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 FA Cup Final
Kennington oval 1891
The Kennington Oval as it looked in 1891
Event1890–91 FA Cup
Blackburn Rovers Notts County
3 1
Date21 March 1891
VenueKennington Oval, London
RefereeC. J. Hughes

Match details

Blackburn Rovers3–1Notts County
Dewar Goal
Southworth Goal
Townley Goal
Oswald Goal
Blackburn Rovers
GK Rowland Pennington
DF Tom Brandon
DF John Forbes
MF John Barton
MF Geordie Dewar
MF Jimmy Forrest
FW Joe Lofthouse
FW Nat Walton
FW Jack Southworth
FW Coombe Hall
FW William Townley
GK James Thraves
DF Sandy Ferguson
DF Jack Hendry
MF Archie Osborne
MF David Calderhead
MF Alf Shelton
FW Andrew McGregor
FW Tom McInnes
FW James Oswald
FW William Locker
FW Harry Daft


Jack Hendry (footballer, born 1867)

John "Jack" Hendry (1867 – 1917) was a Scottish footballer who played in the Football League for Notts County. Jack Hendry was responsible for the handball foul in the February 1891 FA Cup quarter final that is credited for changing opinion in English soccer about the legitimacy of penalty kicks. Hendry had denied Stoke an equaliser With only seconds of the game remaining by handling the ball on the goal-line. The resulting free-kick was lost denying Stoke chance of a place in the semi-final while Notts proceeded as far as the 1891 FA Cup Final.

Jimmy Oswald

James Oswald (3 January 1868 – 26 February 1948) was a Scottish footballer, who played as a centre forward in the 1891 FA Cup Final for Notts County (scoring their goal in a 3-1 defeat) as well as making three appearances for Scotland (scoring once) between 1894 and 1896.

During his career he also played for Third Lanark, St Bernard's, Rangers (1895–1899), Raith Rovers and Morton. He also represented the Scottish League XI three times.

Notts County F.C.

Notts County Football Club is a professional association football club based in Nottingham, England. They were relegated from League Two after finishing 23rd of 24 teams in the 2018-19 season and will participate in the National League, the fifth tier of the English football league system, for the 2019–20 season. Founded in 1862, they are the oldest professional association football club in the world, and predate The Football Association itself. The club became one of the 12 founder members of the Football League in 1888. They are nicknamed the "Magpies" due to the black and white colour of their home strip, which inspired Italian club Juventus to adopt the colours for their kit in 1903. After playing at different home grounds during their first fifty years, including Trent Bridge, the club moved to Meadow Lane in 1910 and have remained there since. Notts County hold a local rivalry with city neighbours Nottingham Forest, as well as with other nearby clubs such as Mansfield Town.

Notts County finished third in the top flight of English football in the 1890–91 season, which remains their highest ever league position. They also reached the 1891 FA Cup Final, finishing as runners-up to Blackburn Rovers. However three years later the club won the 1894 FA Cup Final with a 4–1 victory over Bolton Wanderers. From 1897 until 1920 they played in the First Division which was then the top flight, barring the 1913–14 season when they won the Second Division immediately following relegation the previous year. They won the Second Division for a third time in the 1922–23 campaign, before suffering relegations down to the Third Division South, which they won in their first attempt in 1930–31.

The club were back in the Third Division South by World War II, but were again promoted as champions in 1949–50 and spent most of the 1950s in the second tier before successive relegations saw them drop back into the Fourth Division. County won promotion as runners-up in 1959–60. They returned to the fourth tier by 1964, but were promoted as champions in the 1970–71 season, before securing promotion out of the Third Division under the stewardship of Jimmy Sirrel in 1972–73. They made their return to the top flight by finishing as runners-up of the Second Division in 1980–81. County were relegated after a three season stay, and ended the decade back in the third tier, before Neil Warnock masterminded play-off successes in 1990 and 1991 that saw them promoted back into the top flight. However they were immediately relegated, thus missing out on the first-ever season of Premier League football. They fell back into the basement division by 1997–98, but managed to finish the season as champions. Following a financial crisis they were relegated again in 2004, before they won the League Two title in 2009–10 amid a takeover bid from a Middle Eastern consortium that eventually fell through despite great publicity and initial expectations. County were relegated back to the bottom tier at the end of the 2014–15 season and remained there until the end of the 2018–19 season when they were relegated from the Football League for the first time.

Tom McInnes (footballer, born 1869)

Thomas "Tom" McInnes (22 March 1869 – 17 January 1939) was a Scottish professional footballer. McInnes was capped once for Scotland, against Ireland in 1889.

William Locker

William Locker (16 February 1866 – 15 August 1952) was an English footballer and cricketer. He played first-class cricket for Derbyshire between 1894 and 1903 and football for Stoke, Derby County and Notts County. He was one of nineteen sportsmen to achieve the Derbyshire Double of playing cricket for Derbyshire and football for Derby County.

Locker was born in Long Eaton, Derbyshire, the son of William Locker and his wife Mary. His father was a lace maker and at the age of 15 Locker was a lace threader.

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