England, 1879. With football still in its infancy and an amateur sport, upper-class teams, led by Old Etonians, have dominated the early years of the FA Cup. But a revolution is brewing: against the rules of the FA, James Walsh, the owner of working-class side Darwen FC and the associated mill, secretly pays talented Scottish players Fergus Suter and Jimmy Love to join the team ahead of the cup quarterfinals against Old Etonians, whose roster features several members of the FA Board, including team captain Arthur Kinnaird.
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Lord Arthur Kinnaird still holds the record number of participations at the finals of the England Cup (9), and his five titles were only surpassed in 2010 (by 7 times champion Ashley Cole). He is considered english soccer's first superstar player. See more