Dating sites in leeds
The announcement of the birth of ‘The Football Association Challenge Cup’ ran to just 29 words: “That it is desirable that a Challenge Cup should be established in connection with the Association for which all clubs belonging to the Association should be invited to compete”. Charles Alcock, then 29, had been The FA’s secretary for just over a year when he had his vision of a national knockout tournament.
The first Cup season turned out to be quite truncated with withdrawals and byes.
Its membership was small and its authority and laws were often challenged and sometimes ignored.
But its motives and ambitions were so honourably based that, like growing ripples on a still pond, its standing grew perceptibly.
Only 12 clubs actually played and there were just 13 matches in total but Wanderers beat Royal Engineers 1-0 before 2,000 spectators at Kennington Oval in a Final described by The Sporting Life as “a most pleasant contest”.
A match between ‘England’ and ‘Scotland’ was another good idea from Alcock.