Wanderers and Royal Engineers set for FA Cup final remake… 140 years after original showdown
00:27 GMT, 7 November 2012
The very first FA Cup final was contested 140 years ago – but the two teams involved will rekindle a rivalry in their first match for more than a century in a replay of that tie on Wednesday.
On March 16, 1872 at the Kennington Oval, now more commonly associated with cricket and known as the Kia Oval, Wanderers and the Royal Engineers contested the Challenge Cup final – the original FA Cup. Wanderers won by a single goal from Morton Betts.
That was after one of the Royal Engineers players broke his collarbone but insisted on staying on the pitch for the entire 90 minutes.
In black and white: The Royal Engineers lost 1-0 to the Wanderers in 1872
The two clubs still exist but have not faced each other for 120 years until when they meet at The Oval again on Wednesday.
Wanderers disbanded in the 1880s but were reformed back in 2009 and the Engineers, founded in 1863 and made up of serving soldiers of the British Army, have been playing all these 140 years.
Bobby Gould, who is one of only four people to win the FA Cup as a player and manager, will take charge of Wanderers for the day.
Watching on: Bernstein (left) will be present at Wednesday's game
And the winners will lift the original FA Cup that is now owned by co-chairman of West Ham David Gold who is allowing it to be taken from its home at the National Football Museum in Manchester. He will be in attendance with FA chairman David Bernstein.
The Band of the Corps of Royal Engineers and help to perform Abide With Me before the teams line up to sing the national anthem.
But it will not all be entirely true to that day 140 years ago – that day Wanderers lined up with eight strikers and the Engineers started with seven.
And the rules of the game have changed significantly. Throw-ins used to be taken by the first team to get the ball, teams changed ends after every goal and there were no nets in the goals.
The game back in 1872 was contested in front of a 2,000-strong crowd and the organisers are confident they will surpass that number.