1880 FA Cup Final

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1880 FA Cup Final
A trophy, silver in colour and topped by a figure of a footballer, on an ebony plinth
Event 1879–80 FA Cup
Date 10 April 1880
Venue Kennington Oval, London

The 1880 FA Cup Final was contested by Clapham Rovers and Oxford University at the Kennington Oval. Clapham Rovers won 1–0, the only goal being scored by Clopton Lloyd-Jones.

The Final[edit]


Clapham Rovers 1 (Lloyd-Jones)
GK Reginald Birkett
DF Robert Ogilvie
DF Edgar Field
MF Vincent Weston
MF Norman Bailey
MF Arthur J. Stanley
FW Harold Brougham
FW Francis Sparks
FW Felix Barry
FW Edward Ram
FW Clopton Lloyd-Jones Goal
Oxford University 0
GK Percival Parr
DF Claude Wilson
DF Charles James Stuart King
MF Francis Phillips
MF Bertram Rogers
MF Reginald Thomas Heygate
FW Rev George B Childs
FW John Eyre
FW Francis Crowdy
FW Evelyn Harry Hill
FW John Lubbock

In Fiction[edit]

This match was subject of a spoof anecdote, written in 2006 by journalist John Walsh as a guest editor of a charity issue of The Independent in a list of five "least successful guest-star interventions in history", in which Oscar Wilde was a guest player on the Oxford team, but demurred from a chance to score at the last minute.[1] The anecdotes are purely comedy fiction. Wilde was known for a disdain of 'manly sports' (apart from occasional boxing at university).[2]


  1. ^ [1] The Independent, Thursday 16 May 2006; Tales of the City, by John Walsh. The other anecdotes involved Bob Dylan, Groucho Marx, Philip Larkin and Margaret Thatcher.
  2. ^ Ellmann, Richard (1988). Oscar Wilde. Vintage Books: New York. p. 39. ISBN 978-0-394-75984-5. 

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