1900–01 FA Cup

The 1900–01 FA Cup was the 30th 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 Tottenham Hotspur of the Southern League, who defeated Sheffield United 3–1 in a replay after a 2–2 draw in the first game.[1] This was the only occasion since the formation of The Football League in 1888 that a club from outside the League won the cup.[2]

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.

1900–01 FA Cup
Country England
Defending championsBury
ChampionsTottenham Hotspur
(1st title)
Runners-upSheffield United


The format of the FA Cup for the season had a preliminary round, five qualifying rounds, an intermediate round, three proper rounds, and the semi finals and final.

Round Date
Preliminary Round Saturday 22 September 1900
First Round Qualifying Saturday 6 October 1900
Second Round Qualifying Saturday 20 October 1900
Third Round Qualifying Saturday 3 November 1900
Fourth Round Qualifying Saturday 17 November 1900
Fifth Round Qualifying Saturday 8 December 1900
Intermediate Round Saturday 5 January 1901
First Round Proper Saturday 9 February 1901
Second Round Proper Saturday 23 February 1901
Third Round Proper Saturday 23 March 1901
Semi-Finals Saturday 6 April 1901
Final Saturday 20 April 1901

Intermediate Round

The Intermediate Round featured ten games, played between the ten winners of the Fifth Qualifying Round, and ten teams given byes.[3] Football League First Division Liverpool and Stoke, along with Burslem Port Vale, Glossop, Grimsby Town, Newton Heath, New Brighton Tower and Woolwich Arsenal from the Football League Second Division were entered automatically into this round, as were Southern League Division One Portsmouth and Bristol City.

The other Second Division sides had to gain entry to this round through the earlier qualifying rounds. Barnsley, Blackpool, Burton Swifts, Chesterfield, Gainsborough Trinity, Lincoln City, Middlesbrough, Stockport County and Walsall were all entered in the Third Qualifying Round. Of these, only Chesterfield, Middlesbrough and Walsall reached the Intermediate Round. They were joined by seven other non-league sides.

The ten matches were played on 5 January 1901. One tie, which was Reading v Bristol City, went to a replay, played in the following midweek. This rematch again resulted in a draw, so a second replay was played the following week at a neutral venue (Swindon Town's County Ground).

Tie no Home team Score Away team Date
1 Chesterfield 3–0 Walsall 5 January 1901
2 Darwen 0–2 Woolwich Arsenal 5 January 1901
3 Kettering 1–0 Crewe Alexandra 5 January 1901
4 Stoke 1–0 Glossop 5 January 1901
5 Reading 1–1 Bristol City 5 January 1901
Replay Bristol City 0–0 Reading 9 January 1901
Replay Reading 2–1 Bristol City 14 January 1901
6 Grimsby Town 0–1 Middlesbrough 5 January 1901
7 Burslem Port Vale 1–3 New Brighton Tower 5 January 1901
8 Luton Town 1–2 Bristol Rovers 5 January 1901
9 Newton Heath 3–0 Portsmouth 5 January 1901
10 West Ham United 0–1 Liverpool 5 January 1901

First round proper

The First Round Proper contained sixteen ties between 32 teams. The remaining 16 of the 18 Football League First Division sides were given a bye to this round, as were Small Heath, Burnley and Leicester Fosse from the Football League Second Division, and Southern League Division One Southampton, Millwall Athletic and Tottenham Hotspur. They joined the ten teams who won in the intermediate round.[3]

The matches were played on Saturday 9 February 1901. Four matches were drawn, with the replays taking place in the following midweek.

Tie no Home team Score Away team Date
1 Kettering 1–1 Chesterfield 9 February 1901
Replay Chesterfield 1–2 Kettering 13 February 1901
2 Southampton 1–3 Everton 9 February 1901
3 Stoke 1–1 Small Heath 9 February 1901
Replay Small Heath 2–1 Stoke 13 February 1901
4 Reading 2–0 Bristol Rovers 9 February 1901
5 Notts County 2–0 Liverpool 9 February 1901
6 Nottingham Forest 5–1 Leicester Fosse 9 February 1901
7 Aston Villa 5–0 Millwall Athletic 9 February 1901
8 The Wednesday 0–1 Bury 9 February 1901
9 Bolton Wanderers 1–0 Derby County 9 February 1901
10 Wolverhampton Wanderers 5–1 New Brighton Tower 9 February 1901
11 Middlesbrough 3–1 Newcastle United 9 February 1901
12 West Bromwich Albion 1–0 Manchester City 9 February 1901
13 Sunderland 1–2 Sheffield United 9 February 1901
14 Newton Heath 0–0 Burnley 9 February 1901
Replay Burnley 7–1 Newton Heath 13 February 1901
15 Woolwich Arsenal 2–0 Blackburn Rovers 9 February 1901
16 Tottenham Hotspur 1–1 Preston North End 9 February 1901
Replay Preston North End 2–4 Tottenham Hotspur 13 February 1901

Second Round Proper

The eight Second Round matches were scheduled for Saturday 23 February 1901. There was one replay, between Aston Villa and Nottingham Forest, played in the following midweek.

Tie no Home team Score Away team Date
1 Notts County 2–3 Wolverhampton Wanderers 23 February 1901
2 Aston Villa 0–0 Nottingham Forest 23 February 1901
Replay Nottingham Forest 1–3 Aston Villa 27 February 1901
3 Bolton Wanderers 0–1 Reading 23 February 1901
4 Middlesbrough 5–0 Kettering 23 February 1901
5 Small Heath 1–0 Burnley 23 February 1901
6 Sheffield United 2–0 Everton 23 February 1901
7 Woolwich Arsenal 0–1 West Bromwich Albion 23 February 1901
8 Tottenham Hotspur 2–1 Bury 23 February 1901

Third round proper

The four Third Round matches were scheduled for Saturday, 23 March 1901. Two replays were needed, played in the following midweek.

Tie no Home team Score Away team Date
1 Reading 1–1 Tottenham Hotspur 23 March 1901
Replay Tottenham Hotspur 3–0 Reading 27 March 1901
2 Wolverhampton Wanderers 0–4 Sheffield United 23 March 1901
3 Middlesbrough 0–1 West Bromwich Albion 23 March 1901
4 Small Heath 0–0 Aston Villa 23 March 1901
Replay Aston Villa 1–0 Small Heath 27 March 1901


The semi-final matches were both intended to be played on Saturday 6 April 1901. Sheffield United and Aston Villa played on this date, but drew their tie and had to replay it five days later; this next match finished in a 3–0 win for United. The other game, Tottenham Hotspur against West Bromwich Albion, was delayed until Monday 8 April and finished in a convincing win for Spurs.

Sheffield United2–2Aston Villa
Sheffield United3–0Aston Villa
Tottenham Hotspur4–0West Bromwich Albion


Sandy Brown scored for Tottenham in the replay

The final took place on Saturday 20 April 1901 at Crystal Palace. Over 110,000 supporters attended the match. Fred Priest opened the scoring for Sheffield United after about 20 minutes. Sandy Brown headed an equalising goal shortly afterwards and half time arrived with the score 1–1. Brown put Spurs ahead early in the second half, but, not to be denied, Sheffield United pressed strongly, and Walter Bennett headed an equaliser for the draw.

In the replay, Spurs became the first and only "non (Football) league" side to win the FA Cup since the creation of Football League when they beat United 3–1 before an attendance of 20,470 at Burnden Park, Bolton. John Cameron opened the scoring before centre forward Sandy Brown became the first player to score in every round. He netted both goals in the final as well as one in the replay for a total of 15 in the season's competition.

Match details

Tottenham Hotspur2 – 2Sheffield United
Brown Goal 23' Goal 51' [4] Priest Goal 10'
Bennett Goal 52'
Tottenham Hotspur
Sheffield United [6]


Tottenham Hotspur3 – 1Sheffield United
Cameron Goal 52'
Smith Goal 76'
Brown Goal 87'
[4] Priest Goal 40'

See also


  1. ^ James M. Ross (6 June 2008). "England FA Challenge Cup Finals". Rec.Sport.Soccer Statistics Foundation. Archived from the original on 24 October 2008. Retrieved 30 October 2008.
  2. ^ Christopher Lyles (5 January 2008). "FA Cup by numbers". Daily Telegraph. Retrieved 24 October 2008.
  3. ^ a b Brown, Tony (1994). The Ultimate F.A. Cup Statistics Book. Association of Football Statisticians. Retrieved 6 November 2018 – via soccer.mistral.co.uk. The exemption system had three categories for this season. Twenty two clubs were still exempt to round one. Ten were exempt to a new intermediate round after the qualifying rounds. Four from each group were exempt to the third qualifying round as before.
  4. ^ a b Match report at fa-cupfinals.co.uk Archived 27 December 2007 at the Wayback Machine
  5. ^ a b "Sporting Chronicle - 1901 FA Cup Final". Archived from the original on 28 October 2008. Retrieved 2 December 2008.
  6. ^ "FA Cup Final kits, 1900-1909". Archived from the original on 25 September 2008. Retrieved 2 December 2008.
1900–01 FA Cup qualifying rounds

The qualifying rounds for the 1900–01 Football Association Challenge Cup (FA Cup for short), the 30th edition of the world's oldest association football competition, consisting of six rounds of matches played between September and December 1900. A total of 220 teams entered the tournament, 178 of which played in at least one qualifying stage. The 1900–01 FA Cup began on 22 September 1900 when 40 teams competed in the preliminary round and ended on 20 April 1901, when Southern League side Tottenham Hotspur became the only ever non-League club to win the competition.

1900–01 Small Heath F.C. season

The 1900–01 Football League season was Small Heath Football Club's ninth in the Football League and their seventh in the Second Division. They finished runners-up in the 18-team league, so were promoted to the First Division for 1901–02. They also took part in the 1900–01 FA Cup, entering at the first round proper and losing in the third round to Aston Villa after a replay. In locally organised competition, they lost to West Bromwich Albion in the first round of the Birmingham Senior Cup and to Aston Villa in the semi-final of the Lord Mayor of Birmingham's Charity Cup.Twenty-three players made at least one appearance in nationally organised first-team competition, and there were thirteen different goalscorers. Full-back Arthur Archer and half-back Walter Wigmore were ever-present over the 39-match season; goalkeeper Nat Robinson and forward Sid Wharton each missed only one match. Bob McRoberts was leading scorer with 24 goals, of which 19 came in the league.

1901 FA Cup Final

The 1901 FA Cup Final was played at Crystal Palace between Tottenham Hotspur and Sheffield United—and the first FA Cup Final to be filmed by Pathé News. As the match ended in a 2–2 tie, a new match had to be played seven days after, with the Spurs winning 3–1.

The win was the first in a trend (which continued throughout much of the twentieth century) of Tottenham winning major trophies in years ending in "1". Tottenham Hotspur remain the only non-League club to win the trophy after the advent of the Football League in 1888.

1901–02 World Championship (football)

The 1901–02 World Championship was an exhibition football match that took place at High Road Ground (the erstwhile name of White Hart Lane) on 2 September 1901 and Tynecastle Park on 2 January 1902 between the winners of the English Football Association Challenge Cup, Tottenham Hotspur, and the Scottish Cup, Heart of Midlothian.

The game was not the first "World Championship" game between English and Scottish sides; indeed, it was the second time Hearts had played this game. The match was won by Heart of Midlothian who won on aggregate.This was the final time the match was played and the only time it was held in a two-leg format. Only four months later the British League Cup was set up to have the winners and runners-up of the Leagues meet, but it would no longer be billed as a World Championship.

1986–87 League Cup (rugby league)

This was the sixteenth season of the rugby league League Cup, again known as the John Player Special Trophy for sponsorship purposes.

Wigan won the trophy, beating Warrington 18-4 in the final. The match was played at Burnden Park, Bolton, Greater Manchester. The attendance was 22,144 and receipts were £86041.

1988–89 League Cup (rugby league)

The 1988–89 John Player Special Trophy was the eighteenth season for the competition (named as such due to sponsorship from John Player & Sons).

Wigan won the final, beating Widnes by the score of 12-6. The match was played at Burnden Park, Bolton, Greater Manchester. The attendance was 20,709 and receipts were £94874.

Archie Turner

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Bob Stormont

Robert Stormont (12 April 1872 – 5 March 1943) was a Scottish professional football centre forward who played in the Football League for Preston North End. Later in his career, he was a member of Tottenham Hotspur's 1899–00 Southern League title-winning team and played in the first round of the club's victorious 1900–01 FA Cup campaign.

Buckley Victoria F.C.

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Crouch End Vampires F.C.

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History of Bristol Rovers F.C.

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Jack Jones (footballer, born 1874)

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Kettering Town F.C.

Kettering Town Football Club is a football club representing Kettering, Northamptonshire, England. They are currently members of the National League North and play at Latimer Park in nearby Burton Latimer. Kettering were the first club to wear sponsorship upon their shirts in 1976, and as of 2015, were the leading FA Cup goalscorers of all time.

Leicester City F.C.–Nottingham Forest F.C. rivalry

The fixture between Nottingham Forest and Leicester City is a football rivalry played between the two East Midlands clubs, often referred to as an East Midlands derby. There have been a total of 104 meetings dating back to 1901.

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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