1903 FA Cup Final

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1903 FA Cup Final
Event 1902–03 FA Cup
Date 18 April 1903
Venue Crystal Palace, London
Referee J Adams
Attendance 63,102

The 1903 FA Cup Final was contested by Bury and Derby County at Crystal Palace. Bury won 6–0, with goals from George Ross, Charlie Sagar, Joe Leeming (2), William Wood and John Plant. The scoreline remains a record for the biggest win in the FA Cup final. Bury and Preston North End (1889) are the only teams to win the FA Cup without conceding a goal in any round.

Route to the final[edit]

  • Bury
Round 1 - Wolverhampton Wanderers ( H ) 1–0
Round 2 - Sheffield United ( A ) 1–0
Round 3 - Notts County ( H ) 1–0
Semi-final - Aston Villa ( N ) 3–0
  • Derby County
Round 1 - Birmingham ( H ) 2–1
Round 2 - Blackburn Rovers ( H ) 2–0
Round 3 - Stoke ( H ) 3–0
Semi-final - Millwall ( N ) 3–0

Match details[edit]

18 April 1903[1]
15:00 GMT
Bury 6–0 Derby County
Ross Goal 20'
Sagar Goal 48'
Leeming Goal 56' Goal 76'
Wood Goal 57'
Plant Goal 59'
Crystal Palace, London
Attendance: 63,102[2]
Referee: J. Adams
Derby County[3]
Hugh Monteith
Jimmy Lindsay
James McEwen
John Johnston
Frank Thorpe
George Ross (c)
Billy Richards
Willie Wood
Charlie Sagar
Joe Leeming
John Plant
H. S. Hamer
Jack Fryer
Jimmy Methven
Charlie Morris
Ben Warren
Archie Goodall (c)
Johnny May
Joe Warrington
Charlie York
John Boag
George Richards
George Davis
Harry Newbould

Match rules

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

Match summary[edit]

Derby came into the final without the injured Steve Bloomer, but even so they had the stronger side on paper. However, the match turned out to be one of the most one-sided ever played, and Bury's 6–0 victory remains a record for the biggest win in the FA Cup final. Bury also equalled another record, winning the Cup without conceding a goal in any round.[2]

Derby's play was so poor that Bury were never fully extended. Monteith, the Bury goalkeeper, had little to do whilst defenders McEwen and Ross contributed much to Bury's crushing victory. Richards led the attack although he didn't score; Leeming scored twice with Bury's other goals coming from Ross, Sagar, Wood and Plant.[2]