FA Cup Progress Chart 1871-72 to 1887-88

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FA Cup Progress Chart 1871-72 to 1887-88 (17 Seasons Pre-Football League Era)

The Football Association Challenge Cup – FA Cup- is the oldest football competition in the world beginning with FA Cup 1871–1872 season.
The chart lists the round by round progress of every club who entered the FA Cup in 1871 to the formation of the Football League in 1888.  The Wanders won the first 1871-72 FA cup and subsequently four more times till the formation of the football league in 1888.
Total times in FA Cup last 64 is shown.

WIN = FA Cup Winners (Red); FIN = Finalist (Pink); SEMI =  Semi-Finalist (Green)

FA Cup Quarter Finalists (today’s 6th Round); FA Cup Round of 16 (today’s 5th Round); FA Cup Round of 32 (today’s 4th Round); FA Cup Round of 64 (today’s 3rd Round)

SEASON 1871-72 to 1887-88 71 72 73 74 75 76 77 78 79 80 81 82 83 84 85 86 87 Total times in FA Cup Last 64
TEAM 72 73 74 75 76 77 78 79 80 81 82 83 84 85 86 87 88 WIN FIN SEMI 8 16 32 64 Totals
WANDERERS WIN WIN R3 R3 WIN WIN WIN R1 R3 5 2 1 1 9
ROYAL ENGINEERS FIN R3 FIN WIN R3 R4 FIN R2 R5 R4 R4 R4 1 3 3 4 1 12
CRYSTAL PALACE (*1) SEMI R1 R1 R1 R2 1 1 2 1 5
QUEEN'S PARK (Scotland) SEMI SEMI R3 R2 FIN FIN 2 2 1 1 6
HAMPSTEAD HEATHENS QF 1 1
BARNES R2 R1 R2 R2 R1 R2 R3 R3 R2 5 2 2 9
CLAPHAM ROVERS R2 R2 SEMI R3 R3 R2 R3 FIN WIN R5 R5 R3 R3 1 1 1 4 2 3 1 13
DONINGTON SCHOOL R2 1 1
HITCHIN R2 R1 R1 R1 1 2 1 4
MAIDENHEAD R2 QF R3 R3 R2 R2 R1 R4 R2 R4 3 4 1 2 10
CIVIL SERVICE R1 R1 R1 R2 R1 1 3 1 5
MARLOW R1 R1 R1 R1 R1 R3 R2 R1 R4 SEMI R4 R2 R3 R5 1 4 5 4 14
REIGATE PROIRY R1 R1 R1 R2 R2 R1 2 2 2 6
UPTON PARK (*2) R1 R1 R1 R1 R2 R4 R4 R2 R2 R4 R5 R2 R5 R3 4 2 4 4 14
HARROW CHEQUERS R1 R1 R1 3 3
OXFORD UNIVERSITY FIN WIN SEMI SEMI FIN R4 R4 FIN 1 3 2 2 8
WINDSOR HOME PARK R3 R2 R3 R2 2 1 1 4
71 72 73 74 75 76 77 78 79 80 81 82 83 84 85 86 87 Total times in FA Cup Last 64
TEAM 72 73 74 75 76 77 78 79 80 81 82 83 84 85 86 87 88 WIN FIN SEMI 8 16 32 64 Totals
SOUTH NORWOOD R2 R1 R1 R2 R2 R1 R2 R2 1 5 2 8
1st SURREY RIFLES R2 R1 R1 R1 R2 4 1 5
SWIFTS SEMI R1 SEMI R2 R2 R4 R3 R3 R4 R5 R4 SEMI R4 R4 3 2 1 8 14
SHEFFIELD (*3) R3 R1 R3 R3 R4 R2 R4 R2 R2 R3 3 2 2 3 10
CAMBRIDGE UNIVERSITY R2 R2 R3 SEMI R3 R3 1 1 4 6
PILGRIMS R2 R2 R1 R3 R2 R2 R3 R2 R2 3 4 2 9
UXBRIDGE R2 R1 1 1 2
HIGH WYCOMBE R2 R1 R1 R1 R2 1 3 1 5
TROJANS R2 R1 1 1 2
WOODFORD WELLS R2 R3 R1 1 1 1 3
BRONDESBURY R1 R1 2 2
AMATEUR ATHLETIC CLUB R1 1 1
SOUTHALL R1 R2 R1 R2 1 3 4
SHROPSHIRE WANDERERS R1 SEMI R1 R2 R1 1 3 1 5
GITANOS R1 1 1
FARNINGHAM R1 R1 2 2
OLD ETONIANS R1 FIN FIN R1 WIN R5 FIN WIN FIN R6 R3 R4 2 4 2 2 2 12
LEYTON (*4) R1 R2 R1 R1 R1 1 1 3 5
PANTHERS R1 R2 R2 R1 R2 1 3 1 5
71 72 73 74 75 76 77 78 79 80 81 82 83 84 85 86 87 Total times in FA Cup Last 64
TEAM 72 73 74 75 76 77 78 79 80 81 82 83 84 85 86 87 88 WIN FIN SEMI 8 16 32 64 Totals
HERTS RANGERS R2 R1 R1 R1 R2 R3 1 1 4 6
RAMBLERS R1 R1 R1 R1 1 3 4
CLYDESDALE (Scotland) R1 1 1
FOREST SCHOOL R1 R2 R1 R2 3 1 4
105th REGIMENT R1 R2 R1 R1 2 2 4
ROCHESTER R1 R3 R1 R1 R3 R2 1 2 3 6
OLD WYKEHAMISTS R1 R1 R4 R3 1 3 4
OLD HARROVIANS R1 SEMI R3 R3 R2 R4 1 1 2 2 6
SAFFRON WALDEN TOWN R1 R1 2 2
SAXONS R1 1 1
OLD SALOPIANS R1 1 1
DRUIDS R1 R3 R5 R4 1 1 1 1 4
READING HORNETS R1 R1 2 2
WOOD GRANGE R1 R1 2 2
HIGHBURY UNION R1 R1 2 2
GRESHAM R1 R2 2 2
71 72 73 74 75 76 77 78 79 80 81 82 83 84 85 86 87 Total times in FA Cup Last 64
TEAM 72 73 74 75 76 77 78 79 80 81 82 83 84 85 86 87 88 WIN FIN SEMI 8 16 32 64 Totals
REMNENTS R3 R3 2 2
DARWEN R2 R4 R2 SEMI R4 R3 R2 R4 R6 R5 1 2 2 3 2 10
READING R2 R2 R2 R4 R2 R3 1 3 2 6
OLD FORESTERS R2 R1 R5 R4 R5 R5 1 3 1 1 6
HAWKS R2 R1 1 1 2
MANCHESTER (*5) R1 R2 2 2
GRANTHAM R1 R1 R2 R2 R3 R3 1 5 6
ST MARK'S R1 1 1
HENDON R1 R1 R4 R2 R5 R2 1 1 4 6
SOUTHILL PARK R1 R1 2 2
NOTTS COUNTY R1 R1 R3 R3 SEMI SEMI R6 R5 R6 R3 2 2 1 2 3 10
ST STEPHEN'S R1 1 1
MINERVA R1 R3 1 1 2
NOTTINGHAM FOREST SEMI SEMI R2 R3 R2 SEMI R3 R3 R5 3 1 1 4 9
EAGLEY R2 R4 R3 1 2 3
ROMFORD R2 R5 R2 R3 R4 R3 1 3 2 6
GREY FRIARS R2 R4 R4 2 1 3
BIRCH R1 1 1
FINCHLEY R1 1 1
WEDNESBURY STROLLERS R1 R2 2 2
RUNNYMEDE R1 1 1
UNITY R1 1 1
BRENTWOOD R1 R2 R4 R6 1 1 2 4
71 72 73 74 75 76 77 78 79 80 81 82 83 84 85 86 87 Total times in FA Cup Last 64
TEAM 72 73 74 75 76 77 78 79 80 81 82 83 84 85 86 87 88 WIN FIN SEMI 8 16 32 64 Totals
WEST END R4 R2 R2 R2 1 3 4
ASTON VILLA R3 R4 R4 R5 R4 R3 WIN R5 1 1 4 1 1 8
BLACKBURN ROVERS R3 R2 FIN R2 WIN WIN WIN R6 3 1 1 1 2 8
SHEFFIELD PROVIDENCE R2 1 1
OLD CARTHUSIANS R2 WIN R3 SEMI R2 SEMI R5 R6 R6 1 2 2 1 1 1 8
BIRMINGHAM (*6) R2 1 1
MOSQUITOS R2 R2 2 2
HENLEY R2 1 1
HOTSPUR (*7) R2 R4 1 1 2
STAFFORD ROAD R2 R5 R2 R2 1 3 4
TURTON R2 R3 R3 2 1 3
SHEFFIELD WEDNESDAY R4 SEMI R4 R2 R3 R6 1 1 2 2 6
RANGERS (Scotland) R3 SEMI 1 1 2
READING ABBEY R3 R2 1 1 2
DREADNOUGHT R2 R3 1 1 2
ASTLEY BRIDGE R2 1 1
WEYBRIDGE SWALLOWS R2 1 1
ACTON R2 R2 2 2
71 72 73 74 75 76 77 78 79 80 81 82 83 84 85 86 87 Total times in FA Cup Last 64
TEAM 72 73 74 75 76 77 78 79 80 81 82 83 84 85 86 87 88 WIN FIN SEMI 8 16 32 64 Totals
WEDNESBURY OLD ATHLETIC R5 R2 R3 1 1 1 3
SHEFFIELD HEELEY R4 R2 1 1 2
READING MINSTER R3 R2 1 1 2
STAVELEY R3 R4 R5 R3 2 1 1 4
ACCRINGTON R2 R2 R3 3 3
ST BART'S HOSPITAL R2 1 1
BOLTON WANDERERS R2 R3 R4 R5 R3 2 1 2 5
HANOVER UNITED R2 R2 R3 3 3
BOOTLE R2 R5 1 1 2
SMALL HEATH ALLIANCE R2 SEMI 1 1 2
BLACKBURN OLYMPIC WIN SEMI 1 1 2
WALSALL TOWN R4 R2 R3 1 2 3
CHURCH R4 R6 R5 1 2 3
PHOENIX BESSEMER R3 1 1
SOUTH READING R3 R4 2 2
ASTON UNITY R3 1 1
OLD WESTMINSTERS R3 R5 R3 R6 R6 R3 3 1 2 6
DARWEN RAMBLERS R3 1 1
UNITED HOSPITAL R2 1 1
71 72 73 74 75 76 77 78 79 80 81 82 83 84 85 86 87 Total times in FA Cup Last 64
TEAM 72 73 74 75 76 77 78 79 80 81 82 83 84 85 86 87 88 WIN FIN SEMI 8 16 32 64 Totals
NORTHWICH VICTORIA R2 R5 1 1 2
CHATHAM R2 R5 R3 R3 1 3 4
HALLIWELL R2 R3 R3 3 3
ETONIAN RAMBLERS R2 1 1
LOCKWOOD BROTHERS R2 R3 R5 R3 1 1 2 4
LOWER DARWEN R2 R4 1 1 2
LIVERPOOL RAMBLERS R2 1 1
HASLINGDEN R2 1 1
GRIMSBY TOWN R2 R2 R4 R3 R4 2 3 5
MITCHELL ST GEORGE'S R2 R3 R4 1 2 3
PRESTON NORTH END R4 R3 SEMI FIN 1 1 1 1 4
WEDNESBURY TOWN R4 1 1
PADIHAM R3 1 1
IRWELL SPRINGS R3 1 1
OSWESTRY TOWN R3 1 1
DERBY MIDLAND R3 1 1
GREAT LEVER R2 1 1
BLACKBURN PARK ROAD R2 1 1
71 72 73 74 75 76 77 78 79 80 81 82 83 84 85 86 87 Total times in FA Cup Last 64
TEAM 72 73 74 75 76 77 78 79 80 81 82 83 84 85 86 87 88 WIN FIN SEMI 8 16 32 64 Totals
BOLTON ASSOCIATION R2 1 1
WOLVERHAMPTON WANDERERS R2 R4 R3 R3 1 3 4
ROTHERHAM TOWN R2 R5 1 1 2
DAVENHAM (Wales) R2 R3 2 2
SOUTH SHORE R2 R6 1 1 2
WREXHAM OLYMPIC R2 1 1
HURST R2 1 1
BIRMINGHAM EXCLESIOR R2 R3 2 2
WEST BROMWICH ALBION R6 FIN FIN WIN 1 2 2 5
MIDDLESBROUGH R4 R5 R6 1 1 1 3
WALSALL SWIFTS R4 R3 1 1 2
CHIRK (Wales) R3 R5 R5 2 1 3
WITTON R3 R3 2 2
LINCOLN CITY R3 R5 R3 1 2 3
SOUTHPORT CENTRAL R3 1 1
DARWEN OLD WANDERERS R3 R3 2 2
LEEK R3 R3 R5 1 2 3
71 72 73 74 75 76 77 78 79 80 81 82 83 84 85 86 87 Total times in FA Cup Last 64
TEAM 72 73 74 75 76 77 78 79 80 81 82 83 84 85 86 87 88 WIN FIN SEMI 8 16 32 64 Totals
REDCAR R6 1 1
BURSLEM PORT VALE R5 R3 1 1 2
NOTTS RANGERS R3 R4 1 1 2
DERBY COUNTY R3 R5 1 1 2
ROSSENDALE R3 1 1
CREWE ALEXANDRA R3 R4 SEMI 1 1 1 3
HORNCASTLE R5 1 1
PARTICK THISTLE (Scotland) R5 1 1
DULWICH R3 R3 2 2
LONDON CALEDONIANS R3 1 1
GOLDENHILL R3 1 1
COWLAIRS (Scotland) R3 1 1
GAINSBOROUGH TRINITY R3 1 1
RENTON (Scotland) R3 1 1
CLIFTONVILLE (Northern Ireland) R3 1 1
DERBY JUNCTION Byes and walkovers were fairly common in the early years of the FA Cup. SEMI 1 1
STOKE The names of the various rounds changed over the years in this period. R5 1 1
SHANKHOUSE This chart is colour-coded to show the same progression: R4 1 1
CRUSADERS (Northern Ireland) FA Cup Winners R4 1 1
GREAT BRIDGE UNITY FA Cup Losing Finalists R4 1 1
DARLINGTON FA Cup Semi Finalists R3 1 1
OSWESTRY FA Cup Quarter Finalists (today's 6th Round) R3 1 1
OLD BRIGHTONIANS FA Cup Round of 16 (today's 5th Round) R3 1 1
SUNDERLAND FA Cup Round of 32 (today's 4th Round) R3 1 1
OWLERTON FA Cup Round of 64 (today's 3rd Round) R3 1 1
HIGHER WALTON R3 1 1
TEAM 71 72 73 74 75 76 77 78 79 80 81 82 83 84 85 86 87 WIN FIN SEMI 8 16 32 64 Totals
SEASON 1871-72 to 1887-88 72 73 74 75 76 77 78 79 80 81 82 83 84 85 86 87 88

*1 No connection to modern Crystal Palace
*2 No connection to West Ham United
*3 No connection to United or Wednesday
*4 No connection to Leyton Orient
*5 No connection to United or City
*6 No connection to Birmingham City
*7 No connection to Tottenham Hotspur

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