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.
1913 Aston Villa team after pre-cup game with Chelsea. The three players far right are Littlewood (who did not appear in the cup final), Stephenson, and Barber. Tommy Weston, who did appear in the cup rounds, is not shown.
37 of the 40 clubs from the First and Second divisions joined the 12 clubs who came through the qualifying rounds. Three sides, Stockport County, Lincoln City and Glossop were entered instead at the Fourth Qualifying Round. Lincoln lost to South Shields in the fifth qualifying round, while the other two and ten other non-league clubs won through to the First Round Proper.
15 non-league sides were given byes to the First Round to bring the total number of teams up to 64. These were:
32 matches were scheduled to be played on Saturday, 11 January 1913, although only half of the matches were played on this date due to bad weather. Twelve were played in the following midweek fixture, while four were played the following Saturday. Nine matches were drawn and went to replays in the following midweek fixture. One of these matches went to a second replay the following week.
The 16 Second Round matches were played on Saturday, 1 February 1913. Four matches were drawn, with the replays taking place in the following midweek fixture. One of these went to a second replay the following week.
The four Fourth Round matches were scheduled for Saturday, 8 March 1913. There was one replay, the Tyne-Wear derby between Newcastle United and Sunderland, played in the following midweek fixture. This went to a second replay the following week, which Sunderland won. As of March 2012, this is the only time all four home teams failed to score in the FA Cup quarter finals, ignoring any replays.
The Final was contested by Aston Villa and Sunderland on 19 April 1913 at London's Crystal Palace. Aston Villa won 1–0, with a goal by Tommy Barber assisted by a crossed ball from Charlie Wallace. Wallace had earlier missed a penalty, something that would not occur again in FA Cup play until the 1988 final between Wimbledon and Liverpool.