1887 American Cup

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The 1887 American Cup was the third edition of the soccer tournament organized by the American Football Association. For the third time since its inception the Clark ONT's were the champions.


The tournament had now increased to nine teams with Newark boasting four entries including the newcomers Tiffany Rovers.

  • Trenton- Trenton F.B.C.
  • New York- West Side, Pilgrims, and New York F.B.C.
  • Paterson- Paterson F.B.C.
  • Newark- Clark O.N.T., Alma, Tiffany Rovers, and Kearny Rangers.

First round[edit]

October 23, 1886
Kearney Rangers 4–0 Tiffany Rovers
15' Gloak
22' Williams
57' C.Gray
Walter Taylor
ONT grounds, East Newark
Referee: J.Joules

Rangers: GK J.Clynch, DF J.McKell, J.Chapman, MF W.Allsop, J.Hearn, D.Morris, FW William Taylor, J.Williams, G.Sergeant, D.Gloak, Walter Taylor(c). Rovers: GK G.Gray, DF T.Crann, J.Shelby, MF J.McCullough, F.Hatfield, D.O'Mara, FW C.Gray, A.Ringley, W.Houston, W.Hinchley, J.Norton.

October 30, 1886
Clark O.N.T. 4–2 Alma
Jack Swithenby
85' Jack Swithenby
87' J.Hood
Frelinghuyson grounds, Newark, New Jersey
Referee: A.Turner

ONT: P.Hughes, H.Holden, A.Pallister, J.Dockray, Joe Swithenby(c), J.Howarth, J.Hood, Jack Swithenby, J.McGurck, J.Swarbrick, J.Connolly. Almas: F.Farrar, C.Moore, G.Wright, E.Morton, R.Patterson, F.Britchtord, J.Lucas, G.Curtin(c), E.P.Garren, J.Grey, T.Faulkeley.

October 30, 1886
New York 5–0 West Side
Oak Point, New York

October 30, 1886
Paterson 1–1 Trenton
Olympic grounds, Paterson, New Jersey

Paterson: GK Dowey, DF B.Henshall(c), J.Hall, MF G.Henshall, E.Gaskell, J.Henshall, FW W.Wyatt, W.Turner, J.W.Warburton, S.Wardle, R.McWilliams. Trenton: GK W.Bradshaw, DF R.Rhodes, Holowan, MF T.McNicol, T.Baddeley, J.James, FW J.Bradshaw, E.Naylor, E.Ward, A.Deearden, D.Baggeley.


November 25, 1886
Trenton 3–2 Paterson
Cricket Grounds, Trenton, New Jersey

Trenton: GK H.Everingham, DF Hullman, Rhodes, MF McNicol, James, Baddeley, FW Openshaw, Ward, Naylor, Baggeley, Deardon.

Second round[edit]

ONT draws a bye.

December 18, 1886
Pilgrims Kearny Rangers

December 25, 1886
Trenton 3–1 New York
East State St grounds, Trenton, New Jersey
Attendance: 700
Referee: R.L.Craig (AFA Pres.)

Trenton: GK Hart Everingham, DF Hullman, Rhodes, MF McNicol(c), James, Baddeley, FW Ward, Openshaw, Naylor, Baggeley, Deardon.

Semifinal round[edit]

Kearny Rangers draw a bye.

February 19, 1887
ONT 5–0 Trenton
44' Swarbrick
ONT grounds Newark, New Jersey
Referee: J.Grant

ONT: P.Hughes, H.Holden, A.Patterson, J.Swithemby, L.Dockray, J.Howarth, J.McGurck, J.Brooks, R.Donnelly, J.Swarbrick, J.Swithemby. Trenton: H.Evenham, G.Holman, R.Rhodes, A.MacNicol, J.James, T.Bradley, E.Openshaw, D.Bagley, A.Reardon, E.Naylor, J.Mart.

Final round[edit]

April 9, 1887
Clark O.N.T. 3–2 Kearny Rangers
40' Jack Swithenby(Swarbrick)
55' Swarbrick(Swithenby)
45' Gluck(Lennox)
Frelinghuysen grounds
Attendance: 600
Referee: T.Narg


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