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1902–03 FA Cup

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1902–03 FA Cup

1902–03 FA Cup
Country England
Champions Bury
Runners-up Derby County

The 1902–03 FA Cup was the 32nd season of the world's oldest association football competition, the Football Association Challenge Cup (more usually known as the FA Cup). Bury won the competition for the second and (as of 2009) final time, beating Derby County 6–0 in the final at Crystal Palace. This scoreline still stands as a record victory in an FA Cup final.

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 a preliminary round, five qualifying rounds, an intermediate round, three proper rounds, and the semi-finals and final.

Round Date
Preliminary Round Saturday 20 September 1902
First Round Qualifying Saturday 4 October 1902
Second Round Qualifying Saturday 18 October 1902
Third Round Qualifying Saturday 1 November 1902
Fourth Round Qualifying Saturday 15 November 1902
Fifth Round Qualifying Saturday 29 November 1902
Intermediate Round Saturday 13 December 1902
First Round Proper Saturday 7 February 1903
Second Round Proper Saturday 21 February 1903
Third Round Proper Saturday 7 March 1903
Semi-Finals Saturday 21 March 1903
Final Saturday 18 April 1903

Intermediate Round

The Intermediate Round featured ten games, played between the ten winners of the Fifth Qualifying Round, and ten teams given byes. First Division Middlesbrough, along with Bristol City, Preston North End, Woolwich Arsenal, Burnley and Lincoln City from the Second Division were entered automatically into this round, as were non-league Reading, Bristol Rovers, West Ham United and Millwall Athletic.

The other Second Division sides had to gain entry to this round through the earlier qualifying rounds. Burton United, Blackpool and Stockport County were entered at the First Qualifying Round, while the others, Burslem Port Vale, Chesterfield, Doncaster Rovers, Gainsborough Trinity, Leicester Fosse and Manchester United, were entered in the Third Qualifying Round. Of these, only Manchester United, Glossop and Burton United reached the Intermediate Round. They were joined by seven other non-league sides.

The ten matches were played on 13 December 1902. Three matches went to replays, with one of these going to a second replay (held at Villa Park).

Tie no Home team Score Away team Date
1 Bristol City 3–1 Middlesbrough 13 December 1902
2 Reading 1–0 Burnley 13 December 1902
3 Lincoln City 2–0 West Ham United 13 December 1902
4 Luton Town 3–0 Kidderminster Harriers 13 December 1902
5 Bishop Auckland 1–3 Preston North End 13 December 1902
6 Barnsley 4–0 Swindon Town 13 December 1902
7 Brentford 1–1 Woolwich Arsenal 13 December 1902
Replay Woolwich Arsenal 5–0 Brentford 17 December 1902
8 Bristol Rovers 2–2 Millwall Athletic 13 December 1902
Replay Millwall Athletic 0–0 Bristol Rovers 18 December 1902
2nd Replay Millwall Athletic 2–0 Bristol Rovers 22 December 1902
9 Glossop 2–1 New Brompton 13 December 1902
10 Burton United 1–1 Manchester United 13 December 1902
Replay Manchester United 3–1 Burton United 17 December 1902

First round proper

The First Round Proper contained 16 ties between 32 teams. 17 of the 18 First Division sides were given a bye to this round, as were Manchester City and Small Heath from the Second Division, and Southern League teams Southampton, Portsmouth, and Tottenham Hotspur. They joined the ten teams who won in the intermediate round.

The matches were played on Saturday, 7 February 1903. Four matches were drawn, with the replays taking place in the following midweek. One of these, the Notts County v Southampton match, went to a second replay, which Notts County won at Small Heath's St Andrew's ground.

Tie no Home team Score Away team Date
1 Bury 1–0 Wolverhampton Wanderers 7 February 1903
2 Preston North End 3–1 Manchester City 7 February 1903
3 Notts County 0–0 Southampton 7 February 1903
Replay Southampton 2–2 Notts County 11 February 1903
2nd Replay Notts County 2–1 Southampton 16 February 1903
4 Nottingham Forest 0–0 Reading 7 February 1903
Replay Reading 3–6 Nottingham Forest 12 February 1903
5 Blackburn Rovers 0–0 Sheffield Wednesday 7 February 1903
Replay Sheffield Wednesday 0–1 Blackburn Rovers 12 February 1903
6 Aston Villa 4–1 Sunderland 7 February 1903
7 Bolton Wanderers 0–5 Bristol City 7 February 1903
8 Grimsby Town 2–1 Newcastle United 7 February 1903
9 Derby County 2–1 Small Heath 7 February 1903
10 Everton 5–0 Portsmouth 7 February 1903
11 Millwall Athletic 3–0 Luton Town 7 February 1903
12 Woolwich Arsenal 1–3 Sheffield United 7 February 1903
13 Tottenham Hotspur 0–0 West Bromwich Albion 7 February 1903
Replay West Bromwich Albion 0–2 Tottenham Hotspur 11 February 1903
14 Barnsley 2–0 Lincoln City 7 February 1903
15 Glossop 2–3 Stoke 7 February 1903
16 Manchester United 2-1 Liverpool 7 February 1903

Second Round Proper

The eight Second Round matches were played on Saturday, 21 February 1903. There was one replay, between Nottingham Forest and Stoke City, played in the following midweek.

Tie no Home team Score Away team Date
1 Nottingham Forest 0–0 Stoke 21 February 1903
Replay Stoke 2–0 Nottingham Forest 26 February 1903
2 Aston Villa 4–1 Barnsley 21 February 1903
3 Grimsby Town 0–2 Notts County 21 February 1903
4 Derby County 2–0 Blackburn Rovers 21 February 1903
5 Everton 3–1 Manchester United 21 February 1903
6 Sheffield United 0–1 Bury 21 February 1903
7 Millwall Athletic 4–1 Preston North End 21 February 1903
8 Tottenham Hotspur 1–0 Bristol City 21 February 1903

Third round proper

The four Third Round matches were played on Saturday 7 March 1903. There were no replays.

Tie no Home team Score Away team Date
1 Bury 1–0 Notts County 7 March 1903
2 Derby County 3–0 Stoke 7 March 1903
3 Millwall Athletic 1–0 Everton 7 March 1903
4 Tottenham Hotspur 2–3 Aston Villa 7 March 1903


The semi-final matches were played at neutral venues on Saturday 21 March 1903. Bury and Derby County won and went on to meet each other in the final.

21 March 1903
Bury 3–0 Aston Villa


The Final was contested by Charlie Sagar, Joe Leeming (2), William Wood and John Plant. The scoreline remains a record for the biggest winning margin in the FA Cup final.

Match details

18 April 1903
15:00 GMT
Bury 6 – 0 Derby County
Sagar Goal 48'
Leeming Goal 56' Goal 76'
Wood Goal 57'
Plant Goal 59'
Crystal Palace, London
Attendance: 63,102[2]
Referee: J. Adams
Derby County [3]

See also


  • Official site; fixtures and results service at
  • 1902-03 FA Cup at
  • 1902-03 FA Cup at
  1. ^ Match report at
  2. ^ Sporting Chronicle - 1903 FA Cup Final
  3. ^ FA Cup Final kits, 1900-1909
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