Tottenham Won Their First FA Cup Final On 27th April,1901


Tottenham Hotspur, the non-League ‘giant-killers’ playing in the Southern League, had reached the Final of the FA Cup but no-one expected them to win as no non-League team had won the FA Cup since the formation of the Football League. Tottenham, to the surprise of everyone including 1st Division Sheffield United, won their first FA Cup in the Replay at Burnden Park, Bolton on this day, 27th April, 1901.

On This Day

27th April, 1901

Tottenham Hotspur 3  Sheffield United 1  (FA Cup Final Replay at Bolton)

Scorers: Smith, Brown, Cameron,

Team: Clawley; Erentz, Tait; Morris, Hughes, Jones (Captain); Smith, Cameron, Brown, Copeland, Kirwan.

Tottenham Hotspur 1901 FA Cup Winners [Photo: Logan Holmes]

Tottenham First:

  • First non-League team to win the F.A.Cup in 1901 – defeated Sheffield United 3-1 in Replay at Bolton, following 2 – 2 draw at Crystal Palace.
  • First Southern club to win the Cup in 20 years.

For the first match an attendance of 114,815 watched as Spurs drew with the experienced Sheffield United team. Tottenham had recovered from going a goal down early on to lead 2 – 1 but a replay became necessary when a wrong call by the referee awarded Sheffield a goal after the ball had actually gone out for a goal-kick.

Replay at Bolton

A week later, only 20,740 were present to see the replay at Bolton. Spurs went a goal behind, five minutes before half-time. It came against the run of play but Spurs continued to take the game to United and equalised after 55 minutes through player/manager, John Cameron. Spurs then went ahead when winger Tom Smith scored and Sandy Brown ensured victory with a header from the third of three quick corners, with seven minutes remaining.

Sandy Brown had become the first player to score in every round of the FA Cup, scoring 15 goals.

On the final whistle joyous Spurs fans invaded the pitch and when the team returned to London at 1.00am the next morning, the fans who had been waiting for three hours, gave them a tremendous reception.

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