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.[1]

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,[2] the first half was goalless. Burnley opened the scoring the 57th minute, when ex-Evertonian Bert Freeman scored.[3] 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 King George V presents the FA Cup 1914
King George V presents the 1914 FA Cup trophy to Burnley captain Tommy Boyle.

The match was the last FA Cup Final to be played at Crystal Palace.[4]

1914 FA Cup Final
Event1913–14 FA Cup
Burnley Liverpool
1 0
Date25 April 1914
VenueCrystal Palace, London
RefereeHerbert Bamlett (Gateshead)



Freeman Goal 57' Report
GK England Ronnie Sewell
FB England Tom Bamford
FB Scotland David Taylor
WH Scotland George Halley
CH England Tommy Boyle (c)
HB England Billy Watson
MF England Billy Nesbitt
IF England Dick Lindley
CF England Bert Freeman
IF England Teddy Hodgson
MF England Eddie Mosscrop
England John Haworth
GK Scotland Ken Campbell
FB England Ephraim Longworth (c)
FB Scotland Bob Pursell
HB Scotland Thomas Fairfoul
HB Scotland Robert Ferguson
HB Scotland Donald McKinlay
OF England Jackie Sheldon
IF Scotland Tom Miller
CF England Arthur Metcalf
IF Scotland James Nicholl
OF Ireland Bill Lacey
England Tom Watson



  1. ^ "Burnley defeat Liverpool in FA Cup Final | Century Ireland". www.rte.ie. Retrieved 17 November 2018.
  2. ^ Smith, Mike (2014). The Road to Glory - Burnley's FA Cup Triumph in 1914. Grosvenor House Publishing Ltd. ISBN 9781781482605.
  3. ^ "FA Cup Final 1914". Fa-cupfinals.co.uk. 24 October 2007. Archived from the original on 24 October 2007. Retrieved 17 November 2018.
  4. ^ "When the FA Cup Final Was Played in the Shadow of the Crystal Palace". VICE Sports. 25 May 2017. Retrieved 17 November 2018.


Bert Freeman

Bertram Clewley Freeman (1 October 1885 – 11 August 1955) was an English footballer. He played as a centre forward for clubs Woolwich Arsenal, Everton, Burnley and Wigan Borough. Freeman was one of the most prolific goal-scorers of his time, winning one First Division and two Second Division Golden Boots. He was also capped at the senior level for England.

Bob Pursell (footballer, born 1889)

Robert Russell Pursell (18 March 1889 – 24 May 1974) was a footballer who played for Liverpool in the early 20th century. He was the elder brother of Peter Pursell and uncle of the similarly named Robert Wilson Pursell. He played in the 1914 FA Cup Final, but was banned for life for his part in the 1915 British football betting scandal. However his ban was lifted for his actions in World War I, and he went on to play for Port Vale, before retiring with a broken leg in 1922.

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.


Cliviger is a civil parish in the Borough of Burnley, in Lancashire, England. It is situated to the southeast of Burnley, and northwest of Todmorden, having a population of 2,238. Although the whole parish lies within the Borough of Burnley it is actually split between three postal towns, with a few farms lying in either the Todmorden or Bacup postal areas.

Nowadays, it is mainly a dormitory area for people working in Burnley and other towns in East Lancashire and West Yorkshire.

Contrary to popular (and in some cases mistaken local) belief there is no village of "Cliviger". The principal settlements within the parish are Walk Mill, Southward Bottom, Overtown, Mereclough and Holme Chapel.

According to the United Kingdom Census 2011, the parish has a population of 2,238, a decrease from 2,350 in the 2001 census.

Ephraim Longworth

Ephraim Longworth (2 October 1887 – 7 January 1968), was an England international footballer for Liverpool in the early part of the twentieth century.

Herbert Bamlett

Herbert Bamlett (1 March 1882 – October 1941) was an English football manager and referee. He was only 32 when he refereed the 1914 FA Cup Final between Liverpool and Burnley.He started in football management in the same year at Oldham Athletic during the club's halcyon days, before moving on to Wigan Borough (1921–1923), Middlesbrough (1923–1926), and then to Manchester United in April 1927, after a break. He remained there until 1931, resigning in part after United lost 12 consecutive matches during the 1930–31 season.Coincidentally, in 1909 he had refereed the FA Cup fourth round (quarter-final) tie between Burnley and his future charges United – calling the game off due to heavy snow, at 1–0 to Burnley and with only 18 minutes left to play. He also refereed the 1914 match between Scotland and England.

James Nicholl

James (or Jimmy) Nicholl (born 1890 in Port Glasgow, died circa 1955) was a Scottish footballer who played as a forward. Nicholl played in England for his entire professional career, beginning with Middlesbrough, where he made 56 appearances, scoring 13 goals, before joining Liverpool in January 1914. He played at Anfield for eighteen months, and featured in the 1914 FA Cup final, but his career was ended early by the outbreak of World War I.

Jerry Dawson (footballer, born 1888)

Jeremiah Dawson (18 March 1888 – 8 August 1970) was an English professional football goalkeeper. Dawson is most notable for holding the record of having played the most ever league games for Burnley.

Kenny Campbell

Kenneth Campbell (6 September 1892 – 28 April 1971) was a Scottish footballer, who played as a goalkeeper for Liverpool, Partick Thistle, New Brighton, Stoke City and Leicester City. Campbell also played in eight full international matches for Scotland between 1920 and 1922.

Ronnie Sewell

Walter Ronald Sewell (19 July 1890 – 4 February 1945) was an English professional footballer (goalkeeper) who played for Gainsborough Trinity, Burnley, Blackburn Rovers and England.

Sewell was born at Wingate, County Durham and started off by playing for Wingate Albion, a local amateur team. In the summer of 1911 he was signed as a professional by Gainsborough Trinity (who at the time were members of the Football League Second Division), and immediately became a regular member of their first team in what proved to be the club's final season in the Football League, missing only one of the 38 League matches.

The following season he joined Burnley, for whom he appeared in their 1914 FA Cup Final victory against Liverpool, although he never really established himself as a first team regular in a Turf Moor career which was interrupted by the First World War. In all, he made a total of only 23 Football League appearances for Burnley over a seven-year period.

During the 1919-20 season he was transferred to near-neighbours Blackburn Rovers, where he remained until 1927 and where he enjoyed the best of his football career, making 227 Football League appearances for the club and winning one Full International cap for England (v. Wales, 3 March 1924 – a match which, coincidentally, was played at Blackburn).After leaving Blackburn Rovers, Sewell re-joined Gainsborough Trinity and was a member of their Midland League championship-winning side of 1927-28. Whilst playing for Gainsborough in an away Midland League match against Doncaster Rovers Reserves on 9 March 1929, he sustained a hand injury that eventually prompted his retirement from football. By the time his playing days ended, he had become licensee of the Cattle Market Hotel in Lincoln.Ronnie Sewell died in 1945 aged 54.

Tom Fairfoul

Thomas "Tom" Fairfoul (16 January 1881 in West Calder, Lothian – 1952) was a Scottish footballer who played as a right-half. Fairfoul made over 200 senior appearances in Scottish football, playing for Kilmarnock and Third Lanark, before moving south of the border to join Liverpool in 1913. He spent two years with the club, where his fortunes were mixed. He played in the 1914 FA Cup final, ending on the losing side, but was later suspended by the FA for his involvement in the betting scandal of 1915. Fairfoul was re-instated after the break for World War I but did not return to football.

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