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English FA Cup Finalists 1900 - 1909
During the early Edwardian period clubs from the Southern League challenged those from the Football League. Southampton and Spurs contested three finals between them, with Spurs (left) becoming the only side from outside the Football League to win the trophy in 1901. Over the period the strongest Southern League clubs were elected to the Football League. On balance the Lancashire sides had the best of the decade with five wins.
1899 - 1900
Bury 4 Southampton 0venue Crystal Palace
date 21 April 1900
The last FA Cup Final of the Victorian era saw all the leading sides knocked out in the earlier rounds and it was left to unfancied Bury to contest the final with Southampton, then playing in the Southern League. Despite a club from the south of England appearing in the final for the first time since 1883, the attendance was down to 69,000, some 5,000 fewer than the previous final. The Lancashire side proved far too strong for the Saints, winning comfortably.
1900 - 1901
Tottenham Hotspur 3 Sheffield United 1 (Replay after 2-2 draw)venue Crystal Palace: replay at Burnden Park, Bolton
date 20 & 27 April 1901
For the second season in succession, a Southern League side reached the final. Presumably because Spurs were a London team, a record 110,000 spectators crammed into the Crystal Palace. The match ebbed and flowed with Sheffield United taking the lead in the eleventh minute and Spurs recovering to go ahead five minutes into the second half. The equalising goal was controversially awarded by the referee who judged that the ball had crossed the goal line when the linesman flagged for a corner after the Spurs goalkeeper was charged and the ball went out of play. A week later they met again at Bolton Wanderers' ground in front of a mere 22,000 spectators. United led at half-time but were overcome by a superb second half display by Spurs who took the FA Cup back to London for the first time in 18 years. They remain the only side from outside the Football League to have won the trophy.
1901 - 1902
Sheffield United 2 Southampton 1 (Replay after 1-1 draw)venue Crystal Palace
date 19 & 26 April 1902
For the third time in three years the
final was a north versus south clash, Sheffield United making their third visit to Crystal Palace in four years. With the astonishingly agile 22 stone (140kg) "Fatty" Foulkes in goal and their international outside-right, Bennett, Sheffield had a strong team while Southampton had all-rounder CB Fry, who represented England at both football and cricket, in their side. After a close run first match, Sheffield won the replay with a goal from reserve forward, Barnes. Both teams normally wore identical strips and Southampton changed for these matches.
1902 - 1903
Bury 6 Derby County 0venue Crystal Palace
date 18 April 1903
On paper Derby fielded a strong side but they were completely overwhelmed by their opponents from Lancashire. Bury's 6-0 victory stands as a record and the club also equaled Preston's feat of 1889 by winning the FA Cup without conceding a goal. As both teams normally wore white shirts, two sets of alternative tops were made up, Bury opting to wear light blue.
1903 - 1904
Manchester City 1 Bolton Wanderers 0venue Crystal Palace
date 23 April 1904
62,000 spectators watched the first ever Lancashire derby in an FA Cup final. The match was closely contested with City's brilliant winger, Billy Meredith scoring the decisive goal. The referee refused to entertain Bolton's protests that he was offside and a new name was engraved on the cup.
1904 - 1905
Aston Villa 2 Newcastle United 0venue Crystal Palace
date 15 April 1905
For the first time a club from the north-east of England reached the FA Cup final. In fact, Newcastle had entered a golden age and were playing for the "double" having clinched the League title earlier. In the end it was Aston Villa who lifted the cup, scoring their first after only three minutes. The game was watched by over 101,000 spectators.
1905 - 1906
Everton 1 Newcastle United 0venue Crystal Palace
date 21 April 1906
Newcastle were to be disappointed again in a dull game that Everton, playing in their third final, on balance deserved to win.
1906 - 1907
Sheffield Wednesday 2 Everton 1venue Crystal Palace
date 20 April 1907
It was holders Everton's turn to be disappointed in the 1907 final. After conceding a goal in the 20th minute, the Toffees equalised just before half-time. With only four minutes left, Wednesday's centre-forward unexpectedly hooked the ball across the goal mouth following a throw-in for Simpson, the outside-left to head home unopposed.
1907 - 1908
Wolverhampton Wanderers 3 Newcastle United 1venue Crystal Palace
date 25 April 1908
Newcastle, crowned as League champions once again arrived at Crystal Palace in pursuit of the "double." They dominated the game but two goals on the break just before half-time gave Wolves the initiative. Newcastle pulled one back after the break but Wolves' outside-right, Harrison, put the game beyond doubt. Bizarrely there were four players on the field with surnames beginning with "H" and all of them scored.
1908 - 1909
Manchester United 1 Bristol City 0venue Crystal Palace
date 24 April 1909
Two newcomers appeared in the 1909 FA Cup final and for once, the favourites won. Manchester United had won the League championship the previous season and overcome Newcastle in the semi-final. Bristol were relative newcomers, having been elected to the League in 1901 and promoted to the First Division in 1906. United won a rough game with a single goal from Turnbull after 22 minutes. Billy Meredith, now with United, added a second winner's medal to the one he had won with City in 1904. Both teams changed from their usual red shirts for the game and for the occasion sported badges. United's featured a Lancashire rose and City carried the Bristol coat-of-arms. This is the first time that clubs had special commemorative kits made for the FA Cup final.The 1890s | FA Cup Finals | The 1910s