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1892 FA Cup Final: West Bromwich Albion 3 Aston Villa 0

1892 FA Cup Final Score: West Bromwich Albion 3 Aston Villa 0

Venue: Kennington Oval

Date: Saturday 19th March 1892

Scorers: West Bromwich Albion – Geddes, Nicholls, Reynolds

West Bromwich Albion Team: Joe Reader; Mark Nicholson, Thomas M’Culloch, Jack Reynolds, Charlie Perry, Willie Groves, Billy Bassett, Roddy McLeod, Sammy Nicholls, Tom Pearson, Alfred Geddes

Aston Villa Team: Jimmy Warner; Walter Evans, Gershom Cox, Harry Devey, James Cowan, John Baird, Charlie Athersmith, John Devey, Billy Dickson, Lewis Campbell, Dennis Hodgetts

Referee: Charles Clegg

Attendance: 32,810

drawing of the 1892 fa cup final

1892 FA Cup Final Match Report

The 1892 FA Cup Final was the last to be played at Kennington Oval, and the first goal-nets were used. Five years earlier, the two Midland rivals, Albion and Villa, staged the first Final with a provincial ‘local derby’ atmosphere, and they were together again.

West Bromwich Albion’s form throughout the season had been inconsistent. So when Aston Villa, the semi-final conquerors of the great Sunderland team of ‘all the talents’, began the match in such good attacking form, it looked odds-on that Villa would win the FA Cup for the second time.

But there was a surprise in store for them. A sudden break and Billy Bassett sprinted down the right wing to center perfectly for Geddes to shoot home. West Bromwich Albion, improbably, was in the lead.

Subtly, the Albion half-backs, Groves, Perry, and Reynolds, had been taking a grip on affairs in midfield. Before half-time, another brilliant run by Bassett and another perfect center gave Nicholls the chance to send Albion in with a comfortable 2-0 lead at the interval.

The match was virtually over. However, Villa’s forwards continued to be frustrated in the second half, and Reynolds completed the rout near the end with a third Albion goal from a long shot.

The soccer ball that was used for the 1892 fa cup final

1892 FA Cup Round By Round

First Round

Old Westminsters v WEST BROMWICH ALBION 2-3; Blackburn Rovers v Derby County 4-1; Sheff Wednesday v Bolton Wanderers 4-1; Small Heath v Royal Arsenal 5-1; Sunderland Albion v Birmingham St George’s 4-0; Nottingham Forest v Newcastle East End 2-1; Luton Town v Middlesbrough 0-3; Preston North End v Middlesbro Ir 6-0; Crewe Alexander v Wolves 2-2, 1 -4; Blackpool v Sheffield Utd 0-3; ASTON VILLA v Heanor T 4-1; Bootle v Darwen 0-3; Belfast v Accrington Stanley 1-4; Sunderland v Notts County 4-0; Everton v Burnley 1 -3; Stoke v Casuals 3-0

Second Round

WEST BROMWICH ALBION v Blackburn R 3-1; Sheff Wed v Small Heath 2-0; Sunderland Alb v Nott’m Forest 0-1; Middlesbro v PNE 1 -2; Wolves v Sheff Utd 3-1; ASTON VILLA v Darwen 2-0; Accrington S v Sunderland 1-3; Burnley v Stoke 1-3

Third Round

WEST BROMWICH ALBION v Sheff Wed 2-1; Nott’m Forest v PNE 2-1; Wolves v ASTON VILLA 1-3; Sunderland v Stoke 2-2, 4-0

1892 FA Cup Semi-Final

WEST BROMWICH ALBION v Nottingham Forest 1-1, 1-1, 6-2; ASTON VILLA v Sunderland 4-1

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