1898 Sheriff of London Charity Shield

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1898 Sheriff of London Charity Shield
Event Sheriff of London Charity Shield
Date 19 March 1898
Venue The Crystal Palace, London
Referee Mr. E. E. Stuart
Attendance 20,000
Replay
Date 4 April 1898
Venue The Crystal Palace, London
Referee Mr. E. E. Stuart
Attendance 8,000
1899

The 1898 Sheriff of London Charity Shield was the first edition of the Sheriff of London Charity Shield. The match and subsequent replay were both drawn and hence the honour was shared between Corinthian and Sheffield United.[1][2]

Match[edit]

Background[edit]

Cigarette card depicting Harry Thickett playing for Sheffield United, he played as a back in the 1898 Shield final

The contest was proposed by Sir Thomas Dewar who was a Sheriff of London in 1897 and part of the organising committee. Sheffield United F.C. were league champions for the first time in their history in the 1897–98 Football League and Corinthian were the premier amateur side of the time providing many of the England national football team players.

First-half[edit]

The first half was a very defensive encounter, partly due to the wet pitch, the referee Mr E.E. Stuart pulled up players from both sides for a large number of fouls.[2]

Second-half[edit]

The second half saw more attacking play with strong showings from Corinthian's Smith and Burnup, however, the Sheffield backs Thickett and Cain were their match defensively.[2]

Details[edit]

Corinthian 0–0 Sheffield United
[2]
Attendance: 20,000
Referee: Mr. E.E. Stuart
GK England W. Campbell
Back England C. B. Fry
Back England W. J. Oakley
Half England B. Middleditch
Half England C. Wreford-Brown
Half England F. M. Ingram
Forward England R. C. Gosling
Forward England W. F. H. Stanborough
Forward England G. O. Smith
Forward England C. L. Alexander
Forward England C. J. Burnup
GK England Foulkes
Back England Thickett
Back Scotland Cain
Half England Johnson
Half England Morren
Half England Needham
Forward England Bennett
Forward Scotland McKay
Forward England Gaudie
Forward England Cunningham
Forward England Priest

Replay[edit]

Background[edit]

The sides were largely unchanged with two changes for each to the initial lineups. Topham and W. L. Foster came in for Corinthian replacing Stanborough and Ingram. For Sheffield United, forwards Almond and Hedley replaced McKay and Gaudie.

First-half[edit]

Sheffield United scored first with a goal from their forward Almond following a pass from Cunningham.[2]

Second-half[edit]

Fifteen minutes into the second half Corinthian's Topham was fouled near the goal mouth and a free kick resulted in a goal scored by W. L. Foster after a retake for encroachment. The game was again a strong defensive showing from both sides and at the end of 90 minutes Sheffield United refused to play extra time resulting in the honour being shared.[2]

Details[edit]

Corinthian 1–1 Sheffield United
Foster [2] Almond
Attendance: 8,000
Referee: Mr. E. E. Stuart
GK England W. Campbell
Back England C. B. Fry
Back England W. J. Oakley
Half England B. Middleditch
Half England C. Wreford-Brown
Half England W. L. Foster
Forward England R. C. Gosling
Forward England R. Topham
Forward England G. O. Smith
Forward England C. L. Alexander
Forward England C. J. Burnup
GK England Foulkes
Back England Thickett
Back Scotland Cain
Half England Johnson
Half England Morren
Half England Needham
Forward England Bennett
Forward England Hedley
Forward England Almond
Forward England Cunningham
Forward England Priest

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Current Sport". The Aberystwith Observer. The National Library of Wales. 24 March 1898. Retrieved 31 August 2017. 
  2. ^ a b c d e f g Corbett (ed.), B. O. Annals of the Corinthian Football Club, page 159. LONGMANS, GREEN, AND CO. Retrieved 31 August 2017.