The 1895–1896 FA Cup was the 25th 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 The Wednesday, who defeated Wolverhampton Wanderers 2–1 in the final of the competition, played at Crystal Palace in London. This was Wednesday's first victory in the FA Cup.
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.
|1895–96 FA Cup|
|Defending champions||Aston Villa|
|Champions||The Wednesday (1st title)|
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 5 October 1895|
|First Round Qualifying||Saturday 12 October 1895|
|Second Round Qualifying||Saturday 2 November 1895|
|Third Round Qualifying||Saturday 23 November 1895|
|Fourth Round Qualifying||Saturday 14 December 1895|
|First Round Proper||Saturday 1 February 1896|
|Second Round Proper||Saturday 15 February 1896|
|Third Round Proper||Saturday 29 February 1896|
|Semi-Finals||Saturday 21 March 1896|
|Final||Saturday 18 April 1896|
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, Burton Wanderers, Liverpool, Newton Heath and Woolwich Arsenal from the Second Division. The other Second Division sides were entered into the First Qualifying Round. Of those sides, only Grimsby Town, Newcastle United, Crewe Alexandra and Burton Swifts qualified to the FA Cup Proper. Six non-league sides also qualified.
The matches were played on Saturday, 1 February 1896. Two matches were drawn, with the replays taking place in the following midweek fixture.
|Tie no||Home team||Score||Away team||Date|
|1||Blackpool||4–1||Burton Swifts||1 February 1896|
|2||Chesterfield||0–4||Newcastle United||1 February 1896|
|3||Darwen||0–2||Grimsby Town||1 February 1896|
|4||Burnley||6–1||Woolwich Arsenal||1 February 1896|
|5||Liverpool||4–1||Millwall Athletic||1 February 1896|
|6||Stoke||5–0||Tottenham Hotspur||1 February 1896|
|7||Nottingham Forest||0–2||Everton||1 February 1896|
|8||Blackburn Rovers||1–2||West Bromwich Albion||1 February 1896|
|9||Wolverhampton Wanderers||2–2||Notts County||1 February 1896|
|Replay||Notts County||3–4||Wolverhampton Wanderers||5 February 1896|
|10||Crewe Alexandra||0–4||Bolton Wanderers||1 February 1896|
|11||Sunderland||4–1||Preston North End||1 February 1896|
|12||Derby County||4–2||Aston Villa||1 February 1896|
|13||Burton Wanderers||1–1||Sheffield United||1 February 1896|
|Replay||Sheffield United||1–0||Burton Wanderers||6 February 1896|
|14||Newton Heath||2–1||Kettering||1 February 1896|
|15||Small Heath||1–4||Bury||1 February 1896|
|16||Southampton St Mary's||2–3||The Wednesday||1 February 1896|
The eight Second Round matches were scheduled for Saturday, 15 February 1896. There were three replays, played in the following midweek fixture.
|Tie no||Home team||Score||Away team||Date|
|1||Blackpool||0–2||Bolton Wanderers||15 February 1896|
|2||Burnley||1–1||Stoke||15 February 1896|
|Replay||Stoke||7–1||Burnley||20 February 1896|
|3||The Wednesday||2–1||Sunderland||15 February 1896|
|4||Grimsby Town||1–1||West Bromwich Albion||15 February 1896|
|Replay||West Bromwich Albion||3–0||Grimsby Town||20 February 1896|
|5||Wolverhampton Wanderers||2–0||Liverpool||15 February 1896|
|6||Everton||3–0||Sheffield United||15 February 1896|
|7||Newton Heath||1–1||Derby County||15 February 1896|
|Replay||Derby County||5–1||Newton Heath||19 February 1896|
|8||Newcastle United||1–3||Bury||15 February 1896|
The four Third Round matches were scheduled for Saturday, 29 February 1896. There were no replays.
|Tie no||Home team||Score||Away team||Date|
|1||The Wednesday||4–0||Everton||29 February 1896|
|2||Bolton Wanderers||2–0||Bury||29 February 1896|
|3||Wolverhampton Wanderers||3–0||Stoke||29 February 1896|
|4||Derby County||1–0||West Bromwich Albion||29 February 1896|
The semi-final matches were both played on Saturday, 21 March 1896. The Wednesday and Wolverhampton Wanderers went on to meet in the final at Crystal Palace.
|The Wednesday||1–1||Bolton Wanderers|
|The Wednesday||3–1||Bolton Wanderers|
|Wolverhampton Wanderers||2–1||Derby County|
The final took place on Saturday, 18 April 1896 at Crystal Palace. Less than 50,000 supporters attended the match. The match finished 2–1 to The Wednesday, through two early goals from Fred Spiksley. Between the two goals, David Black had equalised for Wolves.
|The Wednesday||2 – 1||Wolverhampton Wanderers|
|Spiksley 1' 18'||Black 8'|
Wolverhampton Wanderers 
The 1895–96 season was the 15th season of competitive association football and fourth season in the Football League played by Small Heath F.C., an English football club based in Birmingham. In 1894–95, the newly promoted Small Heath maintained their First Division status, finishing 12th in the 16-team division. In 1895–96, the team finished 15th and were relegated through the test match system.
Small Heath entered the 1895–96 FA Cup at the first round proper, and lost in that round for the fourth consecutive year, this time to Bury. In local competitions, they were eliminated in the first round of the Birmingham Senior Cup by Sheffield Wednesday, and lost to West Bromwich Albion in the first round of the Staffordshire Senior Cup, which they had entered for the first time.
Thirty-two different players represented the club in nationally-organised competitive matches during the season and there were 14 different goalscorers. For the fifth time, Fred Wheldon appeared in every League match, in his last season with the club before joining local rivals Aston Villa for an initial transfer fee of £350, believed to be a record. The top scorer, for the third year running, was Frank Mobley with 11 goals. The highest attendance was around 10,000, significantly down on the previous season.1896 FA Cup Final
The 1896 FA Cup Final was won by The Wednesday at the Crystal Palace, in a victory over Wolverhampton Wanderers.Steve Bloomer
Stephen Bloomer (20 January 1874 – 16 April 1938) was an England international footballer and manager who played for Derby County - becoming their record goalscorer - and Middlesbrough. The anthem Steve Bloomer's Watchin' is played at every Derby home game and there is a bust of him at the Pride Park Stadium. He is also listed in the Football League 100 Legends and English Football Hall of Fame.
During his career Bloomer was a prolific goalscorer for both club and country. A quick thinking forward, he was able to shoot powerfully and accurately with either foot and his speciality was the daisy cutter – a low shot, hit with great power, speed and accuracy. In 536 First Division games he scored 317 goals and, after Jimmy Greaves, he is the second highest all-time goalscorer in the top-flight. He also scored 28 goals in 23 appearances for England. He helped Derby to win the Second Division title in 1911–12, and to reach second in the First Division in 1895–96; he also played on the losing side in four FA Cup semi-finals and three FA Cup finals (1898, 1899 and 1903).
Bloomer also played baseball for Derby County Baseball Club and helped them become British champions three times in the 1890s. After retiring as a footballer he became a coach and worked with clubs in Germany, the Netherlands and Spain. During World War I he was interned at Ruhleben, a civilian detention camp. The highlight of his coaching career came in 1924 when he guided Real Unión to victory in the Copa del Rey.Wrexham A.F.C.
Wrexham Association Football Club (Welsh: Clwb Pêl-droed Wrecsam) is a professional association football club based in Wrexham, Wales that plays in the National League, the fifth tier of the English football league system. Formed in 1864, they are the oldest club in Wales and the third oldest professional football team in the world. Since August 2011 Wrexham have been a supporter-owned football club.Wrexham's honours include winning the Welsh Cup a record 23 times, the Football League Trophy in 2005 at the Millennium Stadium and the FA Trophy in 2013 at Wembley Stadium. The club are also record winners of the short-lived FAW Premier Cup, winning it five times out of the 11 years of its tenure, participating against fellow Welsh clubs such as Cardiff City, Swansea City and Newport County.
In 1992, Wrexham upset the reigning English Champions Arsenal in the FA Cup. They also scored a 1–0 victory over FC Porto in 1984 in the European Cup Winners' Cup. Wrexham were eligible for the European Cup Winners' Cup due to winning the Welsh Cup; their first European tie was against FC Zürich of Switzerland in 1972 and their last was played in Romania against Petrolul Ploiești in 1995.
Wrexham's home stadium, the Racecourse Ground, is the world's oldest international stadium that still continues to host international games. The record attendance at the ground was set in 1957, when the club hosted a match against Manchester United in front of 36,445 spectators.
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