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.

Event1894–95 FA Cup
Aston Villa West Bromwich Albion
1 0
Date20 April 1895
VenueCrystal Palace, London
RefereeJohn Lewis


Aston villa 1895 team
Aston Villa players posing with the trophy

The final was played for the first time at Crystal Palace, which was to host the finals for the next twenty years. The weather for the final was described as "a beautiful spring day",[1] and consequently the crowd and press were still coming into the ground when the game kicked off. From the kick-off, John Devey, the Villa centre-forward, swung the ball out to his inside-left, Dennis Hodgetts. Hodgetts' long cross-pass found Charlie Athersmith on the right, and his centre fell to Bob Chatt who sent the ball goalwards on a half volley. Albion's keeper Joe Reader was only able to get his fingers to the shot, and turned the ball across the goal mouth and, after a goalmouth scramble involving Devey and Albion defender Jack Horton, the ball was turned in to the net.[2] There are no accurate timings for the goal and different reports time it at between 30 and 39 seconds. At the time, many of the crowd and press missed the goal as they were still taking their seats, and the press reports indicated that Chatt had scored. According to Ward & Griffin in their "Essential History of Aston Villa" however, "after the game, the Villa players confirmed that John Devey had netted after Chatt's shot had been blocked straight into the latter's path and had ricocheted off his knee."[3] Despite this claim, The Football Association still credit the goal to Chatt as having been scored on thirty seconds.[4] The fastest accurately timed goal was Louis Saha's effort for Everton after 25 seconds in the 2009 final.[5]

Despite pressure from the Albion forwards, especially from Billy Bassett, Villa were able to hold on to their lead until half-time. In the second half, Villa began to press forward again with Chatt and Devey forcing excellent saves from Joe Reader. Neither side was able to add to the score and Villa won the cup for the second time.

Match details

Aston Villa1–0West Bromwich Albion
Chatt Goal 1'
Aston Villa
W.B. Albion[6]
GK Tom Wilkes
DF Howard Spencer
DF Jimmy Welford
MF Jack Reynolds
MF James Cowan
MF George Russell
FW Charlie Athersmith
FW Bob Chatt
FW John Devey
FR Dennis Hodgetts
FL Stephen Smith
George Ramsay
GK Joe Reader
DF Billy Williams
DF Jack Horton
MD Tom Perry
MD Tom Higgins
MD Jack Taggart
FW Billy Bassett
FW Roddy McLeod
FW Billy Richards
FR Tom Hutchinson
FL Jack Banks
Edward Stephenson


  1. ^ Philips Gibbons (2001). Association Football in Victorian England – A History of the Game from 1863 to 1900. Upfront Publishing. p. 268. ISBN 978-1-84426-035-5.
  2. ^ "1895 FA Cup Final". fa-cupfinals.co.uk. Archived from the original on 19 April 2012. Retrieved 18 May 2008.
  3. ^ Ward, Adam; Griffin, Jeremy. The Essential History of Aston Villa. Headline book publishing. p. 25. ISBN 978-0-7553-1140-8.
  4. ^ "FA Cup Trivia". thefa.com. Archived from the original on 6 January 2004. Retrieved 18 May 2008.
  5. ^ "2009 FA Cup Final". fa-cupfinals.co.uk. Archived from the original on 27 April 2012. Retrieved 18 May 2008.
  6. ^ FA Cup Final kits, 1890–1899

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Billy Richards (footballer, born 1874)

William Richards (6 October 1874 – 12 February 1926) was an English footballer who played as a centre forward.

He played in the Football League for West Bromwich Albion and Newton Heath.

Bob Chatt

Robert Chatt (August 1870 – c. 1955) was an English footballer who was a member of the Aston Villa team which won the Football League championship three times in the 1890s. Chatt was credited with scoring the fastest goal in FA Cup Final history, scored after just 30 seconds in the 1895 FA Cup Final. This record stood for 114 years until Louis Saha of Everton scored after 25 seconds against Chelsea in the 2009 final.Chatt later won the FA Amateur Cup with Stockton and is the only player to have winner's medals for both the FA Cup and the FA Amateur Cup.

Charlie Perry (footballer, born 1866)

Charles Perry (3 January 1866 – 2 July 1927) was an English football centre-half who played for West Bromwich Albion and England.

Crystal Palace Park

Crystal Palace Park is a Victorian pleasure ground, used for cultural and sporting events. It is located in the south-east London suburb of Crystal Palace, which was in turn named after the Crystal Palace Exhibition building, which had been moved from Hyde Park, London after the 1851 Great Exhibition and rebuilt with some modifications and enlargements to form the centrepiece of the pleasure ground, before being destroyed by fire in 1936. The park features full-scale models of dinosaurs in a landscape, a maze, lakes, and a concert bowl.This site contains the National Sports Centre, previously a football stadium that hosted the FA Cup Final from 1895 to 1914 as well as Crystal Palace F.C.'s matches from their formation in 1905 until the club was forced to relocate during the First World War. The London County Cricket Club also played matches at Crystal Palace Park Cricket Ground from 1900 to 1908, when they folded, and the cricket ground staged a number of other first-class cricket matches and had first been used by Kent County Cricket Club as a first-class venue in 1864.

The park is situated halfway along the Norwood Ridge at one of its highest points. This ridge offers views northward to central London, eastward to the Queen Elizabeth II Bridge and Greenwich, and southward to Croydon and the North Downs. The park remains a major London public park. The park was maintained by the LCC and later the GLC, but with the abolition of the GLC in 1986, control of the park was given to the London Borough of Bromley, so the park is now entirely within the London Borough of Bromley.

The park is Grade II* listed on the Register of Historic Parks and Gardens.

History of West Ham United F.C.

See also List of West Ham United F.C. seasonsWest Ham United Football Club are based in Stratford, Newham, east London. They played home matches at the Boleyn Ground in Upton Park between 1904 and 2016, and moved to the London Stadium for the start of the 2016-17 season.

The club's formative roots stretch back to their formation as a professional side in 1900, but existed for at least five years prior to this under the name Thames Ironworks F.C. who themselves were built upon the remains of Old Castle Swifts F.C. (a club formed in 1892).

The club initially competed in the London League (Winners 1897–98) later joining the Southern League (Division 2 Champions 1898–99) and Western League (Western League Champions in 1907–08) before joining the full Football League in 1919. They enjoyed their first top flight season in 1923 and have never fallen outside the top two divisions. They have won the FA Cup three times: in 1964, 1975, and 1980, and have also been runners-up twice, in 1923 and 2006. The club have reached two major European finals, winning the European Cup Winners Cup in 1965 and finishing runners up in the same competition in 1976. West Ham also won the Intertoto Cup in 1999. The club were inaugural winners of the War Cup in 1940. Their best finish in the top flight was a third-place finish in 1986. West Ham have been runners up twice in the Football League Cup in 1966 and 1981, and shared the 1964 Charity Shield

They were awarded the 1965 BBC Sports Personality of the Year Team Award in honour of their European Cup Winners Cup win.

History of the FA Cup

The history of the FA Cup in association football dates back to 1871–72. Aside from suspensions during the First and Second World Wars, the competition has been played every year since.

Howard Spencer

Howard Spencer (23 August 1875 – 14 January 1940) was an English professional footballer. Often referred to as the "prince of full-backs" due to his sportsmanship, Spencer joined Aston Villa in 1892 having played for several clubs at amateur level. He made his professional debut in October 1894 at the age of 18 and would go on to become a first-team regular for the club. In his 13 years as a senior player, he helped the side to three First Division championships and three FA Cup victories as well as earning six caps at international level for England.

Jack Horton

John Henry Horton, known as Jack Horton (15 February 1866 – 28 December 1946) was an English footballer who played in the English Football League and the 1895 FA Cup Final for West Bromwich Albion. He also played for Burslem Port Vale and Wednesbury Old Athletic. His brother Ezra was also a footballer, and was a teammate of many years at West Brom.

Steve Smith (footballer, born 1874)

Stephen Smith (14 January 1874 – 19 May 1935) was an England international football player in the late 19th century.

Tom Hutchinson (Scottish footballer)

Thomas Hutchinson (20 June 1872 – 1933) was a Scottish footballer who played as a centre-forward.

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