Before 1923 the FA Cup had been played at a number of different grounds, notable amongst them Kennington Oval and Crystal Palace with 20 finals each. Furthermore, Stamford Bridge was used along with Lillie Bridge (in Fulham, near to Stamford Bridge), Old Trafford, Fallowfield (also in Manchester) and Goodison Park.
During this time, replays were held at Kennington Oval, Crystal Palace, Burnden Park (Bolton), Bramall Lane (Sheffield), Old Trafford, Goodison and the County Cricket Ground Derby (also known as the Racecourse Ground).
No competition was held in seasons 1915-16 through to 1918-19 due to WWI. There follows a list of winners in the first 47 seasons of the FA Cup:
|West Bromwich Albion||2|
|Preston North End$||1|
*First winners of the FA Cup 1871-72
$Double winners in season 1888-1889, the first of the Football League.