1899 FA Cup Final

The 1899 FA Cup Final was contested by Sheffield United and Derby County at Crystal Palace. Sheffield United won 4–1, with four second-half goals scored by Jack Almond, Walter Bennett, Billy Beer and Fred Priest after John Boag had scored a first-half opener for County. This was Derby's second successive losing final and worse was to come in that regard in 1903 against Bury. The contest was photographed by Henry Jasper Redfern.

1899 FA Cup Final
Sheffield utd 1899
Sheffield United, winning side, posing
with the trophy
Event1898–99 FA Cup
Sheffield United Derby County
4 1
Date15 April 1899
VenueCrystal Palace, London
RefereeArthur Scragg

Match details

Sheffield United4–1Derby County
Bennett Goal 60'
Beer Goal 65'
Almond Goal 69'
Priest Goal 89'
[1] Boag Goal 12'
Sheffield United
Derby County [3]
Willie Foulke
Harry Thickett
Peter Boyle
Harry Johnson
Tom Morren
Ernest Needham
Walter Bennett
Billy Beer
George Hedley
Jack Almond
Fred Priest
Club Secretary:
John Nicholson
Jack Fryer
Jimmy Methven
Jonathan Staley
John D. Cox
Robert Paterson
Johnny May
Tommy Arkesden
Steve Bloomer
John Boag
Billy MacDonald
Harry Allen
Harry Newbould

Road to the Final

Sheffield United were drawn away from home in every round and needed replays on five occasions, including three against Liverpool.[4][5]

Sheffield United

Burnley2 - 2Sheffield United
Sheffield United2 - 1Burnley
Preston North End2 - 2Sheffield United
Sheffield United2 - 1Preston North End
Nottingham Forest0 - 1Sheffield United
Liverpool2 - 2Sheffield United
Liverpool4 - 4Sheffield United
Liverpool1 - 0
Sheffield United
Liverpool0 - 1Sheffield United

Derby County

Woolwich Arsenal0 - 6Derby County
Derby County2 - 1Wolverhampton Wanderers
Southampton1 - 2Derby County
Derby County3 - 1Stoke City


  1. ^ Match report at fa-cupfinals.co.uk Archived 28 September 2011 at the Wayback Machine
  2. ^ Sporting Chronicle – 1899 FA Cup Final
  3. ^ FA Cup Final kits, 1890–1899
  4. ^ John Motson (2005). Motson's FA Cup Odyssey: The World's Greatest Knockout Competition. Robson. p. 47. ISBN 1-861-05903-5. Retrieved 28 December 2016.
  5. ^ "1899 FA Cup by rounds". Retrieved 28 December 2016.
1898–99 FA Cup

The 1898–1899 FA Cup was the 28th 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 Sheffield United, who defeated Derby County 4–1 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.

Billy Beer (footballer)

William John Beer (4 January 1879 – March 1941) was an English professional footballer who played as a wing half for Sheffield United and Small Heath (renamed Birmingham in 1905).

Billy MacDonald

William James "Billy" MacDonald (1877 – 1966) was a Scottish footballer who played in the Football League for Derby County and Stoke.

Harry Thickitt

Henry Thickitt (or Thickett) (1872 – 15 November 1920) was a professional footballer and Manager. Born in Hexthorpe, Doncaster he played as a defender primarily for Sheffield United with whom he won the First Division once, the FA Cup twice and gained two caps for England. He then went on to achieve relative success as the manager of Bristol City.

John Goodall

John Goodall (19 June 1863 – 20 May 1942) was a footballer who rose to fame as a centre forward for England and for Preston North End at the time of the development of the Football League, and also became Watford's first manager in 1903. He also played cricket in the County Championship for Derbyshire in 1895 and 1896, being one of 19 players to achieve the Derbyshire Double of playing cricket for Derbyshire and football for Derby County.

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