Football's first FA Cup heroes

306 Underdogs

Keith Dewhurst has already quarried personal memories as a young journalist catapulted into the Manchester Evening News's United beat by the death of his predecessor at Munich to produce a memoir acclaimed in WSC 302 as "one of the best football books of its type ever written". Now he digs further, into family heritage in the Lancashire mill town of Darwen, to tell the story of the team that, in 1879, shook the still-nascent football world by twice holding the heavily favoured Old Etonians in an FA Cup quarter-final, before succumbing in the second replay. Read more

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