1902 FA Cup Final: Sheffield United vs Southampton

Sheffield United 2 - 1 Southampton

  • Sheffield United
    • Hedley 2'
    • Barnes 79'
  • Southampton

1st Match Ended 1-1 (Common Goal 55') | (Wood Goal 88')

Final went to a Replay (3-2)

1st Match: Wembley Stadium, London, Saturday 19 April 1902

Replay: Wembley Stadium, London, Saturday 26 April 1902


Match Referee:T. Kirkham, Burslem

Team Line-ups:

Sheffield United

  • 1 Willie Foulke
  • 2Harry Thickett
  • 3Peter Boyle
  • 4Ernest Needham (c)
  • 5Bernie Wilkinson
  • 6Harry Johnson
  • 7Billy Barnes
  • 8Alf Common
  • 9George Hedley
  • 10Fred Priest
  • 11Bert Lipsham
  • Club Secretary
  • John Nicholson


  • 1 Jack Robinson
  • 2 Charles Burgess Fry
  • 3 George Molyneux
  • 4 Samuel Meston
  • 5 Tommy Bowman
  • 6 Bert Lee
  • 7 Archie Turner
  • 8 Harry Wood (c)
  • 9 Albert Brown
  • 10 Edgar Chadwick
  • 11 Joe Turner
  • Manager
  • Ernest Arnfield

The Cup holders went out in the first round of this season, and their conquerors, Southampton, reached the Final and faced Sheffield United, on their third visit to the Crystal Palace in four years.

FA Cup Final 1902: Sheffield United Cup Winners

The Final for the third year in succession was a battle between North and South. Sheffield, a well-balanced and capable team, were captained by Ernest 'Nudger' Needham, a tireless and skilful player. In goal they had Foulke, amazingly agile for a man of his weight (22 stone), and the pick of the forwards was probably Bennett, their international outside-right.

Unfortunately, United had to take the field without Bennett in the replay. Inside-right Common, whose goal had earned them a draw in the first match, moved outside, and Barnes, a reserve, filled the inside position. Common adapted himself well, and to Barnes fell the distinction of notching the goal which decided the game, after Hedley's fifth-minute opener, and won the Cup for the North.

C. B. Fry, a man whose combined intellectual and athletic qualities made him one of the outstanding personalities of the day, was Southampton's star at right-back. Wood scored the late. disputed goal in the first match, and Brown kept the result close in the replay, but poor Southampton's second Final ended in failure.

FA Cup Final 1902: Sheffield United V Southampton Cartoon

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