The 1894–1895 FA Cup was the 24th season of the world's oldest association football competition, the Football Association Challenge Cup (more usually known as the FA Cup). The cup was won by Aston Villa, who defeated West Bromwich Albion 1–0 in the final of the competition, played at Crystal Palace in London. This was Villa's second victory in the FA Cup.
The Trophy was stolen from a display in the shop window of W. Shillcock (a football fitter) in Newton Row, Birmingham, after the Final and never recovered despite a £10 reward. According to the Police, it was taken sometime between 21:30 on Wednesday 11 September and 7:30 the following morning, along with cash from a drawer. The cup was replaced by a copy of the original, made by Howard Vaughton, the former Aston Villa player and England international, who had opened a silversmith's business after his retirement from the game.
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. 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 at neutral venues 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.
|1894–95 FA Cup|
|Defending champions||Notts County|
|Champions||Aston Villa (2nd title)|
|Runners-up||West Bromwich Albion|
The format of the FA Cup for the season had a preliminary round, four qualifying rounds, three proper rounds, and the semi-finals and final.
|Preliminary Round||Saturday 6 October 1894|
|First Round Qualifying||Saturday 13 October 1894|
|Second Round Qualifying||Saturday 3 November 1894|
|Third Round Qualifying||Saturday 24 November 1894|
|Fourth Round Qualifying||Saturday 15 December 1894|
|First Round Proper||Saturday 2 February 1895|
|Second Round Proper||Saturday 16 February 1895|
|Third Round Proper||Saturday 2 March 1895|
|Semi-Finals||Saturday 16 March 1895|
|Final||Saturday 20 April 1895|
The First Round Proper contained sixteen ties between 32 teams. The 16 First Division sides were given a bye to this round, as were Notts County, Darwen, Bury, Newcastle United, Newton Heath and Woolwich Arsenal from the Second Division. The other Second Division sides were entered into the First Round Qualifying, with the exceptions of Burton Swifts, who started in the Second Round Qualifying, and Manchester City, who played no part in the season's competition. Of the qualifying League sides, only Burton Wanderers and Leicester Fosse qualified to the FA Cup Proper. Eight non-league sides also qualified.
The matches were played on Saturday, 2 February 1895. One match was drawn, with the replay taking place in the following midweek fixture. The Barnsley St Peter's – Liverpool game was voided following a dispute over extra time being played. The match was replayed nine days later, resulting in a 4–0 win to Liverpool.
|Tie no||Home team||Score||Away team||Date|
|1||Darwen||0–0||Wolverhampton Wanderers||2 February 1895|
|Replay||Wolverhampton Wanderers||2–0||Darwen||6 February 1895|
|2||Bury||4–1||Leicester Fosse||2 February 1895|
|3||Aston Villa||2–1||Derby County||2 February 1895|
|4||The Wednesday||5–1||Notts County||2 February 1895|
|5||Bolton Wanderers||1–0||Woolwich Arsenal||2 February 1895|
|6||Southport Central||0–3||Everton||2 February 1895|
|7||Middlesbrough||4–0||Chesterfield||2 February 1895|
|8||Sunderland||11–1||Fairfield||2 February 1895|
|9||Luton Town||0–2||Preston North End||2 February 1895|
|10||Burton Wanderers||1–2||Blackburn Rovers||2 February 1895|
|11||Newton Heath||2–3||Stoke||2 February 1895|
|12||Small Heath||1–2||West Bromwich Albion||2 February 1895|
|13||Sheffield United||3–1||Millwall Athletic||2 February 1895|
|14||Southampton St Mary's||1–4||Nottingham Forest||2 February 1895|
|15||Newcastle United||2–1||Burnley||2 February 1895|
|16||Barnsley St Peter's||1 -v- 2
|Liverpool||2 February 1895|
|Replay||Liverpool||4–0||Barnsley St Peter's||11 February 1895|
The eight Second Round matches were scheduled for Saturday, 16 February 1895. There were two replays, played in the following midweek fixture.
|Tie no||Home team||Score||Away team||Date|
|1||Liverpool||0–2||Nottingham Forest||16 February 1895|
|2||Aston Villa||7–1||Newcastle United||16 February 1895|
|3||The Wednesday||6–1||Middlesbrough||16 February 1895|
|4||Bolton Wanderers||1–0||Bury||16 February 1895|
|5||Wolverhampton Wanderers||2–0||Stoke||16 February 1895|
|6||Sunderland||2–0||Preston North End||16 February 1895|
|7||Everton||1–1||Blackburn Rovers||16 February 1895|
|Replay||Blackburn Rovers||2–3||Everton||20 February 1895|
|8||Sheffield United||1–1||West Bromwich Albion||16 February 1895|
|Replay||West Bromwich Albion||2–1||Sheffield United||20 February 1895|
The four Third Round matches were scheduled for Saturday, 2 March 1895. There were no replays.
|Tie no||Home team||Score||Away team||Date|
|1||Aston Villa||6–2||Nottingham Forest||2 March 1895|
|2||The Wednesday||2–0||Everton||2 March 1895|
|3||West Bromwich Albion||1–0||Wolverhampton Wanderers||2 March 1895|
|4||Sunderland||2–1||Bolton Wanderers||2 March 1895|
The semi-final matches were both played on Saturday, 16 March 1895. Aston Villa and West Bromwich Albion went on to meet in the final at Crystal Palace.
|West Bromwich Albion||2–0||The Wednesday|
The Final was contested by Aston Villa and West Bromwich Albion at Crystal Palace. Aston Villa won 1–0, with Bob Chatt being credited with scoring the fastest goal in FA Cup Final history, scored after just 30 seconds. Devey found Hodgetts, whose cross was laid off by Athersmith to Chatt, whose half volley took a deflection.
|Aston Villa||1 – 0||West Bromwich Albion|
West Bromwich Albion 
The 1894–95 season was the 14th season of competitive association football and third season in the Football League played by Small Heath F.C., an English football club based in Birmingham. In 1893–94, Small Heath finished in second place in the divisional championship and gained promotion by defeating Darwen 3–1 in a test match. The club had struggled financially during the season, and there were suggestions that it might have disbanded had promotion not been secured. In their first season in the First Division, they finished in 12th place in the 16-team division, thus avoiding the possibility of relegation via the test matches.
Small Heath entered the 1894–95 FA Cup at the first round proper, and for the second consecutive year lost in that round to the eventual losing finalists, who this season were West Bromwich Albion. In local competitions, they were eliminated in the semi-final of the Birmingham Senior Cup, also by West Bromwich Albion, and lost to Aston Villa in the final of the Mayor of Birmingham's Charity Cup. The committee opted not to compete in the United Counties League, a supplementary competition.
Twenty-one different players represented the club in nationally organised competitive matches during the season and there were nine different goalscorers. Two players, Bill Purves and – for the third consecutive season – Billy Ollis, appeared in every League match, and none of the first-choice eleven missed more than four League matches. The top scorer, for the second year running, was inside-forward Frank Mobley with 13 goals. The match against Sunderland attracted a crowd estimated at 15,000, around double the highest attendance from previous years.1895 FA Cup Final
The 1895 FA Cup Final was contested by Aston Villa and West Bromwich Albion at Crystal Palace. Aston Villa won 1–0, with Bob Chatt being credited with scoring the fastest goal in FA Cup Final history, scored after just 30 seconds. This record would stand for 114 years before being broken by Louis Saha of Everton in the 2009 FA Cup Final with a goal after 25 seconds.Alfred Stair
Alfred Stair (15 May 1845 – 2 March 1914), a senior civil servant, was the referee at the first three FA Cup Finals, all of which were played in London in 1872, 1873 and 1874. He entered the civil service in 1864 in the Treasury, becoming Principal Accountant in 1887 and Assistant Account-General in 1889. Alfred Stair serve as Accountant and Comptroller-General of Board of the Inland Revenue at Somerset House from 1900-1910.
He was born on 15 May 1845 in Greenwich, Kent, the third child (and eldest son) of Thomas Stair (1802-1875), Deputy Comptroller-General of the Board of the Inland Revenue, and Ann (née Davis).
In 1872, Alfred Stair officiated in the match between Wanderers and Royal Engineers on 16 March. Like Stair his assistants (Umpires), JH Giffard, for the Royal Engineers, and James Kirkpatrick for the Wanderers, were also civil servants. Alfred Stair, as Treasurer of the Football Association, proposed the institution of the original FA Challenge Cup, to be paid for by a subscription of one guinea from each member club; this was eventually stolen following the 1894-95 FA Cup final.
Stair played football for the amateur club Upton Park from 1867 to 1874 and for the Wanderers. He was also selected as the match referee for the England v Scotland game on 6 March 1875.Stair married Elisabeth Ann Nield (1845-1934), daughter of Edward Nield, Barrister (1820-1879) and Emma Cordingley, and died on 2 March 1914 at The Croft, Saltwood, Kent, aged 68. Alfred and Elisabeth had two sons, Arthur Cecil Stair and Vernon Stair, and four daughters, Gertrude, Maude (who married Sir Archibald Hurd, brother of Sir Percy Hurd), Lilian and Eva.Billy Williams (footballer, born 1876)
William Williams (20 January 1876 – 22 January 1929) was an English footballer who played his entire professional career (as a full back) with West Bromwich Albion at the end of the nineteenth century. He also made six appearances for England.
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