1896 FA Cup Final
Event1895–96 FA Cup
Date18 April 1896
VenueCrystal Palace, London
RefereeWilliam Simpson
Attendance48,836
1895
1897

The 1896 FA Cup Final was won by The Wednesday at the Crystal Palace, in a victory over Wolverhampton Wanderers.

Tournament format

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.

The Final

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.

Match details

18 April 1896
The Wednesday 2–1 Wolverhampton Wanderers Crystal Palace, London
Attendance: 48,836
Referee: William Simpson
Spiksley Goal 1' Goal 18' Black Goal 8'
The Wednesday
Wolverhampton Wanderers
GK Flag of England Jimmy Massey
DF Flag of England Jack Earp (c)
DF Flag of England Ambrose Langley
MF Flag of England Harry Brandon
MF Flag of England Tommy Crawshaw
MF Flag of Scotland Bob Petrie
FW Flag of Scotland Archie Brash
FW Flag of Scotland Alec Brady
FW Flag of Scotland Laurie Bell
FR Flag of England Harry Davis
FL Flag of England Fred Spiksley
Manager:
Flag of England Arthur Dickinson
GK Flag of England Billy Tennant
DF Flag of England Dickie Baugh (c)
DF Flag of Scotland Tommy Dunn
MD Flag of England Billy Owen
MD Flag of England Billy Malpass
MD Flag of England Hill Griffiths
FW Flag of England Jack Tonks
FW Flag of England Charlie Henderson
FW Flag of England Billy Beats
FR Flag of England Harry Wood
FL Flag of Scotland David Black
Manager:
Flag of England Jack Addenbrooke

Route to the Final

The Wednesday

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

(at Goodison Park)
  • Replay: Bolton Wanderers 1–3 The Wednesday
(at the Town Ground, Nottingham)

Wolverhampton Wanderers

Round 1: Notts County 2–2 Wolverhampton Wanderers

  • Replay: Wolverhampton Wanderers 4–3 Notts County

Round 2: Wolverhampton Wanderers 2–0 Liverpool

Quarter-final: Wolverhampton Wanderers 3–0 Stoke City

Semi-final: Wolverhampton Wanderers 2–1 Derby County

(at Villa Park)

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