1911–12 FA Cup

The 1911–12 FA Cup was the 41st season of the world's oldest association football competition, the Football Association Challenge Cup (more usually known as the FA Cup). Barnsley won the competition for the first and (as of 2019) only time, beating West Bromwich Albion 1–0 after extra time in the replay of the final at Bramall Lane in Sheffield, through a goal from Harry Tufnell. The first match, held at Crystal Palace, London, was a 0–0 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.

1911–12 FA Cup
Country England
Defending championsBradford City
ChampionsBarnsley (1st title)
Runners-upWest Bromwich Albion


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 9 September 1911
Preliminary Round Saturday 16 September 1911
First Round Qualifying Saturday 30 September 1911
Second Round Qualifying Saturday 14 October 1911
Third Round Qualifying Saturday 4 November 1911
Fourth Round Qualifying Saturday 18 November 1911
Fifth Round Qualifying Saturday 2 December 1911
First Round Proper Saturday 13 January 1912
Second Round Proper Saturday 3 February 1912
Third Round Proper Saturday 24 February 1912
Fourth Round Proper Saturday 9 March 1912
Semi-Finals Saturday 30 March 1912
Final Saturday 20 April 1912

First round proper

37 of the 40 clubs from the First and Second divisions joined the 12 clubs who came through the qualifying rounds. Three sides, Stockport County, Grimsby Town and Gainsborough Trinity were entered instead at the Fourth Qualifying Round. Grimsby Town lost to Lincoln City in that round, while the other two and ten other non-league clubs won through to the First Round Proper.

Fifteen 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
Luton Town
West Ham United
Brighton & Hove Albion
Coventry City

32 matches were scheduled to be played on Saturday, 13 January 1912. Eight matches were drawn and went to replays in the following midweek fixture. One of these matches went to a second replay the following week.

Tie no Home team Score Away team Date
1 Birmingham 0–0 Barnsley 13 January 1912
Replay Barnsley 3–0 Birmingham 22 January 1912
2 Darlington 2–1 Brighton & Hove Albion 13 January 1912
3 Bury 2–1 Millwall Athletic 13 January 1912
4 Liverpool 1–0 Leyton 13 January 1912
5 Preston North End 0–1 Manchester City 13 January 1912
6 Southampton 0–2 Coventry City 13 January 1912
7 Watford 0–0 Wolverhampton Wanderers 13 January 1912
Replay Wolverhampton Wanderers 10–0 Watford 24 January 1912
8 Nottingham Forest 0–1 Bradford Park Avenue 13 January 1912
9 Blackburn Rovers 4–1 Norwich City 13 January 1912
10 Aston Villa 6–0 Walsall 13 January 1912
11 Bolton Wanderers 1–0 Woolwich Arsenal 13 January 1912
12 Southport Central 0–2 Reading 13 January 1912
13 Crewe Alexandra 1–1 Blackpool 13 January 1912
Replay Blackpool 2–2 Crewe Alexandra 22 January 1912
Replay Crewe Alexandra 1–2 Blackpool 25 January 1912
14 Middlesbrough 0–0 The Wednesday 13 January 1912
Replay The Wednesday 1–2 Middlesbrough 25 January 1912
15 West Bromwich Albion 3–0 Tottenham Hotspur 13 January 1912
16 Sunderland 3–1 Plymouth Argyle 13 January 1912
17 Derby County 3–0 Newcastle United 13 January 1912
18 Lincoln City 2–0 Stockport County 13 January 1912
19 Luton Town 2–4 Notts County 13 January 1912
20 Swindon Town 5–0 Sutton Junction 13 January 1912
21 Queens Park Rangers 0–0 Bradford City 13 January 1912
Replay Bradford City 4–0 Queens Park Rangers 18 January 1912
22 Fulham 2–1 Burnley 13 January 1912
23 Brentford 0–0 Crystal Palace 13 January 1912
Replay Crystal Palace 4–0 Brentford 17 January 1912
24 Bristol Rovers 1–2 Portsmouth 13 January 1912
25 Northampton Town 1–0 Bristol City 13 January 1912
26 West Ham United 2–1 Gainsborough Trinity 13 January 1912
27 Manchester United 3–1 Huddersfield Town 13 January 1912
28 Leeds City 1–0 Glossop 13 January 1912
29 Clapton Orient 1–2 Everton 13 January 1912
30 Oldham Athletic 1–1 Hull City 13 January 1912
Replay Hull City 0–1 Oldham Athletic 16 January 1912
31 Chelsea 1–0 Sheffield United 13 January 1912
32 Croydon Common 2–2 Leicester Fosse 13 January 1912
Replay Leicester Fosse 6–1 Croydon Common 22 January 1912

Second Round Proper

The sixteen second round matches were played on Saturday, 3 February 1912. Five matches were drawn, with the replays taking place in the following midweek fixture.

Tie no Home team Score Away team Date
1 Darlington 1–1 Northampton Town 3 February 1912
Replay Northampton Town 2–0 Darlington 8 February 1912
2 Aston Villa 1–1 Reading 3 February 1912
Replay Reading 1–0 Aston Villa 7 February 1912
3 Bolton Wanderers 1–0 Blackpool 3 February 1912
4 Wolverhampton Wanderers 2–1 Lincoln City 3 February 1912
5 Middlesbrough 1–1 West Ham United 3 February 1912
Replay West Ham United 2–1 Middlesbrough 8 February 1912
6 Derby County 1–2 Blackburn Rovers 3 February 1912
7 Everton 1–1 Bury 3 February 1912
Replay Everton 6–0 Bury 8 February 1912
8 Swindon Town 2–0 Notts County 3 February 1912
9 Manchester City 0–1 Oldham Athletic 3 February 1912
10 Fulham 3–0 Liverpool 3 February 1912
11 Barnsley 1–0 Leicester Fosse 3 February 1912
12 Coventry City 1–5 Manchester United 3 February 1912
13 Bradford City 2–0 Chelsea 3 February 1912
14 Leeds City 0–1 West Bromwich Albion 3 February 1912
15 Crystal Palace 0–0 Sunderland 3 February 1912
Replay Sunderland 1–0 Crystal Palace 7 February 1912
16 Bradford Park Avenue 2–0 Portsmouth 3 February 1912

Third round proper

The eight third-round matches were scheduled for Saturday, 24 February 1912. There were two replays, played in the following midweek fixture.

Tie no Home team Score Away team Date
1 Reading 1–1 Manchester United 24 February 1912
Replay Manchester United 3–0 Reading 29 February 1912
2 Blackburn Rovers 3–2 Wolverhampton Wanderers 24 February 1912
3 Bolton Wanderers 1–2 Barnsley 24 February 1912
4 Sunderland 1–2 West Bromwich Albion 24 February 1912
5 Fulham 2–1 Northampton Town 24 February 1912
6 West Ham United 1–1 Swindon Town 24 February 1912
Replay Swindon Town 4–0 West Ham United 28 February 1912
7 Oldham Athletic 0–2 Everton 24 February 1912
8 Bradford Park Avenue 0–1 Bradford City 24 February 1912

Fourth Round Proper

The four quarter final matches were scheduled for Saturday, 9 March 1912. There were two replays, played in the following midweek fixture. One of these went to a second replay the following week, and this then went to a third replay three days after that.

Tie no Home team Score Away team Date
1 West Bromwich Albion 3–0 Fulham 9 March 1912
2 Swindon Town 2–1 Everton 9 March 1912
3 Barnsley 0–0 Bradford City 9 March 1912
Replay Bradford City 0–0 Barnsley 13 March 1912
Replay Barnsley 0–0 Bradford City 18 March 1912
Replay Barnsley 3–2 Bradford City 21 March 1912
4 Manchester United 1–1 Blackburn Rovers 9 March 1912
Replay Blackburn Rovers 4–2 Manchester United 14 March 1912


The semi-final matches were played on Saturday, 30 March 1912. Both matches went to replays, which West Bromwich Albion and Barnsley won, going on to meet each other in the final.

West Bromwich Albion0–0Blackburn Rovers
West Bromwich Albion1–0Blackburn Rovers
Barnsley0–0Swindon Town
Barnsley1–0Swindon Town


The Final was contested by Barnsley and West Bromwich Albion. It took two matches to determine a winner. The first took place at Crystal Palace on 20 April 1912 and the second on 24 April at Bramall Lane. Barnsley won the replay 1–0 after extra time, through a single goal from Harry Tufnell.

Match details

Barnsley0 – 0West Bromwich Albion
West Bromwich Albion


Barnsley1 – 0
West Bromwich Albion
Tufnell Goal 118'
West Bromwich Albion

See also


1911–12 Birmingham F.C. season

The 1911–12 Football League season was Birmingham Football Club's 20th in the Football League and their 12th in the Second Division. They finished in 12th position in the 20-team division. They also took part in the 1911–12 FA Cup, entering at the first round proper and losing in that round to Barnsley after a replay. Off the field, Howard Cant succeeded Walter W. Hart as club chairman.

Thirty-one players made at least one appearance in nationally organised first-team competition, and there were fifteen different goalscorers. Full-back Frank Womack was ever-present over the 40-match season. Jack Hall was leading scorer with 21 goals, all of which came in the league.

1912 FA Cup Final

The 1912 FA Cup Final was the 41st FA Cup final. It was contested by Barnsley and West Bromwich Albion. It took two matches to determine a winner. The first took place at Crystal Palace on 20 April 1912 and the second on 24 April at Bramall Lane.

Barnsley F.C.

Barnsley Football Club is a professional association football club based in the town of Barnsley, South Yorkshire, England. The team play in the Championship, the second tier of the English football league system. Nicknamed "the Tykes", they were founded in 1887 by Reverend Tiverton Preedy under the name Barnsley St. Peter's. The club's colours were originally blue, but were converted to red and white in 1904 and have played in those colours ever since. Their home ground since 1888 has been Oakwell.

Barnsley won the FA Cup in 1911–12 and were also runners-up in 1909–10. The club won two trophies at Wembley Stadium in 2016 – the Football League Trophy, beating Oxford United 3–2 in the final, and the 2016 Football League play-offs, beating Millwall 3–1 in the final. Barnsley became only the second club to secure both the Football League Trophy and Football League promotion via playoff finals in the same season, after Grimsby Town F.C..

On 19 December 2017, it was announced that Patrick Cryne and family had agreed to sell a majority stake in Barnsley Football Club to a consortium involving Chien Lee of NewCity Capital, Grace Hung and Paul Conway of Pacific Media Group, Indian businessman Neerav Parekh and baseball legend Billy Beane. The new consortium holds 80% of the shares and the Cryne family holds 20% of the shares of Barnsley Football club. Barnsley fans often consider their biggest rivals to be Sheffield Wednesday, Sheffield United and Leeds United, although smaller rivalries with Doncaster Rovers, Rotherham United, Huddersfield Town and Bradford City exist.

Bradford derby

The Bradford derby is a football derby match played between Bradford City and Bradford (Park Avenue).

The derby has also been called the Wool City derby, referring to Bradford's history with the wool trade. The two clubs are the only two from Bradford to have played professional league football.

The rivalry was a regular league one across all four Football League tiers, first played in 1914, until 1969. However Bradford (Park Avenue)'s failed re-election to the Football League in 1970 and subsequent liquidation in 1974 meant the game has only been played in friendly fixtures since.

The Tom Banks Memorial Trophy is awarded to the winner of this match.

Cross-border derby

The Cross-border derby is a football match played between Wrexham and Chester City/Chester.

The clubs are 12 miles apart but are Welsh and English respectively, though Chester's Deva Stadium straddles the England–Wales border, and its pitch lies entirely in Wales.

Wrexham edged the English-Welsh derby with 30 victories against Chester's 26 in Football League meetings. Between 1986 and 2005, the sides were in the same division in just one season (1994–95) but they were then Football League Two opponents in the three campaigns from 2005–06 to 2007–08. In 2009–10 the sides clashed again in the Conference National after Chester followed Wrexham out of the Football League. Games between the two are usually moved to Sunday, with a 12:00 kick off, minimising time for the consumption of alcohol and the risk of the two sets of supporters clashing. In the 2012–13 season, Chester won promotion to return to the Conference Premier after a three-year absence, and played Wrexham at the Racecourse ground, in a highly anticipated derby, as this was the first since Chester re-formed as a fan owned club. All away fans had to travel to the match via coaches and police escort and were unable to travel by train, unlike most years. Despite going into the game with a poor form of recent games, Chester won the match 2–0, recording their first win of the season. The most recent meeting saw Wrexham win 2-0 in March 2018. The two teams are currently separated due to Chester's relegation from the National League at the end of the 2017-18 season which sees them play their football in the National League North, one division below Wrexham.

The Cross-border derby is often considered to be one of the biggest rivalries in the lower leagues of English football, due to the close proximity of Wrexham and Chester as they are the largest settlements in the area (North east Wales/West Cheshire) and the only clubs in that area to have played in The Football League. The Welsh-English divide also makes it unique to other football derbies in Britain, as national identity is a large part of the two teams.

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.

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