|Event||1895–96 FA Cup|
|Date||18 April 1896|
|Venue||Crystal Palace, London|
210 teams entered, a record high for the competition, beating the previous record by some 27 clubs. The qualifiers were whittled down to 32 clubs to participate in the competition proper. Clubs competed for a new trophy, which remains the oldest surviving FA Cup trophy, although it was retired from use in 1910.
Fred Spiksley became the star of the show in this Cup Final, scoring the two goals that gave the Wednesday a 2–1 win. Within the first minute, a run by Harry Davis, the outside-right, set up Spiksley to slot home the first. David Black soon equalised for Wolves with a cunning hook close to the post. Spiksley however smashed a shot against the upright which bounced into the goal and then out again. The referee gave a goal. The score stayed the same till the final whistle to give Wednesday their first FA Cup win.
The Wolves goalkeeper Tennant had been injured during the buildup to the winning goal and was dazed as the ball crashed off his bar, bounced down and back out and did not realise a goal had been given. At the end of the game, he walked up to Jack Earp, the Wednesday captain and asked, "When's the replay?", to which he received the reply "There is no replay old man! We won by two goals to one as you will see when we take the medals!". "But how? for only one shot passed me!". Replied a confused Tennant.
| 18 April 1896||The Wednesday||2–1||Wolverhampton Wanderers|| Crystal Palace, London|
Referee: William Simpson
|Spiksley 1' 18'||Black 8'|
Route to the Final
Round 1: Southampton St. Mary's 2–3 The Wednesday
Round 2: The Wednesday 2–1 Sunderland
Quarter-final: The Wednesday 4–0 Everton
Semi-final: The Wednesday 1–1 Bolton Wanderers
Round 1: Notts County 2–2 Wolverhampton Wanderers
Round 2: Wolverhampton Wanderers 2–0 Liverpool
Quarter-final: Wolverhampton Wanderers 3–0 Stoke City
Semi-final: Wolverhampton Wanderers 2–1 Derby County