16 January 1909


100 years ago today it was FA Cup first round day (equivalent to the third round today). Surprises included Croydon Common drawing 1-1 at ‘home’ to Woolwich Arsenal (the tie was played at Crystal Palace), non-league Workington drawing 0-0 at Bradford City and Nottingham Forest beating Aston Villa 2-0. Highest scorers were Bury who defeated Kettering 8-0. The two Manchester clubs both had troubled times – United defeated Brighton 1-0, but had Billy Meredith sent off for allegedly kneeing an opponent. City went down 4-3 at home to Tottenham and the club directors announced an investigation that a number of players had demanded illegal bonuses if they had won, inferring that they may not have tried their best in the match.

Top five gates were Newcastle United vs. Clapton (£823; 22,000), Sheffield United vs. Sunderland (£809; 23,575), Hull City vs. Chelsea (£775; 18,100), Wolves vs. Crystal Palace (£770; 18,653), Croydon Common vs. Woolwich Arsenal (£694; 20,000).

In non-League football in the North West, Macclesfield defeated New Mills 1-0 in a Manchester League fixture. Over in the Lancashire Combination Division 1, Accrington Stanley went down 4-1 at Blackburn Reserves, while in Division 2 Barrow beat Pendlebury 3-1 and Rochdale lost 5-1 at Turton.


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