1882 FA Cup Final

1882 FA Cup Final

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The 1882 FA Cup Final was contested by Old Etonians and Blackburn Rovers at the Kennington Oval. Old Etonians won 1–0, the only goal scored by Reginald Macaulay. It was the last final not to be contested by two of the Southern "gentleman amateur" teams who had dominated the first decade of the competition.

The Final

In the final, played at Kennington Oval on 25 March 1882, the Old Etonians met Blackburn Rovers, who were the first team from outside London and the Home counties to appear in an FA Cup Final. Blackburn included England internationals, Fred Hargreaves, John Hargreaves and Jimmy Brown. The Old Boys dominated the early stages of the match but Rovers defended well until, according to the match report in Gibbons' "Association Football in Victorian England", "following an expert through ball by Dunn, Macaulay steered the ball between the Blackburn goalposts to secure a well-deserved half-time lead". The Old Etonians were able to prevent Blackburn from scoring in the second half, thus claiming the cup for the second time in three years.

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