How Steeple Sinderby Wanderers Won the F.A. Cup

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How Steeple Sinderby Wanderers Won the F.A. Cup
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Cover of first edition - 1975
AuthorJ.L. Carr
CountryUnited Kingdom
GenreComic Fiction
PublisherLondon Magazine Editions
Publication date
Media typePrint (Hardback)
Preceded byThe Harpole Report 
Followed byA Month in the Country (book) 

How Steeple Sinderby Wanderers Won the F.A. Cup is the fourth novel by J. L. Carr, published in 1975. The novel is a comic fantasy that describes in the form of an official history how a village football club progressed through the FA Cup to beat Rangers in the final at Wembley Stadium.[1][2][3]

Like all of Carr's novels, it is grounded in his own experience. In 1930 as an unqualified 18-year-old teacher he played a season for South Milford White Rose when they won a football knockout tournament.[4] It sold 2,124 copies. Carr bought back the rights to the novel in 1992 and reprinted it in an edition of 2,000 copies as the fourth novel published by his own imprint, The Quince Tree Press.


The novel has been dramatised several times by different playwrights. In 1991, it was adapted as a play for eight actors and was performed at the Worcester Swan Theatre, the Leatherhead Thorndike Theatre and the Mermaid Theatre, London where it ran for six weeks, with Simon Coates as Joe Gidner.[5] More recently it was dramatised by Brian Wright for performance by an amateur youth theatre, with a cast of sixty, in Northamptonshire.[6]

The play was performed at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe in August 2011 by one actor, Mark Jardine of Lichfield Garrick Theatre Repertory Company, who provided all the voices and characterisations.[citation needed] In this version the beaten finalists were Wolverhampton Wanderers.

Publishing history[edit]


  • 2008 Come gli S.S. Wanderers vinsero la coppa d’Inghilterra, Fazi Editore, Roma, ISBN 88-8112-892-6
  • 2017 Wie die Steeple Sinderby Wanderers den Pokal holten, DuMont Buchverlag, Koln. Translated by Monika Köpfer. ISBN 978-3-8321-9854-1
  • 2018 Cómo llegamos a la final de Wembley, Tusquets Editores S.A., Spain, ISBN 978-8-4906-6480-3


  1. ^ DJ Taylor (25 March 2016). "We're going to Wem-ber-ley! DJ Taylor on a football classic". The Guardian. Retrieved 16 April 2020.
  2. ^ Nicholas Wroe (2 November 2019). "Rugby, races and the rumble in the jungle: the best books on the biggest days in sport". The Guardian. Retrieved 16 April 2020.
  3. ^ Robbie Millen (2 April 2016). "How Steeple Sinderby Wanderers Won the FA Cup by JL Carr". The Times. Retrieved 16 April 2020.
  4. ^ Carr, J.L. How Steeple Sinderby Wanderers Won the F.A. Cup. Foreword. Kettering: The Quince Tree Press.
  5. ^ Carr, J.L. (1991) The Passport Interview. Huntingdon, Cambridge: Passport magazine, issue 2.
  6. ^ "How Steeple Sinderby Wanderers Won the F.A. Cup". Retrieved 18 February 2017.

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