On loan to The Lightbox from Mr. Chris Ingram, this early football dates back to 1908 and was used in the first round proper of the F.A. Cup.


The Lightbox: 1909 1st Round FA Cup Football
Copyright: Image courtesy of Brian Wood

After five qualification rounds, Woking FC played away in 1908 to Bolton who were one of the twelve founding professional clubs.

Despite being defeated 5-0 in this fixture, their sportsmanlike approach made an impression with the Bolton team, its supporters and management and the match made it into the national press.

The game was a turning point as the financial rewards from the game ensured Woking FCs survival.

This ball was used when Woking FC played Bolton Wanderers in a return friendly at Pembroke Road, Woking, in 1909.

1,600 supporters watched as Woking played admirably but lost 4-1 to the visitors.

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