1903 Copa del Rey

The Copa del Rey 1903 was the first official staging of the Copa del Rey, the Spanish football cup competition. It followed the 1902 Copa de la Coronación, held to celebrate the coronation of King Alfonso XIII of Spain, which was won by Club Vizcaya de Bilbao (a temporary combination of Bilbao Football Club [es] and Athletic Bilbao) and given to them permanently.[1]

1903 Copa del Rey
1st Copa del Rey
ChampionsAthletic Bilbao (1st title)
Runners-upMadrid CF
Matches played3
Goals scored14 (4.67 per match)
Top goal scorer(s)Spain Juan Astorquia
Spain Armando Giralt
Spain Alejandro de la Sota (2 goals each)


The competition was played on April 6, 7 and 8, 1903. Three teams took part: Athletic Bilbao, Espanyol of Barcelona and Madrid CF. It took the form of a round-robin, but the results of the first two games meant that the third game became the final.[2] That match, held at the Hipódromo in Madrid, saw Athletic Bilbao take the trophy for the first time as a distinct club, beating Madrid 3‑2 after trailing 2‑0 at half time.[2] As a result, the tally of Copa wins by Athletic Bilbao is disputed. The 1902 cup, won by Club Vizcaya, is on display in the Athletic museum, and the club includes the victory in its honours list. However, neither the Liga de Fútbol Profesional (LFP) nor the Real Federación Española de Fútbol (RFEF) official statistics include this as an Athletic win: they count the 1903 cup as its first.


Day 1Edit

Cenarro   Armando Giralt  
Armando Giralt  
José Giralt  
Pedro Parages  


Day 2Edit

Athletic Bilbao4–0Espanyol
Juan Astorquia  
Juan Astorquia  
Alejandro de la Sota  
Walter Evans  


Day 3 (Final)Edit

Athletic Bilbao3–2Madrid
Armand Cazeaux   55'
Eduardo Montejo   70'
Alejandro de la Sota   80'
Marqués de Valdeterrazo   15'
Sánchez Neyra   40'
Referee:   José María Soler


Copa del Rey 1903 Winners
Athletic Bilbao
1st Title


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  2. ^ a b "Copa del Rey Alfonso XIII 1903". Linguasport.com (in Spanish). Retrieved 9 June 2015.
  3. ^ "El Aguanis - Ficha Madrid F.C.-Español 1903".
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  6. ^ "El Aguanis - Ficha Madrid F.C.-Athletic Bilbao 1903".
  7. ^ "Official Athletic Club Website".
  8. ^ "Linguasport - Spanish Cup (F)".