1902 FA Cup Final

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1902 FA Cup Final
Event 1901–02 FA Cup
Date 19 April 1902
Venue Crystal Palace, London
Referee Tom Kirkham
Attendance 76,914
Weather "Bitterly cold"
Replay
Date 26 April 1902
Venue Crystal Palace, London
Referee Tom Kirkham
Attendance 33,068
1901
1903

The 1902 FA Cup Final was contested by Sheffield United and Southampton at Crystal Palace. Southampton became the last team from outside The Football League to reach the final of the FA Cup. The match finished 1–1 after extra time, with the goals scored by Alf Common for Sheffield United and Harry Wood for Southampton.

In the replay, which also took place at Crystal Palace, Sheffield United won 2–1, with goals from George Hedley and Billy Barnes. Albert Brown scored Southampton's goal.


Route to the final[edit]

  • Sheffield United
Round 1 - Northampton Town ( A ) 2–0
Round 2 - Bolton Wanderers ( H ) 2–1
Round 3 - Newcastle United ( A ) 1–1
Replay - Newcastle United ( H ) 2–1
Semi-final - Derby County ( N ) 1–1
Replay - Derby County ( N ) 1–1
Second replay - Derby County ( N ) 1–0
  • Southampton
Round 1 - Tottenham Hotspur ( A ) 1–1
Replay - Tottenham Hotspur ( H ) 2–2
Second replay - Tottenham Hotspur ( N ) 2–1
Round 2 - Liverpool ( H ) 4–1
Round 3 - Bury ( A ) 3–2
Semi-final - Nottingham Forest ( N ) 3–1

Match reports[edit]

First match[edit]

The first match was played at Crystal Palace on 19 April 1902 in front of a crowd of 76,914.

Sheffield United opened the scoring early in the second half with a goal from Alf Common. United appeared to be on the way to victory when, with two minutes to play, Saints' captain Harry Wood equalised. Wood was in an offside position tying up his bootlaces when the ball reached him. After consultation between the referee and his linesman, the officials decided that the ball had struck a United defender thus playing Wood onside.

Foulke's protest[edit]

Sheffield United goalkeeper William "Fatty" Foulke

At the end of the game United's goalkeeper, William "Fatty" Foulke, protested to the officials that the equalizing goal should not have been allowed. Foulke, who was reputed to weigh more than 20 stone, left his dressing room unclothed and angrily pursued the referee, Mr. T. Kirkham, who took refuge in a broom cupboard. Foulke had to be stopped by a group of F.A. officials from wrenching the cupboard door from its hinges to reach the hapless referee.[1]

Replay[edit]

The replay took place a week later on 26 April 1902, again at Crystal Palace, in front of a crowd of 33,068, less than half the number who had watched the first match.

The weather for the replay was bitterly cold, and two minutes into the game, Saints' goalkeeper Jack Robinson slipped to allow George Hedley to score. Saints pressed for an equaliser and Foulke was kept busy throughout the rest of the first half. The pressure continued after half-time and Albert Brown] equalised on the 70th minute with a shot from distance following a pass from Joe Turner.[2]

After drawing level Saints continued on the attack and Foulke was required to make saves from Chadwick, Wood and Lee. It looked as though the match was going into extra-time, when, with ten minutes remaining, Robinson failed to cut out a cross and Billy Barnes only had to "walk" the ball into the unguarded net to score the winner for United.

Match details[edit]

19 April 1902
15:30 GMT
Sheffield United 1–1 Southampton
Common Goal 55' [3] Wood Goal 88'
Crystal Palace, London
Attendance: 76,914[4]
Referee: T. Kirkham, Burslem
Sheffield United
Southampton[1]
Willie Foulke
Harry Thickett
Peter Boyle
Ernest Needham (c)
Bernie Wilkinson
Harry Johnson
Walter Bennett
Alf Common
George Hedley
Fred Priest
Bert Lipsham
Club Secretary:
John Nicholson
Jack Robinson
Charles Burgess Fry
George Molyneux
Samuel Meston
Tommy Bowman
Bert Lee
Archie Turner
Harry Wood (c)
Albert Brown
Edgar Chadwick
Joe Turner
Manager:
Ernest Arnfield

Replay[edit]

26 April 1902
15:30 GMT
Sheffield United 2–1 Southampton
Hedley Goal 2'
Barnes Goal 79'
[3] Brown Goal 70'
Crystal Palace, London
Attendance: 33,068[4]
Referee: T. Kirkham, Burslem
Sheffield United
Southampton[5]
Willie Foulke
Harry Thickett
Peter Boyle
Ernest Needham (c)
Bernie Wilkinson
Harry Johnson
Billy Barnes
Alf Common
George Hedley
Fred Priest
Bert Lipsham
Club Secretary:
John Nicholson
Jack Robinson
Charles Burgess Fry
George Molyneux
Samuel Meston
Tommy Bowman
Bert Lee
Archie Turner
Harry Wood (c)
Albert Brown
Edgar Chadwick
Joe Turner
Manager:
Ernest Arnfield

Match rules

  • 90 minutes.
  • 30 minutes of extra-time if necessary.
  • Replay if scores still level.
  • No substitutes

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b David Bull & Bob Brunskell (2000). Match of the Millennium. Hagiology. pp. 30–33. ISBN 0-9534474-1-3. 
  2. ^ Gary Chalk & Duncan Holley (1987). Saints - A complete record. Breedon Books. p. 30. ISBN 0-907969-22-4. 
  3. ^ a b Match report at fa-cupfinals.co.uk
  4. ^ a b Sporting Chronicle - 1902 FA Cup Final
  5. ^ FA Cup Final kits, 1900-1909

External links[edit]