1888–89 FA Cup

The 1888–89 FA Cup was the eighteenth edition of the world's oldest football knockout competition, The Football Association Challenge Cup, or FA Cup.

1888–89 FA Cup
Country England
Defending championsWest Bromwich Albion
ChampionsPreston North End
(1st title)
Runners-upWolverhampton Wanderers

Qualifying rounds

For information on the matches played from the First Qualifying Round to the Fourth Qualifying Round, see 1888–89 FA Cup qualifying rounds.

First round proper

Home Club Score Away Club Date
Burnley 4–3 Old Westminsters 2 February 1889
Swifts 3–1 Wrexham 2 February 1889
Notts County 2–0 Old Brightonians 2 February 1889
Nottingham Forest 2–2 Linfield Athletic 2 February 1889
Aston Villa 3–2 Witton 2 February 1889
Bootle 0–3 Preston North End 2 February 1889
Accrington 1–1 Blackburn Rovers 2 February 1889
Chatham 2–1 South Shore 2 February 1889
Grimsby Town 3–1 Sunderland Albion 2 February 1889
Halliwell 2–2 Crewe Alexandra 2 February 1889
Wolverhampton Wanderers 4–3 Old Carthusians 2 February 1889
Derby County 1–0 Derby Junction 2 February 1889
Notts Rangers 1–1 The Wednesday 2 February 1889
Birmingham St George's 3–2 Long Eaton Rangers 2 February 1889
Small Heath 2–3 West Bromwich Albion 2 February 1889
Walsall Town Swifts 5–1 Sheffield Heeley 2 February 1889

First Round Proper Replays

Home Club Score Away Club Date
Nottingham Forest Walkover Linfield Athletic
Blackburn Rovers 5–0 Accrington 9 February 1889
Crewe Alexandra 1–5 Halliwell 9 February 1889
The Wednesday 3–0 Notts Rangers 9 February 1889

Second round proper

Home Club Score Away Club Date
Blackburn Rovers Walkover Swifts
Aston Villa 5–3 Derby County 16 February 1889
The Wednesday 3–2 Notts County 16 February 1889
Chatham 1–1 Nottingham Forest 16 February 1889
Grimsby Town 0–2 Preston North End 16 February 1889
Halliwell 2–3 Birmingham St George's 16 February 1889
Wolverhampton Wanderers 6–1 Walsall Town Swifts 16 February 1889
West Bromwich Albion 5–1 Burnley 16 February 1889

Second Round Proper Replay

Home Club Score Away Club Date
Nottingham Forest 2–2 Chatham 23 February 1889

Second Round Proper Second Replay

Home Club Score Away Club Date Venue
Chatham 3–2 Nottingham Forest 28 February 1889 Kennington Oval

Third round proper

Home Club Score Away Club Date
Preston North End 2–0 Birmingham St George's 2 March 1889
Blackburn Rovers 8–1 Aston Villa 2 March 1889
Chatham 1–10 West Bromwich Albion 2 March 1889
Wolverhampton Wanderers 3–0 The Wednesday 2 March 1889

Semi finals

Home Club Score Away Club Date Venue
Preston North End 1–0 West Bromwich Albion 16 March 1889 Bramall Lane, Sheffield
Wolverhampton Wanderers 1–1 Blackburn Rovers 16 March 1889 Alexandra Road, Crewe

Semi Final Replay

Home Club Score Away Club Date Venue
Blackburn Rovers 1–3 Wolverhampton Wanderers 23 March 1889 Alexandra Road, Crewe


Home Club Score Away Club Date Venue
Preston North End 3–0 Wolverhampton Wanderers 30 March 1889 Kennington Oval


1888–89 FA Cup qualifying rounds

The FA Cup, from this season onwards, began to incorporate a series of qualifying rounds in order to determine qualifiers for the actual Cup competition itself. The qualifying rounds were made up of amateur teams, semi-professional teams, and professional sides not yet associated with the Football League, such as Nottingham Forest. The only game to be played on Christmas Day took place, Linfield Athletic beating Cliftonville 7–0. Everton became the first Football League team to withdraw from the Cup after drawing Ulster in the first qualifying round.See 1888–89 FA Cup for details of the rounds from the First Round onwards.

1889 FA Cup Final

The 1889 FA Cup Final was contested by Preston North End and Wolverhampton Wanderers at the Kennington Oval.

Preston won 3–0, with goals by Fred Dewhurst, Jimmy Ross and Sam Thomson.

This completed the "Double" for the victors, Preston having already won the inaugural Football League title without losing a game, a feat which earned them the nickname "The Invincibles".

Bethel Robinson

Bethel Robinson (1862 – after 1891) was an English footballer who played in the Football League for Bolton Wanderers. He also played for Preston North End, West Bromwich Albion, Newton Heath, Hyde, Darwen and Bootle.

Bob Howarth

Bob Howarth (20 June 1865 – 20 August 1938) was a leading footballer in the 1880s and 1890s. He was an England international and was a member of the Preston North End side that became famous as "The Invincibles".

Cross-border derby

The Cross-border derby is a football match played between Wrexham and Chester City/Chester.

The clubs are 12 miles apart but are Welsh and English respectively, though Chester's Deva Stadium straddles the England–Wales border, and its pitch lies entirely in Wales.

Wrexham edged the English-Welsh derby with 30 victories against Chester's 26 in Football League meetings. Between 1986 and 2005, the sides were in the same division in just one season (1994–95) but they were then Football League Two opponents in the three campaigns from 2005–06 to 2007–08. In 2009–10 the sides clashed again in the Conference National after Chester followed Wrexham out of the Football League. Games between the two are usually moved to Sunday, with a 12:00 kick off, minimising time for the consumption of alcohol and the risk of the two sets of supporters clashing. In the 2012–13 season, Chester won promotion to return to the Conference Premier after a three-year absence, and played Wrexham at the Racecourse ground, in a highly anticipated derby, as this was the first since Chester re-formed as a fan owned club. All away fans had to travel to the match via coaches and police escort and were unable to travel by train, unlike most years. Despite going into the game with a poor form of recent games, Chester won the match 2–0, recording their first win of the season. The most recent meeting saw Wrexham win 2-0 in March 2018. The two teams are currently separated due to Chester's relegation from the National League at the end of the 2017-18 season which sees them play their football in the National League North, one division below Wrexham.

The Cross-border derby is often considered to be one of the biggest rivalries in the lower leagues of English football, due to the close proximity of Wrexham and Chester as they are the largest settlements in the area (North east Wales/West Cheshire) and the only clubs in that area to have played in The Football League. The Welsh-English divide also makes it unique to other football derbies in Britain, as national identity is a large part of the two teams.

Edwin Wardle

Edwin Silvester Wardle (born 11 January 1870) was an English footballer who played in The Football League for Notts County.

Harry Cursham

Henry Alfred Cursham, known as Harry Cursham, (27 November 1859 – 6 August 1941) was an English footballer and cricketer. He played football mostly for Notts County, with spells at Corinthian, Grantham Town and Thursday Wanderers. In cricket, he played two first class games for Nottinghamshire.Cursham holds the individual goalscoring record for the FA Cup, with 49 goals in 44 games. He also played eight games for the England national football team, scoring five goals.

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 Barton (footballer, born 1866)

John Barton, known as Jack Barton, (born 5 October 1866) was an English footballer. He played at international level once for England while on the books of Blackburn Rovers.A native of Blackburn, Jack Barton started out, like many at Rovers, in the ranks of local junior organisation Kings's Own. Following a spell at local club Witton alongside Nat Walton he joined Rovers and made his debut in a 5—1 beating of local rivals Blackburn Olympic in round two of the 1887-88 FA Cup. NOTE: Another source stated that Barton signed and played for Blackburn West End F.C. from 1886 until he signed for Rovers.Jack Barton, playing as a wing—half, made his League debut on 29 September 1888 at Dudley Road , the then home of Wolverhampton Wanderers. Blackburn Rovers drew 2—2 with the home team. Jack Barton appeared in five of the 22 League matches played by Blackburn Rovers in season 1888—89. Playing as a wing—half (five appearances), Jack Barton was part of Blackburn Rovers midfield that achieved a big (one—League—goal—or—more) win once. Jack Barton appeared in one 1888-89 FA Cup tie and scored in a 5—0 win for the Rovers.

John Barton was very involved in the 1889-90 Football League campaign (Blackburn Rovers finished third in the League) playing in 15 matches, scoring once) and appeared three times in 1889-90 FA Cup, scoring once and playing in the Final which Rovers won 6—1 over The Wednesday thereby gaining his first of two Winner's medals. Also in season 1889—90 Barton won his only international cap for England in a game against Ireland on 15 March 1890. Barton scored one of the goals in England's 9–1 victory.In season 1890–91 Barton appeared in 18 League matches (Rovers finished sixth), scoring once and played in all six FA Cup ties, including the Final where Rovers defeated Notts County 3–1 and Barton won his second Winner's Medal.In the first game of the 1891-92 Football League season Barton was injured and did not return until the game against Stoke in November 1891, by which time Geordie Anderson had been recruited to replace him. He suffered another injury which ended his football career after playing 40 league games for Rovers. From 1888 until he retired in 1891 Jack Barton played 50 times for Rovers, 40 Football League and ten FA Cup. He scored four goals (two each in League and FA Cup). Jack Barton died on 22 April 1910 aged 43.

List of unbeaten football club seasons

This is a list of unbeaten football club seasons.

Robert Haresnape

Robert Haresnape (14 July 1866 – 1951) was an English professional association footballer who played as a winger. He died in his home town of Blackburn, Lancashire in 1951.Robert Haresnape was born on 14 July 1866 in Blackburn, Lancashire. Haresnape’ first club was Witton (Blackburn) FC which he signed for in 1884. He stayed at Witton for two years and then moved to Darwen in 1886, returning to Witton in 1887. The following year Haresnape signed for Blackburn Rovers.Robert Haresnape, playing as a winger, made his League debut on 22 September 1888 at Leamington Road, the then home of Blackburn Rovers. The visitors were West Bromwich Albion and the home team won by 6—2. Robert Haresnape, playing as a winger, scored his debut League goal on 20 October 1888 at Leamington Road. The visitors were Wolverhampton Wanderers and Robert Haresnape scored the second Blackburn Rovers goal to make the final score 2—2. Robert Haresnape appeared in nine of the 22 League matches played by Blackburn Rovers during the 1888–89 season and scored two League goals. As a winger (eight appearances) he played in a midfield that achieved a big (three–League–goals–or–more) win twice. Robert Haresnape did well in the 1888—89 FA Cup run where in addition to scoring a hat—trick against Aston Villa in an 8—1 win he scored three times in three appearances. He played both semi—final matches against Wolverhampton Wanderers.He joined Burnley the following season and played for them for three seasons 1889—1892. He made 28 appearances (26 League + 2 FA Cup) and eight League goals. In 1891 Haresnape played for three different teams, Burnley, Burnley Swifts F.C. and Irwell Springs. After two years at Irwell Springs Haresnape moved to Rossendale in 1893 and then, one year later, his final club, Stockport County.

South Shore F.C.

South Shore Football Club was a football club based in the South Shore area of Blackpool.

Thomas Davenport (footballer)

Thomas Davenport (1860 – after 1888) was an English professional footballer who played in the Football Alliance for Small Heath. He played as an inside forward.

Davenport was born in the Kingstanding district of Birmingham. He began his football career with Hockley Belmont before joining Small Heath Alliance in August 1885. He scored six goals as the club progressed to the semi-final of the 1885–86 FA Cup, which they lost 4–0 to West Bromwich Albion, then left to play for St Luke's, before returning for Small Heath's first season in the Football Alliance. Davenport played in the club's first five games in the new competition, and another two in the 1888–89 FA Cup, then left for fellow Football Alliance side Birmingham St George's. He died in Birmingham.

YMCA F.C. (Belfast)

YMCA Football Club was an Irish football club based in Belfast, formed by the members of the Belfast YMCA. It was founded in 1883 and competed as a senior club in the Irish Cup. Its best season was 1888-89, when the club reached the final of both the Irish Cup and the first County Antrim Shield, losing to Distillery on both occasions. The club also competed that season in the 1888-89 FA Cup. Later in 1889, however, the club folded, with most players joining Cliftonville, in what was described as an "amalgamation". In 1891, however, the YMCA Athletic Club acquired the Enfield ground on the Crumlin Road with a view to reviving the football team for the 1891-92 season. The revival was not a success, however, and the team, bottom of the league, resigned before Christmas. The club appears to have folded in 1892.

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