1913–14 FA Cup

The 1913–14 FA Cup was the 43rd season of the world's oldest association football competition, the Football Association Challenge Cup (more usually known as the FA Cup). Burnley won the competition for the first and (as of 2017) only time, beating Liverpool 1–0 in the final at Crystal Palace, London.

Queens Park Rangers, then of the Southern League, reached the last eight. They were the last non-league team to reach the quarter-finals until Lincoln City in 2017.[1]

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.

1913–14 FA Cup
Country England
Defending championsAston Villa
ChampionsBurnley (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 13 September 1913
Preliminary Round Saturday 27 September 1913
First Round Qualifying Saturday 11 October 1913
Second Round Qualifying Saturday 1 November 1913
Third Round Qualifying Saturday 15 November 1913
Fourth Round Qualifying Saturday 29 November 1913
Fifth Round Qualifying Saturday 13 December 1913
First Round Proper Saturday 10 January 1914
Second Round Proper Saturday 31 January 1914
Third Round Proper Saturday 21 February 1914
Fourth Round Proper Saturday 7 March 1914
Semi-Finals Saturday 28 March 1914
Final Saturday 25 April 1914

First round proper

38 of the 40 clubs from the First and Second divisions joined the 12 clubs who came through the qualifying rounds. Two sides, Stockport County and Glossop were entered instead at the Fourth Qualifying Round. Stockport went out at that stage, while Glossop and eleven non-league clubs won through to the First Round Proper.

Fourteen 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
Exeter City
London Caledonians
West Ham United
Brighton & Hove Albion

32 matches were scheduled to be played on Saturday, 10 January 1914. Seven matches were drawn and went to replays in the following midweek fixture.

Tie no Home team Score Away team Date
1 Birmingham 2–1 Southend United 10 January 1914
2 Burnley 3–1 South Shields 10 January 1914
3 Liverpool 1–1 Barnsley 10 January 1914
Replay Barnsley 0–1 Liverpool 14 January 1914
4 Preston North End 5–2 Bristol Rovers 10 January 1914
5 Gillingham 1–0 Blackpool 10 January 1914
6 Blackburn Rovers 3–0 Middlesbrough 10 January 1914
7 Aston Villa 4–0 Stoke 10 January 1914
8 The Wednesday 3–2 Notts County 10 January 1914
9 Bolton Wanderers 3–0 Port Vale 10 January 1914
10 Wolverhampton Wanderers 3–0 Southampton 10 January 1914
11 West Bromwich Albion 2–0 Grimsby Town 10 January 1914
12 Sunderland 9–0 Chatham 10 January 1914
13 Derby County 1–0 Northampton Town 10 January 1914
14 Swindon Town 1–0 Manchester United 10 January 1914
15 Leicester Fosse 5–5 Tottenham Hotspur 10 January 1914
Replay Tottenham Hotspur 2–0 Leicester Fosse 15 January 1914
16 Newcastle United 0–5 Sheffield United 10 January 1914
17 Manchester City 2–0 Fulham 10 January 1914
18 Queens Park Rangers 2–2 Bristol City 10 January 1914
Replay Bristol City 0–2 Queens Park Rangers 14 January 1914
19 Glossop 2–1 Everton 10 January 1914
20 Portsmouth 0–4 Exeter City 10 January 1914
21 West Ham United 8–1 Chesterfield 10 January 1914
22 Plymouth Argyle 4–1 Lincoln City 10 January 1914
23 Bradford City 2–0 Woolwich Arsenal 10 January 1914
24 Millwall Athletic 0–0 Chelsea 10 January 1914
Replay Chelsea 0–1 Millwall Athletic 14 January 1914
25 Hull City 0–0 Bury 10 January 1914
Replay Bury 2–1 Hull City 14 January 1914
26 Leeds City 4–2 Gainsborough Trinity 10 January 1914
27 Clapton Orient 2–2 Nottingham Forest 10 January 1914
Replay Nottingham Forest 0–1 Clapton Orient 14 January 1914
28 Oldham Athletic 1–1 Brighton & Hove Albion 10 January 1914
Replay Brighton & Hove Albion 1–0 Oldham Athletic 14 January 1914
29 Crystal Palace 2–1 Norwich City 10 January 1914
30 Bradford Park Avenue 5–1 Reading 10 January 1914
31 Huddersfield Town 3–0 London Caledonians 10 January 1914
32 Swansea Town 2–0 Merthyr Town 10 January 1914

Second Round Proper

The 16 Second Round matches were played on Saturday, 31 January 1914. One match was drawn, with the replay taking place in the following weekend fixture.

Tie no Home team Score Away team Date
1 Birmingham 1–0 Huddersfield Town 31 January 1914
2 Burnley 3–2 Derby County 31 January 1914
3 Liverpool 2–0 Gillingham 31 January 1914
4 Blackburn Rovers 2–0 Bury 31 January 1914
5 Bolton Wanderers 4–2 Swindon Town 31 January 1914
6 Wolverhampton Wanderers 1–1 The Wednesday 31 January 1914
Replay The Wednesday 1–0 Wolverhampton Wanderers 4 February 1914
7 Sunderland 2–1 Plymouth Argyle 31 January 1914
8 Sheffield United 3–1 Bradford Park Avenue 31 January 1914
9 Manchester City 2–1 Tottenham Hotspur 31 January 1914
10 Glossop 0–1 Preston North End 31 January 1914
11 West Ham United 2–0 Crystal Palace 31 January 1914
12 Brighton & Hove Albion 3–1 Clapton Orient 31 January 1914
13 Millwall Athletic 1–0 Bradford City 31 January 1914
14 Leeds City 0–2 West Bromwich Albion 31 January 1914
15 Exeter City 1–2 Aston Villa 31 January 1914
16 Swansea Town 1–2 Queens Park Rangers 31 January 1914

Third round proper

The eight Third Round matches were scheduled for Saturday, 21 February 1914. There was one replay, played in the following midweek fixture. Queens Park Rangers beat Birmingham City to qualify for the quarter finals: the last non-league team to achieve such a feat until Lincoln City in the 2016–17 FA Cup.[2]

Tie no Home team Score Away team Date
1 Birmingham 1–2 Queens Park Rangers 21 February 1914
2 Burnley 3–0 Bolton Wanderers 21 February 1914
3 Blackburn Rovers 1–2 Manchester City 21 February 1914
4 Aston Villa 2–1 West Bromwich Albion 21 February 1914
5 The Wednesday 3–0 Brighton & Hove Albion 21 February 1914
6 Sunderland 2–0 Preston North End 21 February 1914
7 West Ham United 1–1 Liverpool 21 February 1914
Replay Liverpool 5–1 West Ham United 25 February 1914
8 Millwall Athletic 0–4 Sheffield United 21 February 1914

Fourth round proper

The four Fourth Round matches were scheduled for Saturday, 7 March 1914. There were two replays, played in the following midweek fixture. One of these, between Manchester City and Sheffield United, went to a second replay, which United won.

Tie no Home team Score Away team Date
1 Liverpool 2–1 Queens Park Rangers 7 March 1914
2 The Wednesday 0–1 Aston Villa 7 March 1914
3 Sunderland 0–0 Burnley 7 March 1914
Replay Burnley 2–1 Sunderland 11 March 1914
4 Manchester City 0–0 Sheffield United 7 March 1914
Replay Sheffield United 0–0 Manchester City 12 March 1914
Replay Sheffield United 1–0 Manchester City 16 March 1914

Semi finals

The semi-final matches were played on Saturday, 28 March 1914. The Burnley–Sheffield United match went to a replay, which Burnley won, going on to meet Liverpool in the final.

Burnley0–0Sheffield United
Burnley1–0Sheffield United
Liverpool2–0Aston Villa


The Final was contested by Burnley and Liverpool at Crystal Palace. Burnley won by a single goal, scored by ex-Evertonian Bert Freeman. The game was the last ever final at Crystal Palace and was played in front of a reigning monarch, George V, for the first time. Neither club had reached the FA Cup Final before.

Match details

Burnley1 – 0Liverpool
Freeman Goal 57'

See also


  1. ^ "Burnley 0 Lincoln City 1: Non-league Imps make FA Cup history with stunning late win at Turf Moor".
  2. ^ "Burnley 0-1 Lincoln City". 18 February 2017 – via www.bbc.co.uk.
1913–14 Birmingham F.C. season

The 1913–14 Football League season was Birmingham Football Club's 22nd in the Football League and their 14th in the Second Division. They finished in 14th position in the 20-team division. They also took part in the 1913–14 FA Cup, entering at the first round proper and losing to Southern League club Queens Park Rangers in the third round (last 16).

No fewer than thirty-five players made at least one appearance in nationally organised first-team competition, and there were twenty different goalscorers. Full-back Frank Womack played in 39 of the 41 matches over the season; only three other players exceeded 20 appearances. Andy Smith was leading scorer with 10 goals, all of which came in the league.

In November 1913, Birmingham captain Womack was offered an inducement of £55 to fix the result of the match against Grimsby Town. A similar offer was made to West Bromwich Albion captain Jesse Pennington in relation to their match against Everton. Both men reported the matter to club officials and the police, an arrest was made, and the culprit, one Pascoe Bioletti, who was connected with a football betting service based in Switzerland, was convicted and sentenced to five months' imprisonment in relation to Pennington. After his release, the charge in relation to Womack was withdrawn, as "the Football Association did not want to be vindictive as Bioletti was 68 years old."

1914 FA Cup Final

The 1914 FA Cup Final was a football match between Burnley and Liverpool on 25 April 1914 at Crystal Palace, London. It was the final match of the 1913–14 FA Cup, the 43rd season of the country's primary cup competition, the Football Association Challenge Cup, better known as the FA Cup. Both teams were appearing in their first final.Both teams entered the competition in the first round. Burnley's matches ranged from comfortable victories to close affairs. They beat Bolton Wanderers 3–0 in the third round, but beat Sheffield United 1–0 in a replay of their semi-final which finished 0–0. Liverpool matches were generally close affairs, two of their five ties went to a replay. Apart from a 5–1 victory in their third round replay against West Ham United, their biggest margin of victory was by two goals.

Watched by a crowd of 72,778, including King George V, who became the first reigning monarch to attend a FA Cup Final and to present the trophy to the winners, the first half was goalless. Burnley opened the scoring the 57th minute, when ex-Evertonian Bert Freeman scored. Liverpool could not find an equaliser in the remaining minutes and Burnley won the match 1–0 to win their first and to date only FA Cup.

The match was the last FA Cup Final to be played at Crystal Palace.

Bob McDougall

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Burnley F.C.

Burnley Football Club () is a professional association football club based in Burnley, Lancashire, England. Founded on 18 May 1882, the team originally played only friendly matches until they entered the FA Cup for the first time in 1885–86. The club currently plays in the Premier League, the first tier of English football. Nicknamed the Clarets, due to the dominant colour of their home shirts, they were one of the twelve founding members of the Football League in 1888. The club's emblem is based on the town's crest, with a Latin motto Pretiumque et Causa Laboris ("The Prize and the Cause of Our Labour").

Burnley have been champions of England twice, in 1920–21 and 1959–60, have won the FA Cup once, in 1914, and have won the Community Shield twice, in 1960 and 1973. The Clarets also reached the 1961 quarter-finals of the European Cup. They are one of only five teams to have won all top four professional divisions of English football, along with Wolverhampton Wanderers, Preston North End, Sheffield United and Portsmouth.

In the 1920–21 campaign, Burnley were crowned champions of England for the first time when they won the First Division. During that season the team embarked on a 30-match unbeaten run, which remained an English record until it was beaten by Nottingham Forest in the late 1970s. Burnley attained a second league championship in 1959–60 with a team consisting of mostly youth academy graduates, winning the title with a last-day victory over Manchester City, after foundations were laid by pioneers Alan Brown, Bob Lord and Harry Potts.

Just twenty years later, in 1979–80, Burnley were relegated to the Third Division — the first time in their history they had played in the third tier of English football. Five years later, the team competed in the Fourth Division for the first time following another relegation, and on 9 May 1987 only a 2–1 home win against Orient saved Burnley from relegation to the Football Conference and a possible dissolution. Burnley won promotion in 1991–92 to the third tier and again in 1999–2000 to the second tier, before being promoted to the Premier League in 2008–09, 2013–14 and 2015–16.

Burnley have played home games at Turf Moor since 17 February 1883, after the club had moved from their original premises at Calder Vale. The club colours of claret and blue were adopted prior to the 1910–11 season in tribute to the dominant club of English football at the time, Aston Villa. Their current manager, Sean Dyche, was appointed on 30 October 2012.

Castletown Metropolitan F.C.

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Clem Stephenson

Clement Stephenson (6 February 1890 – 24 October 1961) was an English football player whose 20-year career at Aston Villa and Huddersfield Town included success in both the FA Cup and League Championship. Stephenson's place in history as an inside forward was assured when Herbert Chapman targeted him as the man to lead Huddersfield Town's challenge for three consecutive Football League titles in the 1920s, he also made a single appearance for England in that period.

Polytechnic F.C.

Polytechnic Football Club, originally, Hanover United Football Club is a football club from Chiswick, West London, England. It is believed to be the first football club to use United in its name. The club is a full member of the Football Association and, the Amateur Football Alliance and currently play in the Southern Amateur League Senior Division 1; they are an FA Charter Standard Club. It was named "Polytechnic" after the former name of the current University of Westminster (The Royal Polytechnic Institution).

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