1907–08 FA Cup

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1907–08 FA Cup
Country England
Champions Wolverhampton Wanderers
Runners-up Newcastle United

The 1907–08 FA Cup was the 37th staging of the world's oldest association football competition, the Football Association Challenge Cup (more usually known as the FA Cup). Wolverhampton Wanderers won the competition for the second time, beating Newcastle United 3–1 in the final at Crystal Palace.

Matches were scheduled to be played at the stadium of the team named first on the date specified for each round, which was always a Saturday. If scores were level after 90 minutes had been played, a replay would take place at the stadium of the second-named team later the same week. If the replayed match was drawn further replays would be held at neutral venues until a winner was determined. If scores were level after 90 minutes had been played in a replay, a 30-minute period of extra time would be played.

Thirteen of the First Division's twenty clubs were defeated by lower division opposition; this figure remains a record number for a single season. Three of the four semi finalists were from outside the elite division and the cup itself was won by a second tier club.[1]

Calendar[edit]

The format of the FA Cup for the season had a preliminary round, five qualifying rounds, four proper rounds, and the semi finals and final.

Round Date
Preliminary Round Saturday 21 September 1907
First Round Qualifying Saturday 5 October 1907
Second Round Qualifying Saturday 19 October 1907
Third Round Qualifying Saturday 2 November 1907
Fourth Round Qualifying Saturday 23 November 1907
Fifth Round Qualifying Saturday 7 December 1907
First Round Proper Saturday 11 January 1908
Second Round Proper Saturday 1 February 1908
Third Round Proper Saturday 22 February 1908
Fourth Round Proper Saturday 7 March 1908
Semi-Finals Saturday 28 March 1908
Final Saturday 25 April 1908

First round proper[edit]

36 of the 40 clubs from the First and Second divisions joined the 12 clubs who came through the qualifying rounds. Of the League sides not exempt to this round, Oldham Athletic, Glossop and Chesterfield were put into the Fifth Qualifying Round, and each one won. Clapton Orient were placed in the Preliminary Round, and won through to the Third Qualifying Round before losing to Southend United. Nine non-league clubs joined the three League sides in winning through to the First Round Proper.

Sixteen non-league sides were exempt to the First Round to bring the total number of teams up to 64. These were:

Southampton
Millwall
Queens Park Rangers
Crystal Palace
Swindon Town
Plymouth Argyle
Reading
Portsmouth
Luton Town
Bristol Rovers
Norwich City
West Ham United F.C.
Brighton & Hove Albion
Watford
Brentford
Tottenham Hotspur

32 matches were scheduled to be played on Saturday 11 January 1908. Eight matches were drawn and went to replays in the following midweek, of which one went to a second replay.

Tie no Home team Score Away team Date
1 Chesterfield 4–0 Stockton 11 January 1908
2 Bristol City 0–0 Grimsby Town 11 January 1908
Replay Grimsby Town 2–1 Bristol City 15 January 1908
3 Burnley 1–2 Southampton 11 January 1908
4 Bury 2–1 Millwall 11 January 1908
5 Liverpool 4–2 Derby County 11 January 1908
6 Stoke 5–0 Lincoln City 11 January 1908
7 Notts County 2–0 Middlesbrough 11 January 1908
8 Aston Villa 3–0 Stockport County 11 January 1908
9 Bolton Wanderers 5–0 Woking 11 January 1908
10 West Bromwich Albion 1–1 Birmingham 11 January 1908
Replay Birmingham 1–2 West Bromwich Albion 15 January 1908
11 Luton Town 3–8 Fulham 11 January 1908
12 Gainsborough Trinity 1–0 Watford 11 January 1908
13 Everton 1–0 Tottenham Hotspur 11 January 1908
14 Swindon Town 0–0 Sheffield United 11 January 1908
Replay Sheffield United 2–3 Swindon Town 16 January 1908
15 Leicester Fosse 2–0 Blackburn Rovers 11 January 1908
16 Woolwich Arsenal 0–0 Hull City 11 January 1908
Replay Hull City 4–1 Woolwich Arsenal 16 January 1908
17 Newcastle United 2–0 Nottingham Forest 11 January 1908
18 New Brompton 3–1 Sunderland 11 January 1908
19 Queens Park Rangers 1–0 Reading 11 January 1908
20 Northampton Town 0–1 Bristol Rovers 11 January 1908
21 Glossop 0–0 Manchester City 11 January 1908
Replay Manchester City 6–0 Glossop 15 January 1908
22 Coventry City 2–4 Crystal Palace 11 January 1908
23 West Ham United 1–0 Rotherham Town 11 January 1908
24 Brighton & Hove Albion 1–1 Preston North End 11 January 1908
Replay Preston North End 1–1 Brighton & Hove Albion 16 January 1908
Replay Preston North End 0–1 Brighton & Hove Albion 20 January 1908
25 Manchester United 3–1 Blackpool 11 January 1908
26 Norwich City 2–0 Sheffield Wednesday 11 January 1908
27 Plymouth Argyle 1–0 Barnsley 11 January 1908
28 Bradford City 1–1 Wolverhampton Wanderers 11 January 1908
Replay Wolverhampton Wanderers 1–0 Bradford City 15 January 1908
29 Carlisle United 2–2 Brentford 11 January 1908
Replay Brentford 1–3 Carlisle United 15 January 1908
30 Oldham Athletic 2–1 Leeds City 11 January 1908
31 Chelsea 9–1 Worksop Town 11 January 1908
32 Hastings & St Leonards United 0–1 Portsmouth 11 January 1908

Second Round Proper[edit]

The sixteen second round matches were played on Saturday 1 February 1908. Five matches were drawn, with the replays taking place in the following midweek. One of these, the Stoke against Gainsborough Trinity match, went to a second replay the following week.

Tie no Home team Score Away team Date
1 Liverpool 1–1 Brighton & Hove Albion 1 February 1908
Replay Brighton & Hove Albion 0–3 Liverpool 5 February 1908
2 Southampton 1–0 West Bromwich Albion 1 February 1908
3 Stoke 1–1 Gainsborough Trinity 1 February 1908
Replay Gainsborough Trinity 2–2 Stoke 5 February 1908
Replay Stoke 3–1 Gainsborough Trinity 10 February 1908
4 Notts County 1–1 Bolton Wanderers 1 February 1908
Replay Bolton Wanderers 2–1 Notts County 5 February 1908
5 Aston Villa 3–0 Hull City 1 February 1908
6 Grimsby Town 6–2 Carlisle United 1 February 1908
7 Wolverhampton Wanderers 2–0 Bury 1 February 1908
8 Swindon Town 2–1 Queens Park Rangers 1 February 1908
9 Newcastle United 2–0 West Ham United 1 February 1908
10 Manchester City 1–1 New Brompton 1 February 1908
Replay New Brompton 1–2 Manchester City 5 February 1908
11 Fulham 2–1 Norwich City 1 February 1908
12 Bristol Rovers 2–0 Chesterfield 1 February 1908
13 Portsmouth 1–0 Leicester Fosse 1 February 1908
14 Manchester United 1–0 Chelsea 1 February 1908
15 Plymouth Argyle 2–3 Crystal Palace 1 February 1908
16 Oldham Athletic 0–0 Everton 1 February 1908
Replay Everton 6–1 Oldham Athletic 5 February 1908

Third round proper[edit]

The eight third-round matches were scheduled for Saturday 22 February 1908. There were two replays, played in the following midweek.

Tie no Home team Score Away team Date
1 Southampton 2–0 Bristol Rovers 22 February 1908
2 Aston Villa 0–2 Manchester United 22 February 1908
3 Bolton Wanderers 3–3 Everton 22 February 1908
Replay Everton 3–1 Bolton Wanderers 26 February 1908
4 Grimsby Town 1–0 Crystal Palace 22 February 1908
5 Wolverhampton Wanderers 2–0 Swindon Town 22 February 1908
6 Newcastle United 3–1 Liverpool 22 February 1908
7 Manchester City 1–1 Fulham 22 February 1908
Replay Fulham 3–1 Manchester City 26 February 1908
8 Portsmouth 0–1 Stoke 22 February 1908

Fourth Round Proper[edit]

The four quarter final matches were scheduled for Saturday 7 March 1908. The Everton against Southampton game was drawn, and replayed on 11 March.

Tie no Home team Score Away team Date
1 Stoke 0–1 Wolverhampton Wanderers 7 March 1908
2 Everton 0–0 Southampton 7 March 1908
Replay Southampton 3–2 Everton 11 March 1908
3 Newcastle United 5–1 Grimsby Town 7 March 1908
4 Fulham 2–1 Manchester United 7 March 1908

Semi-Finals[edit]

The semi-final matches were played on Saturday 28 March 1908. Newcastle United won their tie against Fulham 6–0, which remains a record for an FA Cup semi-final. In the other tie, Wolverhampton Wanderers won against Southampton to meet Newcastle in the final.


Final[edit]

Main article: 1908 FA Cup Final

The Final was contested by Wolverhampton Wanderers and Newcastle United at Crystal Palace. Newcastle had just finished 4th in the First Division during this season, after two successive league titles and this was their third FA Cup final appearance in 4 years (although they had yet to win). Their 6–0 thrashing of Fulham in the semi-final is a record win for a semi final. By contrast, Wolves had finished 9th in the Second Division.

Nevertheless, Wolves upset the odds by winning the match 3–1, with goals by Kenneth Hunt, George Hedley and Billy Harrison. James Howey scored the Magpies' reply. The Lord Mayor of London, Sir John Bell, then handed the trophy to Wolves' captain, Billy Wooldridge.

Match details[edit]

25 April 1908
14:30 BST
Wolverhampton Wanderers 3 – 1 Newcastle United
Hunt Goal 40'
Hedley Goal 43'
Harrison Goal 85'
Howie Goal 73'
Crystal Palace Park, London
Attendance: 74,967
Referee: T. P Campbell
Wolverhampton Wanderers
Newcastle United[2]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

General
Specific
  1. ^ "1908 - The Giant Killers". "Captain Beecher". Retrieved 6 October 2010. 
  2. ^ FA Cup Final kits, 1900-1909