Engineers steamroll Wanderers 7-1 in repeat of first ever FA Cup final at The Oval… 140 years after the original
22:46 GMT, 7 November 2012
Who knows what Lieutenant Edmund Creswell would have made of it all Three times in the first 45 minutes of the replay of the 1872 Football Association Challenge Cup final officers from the Royal Engineers side he once represented went to ground and had a whinge.
Of course, it’s four months shy of 140 years since Lieutenant Creswell felt a fracture in his collarbone and carried on playing against Wanderers in that first edition of football’s oldest competition, now known as the FA Cup.
In a team of nine lieutenants and two captains, he was regarded as something of a ‘strong fellow’.
The gloves are on! The Engineers celebrate victory with the original FA Cup
On Wednesday night, in the game's ceremonial
restaging at the same Oval cricket ground that hosted the original, it
was a little different.
Not least because Sapper Dean Ellis of the Engineers was allowed to take a throw-in without the threat of violence in the opening minute (back in the day a throw-in was awarded to whichever team retrieved the ball first) and there was no requirement to change ends with each goal.
The absence of the latter rule certainly saved some time – Engineers were in front through Lance Corporal Jay Hubbard after nine minutes and a further five ahead of the side managed by Bobby Gould by half time.
Calling the shots: Bobby Gould was in charge of the Wanderers who were beaten at The Oval
Daniel Flash pulled one back early in the second half with a finish Morton Betts would have been proud of – he scored Wanderers' winning goal on March 16, 1872, though Thomas Hooman later claimed in an interview with The Times that it was his goal – and the chants of 'we're going to win 7-6’ temporarily muffled Gould’s running battle with the referee.
As it turned out, Wanderers didn’t win 7-6; they lost 7-1 and Engineers were presented with the original trophy by West Ham chairman David Gold. The other Gould, a winner of the FA Cup as both a player and manager, beat the referee convincingly.
The Wanderers, once a team of England internationals educated at Harrow and now a 12th-tier side including an air steward and a Liberal Democrat councillor, will always have the bragging rights for winning the original tie 1-0. That was the first of their five FA Cup wins. The sixth might have to wait a while.
Up for the cup: West Ham Chairman David Gold looks on as Royal Engineers AFC Captain Jay Hubbard lifts the first ever FA Cup trophy
Rolling back the years: The match programme and the scoreboard shows the comprehensive scoreline