1925–26 FA Cup

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1925–26 FA Cup
Country England
Champions Bolton Wanderers
Runners-up Manchester City

The FA Cup 1925–26 was the 51st staging of the world's oldest football cup competition, the Football Association Challenge Cup, commonly known as the FA Cup. Bolton Wanderers won the competition for the second time, beating Manchester City 1–0 in the final at Wembley.

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. Some matches, however, might be rescheduled for other days if there were clashes with games for other competitions or the weather was inclement. 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 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]

Round Date
Extra Preliminary Round Saturday 5 September 1925
Preliminary Round Saturday 19 September 1925
First Qualifying Round Saturday 3 October 1925
Second Qualifying Round Saturday 17 October 1925
Third Qualifying Round Saturday 31 October 1925
Fourth Qualifying Round Saturday 14 November 1925
First Round Proper Saturday 28 November 1925
Second Round Saturday 12 December 1925
Third Round Saturday 9 January 1926
Fourth Round Saturday 30 January 1926
Fifth Round Saturday 20 February 1926
Sixth Round Saturday 6 March 1926
Semi Finals Saturday 27 March 1926
Final Saturday 24 April 1926

First round proper[edit]

At this stage 40 clubs from the Football League Third Division North and South joined the 25 non-league clubs who came through the qualifying rounds. Millwall, Bristol City, Crystal Palace and Plymouth Argyle were given a bye to the Third Round. Four Second Division sides, Barnsley, Darlington, Oldham Athletic and Swansea Town were entered at this stage. To make the number of matches up, seven non-league sides were given byes to this round. These were:

38 matches were scheduled to be played on Saturday, 28 November 1925. Seven matches were drawn and went to replays in the following midweek fixture, of which four went to another replay, and one of these went to a third.

Tie no Home team Score Away team Date
1 Clapton 3–1 Norwich City 28 November 1925
2 Bournemouth 3–0 Merthyr Town 28 November 1925
3 Rochdale 4–0 West Stanley 1 December 1925
4 South Bank 1–4 Stockton 3 December 1925
5 Weymouth 0–1 Newport County 28 November 1925
6 Walsall 0–1 Grimsby Town 28 November 1925
7 Gillingham 6–0 Southall 28 November 1925
8 Leyton 1–0 St Albans City 28 November 1925
9 Chatham 0–3 Sittingbourne 28 November 1925
10 Luton Town 3–0 Folkestone 28 November 1925
11 London Caledonians 1–2 Ilford 28 November 1925
12 Boston United 5–2 Mansfield Town 28 November 1925
13 Doncaster Rovers 2–0 Wellington Town 28 November 1925
14 Tranmere Rovers 0–0 Crewe Alexandra 28 November 1925
Replay Crewe Alexandra 2–1 Tranmere Rovers 2 December 1925
15 Worksop Town 1–0 Coventry City 28 November 1925
16 Accrington Stanley 4–0 Wrexham 28 November 1925
17 Brentford 3–1 Barnet 28 November 1925
18 Northampton Town 3–1 Barnsley 28 November 1925
19 Wath Athletic 0–5 Chesterfield 28 November 1925
20 Brighton & Hove Albion 1–1 Watford 28 November 1925
Replay Watford 2–0 Brighton & Hove Albion 2 December 1925
21 Northfleet United 2–2 Queens Park Rangers 28 November 1925
Replay Queens Park Rangers 2–0 Northfleet United 2 December 1925
22 Carlisle United 0–2 Chilton Colliery Recreation 28 November 1925
23 Oldham Athletic 10–1 Lytham 28 November 1925
24 Worcester City 0–0 Kettering Town 28 November 1925
Replay Kettering Town 0–0 Worcester City 3 December 1925
Replay Kettering Town 2–0 Worcester City 7 December 1925
25 Southend United 5–1 Dulwich Hamlet 28 November 1925
26 Bradford Park Avenue 2–2 Lincoln City 28 November 1925
Replay Lincoln City 1–1 Bradford Park Avenue 2 December 1925
Replay Bradford Park Avenue 2–1 Lincoln City 7 December 1925
27 Exeter City 1–3 Swansea Town 28 November 1925
28 Horden Athletic 2–3 Darlington 28 November 1925
29 Blyth Spartans 2–2 Hartlepools United 28 November 1925
Replay Hartlepools United 1–1 Blyth Spartans 2 December 1925
Replay Hartlepools United 1–1 Blyth Spartans 7 December 1925
Replay Hartlepools United 1–2 Blyth Spartans 9 December 1925
30 Halifax Town 0–3 Rotherham United 28 November 1925
31 Charlton Athletic 4–2 Windsor & Eton 28 November 1925
32 Durham City 4–1 Ashington 2 December 1925
33 Southport 1–0 Mold 28 November 1925
34 Aberdare Athletic 4–1 Bristol Rovers 28 November 1925
35 New Brighton 2–0 Barrow 28 November 1925
36 Torquay United 1–1 Reading 28 November 1925
Replay Reading 1–1 Torquay United 2 December 1925
Replay Reading 2–0 Torquay United 7 December 1925
37 Farnham United Breweries 1–10 Swindon Town 28 November 1925
38 Wigan Borough 3–0 Nelson 2 December 1925

Second round proper[edit]

The matches were played on Saturday, 12 December 1925. Four matches were drawn, with replays taking place in the following midweek fixture.

Tie no Home team Score Away team Date
1 Clapton 1–0 Ilford 12 December 1925
2 Reading 6–0 Leyton 12 December 1925
3 Crewe Alexandra 2–2 Wigan Borough 12 December 1925
Replay Wigan Borough 2–1 Crewe Alexandra 16 December 1925
4 Swindon Town 7–0 Sittingbourne 12 December 1925
5 Boston United 1–0 Bradford Park Avenue 12 December 1925
6 Stockton 4–6 Oldham Athletic 12 December 1925
7 Doncaster Rovers 0–2 Rotherham United 12 December 1925
8 Worksop Town 1–2 Chesterfield 12 December 1925
9 Queens Park Rangers 1–1 Charlton Athletic 12 December 1925
Replay Charlton Athletic 1–0 Queens Park Rangers 17 December 1925
10 Accrington Stanley 5–0 Blyth Spartans 12 December 1925
11 Brentford 1–2 Bournemouth 12 December 1925
12 Northampton Town 3–1 Newport County 12 December 1925
13 Southend United 1–0 Gillingham 12 December 1925
14 Swansea Town 3–2 Watford 12 December 1925
15 Durham City 0–3 Southport 12 December 1925
16 Aberdare Athletic 1–0 Luton Town 12 December 1925
17 New Brighton 2–0 Darlington 12 December 1925
18 Chilton Colliery Recreation 1–1 Rochdale 12 December 1925
Replay Rochdale 1–2 Chilton Colliery Recreation 17 December 1925
19 Kettering Town 1–1 Grimsby Town 12 December 1925
Replay Grimsby Town 3–1 Kettering Town 15 December 1925

Third round proper[edit]

40 of the 44 First and Second Division clubs entered the competition at this stage, along with Third Division South teams Millwall, Bristol City, Crystal Palace and Plymouth Argyle. Also given a bye to this round of the draw were amateur side Corinthian. The matches were scheduled for Saturday, 9 January 1926. Nine matches were drawn and went to replays in the following midweek fixture, of which one went to a second replay.

Tie no Home team Score Away team Date
1 Birmingham 2–0 Grimsby Town 9 January 1926
2 Blackpool 0–2 Swansea Town 9 January 1926
3 Chesterfield 0–1 Clapton Orient 9 January 1926
4 Clapton 2–3 Swindon Town 9 January 1926
5 Bournemouth 2–0 Reading 9 January 1926
6 South Shields 3–0 Chilton Colliery Recreation 9 January 1926
7 Southampton 0–0 Liverpool 9 January 1926
Replay Liverpool 1–0 Southampton 13 January 1926
8 Notts County 2–0 Leicester City 9 January 1926
9 Nottingham Forest 1–0 Bradford City 9 January 1926
10 Blackburn Rovers 1–1 Preston North End 9 January 1926
Replay Preston North End 1–4 Blackburn Rovers 14 January 1926
11 Bolton Wanderers 1–0 Accrington Stanley 9 January 1926
12 Wolverhampton Wanderers 1–1 Arsenal 9 January 1926
Replay Arsenal 1–0 Wolverhampton Wanderers 13 January 1926
13 Middlesbrough 5–1 Leeds United 9 January 1926
14 West Bromwich Albion 4–1 Bristol City 9 January 1926
15 Sunderland 8–1 Boston United 9 January 1926
16 Derby County 0–0 Portsmouth 9 January 1926
Replay Portsmouth 1–1 Derby County 13 January 1926
Replay Derby County 2–0 Portsmouth 18 January 1926
17 Everton 1–1 Fulham 9 January 1926
Replay Fulham 1–0 Everton 14 January 1926
18 Sheffield United 2–0 Stockport County 9 January 1926
19 Newcastle United 4–1 Aberdare Athletic 9 January 1926
20 Tottenham Hotspur 5–0 West Ham United 9 January 1926
21 Northampton Town 3–3 Crystal Palace 9 January 1926
Replay Crystal Palace 2–1 Northampton Town 13 January 1926
22 Plymouth Argyle 1–2 Chelsea 9 January 1926
23 Millwall 1–1 Oldham Athletic 9 January 1926
Replay Oldham Athletic 0–1 Millwall 12 January 1926
24 Hull City 0–3 Aston Villa 9 January 1926
25 Southend United 5–2 Southport 9 January 1926
26 Cardiff City 2–2 Burnley 9 January 1926
Replay Burnley 0–2 Cardiff City 13 January 1926
27 Port Vale 2–3 Manchester United 9 January 1926
28 Charlton Athletic 0–1 Huddersfield Town 9 January 1926
29 New Brighton 2–1 Sheffield Wednesday 9 January 1926
30 Wigan Borough 2–5 Stoke City 9 January 1926
31 Corinthian 3–3 Manchester City 9 January 1926
Replay Manchester City 4–0 Corinthian 13 January 1926
32 Rotherham United 2–3 Bury 9 January 1926

Fourth round proper[edit]

The matches were scheduled for Saturday, 30 January 1926. Three games were drawn and went to replays in the following midweek fixture.

Tie no Home team Score Away team Date
1 Bournemouth 2–2 Bolton Wanderers 30 January 1926
Replay Bolton Wanderers 6–2 Bournemouth 3 February 1926
2 Bury 3–3 Millwall 30 January 1926
Replay Millwall 2–0 Bury 3 February 1926
3 South Shields 2–1 Birmingham 30 January 1926
4 Notts County 2–0 New Brighton 30 January 1926
5 Nottingham Forest 2–0 Swindon Town 30 January 1926
6 West Bromwich Albion 1–2 Aston Villa 30 January 1926
7 Sheffield United 1–2 Sunderland 30 January 1926
8 Tottenham Hotspur 2–2 Manchester United 30 January 1926
Replay Manchester United 2–0 Tottenham Hotspur 3 February 1926
9 Manchester City 4–0 Huddersfield Town 30 January 1926
10 Fulham 3–1 Liverpool 30 January 1926
11 Clapton Orient 4–2 Middlesbrough 30 January 1926
12 Crystal Palace 2–1 Chelsea 30 January 1926
13 Southend United 4–1 Derby County 30 January 1926
14 Cardiff City 0–2 Newcastle United 30 January 1926
15 Swansea Town 6–3 Stoke City 30 January 1926
16 Arsenal 3–1 Blackburn Rovers 30 January 1926

Fifth round proper[edit]

The matches were scheduled for Saturday, 20 February 1926. There were two replays, played in the next midweek fixture.

Tie no Home team Score Away team Date
1 Notts County 0–1 Fulham 20 February 1926
2 Aston Villa 1–1 Arsenal 20 February 1926
Replay Arsenal 2–0 Aston Villa 24 February 1926
3 Bolton Wanderers 3–0 South Shields 20 February 1926
4 Sunderland 3–3 Manchester United 20 February 1926
Replay Manchester United 2–1 Sunderland 24 February 1926
5 Manchester City 11–4 Crystal Palace 20 February 1926
6 Millwall 0–1 Swansea Town 20 February 1926
7 Clapton Orient 2–0 Newcastle United 20 February 1926
8 Southend United 0–1 Nottingham Forest 20 February 1926

Sixth round proper[edit]

The four quarter-final ties were scheduled to be played on Saturday, 6 March 1926. There was one replay, between Nottingham Forest and Bolton Wanderers, played in the following midweek fixture. This then went to a second replay the week after.

Tie no Home team Score Away team Date
1 Nottingham Forest 2–2 Bolton Wanderers 6 March 1926
Replay Bolton Wanderers 0–0 Nottingham Forest 10 March 1926
Replay Bolton Wanderers 1–0 Nottingham Forest 15 March 1926
2 Fulham 1–2 Manchester United 6 March 1926
3 Clapton Orient 1–6 Manchester City 6 March 1926
4 Swansea Town 2–1 Arsenal 6 March 1926

Semi-finals[edit]

The semi-final matches were played on Saturday, 27 March 1926. Both matches ended in 3–0 victories for Manchester City and Bolton Wanderers, who went on to meet in the final at Wembley.


Final[edit]

Main article: 1926 FA Cup Final

The 1926 FA Cup Final was contested by Bolton Wanderers and Manchester City at Wembley. Bolton won by a single goal, scored by David Jack.

Match details[edit]

24 April 1926
15:00 BST
Bolton Wanderers 1 – 0 Manchester City
Jack Goal 76' (Report)
Wembley, London
Attendance: 91,447
Referee: I. Baker
Bolton Wanderers
Manchester City

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