1914–15 FA Cup

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1914–15 FA Cup
Country England
Champions Sheffield United
Runners-up Chelsea

The 1914–15 FA Cup was the 44th season of the world's oldest association football competition, the Football Association Challenge Cup (more usually known as the FA Cup), and the last to be held before the cancellation of all football competitions since due to World War I. Sheffield United won the competition for the third time, beating Chelsea 3–0 in the final at Old Trafford, Manchester.

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.

Calendar[edit]

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

Round Date
Extra Preliminary Round Saturday 12 September 1914
Preliminary Round Saturday 26 September 1914
First Round Qualifying Saturday 10 October 1914
Second Round Qualifying Saturday 24 October 1914
Third Round Qualifying Saturday 7 November 1914
Fourth Round Qualifying Saturday 21 November 1914
Fifth Round Qualifying Saturday 5 December 1914
Sixth Round Qualifying Saturday 19 December 1914
First Round Proper Saturday 9 January 1915
Second Round Proper Saturday 30 January 1915
Third Round Proper Saturday 20 February 1915
Fourth Round Proper Saturday 6 March 1915
Semi-Finals Saturday 27 March 1915
Final Saturday 24 April 1915

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. Four sides, Lincoln City, Nottingham Forest, Leicester Fosse and Glossop were entered instead at the Sixth Qualifying Round. Of these, only Leicester went out at the qualifying stages, while the other three and nine non-league clubs won through.

Sixteen non-league sides were given byes 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
Gillingham
Cardiff City
Norwich City
Exeter City
Northampton Town
Southend United
West Ham United
Brighton & Hove Albion

32 matches were scheduled to be played on Saturday, 9 January 1915. Six matches were drawn and went to replays in the following midweek fixture.

Tie no Home team Score Away team Date
1 Birmingham 2–2 Crystal Palace 9 January 1915
Replay Birmingham 3–0 Crystal Palace 13 January 1915
2 Blackpool 1–2 Sheffield United 9 January 1915
3 Darlington 0–1 Bradford City 9 January 1915
4 Bristol City 2–0 Cardiff City 9 January 1915
5 Burnley 3–1 Huddersfield Town 9 January 1915
6 Bury 1–1 Plymouth Argyle 9 January 1915
Replay Plymouth Argyle 1–2 Bury 13 January 1915
7 Liverpool 3–0 Stockport County 9 January 1915
8 Preston North End 0–0 Manchester City 9 January 1915
Replay Manchester City 3–0 Preston North End 13 January 1915
9 Rochdale 2–0 Gillingham 9 January 1915
10 South Shields 1–2 Fulham 9 January 1915
11 Southampton 3–0 Luton Town 9 January 1915
12 Reading 0–1 Wolverhampton Wanderers 9 January 1915
13 Nottingham Forest 1–4 Norwich City 9 January 1915
14 Aston Villa 2–0 Exeter City 9 January 1915
15 Sheffield Wednesday 1–0 Manchester United 9 January 1915
16 Bolton Wanderers 2–1 Notts County 9 January 1915
17 Grimsby Town 0–3 Northampton Town 9 January 1915
18 Middlesbrough 9–3 Goole Town 9 January 1915
19 Derby County 1–2 Leeds City 9 January 1915
20 Everton 3–0 Barnsley 9 January 1915
21 Tottenham Hotspur 2–1 Sunderland 9 January 1915
22 Queens Park Rangers 2–1 Glossop 9 January 1915
23 Bristol Rovers 0–0 Southend United 16 January 1915
Replay Southend United 3–0 Bristol Rovers 23 January 1915
24 West Ham United 2–2 Newcastle United 9 January 1915
Replay Newcastle United 3–2 West Ham United 13 January 1915
25 Brighton & Hove Albion 2–1 Lincoln City 9 January 1915
26 Millwall 2–1 Clapton Orient 9 January 1915
27 Hull City 1–0 West Bromwich Albion 9 January 1915
28 Chelsea 1–1 Swindon Town 9 January 1915
Replay Chelsea 5–2 Swindon Town 13 January 1915
29 Croydon Common 0–3 Oldham Athletic 9 January 1915
30 Bradford Park Avenue 1–0 Portsmouth 9 January 1915
31 Swansea Town 1–0 Blackburn Rovers 9 January 1915
32 Arsenal 3–0 Merthyr Town 9 January 1915

Second Round Proper[edit]

The 16 Second Round matches were played on Saturday, 30 January 1915. Three matches were drawn, with the replays taking place in the following weekend fixture. One of these was again drawn, and a second replay was played, again at the following Saturday.

Tie no Home team Score Away team Date
1 Burnley 6–0 Southend United 30 January 1915
2 Bury 0–1 Bradford Park Avenue 30 January 1915
3 Sheffield Wednesday 2–0 Wolverhampton Wanderers 30 January 1915
4 Bolton Wanderers 0–0 Millwall 30 January 1915
Replay Millwall 2–2 Bolton Wanderers 6 February 1915
Replay Bolton Wanderers 4–1 Millwall 13 February 1915
5 Everton 4–0 Bristol City 30 January 1915
6 Sheffield United 1–0 Liverpool 30 January 1915
7 Newcastle United 1–1 Swansea Town 30 January 1915
Replay Swansea Town 0–2 Newcastle United 6 February 1915
8 Manchester City 1–0 Aston Villa 30 January 1915
9 Queens Park Rangers 1–0 Leeds City 30 January 1915
10 Fulham 2–3 Southampton 30 January 1915
11 Brighton & Hove Albion 0–0 Birmingham 30 January 1915
Replay Birmingham 3–0 Brighton & Hove Albion 6 February 1915
12 Norwich City 3–2 Tottenham Hotspur 30 January 1915
13 Bradford City 1–0 Middlesbrough 30 January 1915
14 Hull City 2–1 Northampton Town 30 January 1915
15 Oldham Athletic 3–0 Rochdale 30 January 1915
16 Chelsea 1–0 Arsenal 30 January 1915

Third round proper[edit]

The eight Third Round matches were scheduled for Saturday, 20 February 1915. There were two replays, played the following week, of which one went to a second replay in the following midweek fixture.

Tie no Home team Score Away team Date
1 Birmingham 2–3 Oldham Athletic 20 February 1915
2 Southampton 2–2 Hull City 20 February 1915
Replay Hull City 4–0 Southampton 27 February 1915
3 Sheffield Wednesday 1–2 Newcastle United 20 February 1915
4 Bolton Wanderers 2–1 Burnley 20 February 1915
5 Sheffield United 1–0 Bradford Park Avenue 20 February 1915
6 Manchester City 0–1 Chelsea 20 February 1915
7 Queens Park Rangers 1–2 Everton 20 February 1915
8 Bradford City 1–1 Norwich City 20 February 1915
Replay Norwich City 0–0 Bradford City 27 February 1915
Replay Bradford City 2–0 Norwich City 3 March 1915

Fourth round proper[edit]

The four Fourth Round matches were scheduled for Saturday, 6 March 1915. There were two replays, played a week later.

Tie no Home team Score Away team Date
1 Bolton Wanderers 4–2 Hull City 6 March 1915
2 Bradford City 0–2 Everton 6 March 1915
3 Oldham Athletic 0–0 Sheffield United 6 March 1915
Replay Sheffield United 3–0 Oldham Athletic 13 March 1915
4 Chelsea 1–1 Newcastle United 6 March 1915
Replay Newcastle United 0–1 Chelsea 13 March 1915

Semi-Finals[edit]

The semi-final matches were played on Saturday, 27 March 1915. Sheffield United and Chelsea won and went on to meet in the final.


27 March 1915
15:00
Chelsea 2–0 Everton

Final[edit]

Main article: 1915 FA Cup Final

The final took place on 24 April 1915 and was contested by Sheffield United and Chelsea. It was the last FA Cup final to be staged before competitive football was abandoned in Britain because of the First World War. The match was moved from its pre-war location of Crystal Palace in south London to Old Trafford in Manchester to avoid disruption to travel in and around London.

Match details[edit]

24 April 1915
15:00 BST
Sheffield United 3 – 0 Chelsea
Simmons Goal 36'
Fazackerley Goal 84'
Kitchen Goal 88'
Old Trafford, Manchester
Attendance: 49,557
Referee: H. H. Taylor
Sheffield United
Chelsea

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