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The 1883 FA Cup Final was contested by Blackburn Olympic and Old Etonians at the Kennington Oval. Blackburn Olympic won 2–1 after extra time. Jimmy Costley and Arthur Matthews scored for Blackburn; Harry Goodhart for Old Etonians. It was a watershed match for the sport, as for the first time in an FA Cup final a working-class team playing the 'combination game' (passing) were triumphant over a team playing the public school tactics of 'rushing' and 'scrimmages'.[1]

1883 FA Cup Final
EventFA Cup 1882–83
Date31 March 1883
VenueKennington Oval, London
The Blackburn Olympic team which won the cup.

Match detailsEdit

Blackburn Olympic
Old Etonians
Blackburn Olympic 2 (Matthews, Costley)
GK Thomas Hacking
DF James Ward
DF Albert Warburton
MF Thomas Gibson
MF William Astley
MF Jack Hunter
FW Thomas Dewhurst
FW Arthur Matthews  
FW George Wilson
FW Jimmy Costley  
FW John Yates
Old Etonians 1 (Goodhart)
GK John Rawlinson
DF Thomas French
DF Percy de Paravicini
MF Hon Arthur Kinnaird
MF Charles Foley
MF Arthur Dunn
FW Herbert Bainbridge
FW John Chevallier
FW William Anderson
FW Harry Goodhart  
FW Reginald Macaulay


  1. ^ What If There Had Been No Port In The Vale?: Startling Port Vale Stories! (Witan Books, 2011, ISBN 978-0-9529152-8-7), p.40