1905–06 FA Cup

The FA Cup 1905–06 was the 35th staging of the world's oldest association football competition, the Football Association Challenge Cup (more usually known as the FA Cup). Everton won the competition for the first time, beating Newcastle United 1–0 in the final at Crystal Palace.

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.

The Crystal Palace versus Chelsea tie in the third qualifying round led to the Football Association changing the rules. The tie was scheduled to be played on 18 November 1905, and Chelsea were also obliged to play a Football League game against Burnley F.C.. Chelsea were chasing promotion from the Second Division, and so they fielded a full strength side in the league and sent a reserve team to Palace. Palace won the fixture 7-1 in front of a crowd of 3,000. As a result of the outcry, the Football Association amended their rules such that teams must always field their strongest side in the FA Cup.[1]

1905–06 FA Cup
Country England
Defending championsAston Villa
ChampionsEverton (1st title)
Runners-upNewcastle United


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

Round Date
Preliminary Round Saturday 23 September 1905
First Qualifying Round Saturday 7 October 1905
Second Qualifying Round Saturday 28 October 1905
Third Qualifying Round Saturday 18 November 1905
Fourth Qualifying Round Saturday 9 December 1905
First Round Proper Saturday 13 January 1906
Second Round Saturday 3 February 1906
Third Round Saturday 24 February 1906
Fourth Round Saturday 10 March 1906
Semi-Finals Saturday 31 March 1906
Final Saturday 21 April 1906

First round proper

29 of the 40 clubs from the First and Second divisions joined the 24 clubs who came through the qualifying rounds. Of the League sides not given byes to this round, Chelsea, Hull City, Leeds City and Clapton Orient were entered at the First Qualifying Round. Chelsea and Leeds City went out in the Third Qualifying Round (to Crystal Palace and Hull City respectively), while the other two teams qualified. Barnsley, Bradford City, Burslem Port Vale, Burton United, Gainsborough Trinity, Glossop and Stockport County were put into the Fourth Qualifying Round, with only Glossop going out, to Brighton & Hove Albion. Sixteen non-league clubs joined the eight League sides in winning through to the First Round Proper.

To replace the missing League teams, eleven Southern League sides were given byes to the First Round to bring the total number of teams up to 64. These were:

Queens Park Rangers
Plymouth Argyle
Bristol Rovers
West Ham United
New Brompton
Tottenham Hotspur

32 matches were scheduled to be played on Saturday, 13 January 1906. Six matches were drawn and went to replays in the following midweek fixture, of which one went to a second replay the following week.

Tie no Home team Score Away team Date
1 Birmingham 1–0 Preston North End 13 January 1906
2 Blackpool 1–1 Crystal Palace 13 January 1906
Replay Crystal Palace 1–1 Blackpool 17 January 1906
Replay Blackpool 1–0 Crystal Palace 22 January 1906
3 Bury 1–1 Nottingham Forest 13 January 1906
Replay Nottingham Forest 6–2 Bury 17 January 1906
4 Liverpool 2–1 Leicester Fosse 13 January 1906
5 Southampton 5–1 Portsmouth 13 January 1906
6 Stoke 1–0 Blackburn Rovers 13 January 1906
7 Aston Villa 11–0 King's Lynn 13 January 1906
8 The Wednesday 1–0 Bristol Rovers 13 January 1906
9 Crewe Alexandra 1–1 Barnsley 13 January 1906
Replay Barnsley 4–0 Crewe Alexandra 18 January 1906
10 Middlesbrough 3–0 Bolton Wanderers 13 January 1906
11 Sunderland 1–0 Notts County 13 January 1906
12 Derby County 4–0 Kettering 13 January 1906
13 Lincoln City 4–2 Stockport County 13 January 1906
14 Burslem Port Vale 0–3 Gainsborough Trinity 13 January 1906
15 Everton 3–1 West Bromwich Albion 13 January 1906
16 Sheffield United 4–1 Manchester City 13 January 1906
17 Bishop Auckland 0–3 Wolverhampton Wanderers 13 January 1906
18 Woolwich Arsenal 1–1 West Ham United 13 January 1906
Replay West Ham United 2–3 Woolwich Arsenal 18 January 1906
19 Newcastle United 6–0 Grimsby Town 13 January 1906
20 New Brompton 2–1 Northampton Town 13 January 1906
21 Tottenham Hotspur 2–0 Burnley 13 January 1906
22 Fulham 1–0 Queens Park Rangers 13 January 1906
23 Brentford 2–1 Bristol City 13 January 1906
24 Brighton & Hove Albion 3–0 Swindon Town 13 January 1906
25 Manchester United 7–2 Staple Hill 13 January 1906
26 Norwich City 1–1 Tunbridge Wells Rangers 13 January 1906
Replay Tunbridge Wells Rangers 0–5 Norwich City 17 January 1906
27 Bradford City 3–2 Barrow 13 January 1906
28 Millwall Athletic 1–0 Burton United 13 January 1906
29 Hull City 0–1 Reading 13 January 1906
30 Clapton Orient 0–0 Chesterfield 13 January 1906
Replay Chesterfield 3–0 Clapton Orient 17 January 1906
31 New Crusaders 3–6 Plymouth Argyle 13 January 1906
32 Worcester City 0–6 Watford 13 January 1906

Second Round Proper

The sixteen second round matches were played on Saturday, 3 February 1906. Six matches were drawn, with the replays taking place in the following midweek fixture. One of these, the Brighton & Hove Albion – Middlesbrough match, went to a second replay the following week.

Tie no Home team Score Away team Date
1 Liverpool 1–0 Barnsley 3 February 1906
2 Stoke 0–1 Birmingham 3 February 1906
3 Aston Villa 0–0 Plymouth Argyle 3 February 1906
Replay Plymouth Argyle 1–5 Aston Villa 7 February 1906
4 The Wednesday 1–1 Millwall Athletic 3 February 1906
Replay Millwall Athletic 0–3 The Wednesday 8 February 1906
5 Sunderland 1–1 Gainsborough Trinity 3 February 1906
Replay Sunderland 3–0 Gainsborough Trinity 7 February 1906
6 Derby County 0–0 Newcastle United 3 February 1906
Replay Newcastle United 2–1 Derby County 7 February 1906
7 Everton 3–0 Chesterfield 3 February 1906
8 Sheffield United 1–2 Blackpool 3 February 1906
9 Woolwich Arsenal 3–0 Watford 3 February 1906
10 New Brompton 0–0 Southampton 3 February 1906
Replay Southampton 1–0 New Brompton 7 February 1906
11 Tottenham Hotspur 3–2 Reading 3 February 1906
12 Fulham 1–3 Nottingham Forest 3 February 1906
13 Brentford 3–0 Lincoln City 3 February 1906
14 Brighton & Hove Albion 1–1 Middlesbrough 3 February 1906
Replay Middlesbrough 1–1 Brighton & Hove Albion 7 February 1906
Replay Brighton & Hove Albion 1–3 Middlesbrough 12 February 1906
15 Manchester United 3–0 Norwich City 3 February 1906
16 Bradford City 5–0 Wolverhampton Wanderers 3 February 1906

Third round proper

The eight third-round matches were scheduled for Saturday, 24 February 1906. There was one replay, played in the following midweek fixture.

Tie no Home team Score Away team Date
1 Liverpool 2–0 Brentford 24 February 1906
2 Southampton 6–1 Middlesbrough 24 February 1906
3 The Wednesday 4–1 Nottingham Forest 24 February 1906
4 Everton 1–0 Bradford City 24 February 1906
5 Woolwich Arsenal 5–0 Sunderland 24 February 1906
6 Newcastle United 5–0 Blackpool 24 February 1906
7 Tottenham Hotspur 1–1 Birmingham 24 February 1906
Replay Birmingham 2–0 Tottenham Hotspur 28 February 1906
8 Manchester United 5–1 Aston Villa 24 February 1906

Fourth Round Proper

The four quarter final matches were scheduled for Saturday, 10 March 1906. The Newcastle United – Birmingham game was drawn, and replayed on 14 March.

Tie no Home team Score Away team Date
1 Birmingham 2–2 Newcastle United 10 March 1906
Replay Newcastle United 3–0 Birmingham 14 March 1906
2 Liverpool 3–0 Southampton 10 March 1906
3 Everton 4–3 The Wednesday 10 March 1906
4 Manchester United 2–3 Woolwich Arsenal 10 March 1906


The semi-final matches were played on Saturday, 31 March 1906. Everton and Newcastle United won to meet in the final.

Newcastle United2–0Woolwich Arsenal


The Final was contested by Everton and Newcastle United at Crystal Palace, on 21 April 1906. Everton won 1–0, the goal scored by Alex "Sandy" Young.

Match details

Everton1 – 0Newcastle United
Young Goal 77'
Newcastle United[2]

See also


  1. ^ Tony Matthews, ed. (1998). We All Follow The Palace. Juma. pp. 14–15. ISBN 1-872204-55-4.
  2. ^ "FA Cup Final kits, 1900-1909". Archived from the original on 25 September 2008. Retrieved 24 November 2008.
1905–06 Birmingham F.C. season

The 1905–06 Football League season was Birmingham Football Club's 14th in the Football League, their 6th in the First Division, and their first season under the name "Birmingham", having previously played as "Small Heath". They finished in seventh place in the 20-team league. They also took part in the 1905–06 FA Cup, entering at the first round proper and losing to Newcastle United in the fourth round (quarter-final) after a replay.

Twenty-three players made at least one appearance in nationally organised first-team competition, and there were twelve different goalscorers. Goalkeeper Nat Robinson was ever-present over the 44-match season; among outfield players, forwards Benny Green (footballer) and Billy Jones missed two and three matches respectively. Billy Jones was leading scorer with 24 goals, of which 22 came in the league.

The Coventry Road ground, by then surrounded by tightly-packed housing, had more than once proved too small to accommodate those wishing to attend. Against Aston Villa last season, "hundreds of people found the doors closed against them, and probably there were thousands who would not go to the ground in view of the inevitable crush", and attendance at the FA Cup fourth-round tie against Newcastle was restricted to 27,000 with "probably 60,000 people anxious to attend". The landlords had raised the rent, but refused either to sell the freehold or to allow further expansion to the ground, and the directors estimated that remaining at Coventry Road was losing the club as much as £2,000 a year in revenue. Club director Harry Morris identified a site three-quarters of a mile (1 km) nearer the city centre, on the site of a disused brickworks in the Bordesley district, where a new ground could be built. The directors signed a 21-year lease and construction began.

1905–06 Chelsea F.C. season

The 1905–06 season was Chelsea Football Club's first competitive season and first year in existence. Newly elected to the Football League, Chelsea competed in the Second Division. Under the guidance of young player-manager Jacky Robertson, Chelsea finished third in the division earning 53 points (under the two points for a win system), missing out on promotion after a late run of bad form. The Pensioners also suffered from bad luck in the FA Cup, a scheduling conflict forcing them to play a mostly amateur reserve side against non-league Crystal Palace, losing 7-1 in the Third Qualifying Round.

1905–06 Manchester United F.C. season

The 1905–06 season was Manchester United's 14th season in the Football League. United finished second in the Second Division and gained promotion to the Football League First Division for the 1906–07 season. In the FA Cup, United reached the fourth round, where they were defeated by Woolwich Arsenal.

1906 FA Cup Final

The 1906 FA Cup Final was contested by Everton and Newcastle United at Crystal Palace. Everton won 1–0, the goal scored by Alex "Sandy" Young.

Arthur Hulme

Joseph Arthur Hulme (18 December 1877 – 3 October 1916) was an English footballer who scored 12 goals from 29 appearances in the Football League playing for Lincoln City. He also played in the Southern League for Gravesend United, Bristol Rovers and Brighton & Hove Albion, and in the Midland League for Wellingborough. He began his career as an inside right, and in later years played at right back.

Hulme was killed in action in the First World War.

Brentford F.C.

Brentford Football Club is a professional association football club based in Brentford, Greater London, England. They currently compete in the Championship, the second tier of English football. The club was founded on 10 October 1889. They have played their home games at Griffin Park since 1904, after a nomadic existence playing at five previous grounds.

Brentford's most successful period came during the 1930s, when it achieved three consecutive top-six finishes in the top flight. The club have been Football League Trophy finalists on three occasions. Their main rivals are fellow West London clubs Fulham and Queens Park Rangers.

Harry Clay

Henry A. "Harry" Clay (29 January 1881 – 9 August 1964) was an English professional association football player in the years prior to the First World War. He made 310 appearances in the Football League and 32 appearances in the FA Cup for his only professional club, Bristol City.

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This article is about the history of Carlisle United F.C.. Carlisle United F.C. is an English football club formed in 1904 and based in Carlisle, Cumbria, where they play at Brunton Park. Carlisle is the smallest location, by population, to have had a resident top flight English football club since 1980.

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