Aston Villa, who had won the 1896-97 League Division 1 Championship with eleven points to spare, beat Liverpool 3-0 in the F.A. Cup semi-final to give them the opportunity to win the elusive 'Double'. In the final played at the Crystal Palace before a then record attendance of 65,000 spectators, Villa faced the other half of the Merseyside duo Everton. In a hugely entertaining match Campbell opened the scoring for Villa who soon found themselves trailing 2-1 after goals scored by Boyle and Bell for the Merseyside team. Wheldon equalised for Villa and on the stroke of half-time Jimmy Crabtree gave Villa the lead once more. In the second-half despite no further goals being scored, the crowd were treated to a thrilling display with Everton pressing for the equaliser. Therefore, Aston Villa became the second-ever side to win the 'Double', a feat which was not repeated again for another sixty-four years when Tottenham Hotspur became the first side this century to win both League and Cup.