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1904–05 FA Cup

1904–05 FA Cup
Country England
Champions Aston Villa
Runners-up Newcastle United

The FA Cup 1904–05 was the 34th staging of the world's oldest association football competition, the Football Association Challenge Cup (more usually known as the FA Cup). Aston Villa won the competition for the fourth time, beating Newcastle United 2–0 in the final at Crystal Palace, through two goals scored by Harry Hampton.

Matches were scheduled to be played at the stadium of the team named first on the date specified for each round, which was always a Saturday. If scores were level after 90 minutes had been played, a replay would take place at the stadium of the second-named team later the same week. If the replayed match was drawn further replays would be held at neutral venues until a winner was determined. If scores were level after 90 minutes had been played in a replay, a 30-minute period of extra time would be played.


The format of the FA Cup for the season had two preliminary rounds, six qualifying rounds, an intermediate round, three proper rounds, and the semi finals and final.

Round Date
Extra Preliminary Round Saturday 10 September 1904
Preliminary Round Saturday 17 September 1904
First Qualifying Round Saturday 1 October 1904
Second Qualifying Round Saturday 15 October 1904
Third Qualifying Round Saturday 29 October 1904
Fourth Qualifying Round Saturday 12 November 1904
Fifth Qualifying Round Saturday 26 November 1904
Sixth Qualifying Round Saturday 10 December 1904
Intermediate Round Saturday 14 January 1905
First Round Proper Saturday 4 February 1905
Second Round Saturday 18 February 1905
Third Round Saturday 4 March 1905
Semi Finals Saturday 25 March 1905
Final Saturday 15 April 1905

Intermediate Round

The Intermediate Round featured ten games, played between the ten winners of the Sixth Qualifying Round, and ten teams given byes. Manchester United, Bristol City, West Bromwich Albion, Burnley and Grimsby Town from the Second Division were entered automatically into this round, as were non-league Reading, Portsmouth, Bristol Rovers, Plymouth Argyle and Millwall.

The other Second Division sides had to gain entry to this round through the earlier qualifying rounds. Glossop, Blackpool, Burton United, Gainsborough Trinity, Leicester Fosse and Doncaster Rovers were entered at the Third Qualifying Round stage, with only Blackpool, Leicester and Gainsborough reaching the intermediate round from these. Chesterfield, Barnsley, Bradford City, Lincoln City and Burslem Port Vale were all entered at the Sixth Qualifying Round stage, with only the latter losing in that round.

Tie no Home team Score Away team Date
1 Bristol City 2–1 Blackpool 14 January 1905
2 Burnley 1–1 Lincoln City 14 January 1905
Replay Lincoln City 3–2 Burnley 18 January 1905
3 Grimsby Town 2–0 Gainsborough Trinity 14 January 1905
4 West Bromwich Albion 2–5 Leicester Fosse 14 January 1905
5 Brentford 1–1 Reading 14 January 1905
Replay Reading 2–0 Brentford 18 January 1905
6 Portsmouth 0–0 Chesterfield 14 January 1905
Replay Portsmouth 2–0 Chesterfield 18 January 1905
7 Brighton & Hove Albion 1–2 Bristol Rovers 14 January 1905
8 Manchester United 2–2 Fulham 14 January 1905
Replay Fulham 0–0 Manchester United 18 January 1905
Replay Manchester United 0–1 Fulham 23 January 1905
9 Plymouth Argyle 2–0 Barnsley 14 January 1905
10 Bradford City 1–4 Millwall 14 January 1905

First round proper

The First Round Proper contained sixteen ties between 32 teams. The 18 First Division sides were given a bye to this round, as were Liverpool and Bolton Wanderers from the Second Division, and non-league Southampton and Tottenham Hotspur. They joined the ten teams who won in the intermediate round.

The matches were played on Saturday, 4 February 1905. Seven matches were drawn, with the replays taking place in the following midweek fixture. Two of these went to a second replay the following week.

Tie no Home team Score Away team Date
1 Bury 1–0 Notts County 4 February 1905
2 Liverpool 1–1 Everton 4 February 1905
Replay Everton 2–1 Liverpool 8 February 1905
3 Southampton 3–1 Millwall 4 February 1905
4 Stoke 2–0 Grimsby Town 4 February 1905
5 Nottingham Forest 2–0 Sheffield United 4 February 1905
6 Blackburn Rovers 1–2 The Wednesday 4 February 1905
7 Aston Villa 5–1 Leicester Fosse 4 February 1905
8 Bolton Wanderers 1–1 Bristol Rovers 4 February 1905
Replay Bristol Rovers 0–3 Bolton Wanderers 8 February 1905
9 Middlesbrough 1–1 Tottenham Hotspur 4 February 1905
Replay Tottenham Hotspur 1–0 Middlesbrough 9 February 1905
10 Sunderland 1–1 Wolverhampton Wanderers 4 February 1905
Replay Wolverhampton Wanderers 1–0 Sunderland 8 February 1905
11 Derby County 0–2 Preston North End 4 February 1905
12 Lincoln City 1–2 Manchester City 4 February 1905
13 Small Heath 0–2 Portsmouth 4 February 1905
14 Woolwich Arsenal 0–0 Bristol City 4 February 1905
Replay Bristol City 1–0 Woolwich Arsenal 8 February 1905
15 Newcastle United 1–1 Plymouth Argyle 4 February 1905
Replay Plymouth Argyle 1–1 Newcastle United 8 February 1905
Replay Newcastle United 2–0 Plymouth Argyle 13 February 1905
16 Fulham 0–0 Reading 4 February 1905
Replay Reading 0–0 Fulham 8 February 1905
Replay Fulham 1–0 Reading 13 February 1905

Second round proper

The eight second-round matches were scheduled for Saturday, 18 February 1905. There were two replays, played in the following midweek fixture.

Tie no Home team Score Away team Date
1 Bristol City 0–0 Preston North End 18 February 1905
Replay Preston North End 1–0 Bristol City 23 February 1905
2 Stoke 0–4 Everton 18 February 1905
3 Aston Villa 3–2 Bury 18 February 1905
4 The Wednesday 2–1 Portsmouth 18 February 1905
5 Wolverhampton Wanderers 2–3 Southampton 18 February 1905
6 Tottenham Hotspur 1–1 Newcastle United 18 February 1905
Replay Newcastle United 4–0 Tottenham Hotspur 22 February 1905
7 Manchester City 1–2 Bolton Wanderers 18 February 1905
8 Fulham 1–0 Nottingham Forest 18 February 1905

Third round proper

The four quarter final matches were scheduled for Saturday, 4 March 1905. The Preston North End – The Wednesday game was drawn, and replayed on 9 March.

Tie no Home team Score Away team Date
1 Preston North End 1–1 The Wednesday 4 March 1905
Replay The Wednesday 3–0 Preston North End 9 March 1905
2 Aston Villa 5–0 Fulham 4 March 1905
3 Bolton Wanderers 0–2 Newcastle United 4 March 1905
4 Everton 4–0 Southampton 4 March 1905

Semi finals

The semi-final matches were played on Saturday, 25 March 1905. Aston Villa's match with Everton was drawn and thus replayed four days later. Aston Villa won and went on to meet Newcastle United in the final.

29 March 1905
Aston Villa 2–1 Everton


Main article: 1905 FA Cup Final

The Final was contested by Aston Villa and Newcastle United at Crystal Palace. Aston Villa won 2–0, with Harry Hampton scoring both goals.

Match details

15 April 1905
15:00 BST
Aston Villa 2 – 0 Newcastle United
Hampton Goal 2' Goal 76'
Crystal Palace, London
Attendance: 101,117[1]
Referee: P. R. Harrower
Aston Villa
Newcastle United [2]

The game did not kick off at 3pm, BST, because BST did not exist until 1916, and was not even proposed at the time of this game.

See also


  • Official site; fixtures and results service at
  • 1904-05 FA Cup at
  • 1904-05 FA Cup at
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