1889–90 FA Cup

The 1889–90 FA Cup was the nineteenth season of the world's oldest football knockout competition, The Football Association Challenge Cup, or FA Cup.

1889–90 FA Cup
Country England
Defending championsPreston North End
ChampionsBlackburn Rovers
(4th title)
Runners-upThe Wednesday

Qualifying rounds

For information on the matches played from the First Round Qualifying to the Fourth Round Qualifying, see 1889–90 FA Cup qualifying rounds.

First Round Proper

Home Club Score Away Club Date
Preston North End 6–1 Newton Heath 18 January 1890
Stoke 3–0 Old Westminsters 18 January 1890
Blackburn Rovers 4–2 Sunderland 18 January 1890
The Wednesday 6–1 Swifts 18 January 1890
Bootle 1–3 Sunderland Albion disqualified Sunderland Albion 18 January 1890
Bolton Wanderers 10–2 Distillery 18 January 1890
Accrington 3–1 Match void West Bromwich Albion 18 January 1890
South Shore 2–4 Aston Villa 18 January 1890
Wolverhampton Wanderers 2–0 Old Carthusians 18 January 1890
Derby Midland 3–0 Nottingham Forest 18 January 1890
Lincoln City 2–0 Chester 18 January 1890
Everton 11–2 Derby County 18 January 1890
Newcastle West End 1–2 Grimsby Town 18 January 1890
Birmingham St George's 4–4 Notts County 18 January 1890
Small Heath 3–1 Clapton 18 January 1890
Sheffield United 2–1 Burnley 18 January 1890


Home Club Score Away Club Date
Accrington 3–0 West Bromwich Albion 25 January 1890
Notts County 6–2 Birmingham St George's 25 January 1890

Second Round Proper

Home Club Score Away Club Date
Preston North End 4–0 Lincoln City 1 February 1890
Stoke 4–2 Everton 1 February 1890
Notts County 4–1 Aston Villa 1 February 1890
Blackburn Rovers 3–0 Grimsby Town 1 February 1890
The Wednesday 2–1 Accrington 1 February 1890
Bootle 2–1 Derby Midland 1 February 1890
Bolton Wanderers 13–0 Sheffield United 1 February 1890
Wolverhampton Wanderers 2–1 Small Heath 1 February 1890

Third Round Proper

Home Club Score Away Club Date
Preston North End 2–3 Bolton Wanderers 15 February 1890
The Wednesday 5–0 Match void Notts County 15 February 1890
Bootle 0–7 Blackburn Rovers 15 February 1890
Wolverhampton Wanderers 4–0 Match void Stoke 15 February 1890


Home Club Score Away Club Date
The Wednesday 2–3 Match void Notts County 22 February 1890
The Wednesday 2–1 Notts County 3 March 1890
Wolverhampton Wanderers 8–0 Stoke 22 February 1890


Home Club Score Away Club Date
Blackburn Rovers 1–0 Wolverhampton Wanderers 8 March 1890
The Wednesday 2–1 Bolton Wanderers 8 March 1890


Home Club Score Away Club Date
Blackburn Rovers 6–1 The Wednesday 29 March 1890


1889–90 FA Cup qualifying rounds

This was the second season where the FA Cup, or the Football Association Challenge Cup, used a series of qualifying rounds in order to determine qualifiers for the actual Cup competition itself.

See 1889–90 FA Cup for details of the rounds from the first round onwards.

1889–90 Small Heath F.C. season

The 1889–90 season was the ninth season of competitive association football played by Small Heath F.C., an English football club based in the Small Heath district of Birmingham. They competed in the inaugural season of the Football Alliance. They finished in tenth position in the twelve-team league with six wins, five draws and eleven defeats, which gave them seventeen points. The team scored 44 goals in Alliance competition but conceded 67.

Small Heath entered the 1889–90 FA Cup at the second qualifying round stage. They progressed through three qualifying rounds and one round proper, eventually losing in the second round proper (last 16) to Football League club Wolverhampton Wanderers. In local competition, they were eliminated by West Bromwich Albion in the second round of the Birmingham Cup, and drew with Warwick County in the final of the Warwickshire Cup. Small Heath also played several friendly matches during the season.

Small Heath used twenty-three different players in nationally organised competitive matches during the season and had thirteen different goalscorers. Walter Gittins missed just one match over the season; his full-back partner Fred Speller missed two. The top scorer was centre-forward and captain Will Devey with 27 goals, of which 18 were scored in league competition.

1890 FA Cup Final

The 1890 FA Cup Final was contested by Blackburn Rovers and The Wednesday at the Kennington Oval. Blackburn won 6–1, with goals from William Townley (3), Nat Walton, Jack Southworth and Joe Lofthouse. The Wednesday's goal was scored by Albert Mumford. Townley's hat-trick was the first in an FA Cup Final. This was the last of seven consecutive and eight total finals refereed by Major Francis Marindin.

Haydn Arthur Morley, who was Wednesday's captain in the final, earned his living as a solicitor. This was the seventh, and last, final in a row that had been officiated by Major Francis Marindin of the Royal Engineers and veteran of the Crimean War.

Alf Shelton

Alfred Shelton (11 September 1865 – 24 July 1923) was an English international footballer, who played as a left half. His brother Charles was also a professional footballer.

Born in Nottingham, Shelton played for Notts Rangers, Notts County, Loughborough and Ilkeston Town, and earned six caps for England between 1889 and 1892.

Harry Withington

Sidney Harry Withington (q2 1868 – 1947) was an English footballer who played as a full back in the Football League for Walsall Town Swifts.Withington played for Darlington in the 1889–90 FA Cup, and was a member of the team that played the club's first match in league competition, a 2–1 defeat away to Newcastle East End on 7 September 1889, the opening day of the inaugural season of the Northern League. He joined Football Alliance club Walsall Town Swifts in 1890, and two years later played in their first match in the Football League, a 2–1 defeat at home to Darwen on the opening day of the first season of the Football League Second Division. He made 20 league appearances that season, and then left to play non-league football for Cannock Town, where he remained until at least the 1896–97 season.

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.

Sheffield Wednesday F.C.

Sheffield Wednesday Football Club is a professional association football club based in Sheffield, England. The team competes in the Championship, the second tier of the English football league system. Formed in 1867 as an offshoot of The Wednesday Cricket Club (itself formed in 1820), they went by the name of the Wednesday Football Club until changing to their current name in 1929.

Wednesday is one of the oldest football clubs in the world of any code, and the third-oldest professional association football club in England. In 1868 its team won the Cromwell Cup, only the second tournament of its kind. They were founding members and inaugural champions of the Football Alliance in 1889, before joining The Football League three years later. In 1992 they became founder members of the Premier League. The team has spent most of its league history in English football's top flight, but they have not played at that level since being relegated in 2000.

The Owls, as they are nicknamed, have won four league titles, three FA Cups, one League Cup and one FA Community Shield. Wednesday have also competed in UEFA cup competitions on four occasions, reaching the quarter-finals of the Inter-Cities Fairs Cup in 1963. In 1991 they defeated Manchester United 1-0 in the Football League Cup Final as a tier 2 team. As of 2019 they remain the last team outside the top flight to win one of English football's major trophiesIn the 19th century they played their matches at several stadiums around central Sheffield, most notabally Olive Grove and Bramall Lane. Since 1899 the club has played all its home matches at Hillsborough stadium, a near-40,000 capacity stadium in the north-west Sheffield suburb of Owlerton.

T. Craig

T. Craig (dates unknown) was a footballer who played as a forward for Newton Heath LYR in the late 1880s and early 1890s.

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