On this day (April 26) in 1911, Newcastle United lost in the FA Cup final replay to Bradford City, courtesy of a mistake from Jimmy Lawrence and some poor finishing at Old Trafford.
The Magpies were missing the prolific striker Albert Shepherd due to injury and his absence saw them struggle to find the back of the net. Bradford ended up winning the final 1-0.
Newcastle reached the final of the FA Cup by beating Bury 6-1 in the first round, Northampton Town 1-0 in the second-round replay, Hull City 3-2 in the third round, Derby County 4-0 in the fourth round and Chelsea 3-0 in the semi-finals.
In front of more than 69,000 people, the Toon Army drew 0-0 with Bradford in the final at Crystal Palace on April 22, setting up the replay in Manchester on April 26.
Newcastle started with Lawrence, Billy McCracken, Tony Whitson, Colin Veitch, Wilf Low, David Willis, Jock Rutherford, George Jobey, Jimmy Stewart, Sandy Higgins and George Wilson in front of 58,000 people but couldn’t break City’s resistance.
A moment of hesitation from Lawrence allowed Jimmy Speirs to pounce and Bradford held on for the win.