1896 FA Cup Final Score: Sheffield Wednesday 2 Wolverhampton Wanderers 1
Venue: Crystal Palace, London
Date: Saturday 18th April 1896
Scorers: Sheffield Wednesday – Fred Spiksley 2, Wolverhampton Wanderers – David Black
Sheffield Wednesday Team: Jimmy Massey, Jack Earp, Ambrose Langley, Harry Brandon, Tommy Crawshaw, Bob Petrie, Archie Brash, Alec Brady, Laurie Bell, Harry Davis, Fred Spiksley.
Wolverhampton Wanderers Team: Billy Tennant, Dickie Baugh, Tommy Dunn, Billy Owen, Billy Malpass, Hill Griffiths, Jack Tonks, Charlie Henderson, Billy Beats, Harry Wood, David Black.
Referee: Captain W. Simpson
1896 FA Cup Final Match Report
After Wolverhampton Wolves had won the Cup in 1893, the club’s chairman had obtained permission from the Football Association to present each player with a ten-inch high silver replica of the trophy. One of these models was used as a copy for the new FA Cup.
The first club to win the new trophy were Sheffield Wednesday, semi-finalists in the previous two seasons, and their opponents were Wolves, now disputing their third Final in eight seasons.
The hero of a fierce match was Sheffield Wednesday’s outside-left Fred Spiksley. The Crystal Palace crowd saw a very early goal. In just over a minute, a brilliant run by Harry Davis and Fred Spiksley ended with the latter giving Wednesday the lead, but David Black quickly hooked in an equalizer for Wolves from close to the post.
Sheffield Wednesday, however, were not to be subdued, and before half-time, Fred Spiksley put them ahead again with a terrific shot that hit an upright on its way into the net. The ball had been hit with such force that it rebounded into the field of play before Tennant realized where the shot had gone. It was only after the final whistle had been blown, and he had asked the Wednesday captain where the replay was going to be. So the Wolves goalkeeper learned that two shots had beaten him that afternoon.
Wednesday was never expected to reach the FA Final, not being exceptionally strong in the League, yet they always managed to rise to the occasion in the Cup. At their Olive Grove ground, they were reckoned invincible in a cup-tie.
In the 1896 FA Cup Final, they had the advantage of Spiksley’s early goal. However, with a few minutes remaining, one of the best Finals for several years and Wednesday 2—1 in the lead. Wolves came back into the game and forced Wednesday onto the defensive, bombarding Jimmy Massey with shot after shot.
Wednesday’s play deteriorated in the last quarter of an hour, excitement getting the better of some of their players, but they could still make two breakaways, and Alec Brady hit the crossbar in one of them.
1896 FA Cup Round By Round
Notts County v WOLVERHAMPTON WOLVES 2-2, 3-4; Liverpool v Millwall A 4-1; Burnley v Woolwich Arsenal 6-1; Stoke v Spurs 5-0; Derby County v Aston Villa 4-2; Newton Heath v Kettering 2-1; Darwen v Grimsby Town 0-2; Blackburn Rovers v West Bromwich Albion 1-2; Southampton St Mary’s v SHEFFIELD WEDNESDAY 2-3; Sunderland v PNE 4-1; Nottingham Forest v Everton 0-2; Burton Wanderers v Sheffield United 1-1, 0-1; Blackpool v Burton Swifts 4-1; Crewe Alex v Bolton Wanderers 0-4; Chesterfield v Newcastle United 0-4; Small Heath v Bury 1 -4
WOLVERHAMPTON WOLVES V Liverpool 2-0; Burnley v Stoke 1-1, 1-7; Derby Co v Newton Heath 1-1, 5-1; Grimsby T v WBA 1-1, 0-3; SHEFFIELD WEDNESDAY v Sunderland 2-1; Everton v Sheff Utd 3-0; Blackpool v Bolton Wand 0-2; Newcastle Utd v Bury 1-3
WOLVERHAMPTON WOLVES v Stoke 3-0; Derby Co v WBA 1-0; SHEFFIELD WEDNESDAY v Everton 4-0; Bolton Wand v Bury 2-0
WOLVERHAMPTON WOLVES v Derby County 2-1; SHEFFIELD WEDNESDAY v Bolton Wanderers 1-1, 3-1