Today is FA Cup final day—or at least it was supposed to be until the coronavirus lockdown disrupted everyone’s lives and led to its postponement. The FA Cup is the world’s oldest national football competition with a 149-year history dating back to 1871.
We at the England Project didn’t want to miss the match, so we decided to host our own. Last weekend, we kicked off a rematch of the first ever FA Cup final, played between the Wanderers and Royal Engineers on 16 March 1872 at Kennington Oval in South London.
In our virtual FA Cup, we divided ourselves into two teams—the Wanderers and the Royal Engineers—and fought it out to see who would be the first to create, source and connect WikiTree profiles for the 11 footballers who played for their side. It was not just fun—it was great teamwork too! And it was so popular with our members that the challenge, originally planned to end today, was won in just over 24 hours!
This is just one of the innovative ways the England Project brings our members together to collaborate on WikiTree. In March, we started off our virtual sporting challenges by re-enacting the inaugural 1829 Boat Race, the traditional annual rowing race between Oxford and Cambridge Universities. And next month we’ve got another new and exciting challenge planned—but I can‘t tell you what or it would spoil the fun!
You can find out more about how our challenges work (and who won!) by reading our challenge pages here:
Ian, Membership Coordinator, England Project
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