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1886 FA Cup Final
Event1885–86 FA Cup
Date3 April 1886
VenueKennington Oval, London
RefereeFrancis Marindin
Attendance15,000
Replay
Date10 April 1886
VenueRacecourse Ground, Derby
RefereeFrancis Marindin
Attendance12,000
1885
1887

The 1886 FA Cup Final was contested by Blackburn Rovers and West Bromwich Albion at the Kennington Oval. The match finished goalless, Albion wanted to play extra time but Blackburn Rovers declined, meaning a replay was necessary. The replay was particularly noteworthy in that it took place at Derbyshire County Cricket Club's Racecourse Ground, the first time an FA Cup Final was played outside London. The replay was won 2–0 by Blackburn Rovers, their third successive FA Cup Final victory. The goals came from James Brown and Joe Sowerbutts.

Both games were refereed by Major Francis Marindin.

Route to the final

Blackburn Rovers

Blackburn Rovers
Round Opposition Score
1stClitheroe (a) 2-0
2ndOswaldtwistle Rovers (h)1-0
3rdDarwen Old Wanderers (h)6–1
4thStaveley (h)7–1
5thbye
6thBrentwood (a)3-1
Semi-finalSwifts (n)2-1


West Bromwich Albion

In their third season in the FA Cup, West Bromwich Albion were drawn at home in every round prior to the semi-final. In the first two rounds, they defeated Aston Unity 4–1 and Wednesbury Old Athletic 3–2. The team then received a bye to the fourth round, where they beat Wolverhampton Wanderers by a 3–1 scoreline. Old Carthusians were defeated by a single goal in the fifth round. A hat-trick from Jem Bayliss—the first by an Albion player in the FA Cup—contributed to a 6–0 quarter-final victory over Old Westminsters, putting the club into the FA Cup semi-final for the first time. The semi-final took place at Aston Lower Grounds and was against one of Albion's local rivals, Small Heath Alliance. Albion won 4–0—Arthur Loach and George Woodhall each scoring twice—to become the first Midlands club to reach the FA Cup Final. After the game, Small Heath supporters invaded the pitch and then pelted missiles at vehicles bound for West Bromwich, causing several injuries.

West Bromwich Albion
Round Opposition Score
1stAston Unity (h) 4–1
2ndWednesbury Old Athletic (h)3–2
3rdbye
4thWolverhampton Wanderers (h)3–1
5thOld Carthusians (h)1–0
6thOld Westminsters (h)6–0
Semi-finalSmall Heath Alliance (n)4–0


Final

Teams

Blackburn Rovers 0
GK Herby Arthur
DF Richard Turner
DF Fergus Suter
MF Joseph Heyes
MF Jimmy Forrest
MF Hugh McIntyre
FW Jimmy Douglas
FW Thomas Strahan
FW Joe Sowerbutts
FW Howard Fecitt
FW James Brown (Captain)
West Bromwich Albion 0
GK Bob Roberts
DF Harry Green
DF Harry Bell
MF Ezra Horton
MF Charlie Perry
MF George Timmins
FW George Woodhall
FW Tommy Green
FW Jem Bayliss (Captain)
FW Arthur Loach
FW George Bell

Replay

Teams

Blackburn Rovers 2 (Brown & Sowerbutts)
GK Herby Arthur
DF Richard Turner
DF Fergus Suter
MF Nat Walton
MF Jimmy Forrest
MF Hugh McIntyre
FW Jimmy Douglas
FW Thomas Strahan
FW Joe Sowerbutts Soccerball
FW Howard Fecitt
FW James Brown (Captain) Soccerball
West Bromwich Albion 0
GK Bob Roberts
DF Harry Green
DF Harry Bell
MF Ezra Horton
MF Charlie Perry
MF George Timmins
FW George Woodhall
FW Tommy Green
FW Jem Bayliss (Captain)
FW Arthur Loach
FW George Bell

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