Sheffield United 3-0 Chelsea (1914-15 FA Cup Final)
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|1915 FA Cup Final|
|Scoreline||Sheffield United 3-0 Chelsea|
|Date||24th April 1915|
Chelsea and Sheffield United contested the 1915 FA Cup final at Old Trafford on 24 April 1915, with Sheffield United winning 3-0. This was Chelsea's first appearance in an FA Cup Final, just ten years after foundation.
Chelsea had struggled in the league and finished one place from bottom in the First Division, but David Calderhead's side performed heroics to reach the Cup final, including overcoming English champions-elect Everton in the semi-final.
The match was termed the 'Khaki Final' as most of the crowd at Old Trafford were members of the armed forces. The venue for the final was also changed to Old Trafford to prevent disruption of war work in London, and the attendance of about 50,000 was lower than previous years as a result of wartime travel restriction and the mobilisation of large numbers of young men into the armed forces. This was the last final before the First World War, with Cup and League competitions subsequently suspended until 1919.
Sheffield United started as the favourites for the game and were in the lead ten-minutes before half-time when James Simmons scored. Chelsea's defence kept them in the game for long periods but Sheffield United sealed the win with two goals in the last six minutes from Stanley Fazackerley and Joseph Kitchen.
|24 April 1915||Sheffield United||3 - 0||Chelsea|| Venue: Old Trafford, Manchester|
Referee: H. H. Taylor
| Simmons 36'|
Road to the Final
|1914-15||Sat||9||Jan||1915||1st Round||Swindon Town||Away*||Drew||1-1||*venue switched to Stamford Bridge|
|1914-15||Sat||16||Jan||1915||1st Round Replay||Swindon Town||Home||Won||5-2|
|1914-15||Sat||20||Feb||1915||3rd Round||Manchester City||Away||Won||1-0|
|1914-15||Sat||6||Mar||1915||4th Round||Newcastle United||Home||Drew||1-1|
|1914-15||Sat||13||Mar||1915||4th Round Replay||Newcastle United||Away||Won||1-0|
|1914-15||Sat||27||Mar||1915||Semi Final||Everton||Neutral*||Won||2-0||*Villa Park (Aston Villa)|
| Tottenham (A) • Bradford City (A) • Newcastle (H) • Middlesbrough (A) • Sheffield Utd (H) • Aston Villa (A) • Liverpool (H)|
Bradford PA (A) • Oldham (H) • Man Utd (A) • Bolton (H) • Blackburn (A) • Notts County (H) • Sunderland (A) • Wednesday (H)
West Brom (A) • Everton (H) • Man City (H) • Man City (A) • Burnley (H) • Tottenham (H) • Middlesbrough (H) • Aston Villa (H)
Liverpool (A) • Oldham (A) • Bradford PA (H) • Sheffield Utd (A) • Newcastle (A) • Blackburn (H) • Bradford City (H) • Sunderland (H)
Burnley (A) • Wednesday (A) • Bolton (A) • West Brom (H) • Man Utd (H) • Everton (A) • Notts County (A)
| 1st Round: Swindon • Replay | 2nd Round: Arsenal | 3rd Round: Man City | 4th Round: Newcastle • Replay | Semi Final: Everton|
Final: Sheffield Utd