In the 1883 FA Cup final at Kennington Oval, Blackburn Olympic made history by beating Old Etonians 2-1. This was a big deal because Blackburn Olympic was a team from a working-class background, and they won against a team known for traditional tactics from a prestigious school.
Blackburn Olympic, led by former England player Jack Hunter, had an amazing journey to the final. They won against tough teams like Lower Darwen, Darwen Ramblers, and Druids. Their 4-0 win against Old Carthusians in the semi-final set the stage for the big game against Old Etonians.
Old Etonians, a team with a rich history in football, had reached their third consecutive final. They were up against a strong Blackburn Olympic team, setting the stage for an exciting match that would change football history.
Blackburn Olympic played with amazing skills in passing, confusing their opponents with their tactics. Players like James Costley and Arthur Matthews scored important goals, making their fans proud.
Despite Old Etonians’ efforts, including Harry Goodhart’s goal, Blackburn Olympic won in extra time, showing their strong determination and skill. Around 8,000 fans witnessed this historic moment, marking a victory for the working-class team and a new era in football.
Blackburn Olympic Team: Thomas Hacking, James Ward, Albert Warburton; Thomas Gibson, William Astley, Jack Hunter, Thomas Dewhurst, Alfred Matthews, George Wilson, James Costley, John Yates
Old Etonians: John Rawlinson, Thomas French, Percy de Paravicini, Arthur Kinnaird, Charles Foley, John Chevallier, William Anderson, Reginald Macaulay, Harry Goodhart, Arthur Dunn, Herbert Bainbridge
Referee: Francis Arthur Marindin