replay) Lockwood Brothers 2–1
6 Notts County 4–1
Semi-Finals Preston North End 3–1


Aston Villa and West Bromwich Albion had already played each other in the FA Cup once, in 1885. They played out a goalless draw, with West Bromwich winning the replay 3–0.[2] Although the two clubs have a fierce rivalry, this match was well before the rivalry developed and was probably not even a catalyst for the rivalry.


After defeating the incredibly strong team Preston North End in the semis, West Bromwich began the match as favourites. For forty-five minutes, the Aston Villa defense was besieged. The Albion strikers even attempted to run the goalie over his own goal line. However, the first half ended goalless. In the second half, momentum began to shift Villa's way, as West Brom lost confidence. Finally, Villa broke the deadlock when Archie Hunter fired home, the West Brom goalie not even attempting a save, believing Hunter to be offside. In the final minute, Villa completed the win, with Dennis Hodgetts colliding with West Bromwich Albion goalie Bob Roberts, and poking the ball over the line to make it 2–0[1]


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Aston Villa, winning side
Aston Villa2–0West Bromwich Albion
Hunter Goal
Hodgetts Goal
Aston Villa
W.B. Albion
Aston Villa
GK Jimmy Warner
DF Frank Coulton
DF Joseph Simmonds
MF John Burton
MF Harry Yates
MF Frankie Dawson
FW Richmond Davis
FW Albert Brown
FW Archie Hunter (Captain) Goal
FW Howard Vaughton
FW Dennis Hodgetts Goal
West Bromwich Albion
GK Bob Roberts
DF Harry Green
DF Albert Aldridge
MF Ezra Horton
MF Charlie Perry
MF George Timmins
FW George Woodhall
FW Tommy Green
FW Jem Bayliss (Captain)
FW Jack Paddock
FW Tom Pearson


  1. ^ a b https://web.archive.org/web/20080723204636/https://www.fa-cupfinals.co.uk/1887.html
  2. ^ "The Four Acres 1882 – 1885". West Bromwich Albion History. Archived from the original on 12 November 2014.
1891–92 Aston Villa F.C. season

Aston Villa made a storming start to the 1891–92 season, winning their first four games and scoring sixteen goals in the process.

They eventually finished a much-improved fourth in The Football League and created history by defeating Accrington 12-2 (still a club record for a league game). Bizarrely, Villa didn't draw a single game all season!

It was the FA Cup, however, which retained the most excitement for supporters. Villa dispatched Heanor Town F.C., Darwen, local rivals Wolverhampton Wanderers F.C. and Sunderland to reach their second final at The Oval.

Villa were matched against their fierce Warwickshire rivals West Bromwich Albion F.C. in a repeat of Villa's triumphant 1887 FA Cup Final. Unlike in 1887, however, Villa started as strong favourites. They had already comfortably beaten Albion home and away in the league.

It was with some consternation then that the large crowd assembled at Birmingham New Street station to hear the result learned that Villa had been defeated 3–0. After the game rumours circulated that Villa's goalkeeper, Jimmy Warner, had thrown the match. Every window in his pub in Spring Hill, Birmingham was smashed by an angry mob. Despite his probable innocence, Warner was scapegoated and never played for Villa again.

Despite the Cup final heart-break Villa had stumbled upon the nucleus of its most dominant side ever. With stars like James Cowan, Charlie Athersmith and John Devey, Villa were now in a much stronger position to challenge for supremacy of English football.

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Jimmy Warner

James Warner (15 April 1865 – 7 November 1943) was an English footballer who played as a goalkeeper for Aston Villa and Newton Heath in the late 19th century. He helped Aston Villa win the FA Cup in 1887.

John Burton (footballer, born 1863)

John Henry Burton, known as Jack Burton, (18 September 1863 – April 1914) was an English professional footballer who played in the Football League for Aston Villa.Burton was born in the Handsworth district of Birmingham. A wing–half, his first club was Handsworth Victoria. Little is recorded about this club. According to Wikipedia there is a Handsworth Park in Birmingham, originally called Victoria Park. Burton played one season 1883-84 for Handsworth Victoria. In 1884 he signed for Aston Unity. This club reached the Third Round of the FA Cup in season 1882–1883. Burton played for Unity during the 1884–1885 season. He signed for Aston Villa in April 1885. He played for Aston Villa from 1885 to 1893 when a knee injury forced his retirement. He played for the club in the 1887 FA Cup Final.Jack Burton, playing as a wing–half, made his League debut on 6 October 1888 at Wellington Road, the then home of Aston Villa, in a match against Blackburn Rovers. The home team defeated the visitors 6–1. Jack Burton appeared in 16 of the 22 League matches played by Aston Villa in season 1888–89. Jack Burton, playing at wing–half (16 appearances), played in a Aston Villa midfield that achieved big (three–goals–or–more) wins on two separate occasions. He also played in all three FA Cup ties, at wing–half.Described as strong as an ox and could kick a ball as hard as any other player. Before retiring he appeared in 28 League matches (16 in season 1888–89) and played five times in the FA Cup after the Football League was formed.He died in Hockley, Birmingham, in 1914 at the age of 50.

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