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1872 in association football

List of years in association football

The following are the association football events of the year 1872 throughout the world.


  • February 24
England defeat Scotland 1–0 in their fifth international match.
  • March 16
Wanderers beat Royal Engineers 1–0 in the inaugural FA Cup Final at the Kennington Oval.
  • November 30
The first FIFA-recognised international match is played in front of a crowd of 4,000 between Scotland and England which ended as a 0–0 draw at Hamilton Crescent, Partick.

Clubs Founded


Kettering Town
Telford United
Le Havre[1]
Third Lanark AC

National club championships

Nation Tournament Winner Runner-up
England England 1871–72 FA Cup Wanderers Royal Engineers




  1. ^ The first French football and rugby club, began playing football on a regular basis in 1894.
  2. ^ Lynch, Michael (ed.). The Oxford companion to Scottish history. Oxford University Press. p. 241. ISBN 9780199693054.
  3. ^ The first Welsh football club founded on September 28 at the Turf Hotel, formed by two members of the Wrexham Cricket Club, who wanted to play sport during the winter months.