England Project brings virtual sport to WikiTree!

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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

(Edited to change tag)

WikiTree profile: Space:1872_FA_Cup_Challenge
in The Tree House by I Speed G2G6 (9.9k points)
edited ago by I Speed

2 Answers

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The 1872 FA Cup challenge was such good fun. Thank you Ian, Michael Christmas and Fran Weidman for organising it. It's a great way of doing profile improvements together as a Project - finding a very precise event with a limited number of profiles to work on, where experienced Wikitreers work alongside our newer members. It also highlighted the skills of our Connectors.

The Royal Engineers team were all serving soldiers -  in that one short period in March 1872, they just all happened to be in England to put together a team. Otherwise we were chasing their births, deaths and everything in between right across the old British Empire. Connections showed that some of them had sons who fought and died in World War 1.

I'm really looking forward to next month's sporting challenge!
by Jo Fitz-Henry G2G6 Mach 4 (49.3k points)

Thank you Jo :)

The Royal Engineers were pioneers of the game. Most of the other clubs’ players worked more as individuals, dribbling the ball and running forward. But the Royal Engineers favoured a style of football—known as the combination game—based around teamwork and cooperation.

The year after the 1872 FA Cup final, the Royal Engineers became the first football team to go on tour, travelling to Nottingham, Derby and Sheffield, and introducing their playing style to other clubs. It has since evolved into the passing game that dominates English football today.

Royal Engineers, 1872

The Royal Engineers team that played in the 1872 FA Cup final. Back: Merriman, Ord, Marindin, Addison, Mitchell; Front: Hoskyns, Renny-Tailyour, Creswell, Goodwyn, Barker, Rich.

+15 votes
I love the collaboration, and the fun that can be had on Wikitree!

Excited for what coming next :-)

Oh, and I’m sure today would have been a proud day for Liverpool winning the FA Cup today ;-) #justsayingamyutting
by Lizzie Griffiths G2G6 Pilot (107k points)
Even though Liverpool didn't even make to the quarter finals this season @Lizzie?! My money was on the mighty Norwich City this year.
That's just hypothetical Jo! Lizzie called it first, so I think we're duty bound to accept her answer as the correct one :)

... in that alternative universe where they hadn't been knocked out by Chelsea in the 5th round ?! devil

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