The Old Carthusians at the 2017 Final
Photograph: David Baukham
Arthur Tempest Blakiston Dunn was born in 1861 and died on 19 February 1902. He went to Eton College and Cambridge University and was an exceptional footballer, winning five caps for England between 1883 and 1892. In his last international against Scotland, he was captain and was the only amateur player. He won the FA Cup with Eton against Blackburn Rovers 1-0 in 1882 and lost in the final the following year.
The FA Cup was played in 1872 and initially was dominated by amateur clubs such as Etonians (two wins) and Carthusians (one win). With the advent of professionalism, Old Boy's sides were edged out of the competition in 1883. Arthur Dunn was upset by this and suggested forming an Old Boys association by writing to his friend Norman Malcolmson (another Old Etonian).
Three weeks after Arthur Dunn's death, Norman Malcolmson convened a meeting of Old Boys interested in Amateur football which resulted in the foundation of the Arthur Dunn Cup. The First final was played on 28 March 1903 between Old Carthusians and Salopians at Crystal Palace, the result being 2-2. After a replay which also ended in a draw, the cup was shared. In the centenary year of the cup, 2002/2003, the final was contested by the same sides and Salopians triumphed 2-1.