1883 FA Cup Final

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. James 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'.[2]

1883 FA Cup Final
Blackburn Olympic, winners
Event1882–83 FA Cup
After extra time
Date31 March 1883
VenueKennington Oval, London
RefereeMajor Francis Marindin[1]


Blackburn Olympic, coached by former England player, Jack Hunter, had previously eliminated Lower Darwen, Darwen Ramblers and Druids, reaching the final after a 4–0 over Old Carthusians in the semi-final. On the other hand, Old Etonians earned to play their third consecutive final, although they were not the favourites to win the match.[3]

The following is the chronicle of the match, as it appeared on The Morning Post:

The deciding trial in the competition came off at Kennington-Oval on Saturday. The attendance was very large. In the first half the Old Etonians scored a goal, kicked by Goodhart, but matters were balanced when Massie [sic] got the leather through. At the call of time the score stood at a goal each, and then the extra half-hour was entered upon. A very exciting struggle followed, and at about 15 minutes from the call of time Costley headed the ball through, and no further score being made, Blackburn were winners by two goals to one. The Cup was presented by Major Marindin, and Mr. Coddington, MP for Blackburn, acknowledged the compliment on behalf of the winners. The Etonians suffere a severe loss through Dunn getting damaged during the first half, but, by way of a set-off, the Blackburn team had three of their men crippled. It was a grandly-contested trial, and the Blackburn men won by fast play and good condition.[4]

— The Morning Post (London), 2 April 1883

Match detailsEdit

Blackburn Olympic2–1 (a.e.t.)Old Etonians
  107' Costley
Report   Goodhart
Attendance: 8,000
Blackburn Olympic
Old Etonians
GK   Thomas Hacking
DF   James Ward
DF   Albert Warburton
DF   Thomas Gibson
DF   William Astley
MF   Jack Hunter
FW   Thomas Dewhurst
FW   Alfred Matthews
FW   George Wilson
FW   James Costley
FW   John Yates
GK   John Rawlinson
DF   Thomas French
DF   Percy de Paravicini
MF   Arthur Kinnaird
MF   Charles Foley
MF   Arthur Dunn
FW   Herbert Bainbridge
FW   John Chevallier
FW   William Anderson
FW   Harry Goodhart
FW   Reginald Macaulay


  1. ^ a b "1883 FA Cup Final". Sporting Chronicle. Archived from the original on 13 May 2009. Retrieved 26 March 2020.
  2. ^ What If There Had Been No Port In The Vale?: Startling Port Vale Stories!. Witan Books. 2011. p. 40. ISBN 978-0-9529152-8-7.
  3. ^ "FA Cup Final 1883 - Match Report". FA Cup History. Archived from the original on 21 May 2008. Retrieved 26 March 2020.
  4. ^ "Blackburn Olympic v Old Etonians 2-1 (English FA Cup Final: March 31, 1883". Morning Post – via Play Up Liverpool.