For example, the libretto of this Romantic Opera was written by Julian Sturgis, who played in 2 FA Cup Finals.
Sturgis joined the Wanderers in 1872, making his first appearance in a 2–0 defeat by the Royal Engineers on 30 November 1872. The FA Cup was originally conceived as a challenge cup, so Wanderers automatically qualified for the 1873 FA Cup Final as the cup holders, having won the inaugural competition the previous year. Although he had made only a handful of appearances during the season, Sturgis was selected for the final.
In 1876 Sturgis played for Old Etonians against his former club, losing the replay 3-0 following a 1-1 draw.
Sturgis was born in the United States, and he did not become a British Subject until 1877, so he enjoys the distinction of being the first American to play in an FA Cup Final.