1898 FA Cup Final

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1898 FA Cup Final
Nottingham Forest posing with the trophy
Event1897–98 FA Cup
Date16 April 1898
VenueCrystal Palace, London
RefereeJ Lewis

The 1898 FA Cup Final was contested by Nottingham Forest and Derby County at Crystal Palace. Forest won 3–1, with goals from Arthur Capes (2) and John McPherson. Steve Bloomer scored for Derby. Numbered seats in the pavilion were 10s. 6d. Numbered seats in the covered stands were 5s.


Forest went ahead early after a goal from Capes, but Bloomer scored an equalizer with a header. The turning point was near the midway point. Richards tried to lob from a Mcinnes cross, but Fryer was easily first to it. The custodian, however, dropped the ball at the feet of Capes, who turned it in to the empty net. Forest lost a player with an injury, but McPherson killed off the contest.

Match details[edit]

Nottingham Forest3–1Derby County
Capes Goal 19' Goal 42'
McPherson Goal 86'
[1] Bloomer Goal 31'
Attendance: 62,017[2]
Referee: J. Lewis
Nottingham Forest
Derby County [3]
Dan Allsopp
Archie Ritchie
Adam Scott
Frank Forman (c)
John McPherson
Willie Wragg
Tom McInnes
Charlie Richards
Len Benbow
Arthur Capes
Alf Spouncer
Harry Haslam
Jack Fryer
Jimmy Methven
Joe Leiper
John D. Cox
Archie Goodall
James Turner
John Goodall
Steve Bloomer
John Boag
Jimmy Stevenson
Hugh McQueen
Harry Newbould