1871–72 in English football

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England 1872–73

The world's first national-level football competition the Football Association Challenge Cup (now better known as the FA Cup), was played for the first time in 1871–72. As such, this marks 1871-72 as the first 'season' of English football, although the use of the term is an anachronism. Furthermore at that time, with no other football associations operating, the FA Cup attracted entrants from all over the UK; it was not for many years that both the FA and the FA Cup came to be solely English institutions.

The first FA Cup final was won 1–0 by Wanderers over Royal Engineers[1] at Kennington Oval, London. Under the original rules of the competition, Wanderers automatically qualified for the following year's final to defend their trophy.

During the course of the season, two matches were played between teams representing England and Scotland. Although now not recognized as full internationals, these games were forerunners to later international matches, [2] the first of which took place the following season.


Competition Winner Runner-up
FA Cup Wanderers Royal Engineers


  1. ^ Cup Final Statistics: Find out the result of every each and every Cup Final, as well as venue records, most wins and most appearances.... TheFA.com. The Football Association (2008). Retrieved 18 June 2013
  2. ^ Glasgow Herald on 13 February 1872