1872–73 FA Cup

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FA Cup 1872–73
Country England
Champions Wanderers
Runners-up Oxford University

The Football Association Challenge Cup 1872–73 was the second staging of the FA Cup, England's oldest national football tournament. Sixteen teams entered, one more than the previous season, although two of the sixteen never actually played a match.

In keeping with the original concept of it being a "challenge" cup, the holders, Wanderers, were given a bye all the way to the final, for which they were also allowed to select the venue. This was the only season in which the holders were granted these privileges.

Queen's Park were given byes until the semi-finals in order to reduce the amount of travelling necessary, but then withdrew anyway when scheduled to play Oxford University, who therefore received a walk-over to the final.

First round[edit]

Home Club Score Away Club Attendance Date
Barnes 0–1 South Norwood 19 October 1872
Maidenhead 1–0 Marlow 26 October 1872
Clapham Rovers Walkover Hitchin
Queen's Park Bye
Reigate Priory 2–4 Windsor Home Park 26 October 1872
Civil Service 0–3 Royal Engineers 26 October 1872
Upton Park 0–2 1st Surrey Rifles 26 October 1872
Crystal Palace 2–3 Oxford University 26 October 1872

Second round[edit]

Home Club Score Away Club Attendance Date
Royal Engineers Bye
Clapham Rovers 0–3 Oxford University 23 November 1872
Queen's Park Bye
1st Surrey Rifles 0–3 Maidenhead 23 November 1872
South Norwood 1–0 Match void Windsor Home Park 23 November 1872

Replay[edit]

Home Club Score Away Club Attendance Date
Windsor Home Park 3–0 South Norwood 7 December 1872

Third round[edit]

Home Club Score Away Club Attendance Date
Windsor Home Park 0–1 Maidenhead 21 December 1872
Oxford University 1–0 Royal Engineers 9 December 1872
Queen's Park Bye

Fourth round[edit]

Home Club Score Away Club Attendance Date
Oxford University 4–0 Maidenhead 3 February 1873
Queen's Park Bye

Semi-Final[edit]

Home Club Score Away Club Attendance Date
Oxford University Walkover Queen's Park

Final[edit]

Main article: 1873 FA Cup Final

Wanderers were exempt until the final as the 1871–72 Cup winners.

Home Club Score Away Club Attendance Date
Wanderers 2–0 Oxford University 3,000 29 March 1873

The final was played at Lillie Bridge. The attendance of 3,000 was considered low and attributed to the Boat Race occurring later in the same day, so few turned up or in fact stayed for the whole duration of the game.

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