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1903 FA Cup Final
Event1902–03 FA Cup
Date18 April 1903
VenueCrystal Palace, London
RefereeJ Adams
Attendance63,102
1902
1904

The 1903 FA Cup Final was contested by Bury and Derby County at Crystal Palace. Bury won 6–0, with goals from George Ross, Charles Sagar, Joe Leeming (2), William Wood and John Plant. The scoreline remains a record for the biggest win in the FA Cup final.

Route to the final

  • Bury
Round 1 - Wolverhampton Wanderers ( H ) 1–0
Round 2 - Sheffield United ( A ) 1–0
Round 3 - Notts County ( H ) 1–0
Semi-final - Aston Villa ( N ) 3–0
  • Derby County
Round 1 - Birmingham ( H ) 2–1
Round 2 - Blackburn Rovers ( H ) 2–0
Round 3 - Stoke ( H ) 3–0
Semi-final - Millwall ( N ) 3–0

Match details

18 April 1903
15:00 GMT
Bury 6–0 Derby County Crystal Palace, London
Attendance: 63,102
Referee: J. Adams
Ross Soccerball 20'
Sagar Soccerball 48'
Leeming Soccerball 56' Soccerball 76' Wood Soccerball 57'
Plant Soccerball 59'
Match report
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Bury
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Derby County
Hugh Monteith
Jimmy Lindsay
James McEwen
John Johnston
Frank Thorpe
George Ross (c)
Billy Richards
Willie Wood
Charles Sagar
Joe Leeming
John Plant
Manager:
H. S. Hamer
Jack Fryer
Jimmy Methven
Charlie Morris
Ben Warren
Archie Goodall (c)
Johnny May
Joe Warrington
Charlie York
John Boag
George Richards
George Davis
Manager:
Harry Newbould

Match rules

  • 90 minutes.
  • 30 minutes of extra-time if necessary.
  • Replay if scores still level.
  • No substitutes

Match summary

Derby came into the final without the injured Steve Bloomer, but even so they had the stronger side on paper. However, the match turned out to be one of the most one-sided ever played, and Bury's 6–0 victory remains a record for the biggest win in the FA Cup final. Bury also equalled another record, winning the Cup without conceding a goal in any round.

Derby's play was so poor that Bury were never fully extended. Monteith, the Bury goalkeeper, had little to do whilst defenders McEwen and Ross contributed much to Bury's crushing victory. Richards led the attack although he didn't score; Leeming scored twice with Bury's other goals coming from Ross, Sagar, Wood and Plant.

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