1911 FA Cup Final

The 1911 FA Cup Final was the 40th FA Cup final. It was contested by Bradford City and Newcastle United. The first game resulted in a goalless draw at Crystal Palace. A single goal scored by Jimmy Speirs for Bradford won the replay at Old Trafford.

1911 FA Cup Final
Event1910-11 FA Cup
Bradford City Newcastle United
0 0
Date22 April 1911
VenueCrystal Palace, London
RefereeJohn Pearson
Attendance69,068
1911 FA Cup Final Replay
Event1910-11 FA Cup
Bradford City Newcastle United
1 0
Date26 April 1911
VenueOld Trafford, Manchester
RefereeJohn Pearson
Attendance66,646

Route to the final

Bradford City

Home teams listed first. Round 1: New Brompton 0–1 Bradford City

Round 2: Bradford City 2–1 Norwich City

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Round 3: Bradford City 1–0 Grimsby Town

Round 4: Bradford City 1–0 Burnley

Semi-final: Bradford City 3–0 Blackburn Rovers (at Bramall Lane, Sheffield)

Newcastle United

Home teams listed first. Round 1: Newcastle United 6–1 Bury

Round 2: Newcastle United 1–1 Northampton Town

Round 2 replay: Northampton Town 0–1 Newcastle United

Round 3: Newcastle United 3–2 Hull City

Round 4: Newcastle United 4–0 Derby County

Semi-final: Newcastle United 3–0 Chelsea (at St Andrews, Birmingham)

Match summary

Bradford1911
The winning Bradford City team

Newcastle were defending the cup they had won the year before by defeating Barnsley 2–0. They faced a Bradford City side who had earned their highest position in the league. Newcastle's preparations were upset by long-term injuries to England international centre-forward Albert Shepherd and Peter McWilliam. Bradford's team showed just one surprise with Scottish centre-half Willie Gildea drafted in for just his 10th game for the club.

The first match at Crystal Palace ended goalless after extra time meaning for the second successive year the final went to a replay. City made one change to their team for the replay with Bob Torrance coming in for Gildea, who never played for City again. Newcastle's team remained unchanged. The replay, which took place at Old Trafford, was settled by a single goal for Bradford, a header scored by captain Jimmy Speirs.

It was a new trophy that Speirs lifted, appropriately made by Bradford jewellers Fattorini's. The cup triumph remains Bradford's only major honour.

Match details

Bradford City0–0Newcastle United
Bradford City
Newcastle United
GK Mark Mellors
Robert Campbell
David Taylor
George Robinson
CH Willie Gildea
Jimmy McDonald
OR Peter Logan
Jimmy Speirs (c)
Frank O'Rourke
Archie Devine
Frank Thompson
Manager:
Peter O'Rourke
GK Jimmy Lawrence
Billy McCracken
Tony Whitson
Colin Veitch (c)
Wilf Low
David Willis
Jock Rutherford
George Jobey
Jimmy Stewart
Sandy Higgins
George Wilson
Manager:
The Directors Committee

Match rules

  • 90 minutes.
  • Replay if scores still level.
  • No substitutions.

Replay

Bradford City1–0Newcastle United
Speirs Goal 15'
Bradford City
Newcastle United
GK Mark Mellors
Robert Campbell
David Taylor
George Robinson
CH Bob Torrance
Jimmy McDonald
OR Peter Logan
Jimmy Speirs (c)
Frank O'Rourke
Archie Devine
Frank Thompson
Manager:
Peter O'Rourke
GK Jimmy Lawrence
Billy McCracken
Tony Whitson
Colin Veitch (c)
Wilf Low
David Willis
Jock Rutherford
George Jobey
Jimmy Stewart
Sandy Higgins
George Wilson
Manager:
The Directors Committee

Match rules

  • 90 minutes.
  • 30 minutes of extra-time if necessary.
  • No substitutions.

References

  • Frost, Terry (1988). Bradford City A Complete Record 1903–1988. Breedon Books Sport. pp. 46–49. ISBN 0-907969-38-0.

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For Bradford, it was the first time they had played at Wembley in their 93-year history. City finished sixth during the regular league season only winning a play-off place with a victory on the final day of the season. They came from two goals down during the semi-finals against Blackpool to gain a place in the play-off final. Having been relegated the previous season, Notts County had the chance to win an instant promotion back to the First Division. They finished fourth during the regular season and defeated Crewe Alexandra in the semi-final by drawing the away tie and winning by one-goal in the second leg at home.

Bradford took an eighth-minute lead in the final through 19-year-old Bradford-born Des Hamilton. Notts County only had one chance in the first half before applying more pressure during the early part of the second half. However Bradford's recent signing Mark Stallard doubled their lead to give them victory and newspaper reporters agreed that Bradford dominated the match. Their manager Chris Kamara had only been in charge for six months before the final. Three years after their victory, Bradford went on to win promotion to the Premier League; their opponents Notts County were relegated the season after their play-off final defeat and have yet to finish higher since their fourth-place finish in 1996.

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Archie Devine

Archibald F. Devine (2 April 1887 – 30 September 1964) was a Scottish international footballer.

Bob Torrance

Robert "Bob" Torrance (1888 – 24 April 1918) was a Scottish footballer who played in defence for hometown team Kirkintilloch Rob Roy and Bradford City.He joined Bradford City in August 1908 and for three years was a hard-working understudy to the first team players. He had played just 36 league games in his first three seasons and one FA Cup game before he played in the 1911 FA Cup Final replay as replacement for the injured Willie Gildea. City won 1–0. Torrance became more involved in first team games, playing 23 league games the following season and all seven games during City's FA Cup defence, and more than 30 in the three seasons before league football was suspended for the First World War. His last game for City was a wartime regional game against Barnsley in March 1917.Torrance, along with City's FA Cup winning captain Jimmy Speirs, was one of the club's players to die during service in the First World War whilst a gunner with the Royal Field Artillery.

Bradford City A.F.C.

Bradford City Association Football Club is a professional football club in Bradford, West Yorkshire, England. The team compete in League Two, the fourth tier of the English football league system. They are the only professional football club in England to wear claret and amber, and have worn these colours throughout their history. They have though been known by various nicknames, with the "Bantams" being the most commonly used nickname as it appears on the current club crest. Supporters hold West Yorkshire derby rivalries with Huddersfield Town and Leeds United, as well as an historic Bradford derby rivalry with the now non-league side Bradford (Park Avenue). The club's home ground is the 25,136-capacity Valley Parade, which was the site of the Bradford City stadium fire on 11 May 1985, which took the lives of 56 supporters.

The club was founded in 1903 and immediately elected into the Football League Second Division. Promotion to the top tier followed as they won the 1907–08 Second Division title and then they went on to win the 1911 FA Cup Final, which remains the club's only major honour. They were relegated in 1922 and again in 1927, before winning the Third Division North title in 1928–29. Another relegation in 1937 did allow the club to go on to win the Third Division North Cup in 1939, however a further relegation followed in 1962 to leave the club in the newly created Fourth Division. They secured promotions back into the third tier in 1969 and 1977, but were relegated in 1972 and 1978. They found success in the 1980s under the stewardship of first Roy McFarland and then Trevor Cherry, winning promotion in 1981–82 and following this up with the Third Division title in 1984–85, though they were relegated out of the Second Division in 1990.

Bradford were promoted back into the second tier via the play-offs in 1996, before securing another promotion in 1998–99 to reach the Premier League, marking a return to the top-flight after a 77-year absence. They entered Europe and reached the semi-finals of the UEFA Intertoto Cup in 2000–01, but ended the campaign with relegation out of the Premier League. A succession of financial crises followed as the club entered administration twice in two years and further relegations followed in 2004 and 2007 to leave the club back in the fourth tier. They found success under the management of Phil Parkinson by reaching the 2013 League Cup final and then going on to win that year's League Two play-off final, but were relegated out of League One in 2019.

Frank O'Rourke (Scottish footballer)

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George Jobey

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George Robinson (footballer, born 1878)

George Henry Robinson (1878 – March 1945) was an English professional footballer who played as a half back for Nottingham Forest and Bradford City.

History of Bradford City A.F.C.

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City were relegated again five seasons later, but when O'Rourke was reappointed as manager before the 1928–29 season, they broke several club records to earn promotion back to Division Two. After eight seasons in Division Two, City returned to Division Three, and they remained in the third and fourth tiers of the English football league system until 1985–86. During that time, they endured several periods of financial hardship, and in 1985, their ground suffered a disastrous fire in which 56 people died, on a day the club and their fans were supposed to be celebrating promotion.

In 1987–88, the club came close to returning to the top division when they missed out on promotion on the final day of the season. Following relegation back to Division Three, after Geoffrey Richmond became chairman in January 1994 the club's fortunes were lifted. He helped to take them to their first appearance at Wembley and subsequently into the Premier League, where they played for two seasons. Following Richmond's self-proclaimed "six weeks of madness" and the collapse of television channel ITV Digital, the club suffered its first spell in administration. Another period under administration followed, and City dropped through the leagues of professional English football back to the bottom tier of The Football League, until promotion in 2012–13 brought them back up a division. In January 2013, City became the first club from the fourth tier of English football since 1962 to reach the Football League Cup final, and the first fourth-tier club ever to reach a major Wembley Cup Final.

Jimmy McDonald

James Alexander McDonald (8 December 1883 – August 1924) was a Scottish professional footballer who played as a forward.

Jimmy Speirs

James Hamilton Speirs (22 March 1886 – 20 August 1917) was a Scottish footballer who represented his country on one occasion, scored the winning goal in the 1911 FA Cup Final, and received the Military Medal during the First World War.

Born in Glasgow, he worked as a clerk while playing youth football for Annandale. He started his adult football career with local junior team Maryhill, where he played for less than a season, before he moved to Rangers in 1905. He spent three years with the club, but won only the Glasgow Merchants' Charity Cup, before he joined a third Glasgow side Clyde. After one season, he left Clyde and Scotland, and joined Bradford City for their second season in the First Division. His greatest success came in his second season with Bradford, when he was the club's captain and goalscorer in their FA Cup Final victory of 1911, in a team featuring eight Scottish-born players.

He spent another two seasons with Bradford City, before he joined Leeds City, but after two seasons, the First World War broke out. League football continued for one more season, at the end of which Speirs returned to Glasgow.

Married with two young children, Speirs would have been exempt from conscription, but he volunteered to join the Queen's Own Cameron Highlanders in 1915. He was promoted to lance corporal, corporal and sergeant, and won the Military Medal for bravery in the field, but was killed during the Battle of Passchendaele in August 1917, at the age of 31.

John Pearson (footballer, born 1868)

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Mark Mellors

Mark Mellors (1880–1961) was an English footballer who played for Notts County, Brighton, Sheffield United and Bradford City, with whom he played in the 1911 FA Cup Final. After retiring in 1918 he became a successful businessman in the wool trade, and died in 1961 at the age of 81.

Old Trafford

Old Trafford () is a football stadium in Old Trafford, Greater Manchester, England, and the home of Manchester United. With a capacity of 74,994, it is the largest club football stadium (and second largest football stadium overall after Wembley Stadium) in the United Kingdom, and the eleventh-largest in Europe. It is about 0.5 miles (800 m) from Old Trafford Cricket Ground and the adjacent tram stop.

Nicknamed "The Theatre of Dreams" by Bobby Charlton, Old Trafford has been United's home ground since 1910, although from 1941 to 1949 the club shared Maine Road with local rivals Manchester City as a result of Second World War bomb damage. Old Trafford underwent several expansions in the 1990s, and 2000s, including the addition of extra tiers to the North, West and East Stands, almost returning the stadium to its original capacity of 80,000. Future expansion is likely to involve the addition of a second tier to the South Stand, which would raise the capacity to around 88,000. The stadium's record attendance was recorded in 1939, when 76,962 spectators watched the FA Cup semi-final between Wolverhampton Wanderers and Grimsby Town.

Old Trafford has hosted FA Cup semi-finals, England fixtures, matches at the 1966 World Cup and Euro 96 and the 2003 Champions League Final, as well as rugby league's annual Super League Grand Final and the final of two Rugby League World Cups. It also hosted football matches at the 2012 Summer Olympics, including women's international football for the first time in its history.

Peter Logan (footballer)

Peter Logan (1889 – April 1944) was a Scottish professional footballer who played as an inside right. He spent 17 years with Bradford City, making over 300 appearances and winning the 1911 FA Cup Final.

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