1908 FA Cup Football

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.

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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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