1903 FA Cup Final

The 1903 FA Cup Final was contested by Bury and Derby County at Crystal Palace. Bury won 6–0.[1]

1903 FA Cup Final
Event1902–03 FA Cup
Bury Derby County
6 0
Date18 April 1903
VenueCrystal Palace, London
RefereeJ Adams

Route to the final

  • Bury
Round 1 - Wolverhampton Wanderers ( H ) 1–0
Round 2 - Sheffield United ( A ) 1–0
Round 3 - Notts County ( H ) 1–0
Semi-final - Aston Villa ( N ) 3–0
  • Derby County
Round 1 - Birmingham ( H ) 2–1
Round 2 - Blackburn Rovers ( H ) 2–0
Round 3 - Stoke ( H ) 3–0
Semi-final - Millwall ( N ) 3–0

Match details

Bury6–0Derby County
Ross Goal 20'
Sagar Goal 48'
Leeming Goal 56' Goal 76'
Wood Goal 57'
Plant Goal 59'
Derby County[4]
Hugh Monteith
Jimmy Lindsay
James McEwen
John Johnston
Frank Thorpe
George Ross (c)
Billy Richards
Willie Wood
Charlie Sagar
Joe Leeming
John Plant
Club secretary:
Harry Spencer Hamer
Jack Fryer
Jimmy Methven
Charlie Morris
Ben Warren
Archie Goodall (c)
Johnny May
Joe Warrington
Charlie York
John Boag
George Richards
George Davis
Harry Newbould

Match rules

  • 90 minutes.
  • 30 minutes of extra-time if necessary.
  • Replay if scores still level.
  • No substitutes

Match summary

Derby came into the final without the injured Steve Bloomer, but even so they had the stronger side on paper. However, the match turned out to be one of the most one-sided ever played, and Bury's 6–0 victory remains a record for the biggest margin in an FA Cup Final, later equalled by Manchester City in the 2019 Final.[5] Bury also equalled another record, winning the Cup without conceding a goal in any round.[3]

Derby's play was so poor that Bury were never fully extended. Monteith, the Bury goalkeeper, had little to do whilst defenders McEwen and Ross contributed much to Bury's crushing victory. Richards led the attack although he didn't score; Leeming scored twice with Bury's other goals coming from Ross, Sagar, Wood and Plant.[3]


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  2. ^ "FA Cup 1902/1903 » Schedule". worldfootball.net. Retrieved 14 April 2016.
  3. ^ a b c d "Bury v Derby County, 18 April 1903". 11v11.com. Retrieved 14 April 2016.
  4. ^ a b "The FA Cup Finalists 1900-1909 - Historical Football Kits". Archived from the original on 25 September 2008. Retrieved 14 April 2016.
  5. ^ "Man City win FA Cup to clinch domestic treble". 19 May 2019. Retrieved 19 May 2019.
1902–03 FA Cup

The 1902–03 FA Cup was the 32nd season of the world's oldest association football competition, the Football Association Challenge Cup (more usually known as the FA Cup). Bury won the competition for the second and (as of 2017) final time, beating Derby County 6–0 in the final at Crystal Palace. This scoreline still stands as a record victory in an FA Cup final.

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.

1903 in the United Kingdom

Events from the year 1903 in the United Kingdom.

Bertie Corbett

Bertie Oswald Corbett (15 May 1875 – 30 November 1967) was an English footballer, cricketer and educator. He played football for England against Wales in 1901 and played cricket for Derbyshire in 1910.

Billy Lindsay

William Lindsay (10 December 1872 – 27 February 1933) was a professional footballer. He played in the Football League for English sides Everton, Grimsby Town and Newcastle United, as well as the Southern League for Luton Town and Watford, and captained the latter four clubs. During his first season at Watford, he was part of the team that won promotion as champions of the 1903–04 Southern League Second Division.Lindsay's brother, Jimmy, was also a professional footballer. Jimmy played for Bury against Derby County in the 1903 FA Cup Final; Bury won 6–0.

Charlie York

Charlie York (born 1882) was a Scottish professional footballer who played as a forward for various clubs in Scotland and England, including Derby County, with whom he was on the losing side in the 1903 FA Cup Final, Sunderland and Southampton.

FA Cup Final

The FA Cup Final, commonly referred to in England as just the Cup Final, is the last match in the Football Association Challenge Cup. It is one of the most attended domestic football events in the world, with an official attendance of 89,472 at the 2017 final. The match is the culmination of a knockout competition among clubs belonging to The Football Association in England, although Scottish and Irish teams competed in the early years and Welsh teams regularly compete, with Cardiff City winning the Cup in 1927 and reaching the final in 1925 and 2008. Since 1923 it has been played mostly at Wembley Stadium.

As of 2019, 138 FA Cup Finals have been played. The latest final was held on 18 May 2019 and was contested between Manchester City and Watford, with Manchester City winning 6–0.

George Davis (footballer)

George Henry Davis (5 June 1881 – 28 April 1969) was an English football player and coach, known for his time with Derby County and the England national team, playing as an outside left.

George Richards (footballer, born 1880)

George Richards (10 May 1880 – 1 November 1959) was an English footballer who played as a wing half (and sometimes inside left) in the Football League with Derby County in the 1900s and 1910s. His final game for Derby came on 7 February 1914.He was born in Castle Donington, Leicestershire and played for local teams before signing for First Division side Derby County in the 1901-02 season. He went on to make 284 Football League appearances for Derby, scoring 33 times. He was a member of the Derby team that were runners-up in the 1903 FA Cup Final.On 1 June 1909, Richards made his only appearance for England against Austria, having been a reserve for the match against Scotland earlier that year. He also toured with the FA party in South Africa in 1910.

Harry Spencer Hamer

Harry Spencer Hamer (1863 — 21 December 1913) was the club secretary at Bury Football Club from 1888 until his death from pleurisy in 1913. From 1895 to 1907, the Bury team was managed by a three-man committee which may have included Hamer. The team were in the First Division throughout this period, their best position being fifth; and they won the FA Cup twice, in 1900 and 1903, with final victories of 4–0 and 6–0 respectively.

Hamer's portrait is shown alongside that of Derby County manager Harry Newbould in the Athletic Times' 1903 FA Cup Final report which illustrates the two Cup-Final teams and their club-officials. According to a Sheffield newspaper, Hamer was the team manager from 1888 to 1913 but that information is flatly contradicted by the Bury club's own website which confirms that other club officials managed the team until 1895 and that the three-man committee operated from then until 1907 when Archie Montgomery, who had been the team's goalkeeper hitherto, was appointed as the first specialist manager. Hamer was probably the former Bury player who is credited with goals scored in two matches played in October 1885.

History of football in England

According to FIFA, the world governing body of football, the contemporary history of the game began in 1863 in England, when rugby football and association football "branched off on their different courses" and the English Football Association (the FA) was formed as the sport's first governing body. Until the 19th century, football had been played in various forms using a multiplicity of rules under the general heading of "folk football". From about the 1820s, efforts were made at public schools and at the University of Cambridge to unify the rules. The split into two codes was caused by the issue of handling the ball.

The world's oldest football clubs were founded in England from 1789 and, in the 1871–72 season, the FA Cup was founded as the world's first organised competition. The first international match took place in November 1872 when England travelled to Glasgow to play Scotland. The quality of Scottish players was such that northern English clubs began offering them professional terms to move south. At first, the FA was strongly opposed to professionalism and that gave rise to a bitter dispute from 1880 until the FA relented and formally legitimised professionalism in 1885. A shortage of competitive matches led to the formation of the Football League by twelve professional clubs in 1888 and the domestic game has ever since then been based on the foundation of league and cup football.

The competitiveness of matches involving professional teams generated widespread interest, especially amongst the working class. Attendances increased significantly through the 1890s and the clubs had to build larger grounds to accommodate them. Typical ground construction was mostly terracing for standing spectators with limited seating provided in a grandstand built centrally alongside one of the pitch touchlines. Through media coverage, football became a main talking point among the population and had overtaken cricket as England's national sport by the early 20th century. The size of the Football League increased from the original twelve clubs in 1888 to 92 in 1950. The clubs were organised by team merit in four divisions with promotion and relegation at the end of each season. Internationally, England hosted and won the 1966 FIFA World Cup but has otherwise been among the also-rans in global terms. English clubs have been a strong presence in European competition with several teams, especially Liverpool and Manchester United, winning the major continental trophies.

The sport was beset by hooliganism from the 1960s to the 1980s and this, in conjunction with the impact of rising unemployment, caused a fall in attendances and revenue which plunged several clubs into financial crisis. Following three major stadium disasters in the 1980s, the Taylor Report was commissioned and this resulted in all-seater stadia becoming mandatory for clubs in the top-level divisions. In 1992, the Premier League was founded and its members negotiated a lucrative deal for live television coverage with Sky Sports. Television and marketing revived national interest in the sport and the leading clubs became major financial operations. As the 21st century began, the top players and managers were being paid over £100,000 a week and record-breaking transfer fees were frequently paid.

Hugh Monteith

Hugh G. Monteith (14 August 1874 – unknown) was a Scottish footballer who played as a goalkeeper for various clubs in the 1890s and 1900s, including Bristol City, West Ham United and Bury, with whom he won the FA Cup in 1903.

Willie Wood

Willie Wood may refer to:

Willie Wood (bowler) (born 1938), Scottish bowls player

Willie Wood (American football) (born 1936), American football player

Willie Wood (golfer) (born 1960), American golfer

Willie Wood (footballer), who scored for Bury F.C. in the 1900 and 1903 FA Cup Final

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