1913 FA Cup Final

The 1913 FA Cup Final was contested by Aston Villa and Sunderland on 19 April 1913 at London's Crystal Palace. Playing as the home side, Aston Villa won 1–0 on a goal by Tommy Barber on a crossed ball from Charlie Wallace. Wallace had earlier missed a penalty, something that would not occur again in an FA Cup final until the 1988 final between Wimbledon and Liverpool.

It was Sunderland's first appearance in the FA Cup Final and the first time The Football League's top two finishers had vied for the trophy (even though the League would not be decided for another week). On their way to the match Sunderland had to replay their quarter-final twice and then their semi-final once after draws in those contests. Aston Villa was re-appearing in the final after an eight-year absence and their victory was their fifth, equalling the then-current record of the Wanderers and Blackburn Rovers.

During the match Sunderland's Charlie Thomson and Villa's Harry Hampton almost immediately resumed a long-running feud that led to both players being suspended for a month at the start of the following season. The contest was noted for its rough play and led to the withdrawal of Sunderland's invitation to take part in the 1913 Charity Shield match. Referee Mr. A. Adams from Nottingham was also suspended, having allowed no less than 17 minutes for stoppage time.

Old postcard of Aston Villa 1912-13 English Association Cup winners
1913 Aston Villa team after pre-cup game with Chelsea. The three players far right are Littlewood (who did not appear in the cup final), Stephenson, and Barber. Tommy Weston, who did appear in the cup rounds, is not shown.
1913 FA Cup Final
Event1912–13 FA Cup
Aston Villa Sunderland
1 0
Date19 April 1913
VenueCrystal Palace, London
RefereeA. Adams

Route to the final

Aston Villa
Round 1 Derby County 1–3 Aston Villa
Round 2 Aston Villa 5–0 West Ham United
Round 3 Aston Villa 5–0 Crystal Palace
Quarter-final Bradford Park Avenue 0–5 Aston Villa
Semi-final Aston Villa 1–0 Oldham Athletic
  (at Ewood Park)
Round 1 Sunderland 6–0 Clapton Orient
Round 2 Sunderland 2–0 Manchester City
Round 3 Sunderland 4–2 Swindon Town
Quarter-final Sunderland 0–0 Newcastle United
Quarter-final replay Newcastle United 2–2 Sunderland
Quarter-final 2nd replay Newcastle United 0–3 Sunderland
Semi-final Sunderland 0–0 Burnley
  (at Bramall Lane)
Semi-final replay Sunderland 3–2 Burnley
  (at St Andrew's)

Match details

Aston Villa1–0Sunderland
Barber Goal 78'
Aston Villa
Sam Hardy
Tom Lyons
Tommy Weston
Tommy Barber
Jimmy Harrop
Jimmy Leach
Charlie Wallace
Clem Stephenson
Harry Hampton
Harold Halse
Joseph Bache
George Ramsay
Joe Butler
Charlie Gladwin
Harry Ness
Francis Cuggy
Charlie Thomson
Harry Low
Jackie Mordue
Charlie Buchan
Jimmy Richardson
George Holley
Henry Martin
Bob Kyle

Match rules

  • 90 minutes.
  • 30 minutes of extra-time if necessary.
  • Replay if scores still level.


Albert Milton

Albert Milton MM (1885 – 11 October 1917) was an English footballer who played for Sunderland as a full back. He fought in the First World War and was killed at Passchendaele while serving with the Royal Field Artillery in October 1917.

Charles Thomson (footballer, born 1878)

Charles Bellany Thomson (12 June 1878 – 6 February 1936) was a Scottish footballer, who played for Heart of Midlothian, Sunderland and the Scotland national team.

Charlie Buchan

Charles Murray Buchan (22 September 1891 – 25 June 1960) was an English footballer, sporting journalist and commentator.Buchan's playing career started with Woolwich Arsenal before he moved to Leyton. He then went on to join up with Sunderland. With the Black Cats he was the leading scorer for seven of his nine seasons there and remains the club's all-time record League goalscorer. He also won the First Division title in 1913 and got to the 1913 FA Cup Final with Sunderland. During this time Buchan served with the Sherwood Foresters after the outbreak of the First World War, being awarded the Military Medal.He re-joined Woolwich Arsenal now known as Arsenal in 1925 and helped see the club to their first FA Cup final in 1927. Buchan was responsible, along with Herbert Chapman for Arsenal's adoption of the WM formation which eventually brought significant success in the 1930s for the club. He was as well capped six times by the England national football team, scoring four goals.After retiring from football Buchan became a football journalist with the Daily News which was later renamed the News Chronicle. He also wrote one of the first coaching manuals and commentated for the BBC. In 1947, he co-founded the Football Writers' Association. From September 1951 he edited his own football magazine entitled Charles Buchan's Football Monthly, which was published for another 23 years altogether.

Charlie Wallace

Charles William Wallace (20 January 1885 – 26 January 1970) was an English footballer who played for Aston Villa, Crystal Palace and Oldham Athletic.

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.

Francis Cuggy

Francis Cuggy (16 June 1889 – 27 March 1965) was an English footballer who played at right half. He won the Football League championship with Sunderland in 1912–13 and made two appearances for England.

Harry Ness

Harry Marshall Ness (8 June 1885 – 26 June 1957) was an English footballer who played for Barnsley and Sunderland. He was a Full Back.

James Richardson (footballer)

James Richardson (born 1885 in Bridgeton – died August 1951) was a professional footballer and manager, who played for Huddersfield Town, Sunderland, and Ayr United, as well as several other clubs.Richardson joined Sunderland in 1912 and played there for two years, scoring a total of 31 goals over 45 appearances. In his first season with Sunderland he helped them win the league for the first time since the 1894–95 season and the last time until the 1935–36 season. He also played in the 1913 FA Cup Final against Aston Villa, with Sunderland losing 1–0.In the 1914–15 season, while playing for Ayr United, Richardson was joint top goalscorer in the Scottish league, with a total of 29 goals. In 1916, Richardson went to fight in France during the Great War. He returned in 1918 with stomach troubles, but was well enough to join the first team again on 2 November 1918, scoring a hat-trick against Hibernian in a match that ended 5–0.

After retiring as a player Richardson became a manager for several clubs including Ayr United and Cowdenbeath. To this day, the 1924–25 season that Cowdenbeath played with Richardson as manager is still considered their greatest ever performance. For reasons unknown, despite having an incredible season, Richardson left the club after just one year as manager.

After retiring from management, Richardson remained a fan of Ayr United and was spotted at the club as a supporter just a few months prior to his death in August 1951. He remains Ayr United's third highest goalscorer, despite having missed two seasons due to active service. On 4 January 1921, Ayr United held a testimonial match at Somerset Park for Richardson, known amongst fans as "Jimmy's Day".

Joe Butler (footballer, born 1879)

Joseph Henry Butler (1879 – August 1941) was an English professional football goalkeeper who made 457 appearances in the Football League for Stockport County, Clapton Orient, Glossop, Sunderland and Lincoln City. With Sunderland, he won the 1912–13 First Division title and played on the losing side in the 1913 FA Cup Final.

List of Sunderland A.F.C. seasons

Sunderland Association Football Club was founded in 1880 as Sunderland & District Teachers Association Football Club by James Allan. They turned professional in 1885. Sunderland won their first Football League championship in the 1891–92 season two years after joining the league. They won the next Football League First Division on three occasions in four seasons; in 1892, 1893 and 1895, separated by a runner-up spot in 1894. In the 1901–02 season, Sunderland won their fifth Football League First Division championship. They came close to completing the "league and cup double" in the 1912–13 season, winning the league but losing to Aston Villa in the 1913 FA Cup Final. The team's next success came in the 1935–36 season when they won the League Championship and also the Charity Shield. They had not won the FA Cup until the 1936–37 season when they defeated Preston North End in the 1937 FA Cup Final. Sunderland entered The Football League in 1890 and were not relegated from the top division until the 1957–58 season; a total of 58 seasons in the highest division of England. Their next trophy came in the 1973 FA Cup Final as they beat Leeds United 1–0. They reached the 1985 Football League Cup Final but finished as runners-up to Norwich City after being beaten 1–0. In the 1986–87 season Sunderland were relegated to the Football League Third Division for the first time in their history under the management of Lawrie McMenemy, they however, returned to the second division the following season as champions–their lowest position in the English football league system until 2019. Their first appearance in the Premier League came in the 1996–97 season after being promoted as champions from Division One. In winning promotion the club gained 105 points, which was a record at the time. Sunderland gained just 15 points in the 2005–06 season, which set the record for the lowest number of points in a Premier League season, which has since been eclipsed by Derby County.Sunderland have won the League Championship six times, the FA Cup twice, and the Charity Shield three times (including the Sheriff of London Charity Shield). They have been runners-up in the League Championship five times, in the FA Cup twice and in the League Cup twice. In European competitions, Sunderland have reached the second round stage of the UEFA Cup Winners' Cup. The table details the club's achievements in all national and European first-team competitions, and records their top league goalscorer, for each completed season.

Maine Road

Maine Road was a football stadium in Moss Side, Manchester, England, that was home to Manchester City F.C. from 1923 to 2003. It hosted FA Cup semi-finals, Charity Shield matches, a League Cup final and England matches and, because of its high capacity, gained the nickname Wembley of the North. Maine Road holds the record for the highest attendance for a club in their normal home stadium in English club football, set in 1934 at an FA Cup sixth round match between Manchester City and Stoke City.

By Manchester City's last season at Maine Road in 2002–03, it was an all-seater stadium with a capacity of 35,150 and of haphazard design with stands of varying heights due to the ground being renovated several times over its 80-year history. The following season Manchester City moved to the City of Manchester Stadium in East Manchester, a mile from the city centre and near Ardwick where the club originally formed in 1880.

Newcastle United F.C. 0–1 Crystal Palace F.C. (1907)

Newcastle United v Crystal Palace was a football match played on 12 January 1907 at St James' Park, Newcastle. The match was an FA Cup First Round match. The result, a 1–0 victory for Crystal Palace, is notable for being one of the greatest shocks of all time in the history of the FA Cup.The home team, Newcastle United, played in the Football League First Division, the highest level of English football at that time. They had been in the FA Cup final for the previous two seasons and had won the First Division title as recently as 1904–05. They had also maintained an unbeaten at home record which had started on 25 November 1905. Crystal Palace were a non-league side formed the previous year who were playing in the Southern League.

Tom Lyons

Alfred Thomas Lyons (5 July 1885 – October 1938) was an English footballer and cricketer. He played as a wicket-keeper for Staffordshire in the 1913 Minor Counties Cricket Championship.He played for Aston Villa from 1907 to 1915, and then joined Port Vale in January 1917. Five years later he moved on to Walsall as a player-coach. He helped Villa to win the First Division in 1909–10 and the FA Cup in 1913. They also finished second in the league in 1907–08, 1910–11, 1912–13, and 1913–14, and was also on the losing side in the 1910 FA Charity Shield.

Tommy Barber

Thomas Barber (22 July 1886 – 18 September 1925) was an English professional footballer who played in the Football League for Aston Villa, Bolton Wanderers, Merthyr Town and Walsall. He scored the winning goal for Aston Villa in the 1913 FA Cup Final against Sunderland.

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