1889 American Cup

The 1889 American Cup was the fifth edition of the soccer tournament organized by the American Football Association. The Fall River Rovers won their second consecutive title by defeating the Newark Caledonians in the final.

1889 American Cup
CountryUnited States
Teams15
ChampionsFall River Rovers
Runners-upNewark Caledonians
Matches played17
Goals scored73 (4.29 per match)
1888
1890

ParticipantsEdit

Newcomers to the tournament were the Paterson Rangers and Trenton Rovers. Absent was the Ansonia team while New York was defunct and the Kearny Rangers had amalgamated with ONT.

  • New Jersey- Trenton, Trenton Rovers, Paterson, Paterson Rangers, Clark O.N.T., Alma, Tiffany Rovers, and, Newark Caledonian.
  • New York- Thistles and Amateur League.
  • New England- Fall River Olympics, Providence Athletics, Pawtucket Free Wanderers, Fall River Rovers, Fall River East Ends.

First roundEdit

The Fall River Olympics drew a first round bye. The first game between the Almas and Paterson was not completed due to the ball bursting early in the second half. Paterson refused to continue so Alma claimed the contest. However, after a meeting of the delegates it was decided that the game should be replayed because the game had started without a referee in the first place. Clark ONT was awarded their replay match as a result of Trenton Rovers failure to appear.

Paterson Rangersw/oAmateur League
Paterson, NJ

Trenton1–3Thistle
Trenton, NJ

Providence0–5Pawtucket
1' Mullarkey
35' Lennox
Lennox
Mullarkey
Sandilands
Eagle street grounds, Providence, RI
Attendance: 1000

Providence: GK Bailey, DF G.Clegg, McDonald, MF Davina, Cook, Start, FW Thorney, Cook, Axon, Brennan, Healabourn. Pawtucket: GK Watmouth, DF H.Stuart, A.Love, MF J.Dalton, F.Finn, D.Smith, FW Hardy, Mullarkey, Murray, Sandilands, Fd.Lennox.


Trenton Rovers0-0O.N.T.
East State Street grounds, Trenton, NJ

Fall River Rovers7-0East Ends
Fall River, MA
Attendance: 800+

Caledonians4-4Tiffany Rovers
ONT grounds

Alma2-1Paterson
Shooting Park

replaysEdit

ONTw/oTrenton Rovers
Newark, NJ

Alma3-0Paterson
ONT grounds

Caledonians4-1Tiffany Rovers
ONT grounds
Referee: A.Craig

Caledonian- GK J.Thompson, DF J.Byrne, D.Gloak, MF W.Barr, R.McDonald, W.Hood, FW R.McWilliams, T.Hendry, R.Barr, W.Thornton, J.Heron. Tiffany- GK W.Healy, DF T.Crann, M.Flannery, MF D.McCune, E.Hinkley, J.Singleton, FW J.Jeffs, M.Downs, A.Hinkley, T.Flynn, J.Norton.

Second roundEdit

Pawtucket drew a second round bye.

Thistle7-1Paterson Rangers
ONT grounds

Fall River Rovers4-0Olympics
30' Bruckshaw
60' Cornell
61' Bell
66' Bruckshaw
Fall River, MA
Attendance: 2500
Referee: H.Ball

Rovers: GK Shea, DF Harwood, Fagan, MF Bradley, Waring, Lonsdale, FW Bell, Bruckshaw, Buckley, Bell, Cornell. Olympics: GK Brackell, DF Williamson, Lee, MF Tomlinson, Pilling, Brown, FW Hoctor, Corbet, Taylor, Ingham, Randall.


Alma0-3Caledonian
McCormack
Barr
Williamson
Shooting Park
Referee: P.Hughes

Alma: GK F.Farrow, DF E.Morton, G.Wright, MF J.Britchford, J.Hood, R.Patterson, FW J.Gray, P.Brennan, H.Shaw, Walter Taylor, J.Smith. Caledonian: GK J.Thompson, DF G.Gloak, J.Brown, MF W.Barr, R.McDonald, W.Stalker, FW R.McWilliams, T.Hendry, J.McCormack, J.Williamson, R.Barr.

Third roundEdit

ONT drew a bye.

Thistle4-5Caledonian
Barber(2)
Jamieson(2)
McWilliams
R.Barr
J.Hendry
McCormac(2)
ONT grounds
Referee: W.Turner

Pawtucket1-2Fall Rivers Rovers
60' Mullarkey 5' Cornell
32' Bell(Buckley)
Attendance: 6000

SemifinalEdit

Caledonians drew a bye.

Fall River Rovers7-0ONT

FinalEdit

Newark Caledonians0–4Fall River Rovers
ONT Grounds
Attendance: 700

SourcesEdit

  • Outing
  • National Police Gazette
  • New York Herald
  • New York Times
  • Spirit of the Times
  • Trenton Times
  • Fall River Herald
  • Daily Advertiser
  • Evening News
  • Sunday Call