Rewind to 1871

The birth of the FA Cup

July 21, 2011
On July 20, 1871 the world's oldest and most famous domestic cup competition was born after a proposal by Charles William Alcock at a meeting held in the offices of The Sportsman newspaper. This is the story of how one man went against the trends of society to create the FA Cup as we know it today.

With its roots in the working-class, football did not appeal to the elite of Victorian society in the 1870s who preferred to fill their time with the more 'gentlemanly' pursuits of racing, cricket ...

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