1896–97 FA Cup

The 1896–1897 FA Cup was the 26th 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 Everton 3–2 in the final of the competition, played at Crystal Palace in London. In doing so, Aston Villa became only the second team to have won the Double, as they won the league on the same day as their cup victory (and the only team to do this).

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.

1896–97 FA Cup
Country England
Defending championsThe Wednesday
ChampionsAston Villa (3rd title)


The format of the FA Cup for the season had a preliminary round, five qualifying rounds, three proper rounds, and the semi finals and final. Each of the Rounds Proper were played on a set date, whereas the Preliminary and Qualifying Round matches were played on several dates over a given period of time.

Round Start Date End Date
Preliminary Round Saturday 10 October 1896
First Round Qualifying Saturday 10 October 1896 31 October
Second Round Qualifying Saturday 31 October 1896 21 November
Third Round Qualifying Saturday 21 November 1896 12 December
Fourth Round Qualifying Saturday 12 December 1896 2 January
Fifth Round Qualifying Saturday 2 January 1897 16 January
First Round Proper Saturday 30 January 1897
Second Round Proper Saturday 13 February 1897
Third Round Proper Saturday 27 February 1897
Semi-Finals Saturday 20 March 1897
Final Saturday 10 April 1897

First round proper

The First Round Proper contained 16 ties between 32 teams. The 16 First Division sides were given a bye to this round, as were Notts County, Small Heath, Burton Wanderers, Grimsby Town, Newcastle United and Manchester City from the Second Division. The other Second Division sides were entered into the Third Qualifying Round. Of those sides, only Newton Heath and Burton Swifts qualified to the FA Cup Proper. Eight non-league sides also qualified.

The matches were played on Saturday, 30 January 1897. One match was drawn, with the replay taking place in the following midweek fixture.

Tie no Home team Score Away team Date
1 Liverpool 4–3 Burton Swifts 30 January 1897
2 Preston North End 6–0 Manchester City 30 January 1897
3 Stoke 5–2 Glossop North End 30 January 1897
4 Blackburn Rovers 2–1 Sheffield United 30 January 1897
5 Aston Villa 5–0 Newcastle United 30 January 1897
6 The Wednesday 0–1 Nottingham Forest 30 January 1897
7 Grimsby Town 0–0 Bolton Wanderers 30 January 1897
Replay Bolton Wanderers 3–3 Grimsby Town 8 February 1897
Replay Bolton Wanderers 3–2 Grimsby Town 11 February 1897
8 Sunderland 1–0 Burnley 30 January 1897
9 Derby County 8–1 Barnsley St Peter's 30 January 1897
10 Luton Town 0–1 West Bromwich Albion 30 January 1897
11 Everton 5–2 Burton Wanderers 30 January 1897
12 Newton Heath 5–1 Kettering 30 January 1897
13 Stockton 0–0 Bury 30 January 1897
Replay Bury 12–1 Stockton 2 February 1897
14 Small Heath 1–2 Notts County 30 January 1897
15 Millwall Athletic 1–2 Wolverhampton Wanderers 30 January 1897
16 Southampton St Mary's 1–1 Heanor Town 30 January 1897
Replay Heanor Town 0–1 Southampton St Mary's 3 February 1897

Second Round Proper

The eight Second Round matches were scheduled for Saturday, 13 February 1897. There was one replay, played in the following midweek fixture.

Tie no Home team Score Away team Date
1 Preston North End 2–1 Stoke 13 February 1897
2 Blackburn Rovers 2–1 Wolverhampton Wanderers 13 February 1897
3 Aston Villa 2–1 Notts County 13 February 1897
4 West Bromwich Albion 1–2 Liverpool 13 February 1897
5 Sunderland 1–3 Nottingham Forest 13 February 1897
6 Derby County 4–1 Bolton Wanderers 13 February 1897
7 Everton 3–0 Bury 13 February 1897
8 Southampton St Mary's 1–1 Newton Heath 13 February 1897
Replay Newton Heath 3–1 Southampton St Mary's 17 February 1897

Third round proper

The four Third Round matches were scheduled for Saturday, 27 February 1897. There were two replays, played in the following midweek fixture, of which the Preston North End – Aston Villa match went to a second replay the following week.

Tie no Home team Score Away team Date
1 Liverpool 1–1 Nottingham Forest 27 February 1897
Replay Nottingham Forest 0–1 Liverpool 3 March 1897
2 Preston North End 1–1 Aston Villa 27 February 1897
Replay Aston Villa 0–0 Preston North End 3 March 1897
Replay Aston Villa 3–2 Preston North End 8 March 1897
3 Derby County 2–0 Newton Heath 27 February 1897
4 Everton 2–0 Blackburn Rovers 27 February 1897


The semi-final matches were both played on Saturday, 20 March 1897. Aston Villa and Everton went on to meet in the final at Crystal Palace.

Aston Villa3–0Liverpool
Everton3–2Derby County


The final took place on Saturday, 10 April 1897 at Crystal Palace. Just under 66,000 supporters attended the match. John Campbell opened the scoring for Villa after 18 minutes. Villa's lead was maintained for only five minutes before Everton equalised, through a goal from Jack Bell. Everton then went in front after Dickie Boyle scored five minutes later, but that lead only lasted seven minutes, when Fred Wheldon got an equaliser. Jimmy Crabtree put Villa back in front just before half-time, and Villa managed to come through the second half without conceding, meaning they had become only the second team ever to win the Double in England.

Match details

Aston Villa3 – 2Everton
Campbell Goal 18'
Wheldon Goal 35'
Crabtree Goal 44'
[1] Bell Goal 23'
Dickie Boyle Goal 28'
Aston Villa
Everton [3]

See also


  1. ^ "Match report at fa-cupfinals.co.uk". Archived from the original on 11 March 2007. Retrieved 11 December 2008.
  2. ^ "Sporting Chronicle - 1897 FA Cup Final". Archived from the original on 30 October 2008. Retrieved 11 December 2008.
  3. ^ FA Cup Final kits, 1890-1899
1896–97 Small Heath F.C. season

The 1896–97 season was the 16th season of competitive association football and 5th season in the Football League played by Small Heath F.C., an English football club based in Birmingham. In 1895–96, Small Heath finished in 15th position in the 16-team First Division and were relegated via the test match system. In 1896–97, they finished 4th in the Second Division.

Small Heath entered the 1896–97 FA Cup at the first round (round of 32) and lost in that round for the fifth consecutive year, this time to Notts County. In local competitions, they were eliminated in the semi-final of the Birmingham Senior Cup and the first round of the Staffordshire Senior Cup, on each occasion beaten by Wolverhampton Wanderers.

Twenty-three different players represented the club in nationally organised competitive matches during the season and there were 12 different goalscorers. Alex Leake appeared in every match, and the top scorer was Jimmy Inglis with 16 goals. The highest attendance was around 7,500, significantly down on the previous season.

1896–97 Thames Ironworks F.C. season

The 1896–97 season was Thames Ironworks' second season after the club's formation in 1895.

"With reference to the forthcoming season, it has been decided to enter for the English Cup, London Senior Cup, West Ham Charity Cup, South Essex League senior and junior and if possible, one or two others. There will be very few dates left open for "friendly" matches, so it ought to be a good thing for the club financially." – Thames Iron Works Gazette

However, the most significant competition that Thames Ironworks would enter that season would be the London League, even though the West Ham area was still officially part of Essex at the time.

It was a seamless transition for the club to make as Thames Ironworks and Shipbuilding Co. Ltd owner Arnold Hills was also president of the London League, and along with Thames Ironworks F.C. committee chairman Francis Payne, helped to draft the competition's rules.

New signings for the season included Reading players Edward Hatton, Peter Davie and Frank Dandridge. H. Rossiter and Holmes, would also join from the Berkshire club, as well as many more Thames Iron Works employees that still provided the core of the team.

In their first ever competitive league fixture in the London League, staged at the Hermit Road ground, on 19 September 1896 Thames Ironworks beat the Vampires 3–0.

The following month, "The Irons" went out in the FA Cup first qualifying round for the second year running, losing 0–8 away to Kent Southern League team Sheppey United on 10 October 1897.

Shortly after their exit from the FA Cup they were handed an eviction notice from the Hermit Road ground. The club had violated their tenancy agreement by charging admission fees and building a perimeter fence and pavilion. Thames Ironworks had to play their next four fixtures at the grounds of their opponents, until a new home could be found. The first of these games was against eventual champions 3rd Grenadier Guards F.C. on 22 October 1896, which The Irons lost 1–4. The gloom continued on 5 December 1896, when Thames Ironworks lost in the first round of the Essex Senior Cup 2–3, in a narrowly fought game away to Leyton F.C..

At the turn of 1897 Arnold Hills had managed to lease a temporary piece of land for the team, located in Browning Road, East Ham. However, the new situation was not ideal, as explained by future Ironworks player and West Ham United F.C. manager Syd King in his 1906 book:

'"For some reason, not altogether explained, the local public at this place did not take kindly to them and the records show that Browning Road was a wilderness both in the manner of luck and support." – Syd King, 'Book Of Football' (1906)

Arnold Hills had already earmarked a large piece of land in Canning Town and would eventually spend £20,000 on the construction of an athletic ground with facilities for cycling and tennis as well as football but the ground would not be ready until the following season.

Travelling across the river to Kent again provided cup disappointment for "The Irons" on 13 February 1897, when they lost their second replay in the 5th round of London Senior Cup against Bromley 0–2. They managed to fare better locally, making the final of the West Ham Charity Cup for the second year running. On 20 March 1897 they narrowly lost the final 0–1 to West Ham Garfield. It was also around that time that Thames Ironworks' inspirational captain Robert Stevenson left to return to his native Scotland to play for Arthurlie.

Thames Ironworks' biggest defeat of the season came soon after, on 1 April 1897, when they lost for the second time to the champions-elect 3rd Grenadier Guards F.C. 0–5 at Browning Road.

Yet it was only two days later, when in another home game, that "The Irons" recorded their biggest win of the season when they beat Crouch End 4–1. Another 5 days later would see the last game of the season, this time at home to Barking Woodville. The game ended 1–1.

In total Thames Ironworks won 11 of their 22 league and cup games in the 1896–1897 season, drawing on 4 occasions and losing 7.

They scored 39 goals and conceded 38.

Their first appearance in the London League had seen them finish 4th, but only temporarily. The 1st Scots Guards had withdrawn from the league during the season, and their record was deleted, and the London Welsh team had been suspended towards the end of the season. "The Irons" had not yet played London Welsh and as a result, and probably thanks also to Arnold Hills' presidency of the league and Francis Payne's drafting of the rules, Thames Ironworks F.C. were awarded two wins by default and finished the revised league as runners up. H. Butterworth ended the season as the club's top scorer in the league, with four goals from his six appearances.

1897 FA Cup Final

The 1897 FA Cup Final was contested by Aston Villa and Everton at Crystal Palace. Aston Villa won 3–2, with goals by John Campbell, Fred Wheldon and Jimmy Crabtree. Everton's goals came from Jack Bell and Dickie Boyle.

With results elsewhere going their way, Villa confirmed their status as League champions on this day. This makes them the only team to date to achieve the league and cup "double" on the same day.

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.

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List of Aston Villa F.C. records and statistics

Aston Villa Football Club are an English professional association football club based in Aston, Birmingham, who currently play in the Premier League. The club was founded in 1874 and have played at their current home ground, Villa Park, since 1897. Aston Villa were founding members of the Football League in 1888 and the Premier League in 1992. They are one of the oldest and most successful football clubs in England, having won the First Division Championship seven times and the FA Cup seven times. In 1982 the club became one of only five English clubs to win the European Cup.This list encompasses the major honours won by Aston Villa and the records set by the players and the club. The player records section includes details of the club's leading goalscorers and those who have made the most appearances in first-team competitions. Attendance records at Villa Park are also included in the list.

Llandudno Swifts F.C.

Llandudno Swifts were a football club from Llandudno who existed during the late Victorian era. The club were first mentioned in 1889. They competed in the Combination, North Wales Coast League, Welsh Cup, FA Cup and North Wales Coast Cup. The club was wound up in 1901 after a period of professionalism.

Following the demise of Llandudno Swifts, a new team Llandudno Amateurs were formed.

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