FA Amateur Cup

FA Amateur Cup

The FA Amateur Cup was an English football competition.

The cup was launched by The Football Association in 1893 as a response to the domination of the FA Cup by professional teams. At the time, amateur football was still very strong, although not quite as strong as the professional game. It ended in 1974 when the FA abolished the distinction between professional and amateur clubs. Two new competitions, the FA Trophy and the FA Vase were created in its place.

Almost all of the winners over the years were from either the Isthmian League around London (29 wins) or the Northern League in North East England (21 wins), with Bishop Auckland the most successful club with 10 wins.

Bill Regan (Romford 1948-49) is believed to have been the first ever American-born individual to play in the FA Amateur Cup final which was itself the first to have been played at Wembley Stadium.


FA Amateur Cup Final results, most recent first, held:-1893-94 to 1914-15, 1919-20 to 1938-39, 1945-46 to 1973-74 (71 seasons).


* Playfair Football Annual 1974-75, p.202

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