1889 American Cup

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1889 American Cup
Country United States
Teams 15
Champions Fall River Rovers
Runners-up Newark Caledonians
Matches played 17
Goals scored 73 (4.29 per match)

The 1889 American Cup was the fifth edition of the soccer tournament organized by the American Football Association. The Fall River Rovers won their second consecutive title by defeating the Newark Caledonians in the final.


Newcomers to the tournament were the Paterson Rangers and Trenton Rovers. Absent was the Ansonia team while New York was defunct and the Kearny Rangers had amalgamated with ONT.

  • New Jersey- Trenton, Trenton Rovers, Paterson, Paterson Rangers, Clark O.N.T., Alma, Tiffany Rovers, and, Newark Caledonian.
  • New York- Thistles and Amateur League.
  • New England- Fall River Olympics, Providence Athletics, Pawtucket Free Wanderers, Fall River Rovers, Fall River East Ends.

First round[edit]

The Fall River Olympics drew a first round bye. The first game between the Almas and Paterson was not completed due to the ball bursting early in the second half. Paterson refused to continue so Alma claimed the contest. However, after a meeting of the delegates it was decided that the game should be replayed because the game had started without a referee in the first place. Clark ONT was awarded their replay match as a result of Trenton Rovers failure to appear.

Paterson Rangers w/o Amateur League
Paterson, NJ

Trenton 1–3 Thistle
Trenton, NJ

Providence 0–5 Pawtucket
1' Mullarkey
35' Lennox
Eagle street grounds, Providence, RI
Attendance: 1000

Providence: GK Bailey, DF G.Clegg, McDonald, MF Davina, Cook, Start, FW Thorney, Cook, Axon, Brennan, Healabourn. Pawtucket: GK Watmouth, DF H.Stuart, A.Love, MF J.Dalton, F.Finn, D.Smith, FW Hardy, Mullarkey, Murray, Sandilands, Fd.Lennox.

Trenton Rovers 0-0 O.N.T.
East State Street grounds, Trenton, NJ

Fall River Rovers 7-0 East Ends
Fall River, MA
Attendance: 800+

Caledonians 4-4 Tiffany Rovers
ONT grounds

Alma 2-1 Paterson
Shooting Park


ONT w/o Trenton Rovers
Newark, NJ

Alma 3-0 Paterson
ONT grounds

Caledonians 4-1 Tiffany Rovers
ONT grounds
Referee: A.Craig

Caledonian- GK J.Thompson, DF J.Byrne, D.Gloak, MF W.Barr, R.McDonald, W.Hood, FW R.McWilliams, T.Hendry, R.Barr, W.Thornton, J.Heron. Tiffany- GK W.Healy, DF T.Crann, M.Flannery, MF D.McCune, E.Hinkley, J.Singleton, FW J.Jeffs, M.Downs, A.Hinkley, T.Flynn, J.Norton.

Second round[edit]

Pawtucket drew a second round bye.

Thistle 7-1 Paterson Rangers
ONT grounds

Fall River Rovers 4-0 Olympics
30' Bruckshaw
60' Cornell
61' Bell
66' Bruckshaw
Fall River, MA
Attendance: 2500
Referee: H.Ball

Rovers: GK Shea, DF Harwood, Fagan, MF Bradley, Waring, Lonsdale, FW Bell, Bruckshaw, Buckley, Bell, Cornell. Olympics: GK Brackell, DF Williamson, Lee, MF Tomlinson, Pilling, Brown, FW Hoctor, Corbet, Taylor, Ingham, Randall.

Alma 0-3 Caledonian
Shooting Park
Referee: P.Hughes

Alma: GK F.Farrow, DF E.Morton, G.Wright, MF J.Britchford, J.Hood, R.Patterson, FW J.Gray, P.Brennan, H.Shaw, Walter Taylor, J.Smith. Caledonian: GK J.Thompson, DF G.Gloak, J.Brown, MF W.Barr, R.McDonald, W.Stalker, FW R.McWilliams, T.Hendry, J.McCormack, J.Williamson, R.Barr.

Third round[edit]

ONT drew a bye.

Thistle 4-5 Caledonian
ONT grounds
Referee: W.Turner

Pawtucket 1-2 Fall Rivers Rovers
60' Mullarkey 5' Cornell
32' Bell(Buckley)
Attendance: 6000


Caledonians drew a bye.

Fall River Rovers 7-0 ONT


Newark Caledonians 0–4 Fall River Rovers
ONT Grounds
Attendance: 700


  • Outing
  • National Police Gazette
  • New York Herald
  • New York Times
  • Spirit of the Times
  • Trenton Times
  • Fall River Herald
  • Daily Advertiser
  • Evening News
  • Sunday Call