Rare story of the World's Greatest Football Competition 1871 - 1901

The first ever FA Cup final was played in 1872 between Wanderers and Royal Engineers - two teams of Victorian amateur gentlemen. The FA Cup has changed enormously in the years between then and now. Contemporary reports of that historic period have been few and far between ... until now!

First published in 1902 in the auspicious Strand magazine, The Teams that Won the World's Greatest Football Competition 1871 - 1901 is a classic reprint of one of the earliest historical reference materials of the early years of the FA Cup and gives football historians and supporters the opportunity to own a really important historical account of the world's greatest football competition.

This is your opportunity to own a copy of a rare, almost forgotten 100+ year old collectible booklet covering the teams that won the English FA Cup in its first 30 years, available again after many years - an incredible insight into the way the game was played.

- Personal memories and reminiscences of a player and official who attended the early finals -

Excerpt from the book: "The honour of Southern football was thoroughly vindicated ... when Sheffield United was defeated in the final by Tottenham Hotspur. The first attempt at deciding the match ended in a draw. The game excited unprecedented interest; over 114,000 people attended the game at the Crystal Palace. The replay at Bolton was some-what of an anti-climax; but the Southern team won with some ease. The winning team well deserved its success, for it maintained a high degree of excellence throughout the Cup ties. Its main source of strength was the admirable understanding between the half backs and forwards, and the ability of the former to set the latter going and to back up their efforts near goal."

This classic reprint is available for just £12.47. For further details and to order a copy please visit

Season archive

We've got all the results from official games, appearance stats, goal stats and basically every conceivable statistic from 1892 to the present, every single line-up and substitutions!