1893 FA Cup Final

The 1893 FA Cup Final was a football game contested by Wolverhampton Wanderers and Everton. Wolves won by a single goal, scored by Harry Allen.

This was the only time the final was staged at Fallowfield Stadium. Although the official attendance was 45,000, it is estimated that close to 60,000 spectators were actually in the ground. The overcrowding delayed the kick off and meant the pitch was often encroached upon during the game. Play was impeded so much that Everton, beaten 0–1, unsuccessfully demanded a replay afterwards, arguing the environment was not fit for a competitive match.

Everton had come into the match as favourites. Only a week earlier, they had sent their reserves to face Wolves in a league match to allow their first team time to rest before their semi-final replay. The reserves beat Wolves' Cup final team 4–2 at Molineux, boosting Everton's confidence.

1893 FA Cup Final
Wolverhampton wanderers 1893
The victorious Wolves team
Event1892–93 FA Cup
Wolverhampton Wanderers Everton
1 0
Date25 March 1893
VenueFallowfield Stadium, Manchester
RefereeC. J. Hughes
Attendance45,000 (official)
c. 60,000 (estimate)

Match summary

FA Cup Final 1893 Wolves Everton
The match in progress

Everton dominated the first half but saw their wingers hindered by the stray feet of the encroaching spectators on the touchline. To counteract this obstruction, both sides began to resort to a long ball game through the centre of the field. This tactic failed to provide any goals in the opening 45 minutes.

As the second half progressed, Everton began to tire, perhaps feeling the effects of 4 games in 10 days. On the hour mark, Wolves captain Harry Allen launched a hopeful lob from distance, which was misjudged by Williams and allowed to bounce into the net. Everton complained that the crowd had impeded their attempts to clear the ball, thus presenting Allen with the opportunity in the first place.

Wolves card
Wolverhampton Wanderers Cigarette Card

At the final whistle, the crowd invaded the pitch to mob the victorious Wolves players who had claimed their club's first ever FA Cup triumph.

Match details

Wolverhampton Wanderers1–0Everton
Allen Goal 60'
Wolverhampton Wanderers
England Billy Rose
England Dickie Baugh
England George Swift
England Billy Malpass
England Harry Allen (c)
England George Kinsey
England Robert Topham
England David Wykes
England Joe Butcher
England Harry Wood
England Alf Griffin
England Jack Addenbrooke
England Richard Williams
England Bob Howarth (c)
Scotland Bob Kelso
Scotland Dickie Boyle
England Johnny Holt
Scotland Alec Stewart
Scotland Alex Latta
Scotland Patrick Gordon
Scotland Alan Maxwell
England Edgar Chadwick
England Alf Milward
England Dick Molyneux

Route to the Final

Wolverhampton Wanderers

Round 1: Wolverhampton Wanderers 1–1 Bolton Wanderers

  • Replay: Bolton Wanderers 1–2 Wolverhampton Wanderers

Round 2: Wolverhampton Wanderers 2–1 Middlesbrough

Quarter-final: Wolverhampton Wanderers 5–0 Darwen

Semi-final: Wolverhampton Wanderers 2–1 Blackburn Rovers

(at the Town Ground, Nottingham)


Round 1: Everton 4–1 West Bromwich Albion

Round 2: Everton 4–2 Nottingham Forest

Quarter-final: Everton 3–0 Sheffield Wednesday

Semi-final: Everton 2–2 Preston North End

(at Bramall Lane)
  • Replay: Everton 0–0 Preston North End
(at Bramall Lane)
  • Replay: Everton 2–1 Preston North End
(at Ewood Park)

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1892–93 FA Cup

The 1892–93 FA Cup was the 22nd staging of the world's oldest football cup competition, the Football Association Challenge Cup, commonly known as the FA Cup. Wolverhampton Wanderers won the competition, beating Everton 1–0 in the final at Fallowfield Stadium for the only time (moved from Kennington Oval), with Wembley Stadium still 30 years away from being built. Wolves continued the recent Midlands dominance of the FA Cup, after the success of West Brom, Aston Villa and Nottingham Forest the previous season.

Matches were scheduled to be played at the stadium of the team named first on the date specified for each round, which was always a Saturday. Some matches, however, might be rescheduled for other days if there were clashes with games for other competitions or the weather was inclement. If scores were level after 90 minutes had been played, a replay would take place at the stadium of the second-named team later the same week. If the replayed match was drawn further replays would be held until a winner was determined. If scores were level after 90 minutes had been played in a replay, a 30-minute period of extra time would be played.

Alan Maxwell

Alan Maxwell (2 April 1869 – 1951) was a Scottish footballer who played in the Football League for Darwen, Everton and Stoke.

Bob Kelso (footballer)

Robert Robison Kelso (2 October 1865 – 19 November 1950) was a Scottish footballer who played for Renton, Newcastle West End, Preston North End, Everton, Dundee, Bedminster and the Scotland national team.

Kelso was described as a player, difficult to get past, he caught the eye with his powerful and timely tackling, always clearing the ball well while specialising in long-range dipping shots at goal.Kelso, a defender, was born in Cardross, Dunbartonshire, and began his football career with Renton where he won the Scottish Cup in 1885 and 1888 and played in the unsuccessful 1886 final. He also won the Champions of the World title in 1888 when Scottish Cup winners Renton defeated English FA Cup winners West Bromwich Albion.

He moved to Newcastle West End in 1888 and then to Everton the following year. He made his Everton and Football League debut on 19 January 1889 at Anfield, Liverpool against "The Invincibles", Preston North End. Jimmy Weir, the Everton right-half was injured and so Bob Kelso got his chance to play. In front of 15,000 fans Everton had an excellent first half and had it not been for some poor finishing and good defending by Preston Everton would've had the lead. In the second-half Everton continued to press but Preston got stronger and scored two goals and looked the better side at the end of the game. Kelso must have made a good impression on his opponents as he left Everton for Preston in May 1889.With Preston he won the English league championship in 1889-90 before moving back to Everton in 1891 where he played in the 1893 FA Cup Final. He returned to his native Scotland in 1896 with Dundee, where he earned selection for the Scottish League representative team, before ending his career with a brief spell in the Southern League at Bedminster in 1898-99.

He won seven caps for Scotland, making his debut in an 8-2 win over Ireland on 14 March 1885. He captained his country in his final Scotland appearance - a 3-0 win over Ireland on 26 March 1898.

His nephew, Tommy Kelso, was also a Scotland international footballer, who played for Manchester City, Dundee and Rangers. Bob's brother James Kelso played for Renton, and once appeared for Liverpool.


Fallowfield is a suburb of Manchester, England, with a population at the 2011 census of 15,211. Historically in Lancashire, it lies 3 miles (5 km) south of Manchester city centre and is bisected east–west by Wilmslow Road and north–south by Moseley Road and Wilbraham Road. The former Fallowfield Loop railway line, now a cycle path, follows a route nearly parallel with the east–west main road (Moseley Road/Wilbraham Road).

The area has a very large student population. The University of Manchester's main accommodation complex – the Fallowfield Campus – occupies a large area in the north; these are adjacent to the university's Owens Park halls of residence and the Firs Botanical Grounds. In the north-west of the suburb is Platt Fields Park. This is formed from part of the land which once belonged to the Platts of Platt Hall.

Fallowfield Campus

The Fallowfield Campus is the main residential campus of the University of Manchester. It is located in Fallowfield, Manchester, 2 miles (3 km) south of the main university site, to which it is connected by Wilmslow Road and the A34.

Fallowfield Stadium

Fallowfield Stadium was an athletics stadium and velodrome in Fallowfield, Manchester, England. It opened in May 1892 as the home of Manchester Athletics Club after it was forced to move from its home next to Old Trafford Cricket Ground. Fallowfield was most regularly used for cycling by the Manchester Wheelers' Club, who held their annual competition there until 1976.

The stadium came to national attention on 26 March 1893 during the FA Cup final between Wolverhampton Wanderers and Everton which Wolverhampton Wanderers won 1–0. With a capacity of 15,000 the attendance of 45,000 meant the majority of spectators had no view of the match. The stadium hosted the second 1899 FA Cup semi-final replay between Sheffield United and Liverpool, the match had to be abandoned due to a crush in the crowd.The cycle track was originally of shale, later resurfaced with concrete, 509 yards in circumference with 30-degree bankings. The stadium hosted cycling events for the 1934 British Empire Games and the 1919 national championships. In 1955 sprint cyclist Reg Harris bought the stadium and it was for a period renamed the Reg Harris Stadium.The stadium hosted the AAA championships in 1897 and 1907. Sydney Wooderson set a world 3/4-mile athletics record at the stadium on 6 June 1939 with 2:59.5.

In rugby union, the last England home international versus Scotland held outside London was hosted in 1897. In rugby league, two Northern Union Challenge Cup finals were held in 1899 and 1900.

Manchester University bought Fallowfield Stadium in the early 1960s. It was demolished in 1994 and the site is now the Richmond Park Halls of Residence, part of the Fallowfield Campus.

Results of FA Cup Finals at Fallowfield Stadium

Results of Rugby league Challenge Cup Finals at Fallowfield Stadium

George Kinsey

George Kinsey (27 November 1866 – 1936) was a professional footballer, who was capped four times by the England national football team, and also won the FA Cup in 1893 with Wolverhampton Wanderers.

Kinsey was born in Burton upon Trent, and began playing with his home town teams Burton Crusaders and Burton Swifts, before joining Birmingham St George's. In 1891 he moved to Wolverhampton Wanderers, where he played 73 times in The Football League, and took part in the 1893 FA Cup Final.

He played for Aston Villa, Derby County and Notts County in The Football League between 1894 and 1897, before joining Bristol Eastville Rovers. He played in the Western League, Birmingham & District League and Southern League for Rovers, who were renamed Bristol Rovers at the end of his first year with the club, and he made five appearances in the latter competition.

He returned to his home town to end his career, firstly re-joining Burton Swifts in 1900, and later moving on to Burton Early Closing. He died in the final quarter of 1936 at the age of 69.

Richard Williams (footballer)

Richard Williams (born 1 January 1869) was an English professional footballer who played as a goalkeeper.

Sport in Manchester

Manchester City and Manchester United are popular Premier League football clubs in Manchester, United's ground is in Old Trafford, and fixtures between the clubs are referred to as the Manchester Derby. Manchester United are the most successful football club in England with 66 elite honours won (Including three European Cups) and Manchester City are ranked seventh in England by the number of elite honours won with a total of 21. Manchester has hosted every major domestic, continental and international football competition, including the World Cup in 1966, the European Championship in 1996, Olympic Football in 2012, the 2003 UEFA Champions League Final, the 2008 UEFA Cup Final, 1893, 1911, 1915 and 1970 FA Cup Finals and 1977, 1978 and 1984 Football League Cup Final.

Lancashire County Cricket Club, formed in 1865 to replace Manchester Cricket Club, also play at Old Trafford.

Manchester has competed twice to host the Olympic Games, being beaten into fourth place by Atlanta in 1996 and coming third to Sydney in 2000. Manchester hosted the 2002 Commonwealth Games with many sporting facilities being built for them, including the City of Manchester Stadium, the Manchester Velodrome, the National Squash Centre and the Manchester Aquatics Centre

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