1914 FA Cup Final

The 1914 FA Cup Final was a football match between Burnley and Liverpool on 25 April 1914 at Crystal Palace, London. It was the final match of the 1913–14 FA Cup, the 43rd season of the country's primary cup competition, the Football Association Challenge Cup, better known as the FA Cup. Both teams were appearing in their first final.[1]

1914 FA Cup Final
1914 fa cup final programme.jpg
Official programme
Event1913–14 FA Cup
Date25 April 1914
VenueCrystal Palace, London
RefereeHerbert Bamlett (Gateshead)

Both teams entered the competition in the first round. Burnley's matches ranged from comfortable victories to close affairs. They beat Bolton Wanderers 3–0 in the third round, but beat Sheffield United 1–0 in a replay of their semi-final which finished 0–0. Liverpool matches were generally close affairs, two of their five ties went to a replay. Apart from a 5–1 victory in their third round replay against West Ham United, their biggest margin of victory was by two goals.

Watched by a crowd of 72,778, including King George V, who became the first reigning monarch to attend a FA Cup Final and to present the trophy to the winners,[2] the first half was goalless. Burnley opened the scoring the 57th minute, when ex-Evertonian Bert Freeman scored.[3] Liverpool could not find an equaliser in the remaining minutes and Burnley won the match 1–0 to win their first and to date only FA Cup.

The match was the last FA Cup Final to be played at Crystal Palace.[4]



(Left): A moment of the match; (right): King George V presenting the 1914 FA Cup trophy to Burnley captain Tommy Boyle
Freeman   57' Report
Attendance: 72,778 (Also reported as 74,093)
GK   Ronnie Sewell
FB   Tom Bamford
FB   David Taylor
WH   George Halley
CH   Tommy Boyle (c)
HB   Billy Watson
MF   Billy Nesbitt
IF   Dick Lindley
CF   Bert Freeman
IF   Teddy Hodgson
MF   Eddie Mosscrop
  John Haworth
GK   Ken Campbell
FB   Ephraim Longworth (c)
FB   Bob Pursell
HB   Thomas Fairfoul
HB   Robert Ferguson
HB   Donald McKinlay
OF   Jackie Sheldon
IF   Tom Miller
CF   Arthur Metcalf
IF   James Nicholl
OF   Bill Lacey
  Tom Watson



  1. ^ "Burnley defeat Liverpool in FA Cup Final | Century Ireland". www.rte.ie. Retrieved 17 November 2018.
  2. ^ Smith, Mike (2014). The Road to Glory - Burnley's FA Cup Triumph in 1914. Grosvenor House Publishing Ltd. ISBN 9781781482605.
  3. ^ "FA Cup Final 1914". Fa-cupfinals.co.uk. 24 October 2007. Archived from the original on 24 October 2007. Retrieved 17 November 2018.
  4. ^ "When the FA Cup Final Was Played in the Shadow of the Crystal Palace". VICE Sports. 25 May 2017. Retrieved 17 November 2018.