On 7th November 2012, the Kia Oval is to host a rematch of the first ever FA Cup final, originally held at the ground on 16th march 1872.
The FA Cup is the oldest and one of the most prestigious football competitions in the world, and the first ever final between wanderers and royal engineers will be replayed marking the 140th anniversary of the event.
The two teams, who still compete in non-league competitions today, will be joined by guest professionals and former Cup winners in a match that will raise funds for Haig Housing Trust, the Royal British Legion and other local football charities.
Teams: Royal Engineers v Wanderers
Gates open: 2.30pm (for schools tournament)
Kick Off: 7.00pm
All Public Seating Areas
All match bookings incur a booking fee of £1.75 per seat.
Please note that groups of 10 people can attend for £50.00 – please contact email@example.com or call 0844 375 1845 for details.
All military personnel wearing uniform who are able to show a valid ID card can get free entry into the game.
In the late nineteenth century, the Oval was the country’s national sports stadium, holding the first ever international rugby match in England vs Scotland in 1872, numerous football internationals during the same period, and 19 of the first 21 FA Cup finals. Charles Alcock, pictured above, was secretary of Surrey from 1872 – 1907 and was influential in bringing the game to the Oval. He captained the Wanderers and led them to victory, managing to defend a 1-0 lead for 75 mins after an early goal from Morton Betts.
The Oval also hosted the first ever Test Match in England vs Australia in 1880, was the birth place of the Ashes, has staged Australian Rules Football, baseball and American Football and was even set up as a prisoner of war camp (never used) in the second world war.