Wanderers humbled in the FA Cup09/11/2010
It was on this day in 1878 that English football saw one of the biggest shocks of the early days: cup holders Wanderers were thrashed 7-2 in the first round of the FA Cup by Old Etonians. With hindsight, it was a turning point in the history of the game as Wanderers – who had done so much to popularise the game and had dominated the early FA Cups – were never the same again.
Old Etonians had only just been constituted formally, having failed to even put a team together for the previous two seasons’ competitions. Their victory heralded a spell of domination by the public school old boys’ clubs, led by Old Etonians and Old Carthusians, who won three of the next four Cups before they, too, were overtaken by events.
Wanderers humbled in the FA Cup
For the cup-tie itself, Wanderers still had eight of their cup final team from the previous spring, but had no answer to the collected might of Eton’s finest, captained by Major Marindin in goal and with Arthur Kinnaird at half-back. They were three up at half-time thanks to Harry Goodhart, an own goal and Alfred Lyttelton. After the break, Wanderers threw everything into attack but this simply opened up gaps which Arthur’s team exploited. Three more goals followed – two from Philip Novelli and one by Henry Sedgwick – and only then did Wanderers get any consolation with two quick goals. The last word went to the Etonians, as Hedley Calvert set the seal on a find victory with the seventh.Old Etonians went on to win the FA Cup that season, putting out Reading, Minerva, Darwen (after two replays), Nottingham Forest and ultimately Clapham Rovers at the Oval on 29 March 1879.
As for Arthur, just to show no hard feelings, his very next match was with Wanderers in a friendly at Westminster.