1909–10 FA Cup

The 1909–10 FA Cup was the 39th season of the world's oldest association football competition, the Football Association Challenge Cup (more usually known as the FA Cup). Newcastle United won the competition for the first time, beating Barnsley 2–0 in the replay of the final at Goodison Park in Liverpool, through two goals from Albert Shepherd. The first match, held at Crystal Palace, London, was a 1–1 draw.

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.

1909–10 FA Cup
Country England
Defending championsManchester United
ChampionsNewcastle United
(1st title)


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

Round Date
Extra Preliminary Round Saturday 11 September 1909
Preliminary Round Saturday 18 September 1909
First Round Qualifying Saturday 2 October 1909
Second Round Qualifying Saturday 16 October 1909
Third Round Qualifying Saturday 6 November 1909
Fourth Round Qualifying Saturday 20 November 1909
Fifth Round Qualifying Saturday 4 December 1909
First Round Proper Saturday 15 January 1910
Second Round Proper Saturday 5 February 1910
Third Round Proper Saturday 19 February 1910
Fourth Round Proper Saturday 5 March 1910
Semi-Finals Saturday 26 March 1910
Final Saturday 23 April 1910

First round proper

39 of the 40 clubs from the First and Second divisions joined the 12 clubs who came through the qualifying rounds. Of the League sides, only Lincoln City were entered instead at the Fourth Qualifying Round, losing to Crewe Alexandra in the fourth qualifying round. Twelve non-league clubs won through to the First Round Proper.

Thirteen non-league sides were given byes 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
Northampton Town
Bristol Rovers
Norwich City
West Ham United
Brighton & Hove Albion

32 matches were scheduled to be played on Saturday, 15 January 1910. Ten matches were drawn and went to replays in the following midweek fixture, of which one went to a second replay.

Tie no Home team Score Away team Date
1 Birmingham 1–4 Leicester Fosse 15 January 1910
2 Blackpool 1–1 Barnsley 15 January 1910
Replay Barnsley 6–0 Blackpool 20 January 1910
3 Chesterfield 0–0 Fulham 15 January 1910
Replay Fulham 2–1 Chesterfield 19 January 1910
4 Bristol City 2–0 Liverpool 15 January 1910
5 Burnley 2–0 Manchester United 15 January 1910
6 Bury 2–1 Glossop 15 January 1910
7 Preston North End 1–2 Coventry City 15 January 1910
8 Stoke 1–1 Newcastle United 15 January 1910
Replay Newcastle United 2–1 Stoke 19 January 1910
9 Leyton 0–0 New Brompton 15 January 1910
Replay New Brompton 2–2 Leyton 19 January 1910
Replay Leyton 1–0 New Brompton 24 January 1910
10 Nottingham Forest 3–2 Sheffield United 15 January 1910
11 Blackburn Rovers 7–1 Accrington Stanley 15 January 1910
12 Grimsby Town 0–2 Bristol Rovers 15 January 1910
13 Wolverhampton Wanderers 5–0 Reading 15 January 1910
14 Middlesbrough 1–1 Everton 15 January 1910
Replay Everton 5–3 Middlesbrough 19 January 1910
15 West Bromwich Albion 2–0 Clapton Orient 15 January 1910
16 Sunderland 1–0 Leeds City 15 January 1910
17 Derby County 5–0 Millwall Athletic 15 January 1910
18 Gainsborough Trinity 1–1 Southend United 15 January 1910
Replay Southend United 1–0 Gainsborough Trinity 19 January 1910
19 Workington 1–2 Manchester City 15 January 1910
20 Woolwich Arsenal 3–0 Watford 15 January 1910
21 Stockport County 4–1 Bolton Wanderers 15 January 1910
22 Northampton Town 0–0 The Wednesday 15 January 1910
Replay The Wednesday 0–1 Northampton Town 20 January 1910
23 Portsmouth 3–0 Shrewsbury Town 15 January 1910
24 West Ham United 1–1 Carlisle United 15 January 1910
Replay West Ham United 5–0 Carlisle United 20 January 1910
25 Brighton & Hove Albion 0–1 Southampton 15 January 1910
26 Norwich City 0–0 Queens Park Rangers 15 January 1910
Replay Queens Park Rangers 3–0 Norwich City 19 January 1910
27 Plymouth Argyle 1–1 Tottenham Hotspur 15 January 1910
Replay Tottenham Hotspur 7–1 Plymouth Argyle 19 January 1910
28 Bradford City 4–2 Notts County 15 January 1910
29 Oldham Athletic 1–2 Aston Villa 15 January 1910
30 Crystal Palace 1–3 Swindon Town 15 January 1910
31 Chelsea 2–1 Hull City 15 January 1910
32 Bradford Park Avenue 8–0 Bishop Auckland 15 January 1910

Second Round Proper

The 16 Second Round matches were played on Saturday, 5 February 1910. Three matches were drawn, with the replays taking place in the following midweek fixture.

Tie no Home team Score Away team Date
1 Bristol City 1–1 West Bromwich Albion 5 February 1910
Replay West Bromwich Albion 4–2 Bristol City 9 February 1910
2 Southampton 0–5 Manchester City 5 February 1910
3 Aston Villa 6–1 Derby County 5 February 1910
4 Wolverhampton Wanderers 1–5 West Ham United 5 February 1910
5 Sunderland 3–1 Bradford Park Avenue 5 February 1910
6 Everton 5–0 Woolwich Arsenal 5 February 1910
7 Swindon Town 2–0 Burnley 5 February 1910
8 Leicester Fosse 3–2 Bury 5 February 1910
9 Stockport County 0–2 Leyton 5 February 1910
10 Newcastle United 4–0 Fulham 5 February 1910
11 Barnsley 4–0 Bristol Rovers 5 February 1910
12 Northampton Town 0–0 Nottingham Forest 5 February 1910
Replay Nottingham Forest 1–0 Northampton Town 9 February 1910
13 Portsmouth 0–1 Coventry City 5 February 1910
14 Bradford City 1–2 Blackburn Rovers 5 February 1910
15 Chelsea 0–1 Tottenham Hotspur 5 February 1910
16 Southend United 0–0 Queens Park Rangers 5 February 1910
Replay Queens Park Rangers 3–2 Southend United 9 February 1910

Third round proper

The eight Third Round matches were scheduled for Saturday, 19 February 1910. There was one replay, between QPR and West Ham United, played in the following midweek fixture.

Tie no Home team Score Away team Date
1 Leyton 0–1 Leicester Fosse 19 February 1910
2 Aston Villa 1–2 Manchester City 19 February 1910
3 Everton 2–0 Sunderland 19 February 1910
4 Swindon Town 3–2 Tottenham Hotspur 19 February 1910
5 Newcastle United 3–1 Blackburn Rovers 19 February 1910
6 Queens Park Rangers 1–1 West Ham United 19 February 1910
Replay West Ham United 0–1 Queens Park Rangers 24 February 1910
7 Barnsley 1–0 West Bromwich Albion 19 February 1910
8 Coventry City 3–1 Nottingham Forest 19 February 1910

Fourth round proper

The four Fourth Round matches were scheduled for Saturday, 5 March 1910. There were no replays.

Tie no Home team Score Away team Date
1 Swindon Town 2–0 Manchester City 5 March 1910
2 Newcastle United 3–0 Leicester Fosse 5 March 1910
3 Barnsley 1–0 Queens Park Rangers 5 March 1910
4 Coventry City 0–2 Everton 5 March 1910

Semi finals

The semi-final matches were played on Saturday, 26 March 1910. Newcastle United and Barnsley won, going on to meet each other in the final.

Newcastle United2–0Swindon Town


The Final was contested by Newcastle United and Barnsley. The first game resulted in a score draw at Crystal Palace. Two goals scored by Albert Shepherd for Newcastle won the replay at Goodison Park.

Match details

Barnsley1 – 1Newcastle United
Tufnell Goal 37' Rutherford Goal 83'
Newcastle United


Barnsley0 – 2Newcastle United
Shepherd Goal 52' Goal 62' (pen)
Newcastle United

See also


1908–09 Birmingham F.C. season

The 1908–09 Football League season was Birmingham Football Club's 17th in the Football League and their 9th in the Second Division, to which they were relegated at the end of the 1907–08 season. They began the season well, not dropping out of the top two until December, but gradually fell away until finishing in 11th position in the 20-team division. They also took part in the 1909–10 FA Cup, entering at the first round proper and losing in that round to Portsmouth.

Alex Watson succeeded Alf Jones as secretary-manager at the start 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.

Twenty-nine players made at least one appearance in nationally organised first-team competition, and there were fifteen different goalscorers. Goalkeeper Jack Dorrington played in 35 of the 39 matches over the season; full-back Billy Beer played one fewer. Beer and Frederick Chapple were joint leading scorers with 8 goals; all of Beer's goals were scored in the league. In September, a 19-year-old called Frank Womack made his Football League debut. He went on to play 515 times for Birmingham in senior competition, 491 in the league, but never scored a goal.

In October, Walter Corbett, who had made his debut for the England senior team earlier in the year, was a member of the gold medal-winning Great Britain Olympic football team at the London Olympics.

1909–10 Birmingham F.C. season

The 1909–10 Football League season was Birmingham Football Club's 18th in the Football League and their 10th in the Second Division. They finished bottom of the 20-team division, three points adrift of safety, so had to apply for re-election to the league for the 1910–11 season. They led the voting, ahead of Huddersfield Town who were elected to the league to replace Grimsby Town, who had finished the season in 19th place, above Birmingham. Alex Watson stepped down as secretary-manager at the end of the season, to be succeeded by Bob McRoberts, who had played as a forward for the club for seven years, and who became their first full-time manager, with no secretarial duties. They also took part in the 1909–10 FA Cup, entering at the first round proper and losing in that round to Leicester Fosse.

Twenty-six players made at least one appearance in nationally organised first-team competition, and there were ten different goalscorers. Forward Charlie Millington played in 36 of the 39 matches over the season, and half-back Albert Gardner appeared in one fewer. Walter Freeman was leading scorer with 10 goals, all of which came in the league.

1910 FA Cup Final

The 1910 FA Cup Final was the 39th FA Cup final. It was contested by Barnsley and Newcastle United. It took two matches to determine a winner. The first took place at Crystal Palace in south London on 23 April 1910 and the second on 28 April at Goodison Park in Liverpool.


Brighton () is a seaside resort on the south coast of England that is part of the City of Brighton and Hove, located 47 miles (76 km) south of London.Archaeological evidence of settlement in the area dates back to the Bronze Age, Roman and Anglo-Saxon periods. The ancient settlement of "Brighthelmstone" was documented in the Domesday Book (1086). The town's importance grew in the Middle Ages as the Old Town developed, but it languished in the early modern period, affected by foreign attacks, storms, a suffering economy and a declining population. Brighton began to attract more visitors following improved road transport to London and becoming a boarding point for boats travelling to France. The town also developed in popularity as a health resort for sea bathing as a purported cure for illnesses.

In the Georgian era, Brighton developed as a fashionable seaside resort, encouraged by the patronage of the Prince Regent, later King George IV, who spent much time in the town and constructed the Royal Pavilion in the Regency era. Brighton continued to grow as a major centre of tourism following the arrival of the railways in 1841, becoming a popular destination for day-trippers from London. Many of the major attractions were built in the Victorian era, including the Metropole Hotel (now Hilton) Grand Hotel, the West Pier, and the Brighton Palace Pier. The town continued to grow into the 20th century, expanding to incorporate more areas into the town's boundaries before joining the town of Hove to form the unitary authority of Brighton and Hove in 1997, which was granted city status in 2000. Today, Brighton and Hove district has a resident population of about 288,200 and the wider Brighton and Hove conurbation has a population of 474,485 (2011 census).Brighton's location has made it a popular destination for tourists, renowned for its diverse communities, quirky shopping areas, large cultural, music and arts scene and its large LGBT population, leading to its recognition as the "unofficial gay capital of the UK". Brighton attracted 7.5 million day visitors in 2015/16 and 4.9 million overnight visitors, and is the most popular seaside destination in the UK for overseas tourists. Brighton has also been called the UK's "hippest city", and "the happiest place to live in the UK".

George Ramsay

George Burrell Ramsay (4 March 1855 – 7 October 1935) was a Scottish footballer.

George became secretary and manager of Aston Villa Football Club in the most successful period of their history. His record of six League Championships and six FA Cups is second only to Arsene Wenger who has won 7 FA Cups

Oswaldtwistle Rovers F.C.

Oswaldtwistle Rovers Football Club were a team based in the town of Oswaldtwistle, Lancashire. They first entered the FA Cup in 1884 and, in 1885, reached the second round. Rovers were one of the founder members of the Lancashire League in 1889, but predominantly competed in the Lancashire Combination between 1894 and 1909. In 1909, after leaving the second division of the Combination, they played their final game in the FA Cup.

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