1907–08 FA Cup

The 1907–08 FA Cup was the 37th staging of the world's oldest association football competition, the Football Association Challenge Cup (more usually known as the FA Cup). Wolverhampton Wanderers won the competition for the second time, beating Newcastle United 3–1 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.

Thirteen of the First Division's twenty clubs were defeated by lower division opposition; this figure remains a record number for a single season. Three of the four semi finalists were from outside the elite division and the cup itself was won by a second tier club.[1]

1907–08 FA Cup
Country England
Defending championsThe Wednesday
ChampionsWolverhampton Wanderers (2nd title)
Runners-upNewcastle United


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

Round Date
Preliminary Round Saturday 21 September 1907
First Round Qualifying Saturday 5 October 1907
Second Round Qualifying Saturday 19 October 1907
Third Round Qualifying Saturday 2 November 1907
Fourth Round Qualifying Saturday 23 November 1907
Fifth Round Qualifying Saturday 7 December 1907
First Round Proper Saturday 11 January 1908
Second Round Proper Saturday 1 February 1908
Third Round Proper Saturday 22 February 1908
Fourth Round Proper Saturday 7 March 1908
Semi-Finals Saturday 28 March 1908
Final Saturday 25 April 1908

First round proper

36 of the 40 clubs from the First and Second divisions joined the 12 clubs who came through the qualifying rounds. Of the League sides not exempt to this round, Oldham Athletic, Glossop and Chesterfield were put into the Fifth Qualifying Round, and each one won. Clapton Orient were placed in the Preliminary Round, and won through to the Third Qualifying Round before losing to Southend United. Nine non-league clubs joined the three League sides in winning through to the First Round Proper.

Sixteen non-league sides were exempt to the First Round to bring the total number of teams up to 64. These were:

Millwall Athletic
Queens Park Rangers
Crystal Palace
Swindon Town
Plymouth Argyle
Luton Town
Bristol Rovers
Norwich City
West Ham United F.C.
Brighton & Hove Albion
Tottenham Hotspur

32 matches were scheduled to be played on Saturday 11 January 1908. Eight matches were drawn and went to replays in the following midweek, of which one went to a second replay.

Tie no Home team Score Away team Date
1 Chesterfield 4–0 Stockton 11 January 1908
2 Bristol City 0–0 Grimsby Town 11 January 1908
Replay Grimsby Town 2–1 Bristol City 15 January 1908
3 Burnley 1–2 Southampton 11 January 1908
4 Bury 2–1 Millwall Athletic 11 January 1908
5 Liverpool 4–2 Derby County 11 January 1908
6 Stoke 5–0 Lincoln City 11 January 1908
7 Notts County 2–0 Middlesbrough 11 January 1908
8 Aston Villa 3–0 Stockport County 11 January 1908
9 Bolton Wanderers 5–0 Woking 11 January 1908
10 West Bromwich Albion 1–1 Birmingham 11 January 1908
Replay Birmingham 1–2 West Bromwich Albion 15 January 1908
11 Luton Town 3–8 Fulham 11 January 1908
12 Gainsborough Trinity 1–0 Watford 11 January 1908
13 Everton 1–0 Tottenham Hotspur 11 January 1908
14 Swindon Town 0–0 Sheffield United 11 January 1908
Replay Sheffield United 2–3 Swindon Town 16 January 1908
15 Leicester Fosse 2–0 Blackburn Rovers 11 January 1908
16 Woolwich Arsenal 0–0 Hull City 11 January 1908
Replay Hull City 4–1 Woolwich Arsenal 16 January 1908
17 Newcastle United 2–0 Nottingham Forest 11 January 1908
18 New Brompton 3–1 Sunderland 11 January 1908
19 Queens Park Rangers 1–0 Reading 11 January 1908
20 Northampton Town 0–1 Bristol Rovers 11 January 1908
21 Glossop 0–0 Manchester City 11 January 1908
Replay Manchester City 6–0 Glossop 15 January 1908
22 Coventry City 2–4 Crystal Palace 11 January 1908
23 West Ham United 1–0 Rotherham Town 11 January 1908
24 Brighton & Hove Albion 1–1 Preston North End 11 January 1908
Replay Preston North End 1–1 Brighton & Hove Albion 16 January 1908
Replay Preston North End 0–1 Brighton & Hove Albion 20 January 1908
25 Manchester United 3–1 Blackpool 11 January 1908
26 Norwich City 2–0 The Wednesday 11 January 1908
27 Plymouth Argyle 1–0 Barnsley 11 January 1908
28 Bradford City 1–1 Wolverhampton Wanderers 11 January 1908
Replay Wolverhampton Wanderers 1–0 Bradford City 15 January 1908
29 Carlisle United 2–2 Brentford 11 January 1908
Replay Brentford 1–3 Carlisle United 15 January 1908
30 Oldham Athletic 2–1 Leeds City 11 January 1908
31 Chelsea 9–1 Worksop Town 11 January 1908
32 Rock-a-Nore 0–1 Portsmouth 11 January 1908

Second Round Proper

The sixteen second round matches were played on Saturday 1 February 1908. Five matches were drawn, with the replays taking place in the following midweek. One of these, the Stoke against Gainsborough Trinity match, went to a second replay the following week.

Tie no Home team Score Away team Date
1 Liverpool 1–1 Brighton & Hove Albion 1 February 1908
Replay Brighton & Hove Albion 0–3 Liverpool 5 February 1908
2 Southampton 1–0 West Bromwich Albion 1 February 1908
3 Stoke 1–1 Gainsborough Trinity 1 February 1908
Replay Gainsborough Trinity 2–2 Stoke 5 February 1908
Replay Stoke 3–1 Gainsborough Trinity 10 February 1908
4 Notts County 1–1 Bolton Wanderers 1 February 1908
Replay Bolton Wanderers 2–1 Notts County 5 February 1908
5 Aston Villa 3–0 Hull City 1 February 1908
6 Grimsby Town 6–2 Carlisle United 1 February 1908
7 Wolverhampton Wanderers 2–0 Bury 1 February 1908
8 Swindon Town 2–1 Queens Park Rangers 1 February 1908
9 Newcastle United 2–0 West Ham United 1 February 1908
10 Manchester City 1–1 New Brompton 1 February 1908
Replay New Brompton 1–2 Manchester City 5 February 1908
11 Fulham 2–1 Norwich City 1 February 1908
12 Bristol Rovers 2–0 Chesterfield 1 February 1908
13 Portsmouth 1–0 Leicester Fosse 1 February 1908
14 Manchester United 1–0 Chelsea 1 February 1908
15 Plymouth Argyle 2–3 Crystal Palace 1 February 1908
16 Oldham Athletic 0–0 Everton 1 February 1908
Replay Everton 6–1 Oldham Athletic 5 February 1908

Third round proper

The eight third-round matches were scheduled for Saturday 22 February 1908. There were two replays, played in the following midweek.

Tie no Home team Score Away team Date
1 Southampton 2–0 Bristol Rovers 22 February 1908
2 Aston Villa 0–2 Manchester United 22 February 1908
3 Bolton Wanderers 3–3 Everton 22 February 1908
Replay Everton 3–1 Bolton Wanderers 26 February 1908
4 Grimsby Town 1–0 Crystal Palace 22 February 1908
5 Wolverhampton Wanderers 2–0 Swindon Town 22 February 1908
6 Newcastle United 3–1 Liverpool 22 February 1908
7 Manchester City 1–1 Fulham 22 February 1908
Replay Fulham 3–1 Manchester City 26 February 1908
8 Portsmouth 0–1 Stoke 22 February 1908

Fourth Round Proper

The four quarter final matches were scheduled for Saturday 7 March 1908. The Everton against Southampton game was drawn, and replayed on 11 March.

Tie no Home team Score Away team Date
1 Stoke 0–1 Wolverhampton Wanderers 7 March 1908
2 Everton 0–0 Southampton 7 March 1908
Replay Southampton 3–2 Everton 11 March 1908
3 Newcastle United 5–1 Grimsby Town 7 March 1908
4 Fulham 2–1 Manchester United 7 March 1908


The semi-final matches were played on Saturday 28 March 1908. Newcastle United won their tie against Fulham 6–0, which remains a record for an FA Cup semi-final. In the other tie, Wolverhampton Wanderers won against Southampton to meet Newcastle in the final.

Newcastle United6–0Fulham
Appleyard Goal
Gardner Goal
Wolverhampton Wanderers2–0Southampton
Radford Goal
Hedley Goal


The Final was contested by Wolverhampton Wanderers and Newcastle United at Crystal Palace. Newcastle had just finished 4th in the First Division during this season, after two successive league titles and this was their third FA Cup final appearance in 4 years (although they had yet to win). Their 6–0 thrashing of Fulham in the semi-final is a record win for a semi final. By contrast, Wolves had finished 9th in the Second Division.

Nevertheless, Wolves upset the odds by winning the match 3–1, with goals by Kenneth Hunt, George Hedley and Billy Harrison. James Howey scored the Magpies' reply. The Lord Mayor of London, Sir John Bell, then handed the trophy to Wolves' captain, Billy Wooldridge.

Match details

Wolverhampton Wanderers3 – 1Newcastle United
Hunt Goal 40'
Hedley Goal 43'
Harrison Goal 85'
Howie Goal 73'
Wolverhampton Wanderers
Newcastle United[2]

See also


  1. ^ "1908 - The Giant Killers". "Captain Beecher". Retrieved 6 October 2010.
  2. ^ "FA Cup Final kits, 1900-1909". Archived from the original on 25 September 2008. Retrieved 20 November 2008.
1907–08 Birmingham F.C. season

The 1907–08 Football League season was Birmingham Football Club's 16th in the Football League and their 8th in the First Division. They were in the relegation positions by mid-October, and only once, briefly, rose above them, finishing bottom of the 20-team league, four points adrift of safety, and were relegated to the Second Division for 1908–09. They also took part in the 1907–08 FA Cup, entering at the first round proper and losing in that round to West Bromwich Albion after a replay.

Alf Jones stepped down as secretary-manager at the end of the season. Jones began acting as unpaid secretary for Small Heath Alliance in 1885, the year the club turned professional, became their first paid secretary with responsibility for team matters in 1892, when the club first joined the Football League, and had held the post of secretary-manager ever since. He was succeeded by Alex Watson.

Twenty-eight players made at least one appearance in nationally organised first-team competition, and there were ten different goalscorers. Forward Benny Green played in 38 of the 40 matches over the season. Edmund Eyre was leading scorer with nine goals; in the league, Eyre and Green each scored eight.

Shortly before the match against Nottingham Forest in February was due to start, a severe gale blew sections of the corrugated-iron roof off the grandstand. Although the match went ahead, it was abandoned after 35 minutes because of the wind.

1908 FA Cup Final

The 1908 FA Cup Final was contested by Wolverhampton Wanderers and Newcastle United at Crystal Palace Park. Newcastle had just finished fourth in the First Division during this season, after winning the league in 1906–07. This was their third FA Cup final appearance in four years (although they had yet to win). Their 6–0 thrashing of Fulham in the semi-final is a record win for a semi-final. By contrast, Wolves had finished ninth in the Second Division.

Nevertheless, Wolves upset the odds by winning the match 3–1, with goals by Kenneth Hunt, George Hedley and Billy Harrison. James Howey scored the Magpies' reply. The Lord Mayor of London, Sir John Bell, then handed the trophy to Wolves' Billy Wooldridge.

Frank O'Rourke (Scottish footballer)

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Peter O'Rourke

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Robert Campbell (footballer, born 1882)

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Tom McAteer

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Tranmere Rovers F.C.

Tranmere Rovers Football Club is a professional association football club based in Birkenhead, Merseyside, England. Founded in 1884 as Belmont Football Club, they adopted their current name in 1885. They were a founder member of Division Three North in 1921, and were a member of The Football League until 2015, when they were relegated to the National League, the fifth tier of English football. They returned to the Football League in 2018, and were promoted to League One in 2019.

During the 1980s, they were beset by financial problems and, in 1987, went into administration. However, this was a prelude to the most successful period in Tranmere's history; under manager John King, the team reached the play-offs for promotion to the Premier League in three successive seasons. Under King's successor, John Aldridge, Tranmere experienced a number of cup runs, most notably reaching the 2000 Football League Cup Final. Other cup runs include reaching FA Cup quarter-finals in 2000, 2001 and 2004.

Tranmere's regular kit is an all-white strip with blue trim, their main colours since 1962. The club moved to its current home, Prenton Park, in 1912. In 1995, the ground had a major redevelopment in response to the Taylor Report. It now seats 16,567 in four stands: the Main Stand, the Kop, the Johnny King Stand and the Cowshed.

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