FA Amateur Cup Records

The rise of professional football in the 1880s meant that amateur teams were increasingly squeezed out of the FA Cup. So a competition exclusively for amateur clubs, the FA Amateur Cup, was set up in 1893. Reading entered the first two competitions before turning professional in 1895. The Old Boys clubs who dominated the competition in the early years withdrew in 1902 to set up their own Arthur Dunn Cup, named in memory of an Old Etonian player who had died young. The heyday of the FA Amateur Cup was in the 1950s when the Wembley finals regularly attracted crowds of 100,000. The competition continued until 1974 when the FA decided that "amateur" was no longer a meaningful term. It has been superseded by the FA Trophy for the higher level non-league teams and the FA Vase for the rest. The results from the early finals of the Amateur Cup were as follows:

    1893-94  Amateur     Old Carthusians      2    Casuals              1
    1894-95  Amateur     Middlesbrough        2    Old Carthusians      1
    1895-96  Amateur     Bishop Auckland      1    Royal Artillery      0
    1896-97  Amateur     Old Carthusians    1/4    Stockton           1/1
    1897-98  Amateur     Middlesbrough        2    Uxbridge             0
    1898-99  Amateur     Stockton             1    Harwich & P'ton      0
    1899-00  Amateur     Bishop Auckland      5    Lowestoft Town       1
    1900-01  Amateur     Crook Town         1/3    King's Lynn        1/0
    1901-02  Amateur     Old Malvernians      5    Bishop Auckland      1
    1902-03  Amateur     Stockton           0/1    Oxford City        0/0
    1903-04  Amateur     Sheffield            3    Ealing               1
    1904-05  Amateur     West Hartlepool      3    Clapton              2
    1905-06  Amateur     Oxford City          3    Bishop Auckland      0
    1906-07  Amateur     Clapton              2    Stockton             1
    1907-08  Amateur     RE Depot Batt        2    Stockton             1
    1908-09  Amateur     Clapton              6    Eston United         0
    1909-10  Amateur     RMLI Gosport         2    South Bank           1
    1910-11  Amateur     Bromley              1    Bishop Auckland      0
    1911-12  Amateur     Stockton           1/1    Eston United       1/0
    1912-13  Amateur     South Bank         1/1    Oxford City        1/0
    1913-14  Amateur     Bishop Auckland      1    Northern Nomads      0
    1914-15  Amateur     Clapton              1    Bishop Auckland      0

Both the 1903 and 1913 finals were held at Elm Park. In each case Oxford City were held to a draw, only to be beaten in a replay. The 1903 team included future Reading captain Herbert Smith. Smith and Oxford had better luck in 1906, beating Bishop Auckland 3-0 at Stockton.

I was driven mad in 2004 when Middlesbrough's League Cup win was described as their first major trophy. If the FA Amateur Cup in 1895 and 1898 was not a major trophy, then I don't know what is. Barnet, Wimbledon and Wycombe are the other League clubs to have won the Amateur Cup.

Reading's complete record in the FA Amateur Cup is as follows:

            PL     W    D    L    GF    GA    PTS    P3/PL
HOME         6     4    1    1    16    11      9    2.167
AWAY         4     3    0    1    18    10      6    2.250
TOTAL       10     7    1    2    34    21     15    2.200
(2 seasons)

This can be broken down by opponent as follows (for details see here).

                        PL  HW HD HL  HF  HA  AW AD AL  AF  AA  PTS    P3
 1. Maidenhead           3   0  1  0   3   3   2  0  0   8   3    5     7
 2. Old Westminster      1   0  0  0   0   0   1  0  0   8   2    2     3
 3. Chesham Town         1   1  0  0   4   0   0  0  0   0   0    2     3
 4. Casuals              1   1  0  0   3   1   0  0  0   0   0    2     3
 5. Royal Ordnance F     1   1  0  0   3   2   0  0  0   0   0    2     3
 6. Chesham Generals     1   1  0  0   2   1   0  0  0   0   0    2     3
 7. South Bank           1   0  0  0   0   0   0  0  1   2   5    0     0
 8. Old Carthusians      1   0  0  1   1   4   0  0  0   0   0    0     0

This includes a disputed game against Maidenhead in 1893-94. The location of a couple of games is not certain.

Back to Complete Record