Old Etonians F.C.

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Old Etonians
Full name Old Etonians Association Football Club
Nickname(s) OEs
Founded c. 1871 [1]
Ground Dutchman's Playing Fields
Pococks Lane
Ground Capacity TBC
Chairman James Scobie
Manager N/A (Not applicable)
League Arthurian League Premier Division
2013–14 Arthurian League Premier Division, 4th
Website Club home page

The Old Etonians Association Football Club is an English football club whose players are alumni of Eton College, in Eton, Berkshire.


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An early match between Old Etonians and Blackburn Rovers.
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The team that won its first FA Cup in 1879.

Founded by Lord Kinnaird, they were the last amateur or "true blue" club to win the FA Cup on 25 March 1882 when they beat Blackburn Rovers 1–0 at The Oval. They lost 2–1 after extra time to another Blackburn club, Blackburn Olympic, the following year.

In all, they reached the final six times in nine years between 1875 and 1883, winning twice. They also supplied a number of players for the England team, including three in one match against Wales in 1879.

In modern times, Old Etonians are members of the Amateur Football Alliance and field three teams in the Arthurian League. The 1st XI have won the league's Premier Division title on two occasions.

List of honours

FA Cup
Arthurian League
  • Premier Division Champions: 1992–93, 2004–05
  • Division One Champions: 1985–86
  • Division Two Champions (2nd XI): 1992–93, 1997–98, 1999–2000, 2003–04
  • Division Three Champions (3rd XI): 1995–96, 2004–05
  • Division Four Champions (4th XI): 1989–90, 1993–94
Arthur Dunn Cup
  • Winners: 2004–05, 2009–10

International players

Several Old Etonians players were capped for England, either while with the club or subsequently.

The following eight scholars played for England whilst with the club (with the number of caps received whilst registered with Old Etonians F.C.):[2]

Anderson, Bury and Whitfeld made their only appearances together, on 18 January 1879 against Wales. Whitfeld scored in a 2–1 victory.

Other Old Etonians who later played for England include:

Club founder Lord Kinnaird made one appearance for Scotland in 1873, the second ever international match.


  1. England Online gives the date as 1865, however the Arthurian League website gives 1871. The official club website states that the club was "officially" founded in 1871 but suggests that it had been active as early as 1863 Archived 8 October 2006 at the Wayback Machine
  2. England Players' Club Affiliations – Old Etonians

External links

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