FA CUP 1882-83



Winners: Blackburn Olympic

Runners-up: Old Etonians

 Holders from previous season: Old Etonians


First round
21 October 1882Aston Villa4-1Walsall Swifts
Brown 2, Vaughton, A Hunter T Farmer
28 October 1882Barnes2-4Brentwood
not known not known
4 November 1882Blackburn Olympic6-3Accrington
Wilson 3, J Yates 2, Weseley Brown, Bamber, Yates
23 October 1882Blackburn Rovers11-1Blackpool St John's
Brown 4, Barton 3, J Duckworth 2, Suter, Avery Whiteside
4 November 1882Bolton Olympic4-7Eagley
Haslam, Austin, og, 1 other Eagley 2, Hardiker, Whittam, Derham, Burgess, R Hall
4 November 1882Bolton Wanderers6-1Bootle
Struthers 5, Steel Robertson
4 November 1882Chesterfield Spital1-7Wednesbury Old Athletic
Bishop Morley 3, Woodcock, Growcutt, G Holden, 1 other
2 September 1882Church5-0Clitheroe
Illingworth 2, Smith 3
4 November 1882Clapham Rovers3-0Kildare
Pawson 2, og
21 October 1882Darwen4-1Blackburn Park Road
not known not known
14 October 1882Darwen Ramblers5-2South Shore
not known not known
21 October 1882Dreadnought1-2South ReadingFA ordered replay after protest
Pettigrew Callan 2
4 November 1882Druids1-1Oswestry
not known not known
21 October 1882Etonian Ramblers6-2Romford
not known not known
WalkoverGrimsby Town Queen's Park, GlasgowScratched
21 October 1882Halliwell3-2Great Lever
Bell, Harper, Rhodes not known
4 November 1882Hanover United1-0Mosquitos
not known
28 October 1882Hornchurch0-2Marlow
not known
28 October 1882Irwell Springs2-5Lower Darwen
Barnham, Pickles R T Duckworth 4, Brindle
21 October 1882Liverpool Ramblers1-1Southport Central
not known not known
4 November 1882Lockwood Brothers4-3Macclesfield Town
West, 3 others Goldthorpe, Sadler 2
4 November 1882Maidenhead0-2Old Westminsters
Allington, Bury
28 October 1882Mitchell St George's4-1Calthorpe
not known not known
28 October 1882Northwich Victoria3-2Astley Bridge
Plant 3 Swimby 2
WalkoverNottingham Forest Brigg BrittaniaScratched
4 November 1882Notts County6-1Sheffield
A W Cursham 3, H A Cursham 2, Smith not known
21 October 1882Old Carthusians6-0Pilgrims
Parry 3, Last, Page, Wilson
4 November 1882Old Etonians1-1Old Foresters
Anderson Fairclough
WalkoverPhoenix Bessemer GranthamScratched
WalkoverReading Minster RemnantsScratched
4 November 1882Rochester2-0Hotspur
S Henry, Jones
21 October 1882Royal Engineers3-1Woodford Bridge
Newman, Petrie, Stafford Bullard
11 November 1882Small Heath Alliance3-3Stafford Road
Slater 2, T James not known
4 November 1882Swifts4-1Highbury Union
not known not known
4 November 1882The Wednesday12-2Spilsby
Gregory 5, Cawley 3, Newbould 3, Anthony B Robinson, Barrett
4 November 1882United Hospital3-0London Olympic
not known
21 October 1882Walsall Town4-1Staveley
Arblaster, Harrison, Hill, Tonks Mather
4 November 1882West End1-3Hendon
not known not known
4 November 1882Windsor Home Park3-0Acton
not known
ByeAston Unity
ByeSheffield Heeley
ByeUpton Park
4 November 1882Dreadnought1-2South Reading
not known not known
18 November 1882 Old Etonians3-1Old Foresters
Anderson, Dunn, Goodhart Knowles
18 November 1882Oswestry0-2Druids
W P Owen, 1 other
4 November 1882Southport Central0-4Liverpool Ramblers
not known
18 November 1882Stafford Road6-2Small Heath Alliance
not known Stanley, Hards
Second round
2 December 1882Aston Unity3-1Mitchell St George's
not known not known
18 November 1882Aston Villa4-1Wednesbury Old Athletic
Harvey, A Hunter, Whateley, Vaughton Morley
9 December 1882Blackburn Olympic8-1Lower Darwen
Matthews, 7 others Marsden
2 December 1882Bolton Wanderers3-0Liverpool Ramblers
Struthers 2, og
2 December 1882Clapham Rovers7-1Hanover United
Ram 3, Coles, Holden-Whit, Howard-Maclean, Lloyd-Jones not known
2 December 1882Darwen1-0Blackburn Rovers
2 December 1882Darwen Ramblers3-2Haslingden
not known not known
9 December 1882Druids5-0Northwich Victoria
not known
2 December 1882Eagley3-1Halliwell
Corless 2, 1 other Harper
25 November 1882Grimsby Town1-9Phoenix Bessemer
Monument Marples 2, D. Willey 2, F Thomas 2, Emmett 2, 1 other
2 December 1882Hendon2-1Chatham
not known not known
WalkoverMarlow Reading MinsterScratched
2 December 1882Nottingham Forest7-2Sheffield Heeley
Widdowson 4, Parr, Earp, Fletcher not known
2 December 1882Old Carthusians7-0Etonian Ramblers
not known
2 December 1882Old Etonians2-1Brentwood
Anderson, Whitfield Rumball
29 November 1882Royal Engineers8-0Reading
Kincaid 3, Godby 2, Ruck, Stafford, 1 other
30 November 1882Swifts2-2Upton Park
Parr, Thorpe Bastard, Lafone
2 December 1882The Wednesday6-0Lockwood Brothers
Gregory 2, Anthony, Newbould, Mosforth, Cawley
2 December 1882Walsall Town4-1Stafford Road
Bird 2, Bradbury 2 Foster
30 November 1882Windsor Home Park3-1United Hospitals
not known not known
ByeNotts County
ByeOld Westminsters
ByeSouth Reading
2 December 1882Swifts3-2Upton Park 
Parr 3 Mitchell 2
Third round
6 January 1883Aston Villa3-1Aston Unity
Davis, Vaughton, A Hunter Wilson
16 December 1882Blackburn Olympic8-0Darwen Ramblers
Matthews, 7 others
6 January 1883Church2-2Darwen
Crawford, 1 other Ashton, Marshall
6 January 1883Clapham Rovers3-0Windsor Home Park
Ram 2, Howard-Maclean
6 January 1883Druids0-0Bolton Wanderers
6 January 1883Hendon11-1South Reading
Clarkson 3, A Redford 3, Coutts 2, Morton, Perry, 1 other not known
6 January 1883Nottingham Forest2-2The Wednesday
Widdowson, Ledger og Gregory, Harrison
27 December 1882Notts County4-1Phoenix Bessemer
Gunn 2, A W Cursham, H A Cursham Douglas
16 December 1882Old Carthusians3-2Old Westminsters
Page 2, Parry Bury, Sandwith
16 December 1882Old Etonians7-0Rochester
not known
Bye Marlow
ByeRoyal Engineers
Bye Swifts
ByeWalsall Town
22 January 1883Bolton Wanderers1-1Druidsaet
Atherton Vaughan
20 January 1883Darwen0-2Church
not known
13 January 1883The Wednesday3-2Nottingham Forest
Harrison 2, Mosforth Parr, Earp
2nd Replays
29 January 1883Druids1-0Bolton WanderersPlayed at Wrexham Racecourse
Fourth round
27 January 1883Aston Villa2-1Walsall Town
Vaughton, Brown Hill
3 February 1883Blackburn Olympic2-0Church
Wilson, 1 other
10 February 1883Druids2-1Eagleyaet
Vaughton, 1 other not known
3 February 1883Marlow0-3Hendon
not known
25 January 1883Old Carthusians6-2Royal Engineers
Parry 3, Cobbold 2, Page Kincaid, Lindsey
24 January 1883Old Etonians2-0Swifts
Goodhart 2
12 February 1883The Wednesday1-4Notts County
Bentley A W Cursham 2, H A Cursham, Smith
ByeClapham Rovers
24 February 1883Blackburn Olympic4-1Druids
Costley 2, Yates, 1 other not known
3 March 1883Hendon2-4Old Etonians
not known not known
3 March 1883Notts County4-3Aston Villa 
H A Cursham 3, Gunn A Hunter, Whateley, Brown
20 February 1883Old Carthusians5-3Clapham Rovers
Cobbold, Last, Page, Richards, 1 other Pawson 2, Lloyd-Jones
17 March 1883Blackburn Olympic4-0Old CarthusiansPlayed at Whalley Range, Manchester
Dewhurst, Wilson, Matthews, Costley
17 March 1883Old Etonians2-1Notts County Played at Kennington Oval, London
MacAuley, Anderson H A Cursham
31 March 1883Blackburn Olympic2-1Old EtoniansPlayed at Kennington Oval, London
8,000Matthews, Costley Goodhartaet

GK: Thomas Hacking

DF: James Ward

DF: Arthur Warburton

MF: Thomas Gibson

MF: William Astley

MF: Jack Hunter

FW: Thomas Dewhurst

FW: Arthur Matthews

FW: George Wilson

FW: Jimmy Costley

FW: John Yates

GK: John Rawlinson

DF: Thomas French

DF: Percy de Paravicini

MF: Hon Arthur Kinnaird

MF: Charles Foley

MF: Arthur Dunn

FW: Herbert Bainbridge

FW: John Chevallier

FW: William Anderson

FW: Harry Goodhart

FW: Reginald Macauley


Major Marindin

The 1883 FA Cup final was contested by Blackburn Olympic and Old Etonians at the Kennington Oval. Blackburn Olympic won 2–1 after extra time. Jimmy Costley and Arthur Matthews scored for Blackburn; Harry Goodhart for Old Etonians. It was a watershed match for the sport, as for the first time in an FA Cup final a working-class team playing the 'combination game' (passing) were triumphant over a team playing the public school tactics of 'rushing' and 'scrimmages'.   


Despite protests that the venue favoured southern teams, the FA insisted that the final would, as usual, be played in London. About 8,000 people came to the Kennington Oval on 31 March, most of them wearing top hats and supporting the public school team.


Old Etonians started strongly and, to no one’s surprise, scored first. But as the game wore on, Olympic’s greater fitness told and once they had equalised at the start of the second half they looked the more likely winners. Old Etonians almost won in the closing minutes but Hacking, the first goalkeeper to show that agility could be more valuable than size, denied them.


In extra time it was no contest. Old Etonians were dead on their feet. James Crossley, a weaver, scored after just three minutes and Olympic had little difficulty holding on. They had become the first northern team to win the FA Cup. 

The establishment didn’t take defeat gracefully. Old Etonians complained about Olympic having done so much preparation (how unfair!), while the Times insisted that they had won mainly through foul play.

The players were too busy being hero-worshipped to care. Thousands turned out to celebrate their return, with three brass bands struggling to make themselves heard above the cheers. One local paper even wrote an editorial worrying that the obsession with football had gone too far and would lead to young men neglecting their work and families. As if.

The team celebrated at Hunter’s pub. Amid the back-slapping speeches came several calls for the team to stick together to build on this success. Perhaps other clubs had already been sniffing around. Full-blown professionalism was still a year or two away, but there were ways and means of making it worth a player’s while to join your side. 

Sure enough, by the start of the next season Olympic had lost their goalkeeper to Blackburn Rovers. Others soon departed, amid talks of splits in the camp. They reached the semi-final of the FA Cup in 1884, but Rovers won it. Power had shifted. Rovers won the trophy the next year, too. And the next.

Olympic simply fell to pieces. As the game leapt forward into a new era, the team who had started it all off couldn’t keep up. They lost their best players and their debts increased. By the end of the decade they had gone out of business.

The innovations that they had helped introduce, however, especially the new playing style and the emphasis on fitness and preparation, lived on. Professionalism was accepted and teams from the industrial north and midlands became dominant. Blackburn Olympic might not have survived into the 1890s, but they took the public school old boys down with them – football was now a working man’s game.

From WSC 236 October 2006