1902 Copa de la Coronación

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1902 Copa de la Coronación
Copa de la coronacion.jpg
The trophy on display in the Athletic Bilbao museum
Country Spain
Teams 5
Champions Bizcaya
Runners-up FC Barcelona
Matches played 5
Goals scored 27 (5.4 per match)

The 1902 Copa de la Coronación was a football competition in honour of the coronation of Alfonso XIII of Spain. It was an unofficial competition, the Royal Spanish Football Federation do not recognize it as the first season of the Copa del Rey, which began the following year.[1]

The competition started on May 13, 1902, and concluded on May 16, 1902, with the Final, held at the Hipódromo in Madrid, in which Bizcaya lifted the trophy.

The competition was thought up after Carlos Padrós, later president of Madrid FC, suggested a football competition to celebrate the coronation of Alfonso XIII. Four other teams joined Madrid for the first competition: FC Barcelona, Club Español de Foot-Ball, Bizcaya (a combination of Athletic Club and Bilbao Football Club (es)) and New Foot-Ball Club. The competition featured the first recorded game between FC Barcelona and Madrid FC, with the former emerging 3–1 winners. Bizcaya eventually beat FC Barcelona in the final.


Bizcaya 5 – 1 Club Español
Juan Astorquia Goal
Walter Evans Goal
William Dyer Goal -' (pen.)
Walter Evans Goal
Walter Evans Goal
Ponz Goal
Referee: England Morris



FC Barcelona 3 – 1 Madrid FC
Udo Steinberg (de) Goal
Udo Steinberg Goal
Joan Gamper Goal -' (pen.)
Arthur Johnson Goal
Referee: Spain Arana


Bizcaya 8 – 1 New Foot-Ball Club
Walter Evans Goal
Walter Evans Goal
Armand Cazeaux Goal
William Dyer Goal
William Dyer Goal
William Dyer Goal
William Dyer Goal
Juan Astorquia Goal
Montojo Goal
Referee: England Morris



Bizcaya 2 – 1 FC Barcelona
Juan Astorquia Goal 10'
Armand Cazeaux Goal 20'
Udo Steinberg Goal 75'


Copa de la Coronación 1902 Winners
1st Title

Consolation Trophy / Copa de la Gran Peña[edit]

  • Bizcaya did not participate because they had nothing to console, being champions of Copa de la Coronación.
  • FC Barcelona declined to participate because their players had to return to their occupations.
  • New Foot-Ball Club declined to participate due to the very poor level showed in the Copa de la Coronación.

So, the Gran Peña Cup was played as a single match between Madrid FC and Club Español. [6]

Madrid FC 3 – 2 Club Español
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Referee: ?