1897–98 FA Cup

The 1897–1898 FA Cup was the 27th 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 Nottingham Forest, who defeated Derby County 3–1 in the final of the competition, played at Crystal Palace in London.

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.

1897–98 FA Cup
Country England
Defending championsAston Villa
ChampionsNottingham Forest
(1st title)
Runners-upDerby County


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.

Round Date
Preliminary Round Saturday 18 September 1897
First Round Qualifying Saturday 25 September 1897
Second Round Qualifying Saturday 16 October 1897
Third Round Qualifying Saturday 30 October 1897
Fourth Round Qualifying Saturday 20 November 1897
Fifth Round Qualifying Saturday 11 December 1898
First Round Proper Saturday 29 January 1898
Second Round Proper Saturday 12 February 1898
Third Round Proper Saturday 26 February 1898
Semi-Finals Saturday 19 March 1898
Final Saturday 16 April 1898

First round proper

The First Round Proper contained sixteen ties between 32 teams. The 16 First Division sides were given a bye to this round, as were Newton Heath, Burnley, Leicester Fosse, Grimsby Town, Walsall and Manchester City from the Second Division. The other Second Division sides were entered into the Third Qualifying Round. Of those sides, only Newcastle United, Woolwich Arsenal, Luton Town and Gainsborough Trinity qualified to the FA Cup Proper. Six non-league sides also qualified.

The matches were played on Saturday, 29 January 1898. One match was drawn, with the replay taking place in the following midweek fixture.

Tie no Home team Score Away team Date
1 Burnley 3–1 Woolwich Arsenal 29 January 1898
2 Bury 1–2 Stoke 29 January 1898
3 Liverpool 2–0 Hucknall St Johns 29 January 1898
4 Preston North End 1–2 Newcastle United 29 January 1898
5 Southampton 2–1 Leicester Fosse 29 January 1898
6 Notts County 0–1 Wolverhampton Wanderers 29 January 1898
7 Nottingham Forest 4–0 Grimsby Town 29 January 1898
8 Long Eaton Rangers 0–1 Gainsborough Trinity 29 January 1898
9 West Bromwich Albion 2–0 New Brighton Tower 29 January 1898
10 Sunderland 0–1 The Wednesday 29 January 1898
11 Derby County 1–0 Aston Villa 29 January 1898
12 Luton Town 0–1 Bolton Wanderers 29 January 1898
13 Everton 1–0 Blackburn Rovers 29 January 1898
14 Newton Heath 1–0 Walsall 29 January 1898
15 Sheffield United 1–1 Burslem Port Vale 29 January 1898
Replay Burslem Port Vale 2–1 Sheffield United 2 February 1898
16 Manchester City 1–0 Wigan County 29 January 1898

Second Round Proper

The eight Second Round matches were scheduled for Saturday, 12 February 1898. There were two replays, played in the following midweek fixture.

Tie no Home team Score Away team Date
1 Burnley 3–0 Burslem Port Vale 12 February 1898
2 Southampton 1–0 Newcastle United 12 February 1898
3 Stoke 0–0 Everton 12 February 1898
Replay Everton 5–1 Stoke 17 February 1898
4 Nottingham Forest 4–0 Gainsborough Trinity 12 February 1898
5 Bolton Wanderers 1–0 Manchester City 12 February 1898
6 Wolverhampton Wanderers 0–1 Derby County 12 February 1898
7 West Bromwich Albion 1–0 The Wednesday 12 February 1898
8 Newton Heath 0–0 Liverpool 12 February 1898
Replay Liverpool 2–1 Newton Heath 16 February 1898

Third round proper

The four Third Round matches were scheduled for Saturday, 26 February 1898. There were two replays, played in the following midweek fixture.

Tie no Home team Score Away team Date
1 Burnley 1–3 Everton 26 February 1898
2 Bolton Wanderers 0–0 Southampton 26 February 1898
Replay Southampton 4–0 Bolton Wanderers 2 March 1898
3 West Bromwich Albion 2–3 Nottingham Forest 26 February 1898
4 Derby County 1–1 Liverpool 26 February 1898
Replay Liverpool 1–5 Derby County 2 March 1898


The semi-final matches were both played on Saturday, 19 March 1898. The Nottingham Forest–Southampton match went to a replay, played the following Wednesday, when Nottingham Forest managed a 2–0 win. They went on to meet Derby County in the final at Crystal Palace.

Derby County3–1Everton
Nottingham Forest1–1Southampton
Nottingham Forest2–0Southampton


The final took place on Saturday, 16 April 1898 at Crystal Palace. Just over 62,000 supporters attended the match. Arthur Capes opened the scoring for Nottingham Forest after 19 minutes. Forest's lead was maintained for only twelve minutes before Derby County equalised, through a goal from Steve Bloomer. Capes hit his second just before half-time, and Forest preserved the lead until the 86th minute, when McPherson scored a third Forest goal, to hand them their first ever FA Cup Victory.

Match details

Nottingham Forest3 – 1Derby County
Capes Goal 19' Goal 42'
McPherson Goal 86'
[1] Bloomer Goal 31'
Nottingham Forest
Derby County [3]

See also


  1. ^ Match report at fa-cupfinals.co.uk Archived 28 September 2011 at the Wayback Machine
  2. ^ "Sporting Chronicle - 1898 FA Cup Final". Archived from the original on 30 October 2008. Retrieved 10 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.

1897–98 Small Heath F.C. season

The 1897–98 Football League season was the 17th season of competitive association football and 6th season in the Football League played by Small Heath Football Club, an English football club based in Birmingham. They finished in sixth place in the 16-team division. Having failed to gain exemption from the qualifying rounds of the 1897–98 FA Cup, they entered the competition in the third qualifying round and lost that opening match to Burslem Port Vale. In local cup competitions, they lost to Walsall in the second round of the Birmingham Cup, were eliminated by West Bromwich Albion in the first round of the Mayor of Birmingham's Charity Cup, and reached the semi-final of the Staffordshire Senior Cup where they again lost to West Bromwich Albion.

Nineteen different players represented the club in nationally organised competitive matches during the season and there were thirteen different goalscorers. Walter Abbott was the top scorer with 19 goals, and he and wing half Thomas Dunlop played in every match. The match against Burnley attracted a crowd of 12,000, an improvement on the highest attendance in the previous two seasons.

1897–98 Southampton F.C. season

The 1897–98 season was the 13th since the foundation of Southampton F.C. and their fourth in league football, as members of the Southern League.

The club improved on their performance in the previous successful season, retaining the Southern League title and reaching the Semi-final of the FA Cup for the first time, where they went out in controversial circumstances. They started the season as tenants of Hampshire County Cricket Club, but by the end of the season, the club had found a new permanent home, where they were to remain for over 100 years.

By the end of a "phenomenally successful", Southampton were lifted out of relative obscurity into national prominence. In their report to the shareholders for the Annual General Meeting held on 30 June 1898, the directors commented: "The team's performance in the English Cup and their retention of the Southern League Championship entitled the club to rank among the best in the country".

1898 FA Cup Final

The 1898 FA Cup Final was contested by Nottingham Forest and Derby County at Crystal Palace. Forest won 3–1, with goals from Arthur Capes (2) and John McPherson. Steve Bloomer scored for Derby. Numbered seats in the pavilion were 10s. 6d. Numbered seats in the covered stands were 5s.

Derby County F.C.–Nottingham Forest F.C. rivalry

Football matches held between Derby County and Nottingham Forest are often called the East Midlands derby, the A52 derby or the Nottingham Forest-Derby derby (The square of all derbies), and there is a fierce rivalry between the two East Midlands clubs.

According to a survey on football rivalries it is the 11th fiercest rivalry in English football, with 9 out of 10 fans from both clubs pointing to the other as their fiercest rival. Since 2007 whenever the two teams meet the winner has been awarded the Brian Clough Trophy, in memory of Brian Clough, the man who had great success at both clubs. The inaugural match was held at Derby's Pride Park in July 2007 which the host team won 2–0. Forest are the current holders, having regained the trophy after defeating Derby 1–0 at the City Ground on 25 February 2019.

Football in Yorkshire

Football in Yorkshire refers to the sport of association football in relation to its participation and history within Yorkshire, England. The county is the largest in the United Kingdom and as thus has many football clubs professional and amateur.

Sheffield in South Yorkshire is recognised by FIFA and UEFA as the birthplace of club football, because Sheffield F.C. are the oldest association football club in the world.Hallam F.C. also from Sheffield are the second oldest. With its origins in the Sheffield Rules code, the game eventually spread to other parts of the county after Hull local Ebenezer Cobb Morley wrote The Football Association's Laws of the Game, which are still used worldwide today.

History of Nottingham Forest F.C.

The history of Nottingham Forest Football Club covers the history of the club since its formation in 1865. For general information about the club, see Nottingham Forest F.C.

Jack Farrell (footballer)

John Farrell (1873 – 22 February 1947) was an English professional footballer who played as a forward. Farrell played in the Football League for Stoke and New Brighton Tower and played a major part in Southern League club Southampton's major cup runs at the turn of the 20th Century.

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.

New Brighton Tower F.C.

New Brighton Tower F.C. was a short-lived English football club based in New Brighton, Merseyside. Established in 1896, the club spent three seasons in the Football League before folding in 1901. They played at the 80,000-capacity Tower Athletic Ground.

Nottingham Forest F.C.

Nottingham Forest Football Club, often referred to as simply Forest, is a professional football club based in West Bridgford, Nottinghamshire, England. Forest were founded in 1865 and have played home matches at the City Ground since 1898. They compete in the Championship, the second tier of the English football league system. They are currently the oldest club in the Football League.Forest have won the League title once, two FA Cups, four League Cups, one FA Charity Shield, two European Cups, and one UEFA Super Cup. Their most successful period was under the management reign of Brian Clough and Peter Taylor between 1976 and 1982. The club have mostly competed in the top two league tiers during their history except for five seasons in the third tier.

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