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1885 FA Cup Final: Blackburn Rovers 2 Queen’s Park 0

1885 FA Cup Final Score: Blackburn Rovers 2 Queen’s Park 0

Venue: Kennington Oval – Saturday 4th April 1885

Scorers: Blackburn Rovers – Forrest, Brown, Queen’s Park – Christie

Blackburn Rovers Team: Bill Arthur; Bob G. Turner, Fergie Suter; Hugh McIntyre, George Haworth, Jim H. Forrest, Joe M. Lofthouse, Jimmy Douglas, Jimmy Brown, Harry E. Fecitt, Joe Sowerbutts

Queen’s Park Team: G. Gillespie; W. Arnott, W. Macleod; C. Campbell, J. MacDonald, A. Hamilton; W. Anderson, W. Sellar, W. Gray, N. McWhannel, D. S. Allan

Referee: Major Francis Marindin

Attendance: 12,500

1885 FA Cup Final Match Report

Although Rovers were the Cup holders, Queen’s Park again took the field in the Final as favorites, but once more their long journey was doomed to end in failure.

Rovers’ superiority this time soon became apparent, and after Jim Forrest’s early strike they were never in danger of losing the match. Twenty minutes from the end Jimmy Brown, who had played throughout like a man inspired, added a second goal.

Gillespie in the Queen’s Park goal was always busy, and. but for his smartness, the defeat would have been much greater. Arthur, on the other hand, only had recourse to handle the ball five times in the whole match, and not at all in the first half.

The match finally got underway after the over-anxious Queen’s Park forwards had produced two false starts, and Rovers were the first to threaten when Lofthouse’s shot skimmed the crossbar. They went ahead after sixteen minutes when Brown dodged past Arnott and sent in a good shot that was blocked. Forrest instantly hit a left-foot piledriver into the goal.

Very soon after Bill Arthur had been forced to use his hands for the first time in the match, Rovers’ Harry Fecitt ran the ball down the left side and squared it for Brown, coming up in the nick of time, to make it 2—0.

1885 FA Cup Round By Round

First Round

Wednesbury Old Ath v Derby Midland 2-1; St George’s, Birmingham v Aston Unity 5-0; Aston Villa v Wednesbury T 4-1; Walsall Swifts v Stafford Road Works 2-0; Walsall T v Derby Co 7-0; Derby St Lukes v Wolves 4-2; Birmingham Excelsior v Small Heath Alliance 2-0; West Bromwich Albion v Junction Street School 7—1; Nottingham Forest v Rotherham 5-0; Sheffield Club v Lockwood Brothers 3-0 ; Staveley v Notts Rangers 4-1; Sheff Wed v Long Eaton Rangers 1-0; Heeley v Notts Wand 1 -0; Notts County v Notts Olympic 2-0; Spital bye; Bolton Association v Astley Bridge wo; Darwen Old Wand v Higher Walton 4-1; Lower Darwenv Halliwell 4-1; Darwen v Bradshawl 1-0; Bolton Wand v Preston Zingari (not played); Fishwick Ramblers v Darwen Ramblers 2—0; Chirk v Davenham 4-2; Druids v Liverpool Ramblers 6-1; Crewe Alex v Oswestry 2-1; Leek v Northwich Vic 4-3; Wrexham Olympic v Goldenhill 1 -0; Macclesfield v Hartford St John’s 9-0; QUEEN’S PK. GLASGOW v Stoke-on-Trent wo; Newtown v Stafford Rangers wo; Lincoln C v Hull T 5-1; Grimsby Town v Grantham 1-0; Redcar v Sunderland 3-1; Middlesbrough v Grimsby District wo; Newark v Spilsby 7-3; Blackburn Olympic v Oswaldtwistle R 12-0; Accrington S v Southport 3-0; Low Moor v Park Road wo; Church v Hurst 3-2; BLACKBURN R v Rossendale 11-0; South Shore v Rawtenstall wo; Witton v Clitheroe wo; Old Carthusians v Acton 7-1; Upton Pk v West End wo; Reading v Rochester 2—0; Gt Marlow v Royal Engineers 10-1; Hotspur v Uxbridge 3-1; Old Wykehamists v Maidenhead 3-0; Dulwich v Pilgrims 3-2; Old Foresters v Hoddesdon 8-0; Hanover Utd v Reading Minster 1-0; Hendon v Clapham R 6-0; Chatham v Windsor wo; Romford v Clapton 3-2; Swifts v Old Brightonians 3-0; Brentwood v Barnes 2-0; South Reading v Casuals 4-1; Old Westminsters v Bournemouth R 6-0; Old Etonians v Luton Wand 3-1; Henley bye

Second Round

Walsall Swifts v Derby St Lukes 1-0; St George’s, Birmingham v Birmingham Excelsior 2-0; Aston Villa v Walsall T 2-0; WBA v Wednesbury Old Ath 4-2; Sheffield Club v Spital 4-1; Nott’m Forest v Heeley 4-1; Notts Club v Staveley 2-0; Sheff Wed bye; Darwen v Fishwick Ramblers 2-0; Darwen Old Wand v Bolton Association 7-2; Lower Darwen bye; Druids v Newtown 6-0; Chirk v Wrexham Olympic 4-1; QUEEN’S PK, GLASGOW v CreweAlex 2-1; Leek v Macclesfield 5-1; Middlesbrov Newark 4-1; GrimsbyTvRedcar3-1; Lincoln C bye; Church v South Shore 3-2; Southport v Low Moor 3-1; BLACKBURN R v Blackburn Olympic 3-2; Witton bye; Old Wykehamists v Hotspur 2-1; Upton Pk v Reading 3-1; Old Carthusians v Gt Marlow 5-3; Chatham v Hendon 1 -0; Hanover Utd v Old Foresters 2-1; Romford v Dulwich 3-0; Old Westminsters v Henley 7-0; Swifts v South Reading 3-2; Old Etonians v Brentwood 6-1

Third Round

WBA v Aston Villa 3-0; Walsall Swifts v St George’s, Birmingham 3-2; Nott’m Forest v Sheff Wed 2-1; Notts Club v Sheffield Club 9-0; Lower Darwen v Darwen Old Wand 4-2; Darwen bye; QUEEN’S PK, GLASGOW v Leek 3-2; Druids v Chirk 4-1; Grimsby T v Lincoln C 1 -0; Middlesbro bye; BLACKBURN R v Witton 6-1; Church v Southport 10-0; Old Wykehamists v Upton Pk 2-1; Old Carthusians bye; Chatham v Hanover Utd 2-0; Romford bye; Swifts v Old Westminsters 2-1; Old Etonians bye

Fourth Round

Old Carthusians v Grimsby T 3-0; Nott’m Forest v Swifts 1 -0; WBA v Druids 1 -0; QUEEN’S PK, GLASGOW v Old Wykehamists 7-0; Church v Darwen 3-0; Chatham v Lower Darwen 1-0; Notts Club v Walsall Swifts 4-1; BLACKBURN R v Romford 8-0; Old Etonians v Middlesbro 5-2

Fifth Round

Old Carthusians v Chatham 3-0; Old Etonians bye; Nott’m Forest bye; QUEEN’S PK, GLASGOW bye; WBA bye; Notts Club bye; BLACKBURN R bye; Church bye

Sixth Round

Nott’m Forest v Old Etonians 2-0; QUEEN’S PK, GLASGOW v Notts Club 2-2, 2-1; BLACKBURN R v WBA 2-0; Old Carthusians v Church 1 -0

1885 FA Cup Semi-Finals

QUEEN’S PARK, GLASGOW v Nottingham Forest 1 -1, 3-0; BLACKBURN ROVERS v Old Carthusians 5-1

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