FA Amateur Cup - Played in Brotton
The FA Amateur Cup was established in 1893 with the aim of maintaining interest in the amateur game in England.
The first competition featured quite a few household names, including Tottenham Hotspur, Middlesbrough, Ipswich Town, Reading and Shrewsbury Town, alongside long-forgotten names such as Leadgate Exiles, the pleasingly onomatopoeic Lincoln Lindum, Chirk and Sherwood Foresters, who made the semi-final before losing to Casuals, who in turn lost the final to Old Carthusians at Richmond. The early competitions were fraught with problems. Matches were frequently scratched because teams couldn’t afford the travelling expenses to away matches, resulting in a number of walk-overs for some fortunate clubs. In 1898, the quarter-final match between Middlesbrough and Thornaby was postponed three times because of an outbreak of smallpox in the two towns. The FA eventually ordered the match to be played at Darlington, but Darlington officials refused the teams to play there for fear that the players would be contaminated with the disease. Eventually, the match was played at a village called Brotton, near Redcar, twenty miles from Middlesbrough with no spectators present.
Thanks to Julie Felgate for supplying the information, and thanks to Ian King of twohundredpercent.net for allowing me to use the info which was sourced from a book called "The History Of The FA Amateur Cup", by Bob Barton.
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