1911 FA Cup Final

1911 FA Cup Final
Event 1910-11 FA Cup
Date 22 April 1911
Venue Crystal Palace, London
Referee John Pearson
Attendance 69,068
1911 FA Cup Final Replay
Event 1910-11 FA Cup
Date 26 April 1911
Venue Old Trafford, Manchester
Referee John Pearson
Attendance 66,646

The 1911 FA Cup Final was the 40th FA Cup final. It was contested by Bradford City and Newcastle United. The first game resulted in a goalless draw at Crystal Palace. A single goal scored by Jimmy Speirs for Bradford won the replay at Old Trafford.

Route to the final

Bradford City

Home teams listed first. Round 1: New Brompton 0–1 Bradford City

Round 2: Bradford City 2–1 Norwich City

Round 3: Bradford City 1–0 Grimsby Town

Round 4: Bradford City 1–0 Burnley

Semi-final: Bradford City 3–0 Blackburn Rovers (at Bramall Lane, Sheffield)

Newcastle United

Home teams listed first. Round 1: Newcastle United 6–1 Bury

Round 2: Newcastle United 1–1 Northampton Town

Round 2 replay: Northampton Town 0–1 Newcastle United

Round 3: Newcastle United 3–2 Hull City

Round 4: Newcastle United 4–0 Derby County

Semi-final: Newcastle United 3–0 Chelsea (at St Andrews, Birmingham)

Match summary

Newcastle were defending the cup they had won the year before by defeating Barnsley 2–0. They faced a Bradford City side who had earned their highest position in the league. Newcastle's preparations were upset by long-term injuries to England international centre-forward Albert Shepherd and Peter McWilliam. Bradford's team showed just one surprise with Scottish centre-half Willie Gildea drafted in for just his 10th game for the club.

The first match at Crystal Palace ended goalless after extra time meaning for the second successive year the final went to a replay. City made one change to their team for the replay with Bob Torrance coming in for Gildea, who never played for City again. Newcastle's team remained unchanged. The replay, which took place at Old Trafford, was settled by a single goal for Bradford, a header scored by captain Jimmy Speirs.

It was a new trophy that Speirs lifted, appropriately made by Bradford jewellers Fattorini's. The cup triumph remains Bradford's only major honour.

Match details

Bradford City 0–0 Newcastle United
Attendance: 69,068
Referee: John Pearson
Bradford City
Newcastle United
GKMark Mellors
Robert Campbell
David Taylor
George Robinson
CHWillie Gildea
Jimmy McDonald
ORPeter Logan
Jimmy Speirs (c)
Frank O'Rourke
Archie Devine
Frank Thompson
Manager:
Peter O'Rourke
GKJimmy Lawrence
Billy McCracken
Tony Whitson
Colin Veitch (c)
Wilf Low
David Willis
Jock Rutherford
George Jobey
Jimmy Stewart
Sandy Higgins
George Wilson
Manager:
The Directors Committee

Match rules

  • 90 minutes.
  • Replay if scores still level.
  • No substitutions.

Replay

Bradford City 1–0 Newcastle United
Speirs  15'
Attendance: 66,646
Referee: John Pearson
Bradford City
Newcastle United
GKMark Mellors
Robert Campbell
David Taylor
George Robinson
CHBob Torrance
Jimmy McDonald
ORPeter Logan
Jimmy Speirs (c)
Frank O'Rourke
Archie Devine
Frank Thompson
Manager:
Peter O'Rourke
GKJimmy Lawrence
Billy McCracken
Tony Whitson
Colin Veitch (c)
Wilf Low
David Willis
Jock Rutherford
George Jobey
Jimmy Stewart
Sandy Higgins
George Wilson
Manager:
The Directors Committee

Match rules

  • 90 minutes.
  • 30 minutes of extra-time if necessary.
  • No substitutions.

References

    • Frost, Terry (1988). Bradford City A Complete Record 1903–1988. Breedon Books Sport. pp. 46–49. ISBN 0-907969-38-0. 
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