1873–74 FA Cup

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FA Cup 1873–74
Country England
Dates 9 October 1873 – 14 March 1874
Teams 28
Defending champions Wanderers
Champions Oxford University
Runners-up Royal Engineers
Matches played 26
Goals scored 58 (2.23 per match)

The Football Association Challenge Cup 1873–74 was the third staging of the FA Cup, England's oldest football tournament. Twenty-eight teams entered, twelve more than the previous season, although six of the twenty-eight never actually played a match.

Format[edit]

First Round: The 28 teams would play. The winners would move on

Second Round: The remaining 14 teams would play. The winner would move on

Third Round: 6 teams, with Swifts getting a bye, would play.

Semi-Final: The 4 teams would play.

Final: The two Semi-Final teams would face each other. The winner would be crowned champion

Calendar[edit]

Round Date Fixtures Clubs New entries this round
Original Replays Walkovers Byes
First round 9 October - 17 November 1873 14 2 5 0 28 → 14 28
Second round 15 November - 20 December 1873 7 2 1 0 14 → 7 none
Third round 6 December 1873 - 17 January 1874 3 1 0 1 7 → 4 none
Semi-finals January 28 - February 28, 1874 2 0 0 0 4 → 2 none
Final March 14, 1874 1 0 0 0 2 → 1 none

First round[edit]

Oxford University's F.A. Cup winning side of 1874.
Home Club Score Away Club Attendance Date
Marlow 0-1 Pilgrims 9 October 1873
Royal Engineers 5–0 Brondesbury 11 October 1873
Woodford Wells 3–2 Reigate Priory 11 October 1873
Swifts 1–0 Crystal Palace 18 October 1873
1st Surrey Rifles 0–0 Barnes 25 October 1873
Cambridge University 1–0 South Norwood 25 October 1873
Uxbridge 3–0 Gitanos 28 October 1873
Upton Park 0–4 Oxford University 29 October 1873
Shropshire Wanderers 0–0 Sheffield 30 October 1873
Clapham Rovers Walkover Amateur Athletic Club
High Wycombe Walkover Old Etonians
Maidenhead Walkover Civil Service
Trojans Walkover Farningham
Wanderers Walkover Southall

Replays[edit]

Home Club Score Away Club Attendance Date
Barnes 1–0 1st Surrey Rifles 8 November 1873
Sheffield 0–0 Sheffield won on coin toss[1] Shropshire Wanderers 17 November 1873

Second round[edit]

Home Club Score Away Club Attendance Date
Clapham Rovers 1–1 Cambridge University 15 November 1873
Maidenhead 1–0 High Wycombe 22 November 1873
Oxford University 2–0 Barnes 22 November 1873
Sheffield 1–0 Pilgrims 22 November 1873
Swifts 2–1 Woodford Wells 22 November 1873
Royal Engineers 2–1 Uxbridge 26 November 1873
Wanderers Walkover Trojans

Replays[edit]

Home Club Score Away Club Attendance Date
Clapham Rovers 1–1 Cambridge University 29 November 1873
Clapham Rovers 4–1 Cambridge University 20 December 1873

Third round[edit]

Home Club Score Away Club Attendance Date
Wanderers 1–1 Oxford University 6 December 1873
Royal Engineers 7–0 Maidenhead 10 December 1873
Clapham Rovers 2–1 Sheffield 17 January 1874
Swifts Bye

Replay[edit]

Home Club Score Away Club Attendance Date
Oxford University 1–0 Wanderers 31 January 1874

Semi-Finals[edit]

Home Club Score Away Club Attendance Date
Royal Engineers 2–0 Swifts 28 January 1874
Oxford University 1–0 Clapham Rovers 28 February 1874

Both semi-finals were played at Kennington Oval, London.

Final[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Only FA Cup match to be decided by coin toss; Sheffield called correctly. Collett, Mike (2003). The Complete Record of The FA Cup. p. 537. ISBN 1-899807-19-5.