Sheffield United 3-0 Chelsea (1914-15 FA Cup Final)

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1915 FA Cup Final
Official Matchday Programme
0Scoreline Sheffield United 3-0 Chelsea
0Date 24th April 1915
0Competition FA Cup
0Referee H.H. Taylor
0Stadium Old Trafford
0Attendance 49,557

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.


Match review

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.

Match details

24 April 1915 Sheffield United 3 - 0 Chelsea Venue: Old Trafford, Manchester
Attendance: 49,557
Referee: H. H. Taylor
Simmons Goal 36'
Fazackerley Goal 84'
Kitchen Goal 88'
GK 1 Harold Gough
FB 2 Billy Cook
FB 3 Jack English
HB 4 Albert Sturgess
CB 5 Bill Brelsford
HB 6 George Utley (c)
W 7 James Simmons
IF 8 Stanley Fazackerley
CF 9 Joseph Kitchen
IF 10Wally Masterman
W 11Robert Evans
John Nicholson
GK 1 Jim Molyneux
FB 2 Walter Bettridge
FB 3 Jack Harrow (c)
HB 4 Fred Taylor
CB 5 Tommy Logan
HB 6 Andy Walker
W 7 Harry Ford
IF 8 Harold Halse
CF 9 Bob Thomson
IF 10Jimmy Croal
W 11Bob McNeil
David Calderhead

Road to the Final

Season Day D M Year Round Opposition Venue Result Score Additional information
1914-15Sat9Jan19151st RoundSwindon TownAway*Drew1-1*venue switched to Stamford Bridge
1914-15Sat16Jan19151st Round ReplaySwindon TownHomeWon5-2
1914-15Sat30Jan19152nd RoundArsenalHomeWon1-0
1914-15Sat20Feb19153rd RoundManchester CityAwayWon1-0
1914-15Sat6Mar19154th RoundNewcastle UnitedHomeDrew1-1
1914-15Sat13Mar19154th Round ReplayNewcastle UnitedAwayWon1-0
1914-15Sat27Mar1915Semi FinalEvertonNeutral*Won2-0*Villa Park (Aston Villa)


FA Cup
Finals: 1915196719701970 (R)19941997200020022007200920102012
1914-15 season
First Division:
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)
FA Cup:
1st Round: SwindonReplay | 2nd Round: Arsenal | 3rd Round: Man City | 4th Round: NewcastleReplay | Semi Final: Everton
Final: Sheffield Utd

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