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1896 FA Cup Final
Event 1895–96 FA Cup
Date 18 April 1896
Venue Crystal Palace, London
Referee William Simpson
Attendance 48,836

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


Tournament formatEdit

Clubs competed for a new trophy, which remains the oldest surviving FA Cup trophy, although it was retired from use in 1910.[1]

The FinalEdit

The Wednesday players posing with the trophy

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?",[This quote needs a citation] 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!".[This quote needs a citation] "But how? for only one shot passed me!".[This quote needs a citation] Replied a confused Tennant.

Match detailsEdit

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

Route to the FinalEdit

The WednesdayEdit

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 WanderersEdit

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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