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1893 FA Cup Final

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1893 FA Cup Final
The victorious Wolves team
Event1892–93 FA Cup
Date25 March 1893
VenueFallowfield Stadium, Manchester
RefereeC. J. Hughes
Attendance45,000 (official)
c. 60,000 (estimate)
1892
1894

The 1893 FA Cup Final was a football game contested by Wolverhampton Wanderers and Everton. Wolves won by a single goal, scored by Harry Allen.

This was the only time the final was staged at Fallowfield Stadium. Although the official attendance was 45,000, it is estimated that close to 60,000 spectators were actually in the ground. The overcrowding delayed the kick off and meant the pitch was often encroached upon during the game. Play was impeded so much that Everton, beaten 0–1, unsuccessfully demanded a replay afterwards, arguing the environment was not fit for a competitive match.

Everton had come into the match as favourites. Only a week earlier, they had sent their reserves to face Wolves in a league match to allow their first team time to rest before their semi-final replay. The reserves beat Wolves' Cup final team 4–2 at Molineux, boosting Everton's confidence.

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Match summary

The match in progress

Everton dominated the first half but saw their wingers hindered by the stray feet of the encroaching spectators on the touchline. To counteract this obstruction, both sides began to resort to a long ball game through the centre of the field. This tactic failed to provide any goals in the opening 45 minutes.

As the second half progressed, Everton began to tire, perhaps feeling the effects of 4 games in 10 days. On the hour mark, Wolves captain Harry Allen launched a hopeful lob from distance, which was misjudged by Williams and allowed to bounce into the net. Everton complained that the crowd had impeded their attempts to clear the ball, thus presenting Allen with the opportunity in the first place.

Wolverhampton Wanderers Cigarette Card

At the final whistle, the crowd invaded the pitch to mob the victorious Wolves players who had claimed their club's first ever FA Cup triumph.

Match details

Wolverhampton Wanderers1–0Everton
Allen  60'
Attendance: 45,000
Referee: C. J. Hughes
Wolverhampton Wanderers
Everton
Billy Rose
Dickie Baugh
George Swift
Billy Malpass
Harry Allen (c)
George Kinsey
Robert Topham
David Wykes
Joe Butcher
Harry Wood
Arthur Griffin
Manager:
Jack Addenbrooke
Richard Williams
Bob Howarth (c)
Bob Kelso
Dickie Boyle
Johnny Holt
Alec Stewart
Alex Latta
Patrick Gordon
Alan Maxwell
Edgar Chadwick
Alf Milward
Manager:
Dick Molyneux

Route to the Final

Wolverhampton Wanderers

Round 1: Wolverhampton Wanderers 1–1 Bolton Wanderers

  • Replay: Bolton Wanderers 1–2 Wolverhampton Wanderers

Round 2: Wolverhampton Wanderers 2–1 Middlesbrough

Quarter-final: Wolverhampton Wanderers 5–0 Darwen

Semi-final: Wolverhampton Wanderers 2–1 Blackburn Rovers

(at the Town Ground, Nottingham)

Everton

Round 1: Everton 4–1 West Bromwich Albion

Round 2: Everton 4–2 Nottingham Forest

Quarter-final: Everton 3–0 Sheffield Wednesday

Semi-final: Everton 2–2 Preston North End

(at Bramall Lane)
  • Replay: Everton 0–0 Preston North End
(at Bramall Lane)
  • Replay: Everton 2–1 Preston North End
(at Ewood Park)

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