Sheffield United win the F.A. Cup : New crowd pictures from the 1899 Crystal Palace final taken by Jasper Redfearn

At a recent auction some original glass positive images (4.25 x 3.25) of Sheffield United’s 1899 win came up for sale and I was lucky to obtain two of the original Jasper Redfearn images.

In the first round proper of the 1898/99 FA Cup, Sheffield United drew the first round against Burnley FC , after the eighteen First Division teams were given a bye to this stage.

Sheffield Evening Telegraph – Saturday 28 January 1899

The first match was drawn two all and the replay was played at Bramall Lane and United won the match on the 22nd February 1899 by two goals to one.

Sheffield Daily Telegraph – Friday 03 February 1899

In the Second Round, United drew Preston North End away which was a draw and the replay was played on 16th February, with United winning 2-1, one goal scorer unknown but ‘Nudger’ Needham scored the winning penalty :

Sheffield Evening Telegraph – Thursday 16 February 1899

In the Third Round (quarterfinals) United beat Nottingham Forest one nil away with a goal from Priest

Sheffield Evening Telegraph – Saturday 25 February 1899

The semi final against Liverpool FC went to two replays, before Billy Beer settled it in Derby:

18th March 2-2 Nottingham Forest

23rd March 4-4 Fallowfields

27th March 1-0 Baseball Ground

Sheffield Independent – Friday 31 March 1899

The 1899 FA Cup Final was contested between Sheffield United and Derby County at Crystal Palace on the 15th April 1899. Sheffield United won 4–1, with four second-half goals scored by Jack Almond, Walter Bennett, Billy Beer and Fred Priest after John Boag had scored a first-half opener for County.

Athletic News – Monday 17 April 1899
Athletic News – Monday 17 April 1899

The two glass slides I bought cover the large crowds at the match. The first featuring some rather stern looking security armed with a stick :

Jasper Redfearn image Martin Westby Copyright

The second image shows the extent of crowds, with people taking their lives into their hands by climbing the surrounding trees:

Jasper Redfearn image Martin Westby Copyright

Henry Jasper Redfern, FSMC, BOA, (1871–1928), or Jasper Redfern was a British optician, photographer, exhibitor, filmmaker, proprietor of photographic and lantern retail business, cinema pioneer and x-ray and radiographic pioneer. The business card of Redfern stated: H. Jasper Redfern, Practical Optician and Scientist, 55 & 57 Surrey Street, Sheffield

Athletic News – Monday 17 April 1899
Athletic News – Monday 17 April 1899

The winning team with FA Cup:

Sheffield utd 1899.jpg

For more information on early Sheffield football please see ‘A History of Sheffield Football 1857-1889’