Head-bangers at the Palace

Match action between Aston Villa and West Bromwich Albion during the 1895 FA Cup Final played at Crystal Palace. The illustration which appeared in a newspaper of the time is part of the FIFA Collection kept at the National Football Museum, Manchester.

Drawn by H. M. Paget, the picture is captioned: “Just before half-time, after a fierce bully for the ball, Devey, the centre-forward of the Villa, and Higgins, the West Bromwich half-back, came violently into collision. Both of them reeled back with their hands to their heads, and, after swaying about for a moment, Higgins suddenly sat down.”

Villa beat Albion 1-0 with the only goal being credited to Bob Chatt (pictured), scored after just 30 seconds and credited as the fastest goal in FA Cup Final history. The record stood for 114 years until Louis Saha of Evertion scored a goal within 25 seconds of the start of the 2009 FA Cup Final.

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