1890–91 FA Cup

The 1890–91 FA Cup was the twentieth edition of the world's oldest football knockout competition, The Football Association Challenge Cup, or FA Cup.

1890–91 FA Cup
Country England
Defending championsBlackburn Rovers
ChampionsBlackburn Rovers
(5th title)
Runners-upNotts County

Qualifying rounds

For information on the matches played from the Preliminary Round to the Fourth Qualifying Round, see 1890–91 FA Cup qualifying rounds.

First round proper

Home Club Score Away Club Date
Chester 1–0 Lincoln City 17 January 1891
Clapton 0–14 Nottingham Forest 17 January 1891
Darwen 3–1 Match void Kidderminster 17 January 1891
Burnley 4–2 Crewe Alexandra 17 January 1891
Stoke 3–0 Preston North End 17 January 1891
Aston Villa 13–1 Casuals 17 January 1891
The Wednesday 12–0 Halliwell 17 January 1891
Accrington 2–2 Bolton Wanderers 17 January 1891
Long Eaton Rangers 1–2 Wolverhampton Wanderers 17 January 1891
West Bromwich Albion Walkover Old Westminsters 17 January 1891
Sunderland 1–0 Everton 17 January 1891
Crusaders 0–2 Birmingham St George's 17 January 1891
Sunderland Albion 2–0 93rd Highland Regiment Scotland 17 January 1891
Sheffield United 1–9 Notts County 17 January 1891
Royal Arsenal 1–2 Derby County 17 January 1891
Middlesbrough Ironopolis 1–2 Match void Blackburn Rovers 17 January 1891

First Round Proper Replays

Home Club Score Away Club Date
Darwen 13–0 Kidderminster 24 January 1891
Accrington 5–1 Bolton Wanderers 24 January 1891
Middlesbrough Ironopolis 0–3 Blackburn Rovers 24 January 1891

Second round proper

Home Club Score Away Club Date
Darwen 0–2 Sunderland 31 January 1891
Stoke 3–0 Aston Villa 31 January 1891
Notts County 2–1 Burnley 31 January 1891
Blackburn Rovers 7–0 Chester 31 January 1891
Accrington 2–3 Wolverhampton Wanderers 31 January 1891
Derby County 2–3 The Wednesday 31 January 1891
Sunderland Albion 1–1 Nottingham Forest 31 January 1891
Birmingham St George's 0–3 West Bromwich Albion 31 January 1891

Second Round Proper Replays

Home Club Score Away Club Date
Nottingham Forest 3–3 Sunderland Albion 7 February 1891
Nottingham Forest 5–0 Sunderland Albion 11 February 1891

Third round proper

Home Club Score Away Club Date
Notts County 1–0 Stoke 14 February 1891
Blackburn Rovers 2–0 Wolverhampton Wanderers 14 February 1891
The Wednesday 0–2 West Bromwich Albion 14 February 1891
Sunderland 4–0 Nottingham Forest 14 February 1891

Semi finals

Home Club Score Away Club Date
Notts County 3–3 Sunderland 28 February 1891
Blackburn Rovers 3–2 West Bromwich Albion 28 February 1891

Semi Final Replay

Home Club Score Away Club Date
Sunderland 0–2 Notts County 11 March 1891


Home Club Score Away Club Date
Blackburn Rovers 3–1 Notts County 21 March 1891


1890–91 FA Cup qualifying rounds

This was the third 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 and the first season that a Preliminary Round was used.

See 1890–91 FA Cup for details of the rounds from the First Round onwards.

1890–91 Small Heath F.C. season

The 1890–91 season was the tenth season of competitive association football played by Small Heath Football Club, an English football club based in the Small Heath district of Birmingham, and their second season in the Football Alliance. They finished in tenth position in the twelve-team league for the second consecutive year. Seven wins, two draws and thirteen defeats gave them sixteen points, one point fewer than in 1889–90. The team scored 58 goals in Alliance competition, but conceded 66, at an average of three goals per match.

Small Heath entered the 1890–91 FA Cup at the first qualifying round stage, but were disqualified from the competition after winning their second qualifying round match for fielding an unregistered player. In local competitions, they were eliminated by West Bromwich Albion in the first round of the Birmingham Senior Cup and by Aston Villa in the semi-final of the Birmingham Charity Cup. Small Heath also played several friendly matches during the season.

Small Heath used twenty-two different players in nationally organised competitive matches during the season and had eight different goalscorers. Five players – the full-back pairing of Tom Bayley and Fred Speller and forwards Jack Hallam, Fred Wheldon and captain Will Devey – were ever-present over the 24-match season. The top scorer in the Alliance was centre-forward Charlie Short with 16 goals; if the FA Cup is included, Short and Devey each scored 17.

1891 FA Cup Final

The 1891 FA Cup Final was contested by Blackburn Rovers and Notts County at the Kennington Oval. Blackburn won 3–1, their second consecutive FA Cup Final victory, with goals by Geordie Dewar, Jack Southworth and William Townley. James Oswald scored Notts County's goal.

1891–92 Small Heath F.C. season

The 1891–92 season was the eleventh season of competitive association football played by Small Heath Football Club, an English football club based in the Small Heath district of Birmingham, and their third season in the Football Alliance. At the end of the season, in which Small Heath finished in third position, most of the teams were absorbed into the newly formed Second Division of the Football League, and the Alliance folded for lack of membership.

Small Heath entered the 1891–92 FA Cup at the first qualifying round stage. They progressed to the second round proper (last 16), but forfeited home advantage to Sheffield Wednesday for a payment of £200 and lost 2–0. In local competitions, they were eliminated by West Bromwich Albion in the second round of the Birmingham Senior Cup and by Wolverhampton Wanderers in the final of the Mayor of Birmingham's Charity Cup. Small Heath also played several friendly matches during the season.

Small Heath used 23 different players in nationally organised competitive matches during the season and had eleven different goalscorers. Five players, full-back Fred Speller, half-backs Ted Devey and Billy Ollis, and forwards Jack Hallam and Fred Wheldon, were ever-present over the 29-match season. The top scorer was inside-forward Wheldon with 29 goals in all competitions, of which 21 were scored in the Alliance. Caesar Jenkyns became the first player to be capped for his country while a Small Heath player when he took the field for Wales against Ireland on 27 February 1892.

Alf Milward

Alfred Weatherell Milward (12 September 1870 – 1 June 1941) was a professional footballer who played in the 1893 and 1897 FA Cup Finals for Everton and in the 1900 FA Cup Final for Southampton.

Charlie Short

Charles Short (after 1866 – after 1891) was an English professional footballer who played in the Football Alliance for Small Heath. He played as a forward.

Short played football for Birmingham Excelsior before he signed for Small Heath in 1889, and played one game in the Football Alliance in March 1890. He then played a few games for Unity Gas before returning to Small Heath later the same year. Short, a natural goal poacher, played and scored regularly in the 1890–91 Football Alliance season. He also appeared in the 1890–91 FA Cup, taking part in the 8–0 defeat of Hednesford Town and then scoring the opening goal in a 2–0 victory against Wednesbury old Athletic in the Second Qualifying Round. However, following a complaint, it emerged that his registration, which had lapsed after he left the club, had not been renewed for that season's FA Cup, so Small Heath were disqualified from the competition for fielding an unregistered player.Short's older brother George also played professionally for Small Heath.

Edgar Chadwick

Edgar Wallace Chadwick (14 June 1869 – 14 February 1942) was a left-sided footballer who had a long and distinguished career with Everton during the 1890s. He was also the national coach for the Netherlands from 1908 to 1913.

His cousin, Arthur Chadwick, also played for England and Southampton, while another cousin, Albert Chadwick, played for Everton.

History of Birmingham City F.C. (1875–1965)

Birmingham City Football Club, an English association football club based in Birmingham, was founded as Small Heath Alliance in 1875, and from 1877 played home games at Muntz Street. It adopted professionalism in 1885, and three years later, as Small Heath F.C., became a limited company with a board of directors, the first football club so to do. The team played in the Football Alliance from the 1889–90 season, and in 1892, along with the other Alliance teams, were invited to join the newly formed Second Division of the Football League. Although they finished as champions, they failed to win promotion via the test match system; the following season promotion to the First Division was secured after a second-place finish and test match victory over Darwen. The club adopted the name Birmingham Football Club in 1905, and the following year moved into a new home, St Andrew's Ground. Matters on the field failed to live up to their surroundings. Birmingham were relegated in 1908, obliged to apply for re-election two years later, and remained in the Second Division until after the First World War.

Under the captaincy of Frank Womack, who went on to set club appearance records, Birmingham won their second Division Two title in 1920–21. The 19-year-old Joe Bradford made his debut in 1920; he was to score a club record 267 goals in 445 games and win 12 caps for England. In 1931, manager Leslie Knighton led the club to their first FA Cup Final; they lost 2–1 to Second Division club West Bromwich Albion. Though Birmingham remained in the top flight for 18 seasons, they struggled in the league, placing too much reliance on England goalkeeper Harry Hibbs to make up for the lack of goals, Bradford excepted, at the other end. They were finally relegated in 1938–39, the last full season before the Football League was suspended for the duration of the Second World War.

The name Birmingham City F.C. was adopted in 1943. Under Harry Storer, appointed manager in 1945, the team won the Football League South wartime league and reached the semi-final of the first post-war FA Cup. Two years later they won their third Second Division title, conceding only 24 goals in the 42-game season. Storer's successor, Bob Brocklebank, though unable to stave off relegation in 1950, brought in players who made a major contribution to the club's successes of the next decade. After taking over halfway through the 1954–55 season, Arthur Turner led the team to another Second Division title followed by what remains their highest league finish, of sixth place in the First Division, in 1955–56. They also reached the FA Cup final, losing 3–1 to Manchester City in the game best remembered for City's goalkeeper Bert Trautmann playing the last 20 minutes with a broken bone in his neck. The following season the club lost in the FA Cup semi-final for the third time since the war, this time beaten 2–0 by Manchester United's "Busby Babes".

Birmingham became the first English club side to take part in European competition when they played their first fixture in the inaugural Inter-Cities Fairs Cup competition in May 1956; they lost to Barcelona after a replay in the semi-final. They were also the first to reach a European final, losing to Barcelona in the 1960 Fairs Cup final, and also lost to Roma in 1961. As a player, Gil Merrick had beaten Womack's appearance record and been England's regular goalkeeper; as manager, his team saved their best form for cup competitions. Opponents in the 1963 League Cup final, local rivals Aston Villa, were pre-match favourites, but Birmingham raised their game and won 3–1 on aggregate to lift their first major trophy. By 1965, Merrick had been asked to resign, and after ten years in the top flight, Birmingham were back in the Second Division.

History of Southend United F.C.

Southend United F.C. is a professional football club formed in 1906 and based in Southend-on-Sea. Initially playing in the Southern League, the club joined the Football League in 1920 and has competed in the third tier of English football for most subsequent seasons. By 2009 the club had major financial difficulties but avoided administration on several occasions.

Rhosllanerchrugog F.C.

Rhosllanerchrugog F.C. is a Welsh football team from the village of Rhosllanerchrugog, Wrexham. In November 2018, it was announced that Ben Barlow, vocalist of the Welsh pop-punk band Neck Deep, had signed for the club. As of September 2018 Manager Jeff Owen and assistant managers Matt Griffiths and Wes Roberts are the current coaching staff

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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