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FA Cup
FA Cup 2007-08
The FA Cup — this is the fourth trophy, in use since 1992, and identical in design to the third trophy introduced in 1911
Founded 1871
Region Flag of England England Flag of Wales Wales
Number of teams 731
Current champions Chelsea F.C.
Website http://www.thefa.com/TheFACup/

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The FA Cup is the oldest football competition in the world, commencing in 1871-72. Because it involves clubs of all standards playing against each other there is the possibility for "giant-killers" from the lower divisions to eliminate top clubs from the tournament, though lower division teams rarely reach the final. A record 731 teams were accepted into the FA Cup in 2007-2008. In comparison, the League Cup can involve only the 72 members of The Football League (which organises the competition) and the 20 teams in the Premier League. The results of the Football League War Cup are deemed to be separate from both competitions. Competition is the act of striving against others for the purpose of achieving gain, such as income, pride, amusement, or dominance. ... The 1871-72 Football Association Challenge Cup was the first organised Association Football competition in the world. ... The FA Cup 2007-08 will be the 127th staging of the worlds oldest football knockout competition; The Football Association Challenge Cup, or FA Cup. ... The Football League Cup, commonly known as the League Cup, is an English football competition. ... The Football League is a league competition featuring professional football clubs from England and Wales, and is the oldest such competition in world football. ... For other sports leagues which may be referred to by this name, see List of professional sports leagues. ... The Football League War Cup was an English football tournament held between 1939 and 1942. ...


The name "FA Cup" usually refers to the English men's tournament. The equivalent competition for women's teams is the FA Women's Cup. The Football Association Women’s Challenge Cup Competition, commonly referred to as the FA Womens Cup, is the top cup competition for womens football clubs in England - designed as an exact equivalent to the FA Cup. ...


The current holders of the FA Cup are Chelsea who beat Manchester United 1–0 in extra time in the 2007 final, on 19 May 2007. Chelsea Football Club (also known as The Blues or previously The Pensioners) are an English professional football club based in west London. ... Manchester United Football Club are a world-famous English football club, based at the Old Trafford stadium in Trafford, Greater Manchester, and are one of the most popular sports clubs in the world, with over 50 million supporters worldwide. ... The FA Cup Final 2007 will be played on Saturday May 19, 2007[1] between Chelsea and Manchester United. ... is the 139th day of the year (140th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 2007 (MMVII) is the current year, a common year starting on Monday of the Gregorian calendar and the AD/CE era in the 21st century. ...

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Format

The Cup involves clubs in the English football league system. In the early years other teams from Wales, Ireland and Scotland also took part in the competition with Glasgow side Queen's Park reaching the final in 1884 and 1885. Six Welsh clubs that currently play in the English football league system compete in the FA Cup: Cardiff City, Swansea City, Wrexham, Merthyr Tydfil, Newport County and Colwyn Bay. The English football league system, otherwise known as the football pyramid, is a series of interconnected leagues for club football in England (although for historical reasons a small number of Welsh clubs also compete). ... Queens Park Football Club is a famous Scottish football team, and is the oldest football club in Scotland[1], founded in 1867. ... The 1884 FA Cup Final was contested by Blackburn Rovers and Queens Park at the Kennington Oval. ... The 1885 FA Cup Final was contested by Blackburn Rovers and Queens Park at the Kennington Oval, a repeat of the previous years final. ... The English football league system, otherwise known as the football pyramid, is a series of interconnected leagues for club football in England (although for historical reasons a small number of Welsh clubs also compete). ... Cardiff City Association Football Club (Welsh: Clwb Pêl-droed Dinas Caerdydd) are a football team based in Cardiff, and are one of the three Welsh clubs competing in the Football League, currently playing in the Football League Championship. ... Swansea City AFC (Welsh: Clwb Pêl-droed Dinas Abertawe) is a Welsh football team currently playing in the Football League League One. ... Wrexham Football Club (nicknamed The Red Dragons, or more traditionally, The Robins) are a football team based in Wrexham in north-east Wales. ... Merthyr Tydfil F.C. is a Welsh football team from Merthyr Tydfil, Glamorgan. ... Newport County are a football team based in the city of Newport. ... Club logo Colwyn Bay F.C. are a Welsh football club who currently play in the Northern Premier League First Division. ...


The competition is a knockout tournament with pairings drawn completely at random - there are no seeds, and a draw takes place after the majority of fixtures have been played in each round. However the qualifying round draws are regionalised to reduce the travel costs of smaller non-league sides. Rounds One and Two were also previously split into Northern and Southern draw sections, however this practice was abandoned after the 1997-98 Cup competition. The draw also determines which team will play at home. If a match (other than the semi-final or final) is drawn, there is a replay, usually at the ground of the team who were away for the first game. Drawn replays are now settled with extra time and penalty shootouts, though in the past further replays were possible, and some ties took as many as six matches to settle; in their 1975 campaign, Fulham played 12 games over 6 rounds. This remains the most games played by a team to reach a final.[1]. Replays were traditionally played 3-4 days after the original game, but from 1991-92 they were staged at least 10 days later on police advice. This led to penalty shoot-outs being introduced. A single-elimination tournament, also called a knockout tournament, is a type of tournament where the loser of each match is immediately eliminated from winning the championship or first prize in the event. ... A single-elimination tournament, also called a knockout or sudden death tournament, is a type of tournament where the loser of each match is immediately eliminated from winning the championship or first prize in the event. ... Extra time is an additional period played at the end of some games of football (soccer) if the score is tied after the two standard periods (halves) of play. ... Penalty shootouts, officially named kicks from the penalty mark, are a method sometimes used to decide which team progresses to the next stage of a tournament (or wins the tournament) following a draw in a game of football. ... Fulham Football Club are an English football team based in Fulham, in the London Borough of Hammersmith and Fulham. ... The 1991-92 season was the 112th season of competitive football in England. ...


The draw for each round, performed by literally drawing numbered balls from a bag, is a source of great interest to clubs and their supporters, and is broadcast on television. When the top clubs enter the competition the possibilities for interesting and lucrative match-ups generate plenty of speculation. Sometimes two top clubs may be drawn against each other in the early rounds, removing the possibility of them meeting in the final. Lower-ranked clubs with reputations as "giant-killers" look forward to meeting a top team at home, although in some cases the expense of providing policing for a game can outweigh any financial windfall from larger crowds. Mid-ranked teams hope for a draw against a peer to improve their chances of reaching future rounds. Top-ranked teams look for easy opposition, but have to be on their guard against a lower team with ambitions, or as was once the case with Yeovil Town F.C., having to play on an extremely eccentric pitch. The draw was once broadcast from a television studio, and was done by officials of the Football Association. By 2007 it had become a public event. For the First Round Proper, it was broadcast live from Soho Square in London, the balls being drawn by famous players. Yeovil Town F.C. are an English football team based in Yeovil, Somerset. ... Soho Square in 1816. ...


All Premier League and Football League clubs may enter. Non-league clubs may also enter if they competed in the previous season's FA Cup, FA Trophy, or FA Vase competition and are deemed to be playing in an "acceptable" league for the current season. All clubs entering the competition must have a suitable stadium. In the 2004-05 season, 660 clubs entered the competition, beating the long-standing record of 656 from the 1921-22 season. In 2005-06 a further high point was reached, with 674 entrants, and again in 2006-07 when 687 clubs entered. For other sports leagues which may be referred to by this name, see List of professional sports leagues. ... The Football League is a league competition featuring professional football clubs from England and Wales, and is the oldest such competition in world football. ... The Football Association Challenge Trophy is an English football competition for clubs playing in the Football Conference, Southern League, Isthmian League, and Northern Premier League. ... The Football Association Challenge Vase is an annual football competition for teams playing in the lower regional leagues of England. ... The new Wembley Stadium in London is the most expensive stadium ever built; it has a seating capacity of 90,000 This article is about the building type. ... The FA Cup 2005-06 is the 125th staging of the worlds oldest football competition, the Football Association Challenge Cup, or FA Cup. ... The FA Cup sponsored by E.On logo The FA Cup 2006-07 was the 126th staging of the worlds oldest football knockout competition; The Football Association Challenge Cup, or FA Cup. ...


The competition begins in August with the Extra-Preliminary Round contested by clubs occupying a low position in the English football league system, and the Preliminary Round. There are then four Qualifying Rounds and six rounds of the competition proper, followed by the Semi-Finals and the Final. The English football league system, otherwise known as the football pyramid, is a series of interconnected leagues for club football in England (although for historical reasons a small number of Welsh clubs also compete). ...


Clubs higher up the league system are exempt from certain rounds. For example, clubs playing in the Conference North or Conference South are given exemption to the Second Qualifying Round, while those from the Conference National are given exemption to the Fourth Qualifying Round. Clubs from Football League One and Football League Two are given exemption into the First Round proper, and Football League Championship and Premier League teams are given exemption into the Third Round. The Football Conferences logo Conference North (often referred to as Nationwide North for sponsorship reasons) is a division of the Football Conference in England, taking its place immediately below the Conference National. ... Conference South (currently billed as Blue Square Southern for sponsorship reasons) is one of the second divisions of the Football Conference in England, taking its place immediately below the Conference National. ... Conference National (currently billed as the Blue Square Premier for sponsorship reasons) [1] is the top division of the Football Conference. ... Football League One (often referred to as League One for short or Coca-Cola Football League 1 for sponsorship reasons) is the second-highest division of The Football League and third-highest division overall in the English football league system. ... Football League Two (often referred to as League Two for short or Coca-Cola Football League 2 for sponsorship reasons) is the third-highest division of The Football League and fourth-highest division overall in the English football league system. ... The Football League Championship (often referred to as The Championship for short, or the Coca-Cola Football League Championship for sponsorship reasons) is the highest division of The Football League and second-highest division overall in the English football league system after the Premier League. ...


The FA Cup has had a very set pattern for a long time of when each round is played. Normally the first round is played in mid-November, with the second round on one of the first two Saturdays in December. The third round is played at the start of January, with the fourth round later in the month and fifth round staged in mid-February. The sixth round traditionally occurs in early or mid March, with the semi-finals a month later. The final is normally held the Saturday after the Premier League season finishes in May. The only season in modern times when a similar pattern to this has not been kept was 1999-2000, when most rounds were played a few weeks earlier than normal as an experiment. For other sports leagues which may be referred to by this name, see List of professional sports leagues. ... The 1999-2000 season was the 120th season of competitive football in England. ...


The winning team qualifies by right for the first round of the UEFA Cup. If the winners also qualify for the Champions League by merit of league position, the runners-up qualify for the UEFA Cup in their place. If both finalists qualify for the Champions League, an extra UEFA Cup place is given on the basis of Premier League position. For the current season, see UEFA Cup 2007-08. ... European Cup redirects here. ...


Winners from outside the top flight

Since the foundation of the Football League, Tottenham Hotspur in 1901 have been the only non-league winners of the FA Cup. They were then playing in the Southern League and were only elected to the Football League in 1908. At that time the Football League consisted of only two 18-team divisions; Tottenham's victory would be comparable to a team playing at the third level of the English football pyramid (currently League One) winning today. In the history of the FA Cup, only eight teams who were playing outside of the top level of English football have gone on to win the whole competition, the most recent being West Ham United, who beat Arsenal in 1980. Except Tottenham in 1901, these clubs were all playing in the old Second Division, no other Third Division or lower side having so far reached the final. Arguably, one of the most famous of these 'upsets' was when Sunderland A.F.C. beat Leeds United 1-0 in 1973. Leeds were 3rd in what is now The Premiership and Sunderland were in the equivalent of today's Coca Cola Championship.[2] Three years later Second Division Southampton also achieved the same feat as Sunderland against First Division Manchester United by the same 1-0 scoreline. Tottenham Hotspur Football Club is an English professional football club which plays in the Premier League. ... Tottenham Hotspur versus Sheffield United. ... For other uses, see Southern Football League (disambiguation). ... West Ham United Football Club is an English football club based in West Ham, London Borough of Newham, East London, and have played their home matches at the 35,146 capacity Boleyn Ground stadium since 1904. ... Arsenal Football Club (also known as Arsenal, The Arsenal or The Gunners) are an English professional football club based in Holloway, north London. ... From 1892 until 1992, the Football League Second Division was the second highest division overall in English football. ... From the 1992-93 to the 2003-04 season, the Football League Third Division was the third-highest division of The Football League and the fourth-highest division in the overall English football league system. ... Sunderland Association Football Club is a professional football club, based at the Stadium of Light in Sunderland, Tyne and Wear, in North-East England. ... Leeds United Association Football Club are an English professional football club based in Leeds, West Yorkshire. ... For other sports leagues which may be referred to by this name, see List of professional sports leagues. ... Southampton Football Club is a professional English football team, nicknamed The Saints and based in the city of Southampton. ... Manchester United Football Club are a world-famous English football club, based at the Old Trafford stadium in Trafford, Greater Manchester, and are one of the most popular sports clubs in the world, with over 50 million supporters worldwide. ...


Venues

Matches in the FA Cup are usually played at the home ground of one of the two teams. The team who plays at home is decided when the matches are drawn. In the event of a draw, the replay is played at the ground of the team who originally played away from home. In the days when multiple replays were possible, the second replay (and any further replays) were played at neutral grounds. Traditionally, the FA Cup Final was played at London's Wembley Stadium. Early finals were played in other locations and, due to extensive redevelopment of Wembley, finals between 2001 and 2006 were played at Millennium Stadium in Cardiff. The final returned to Wembley in May 2007.[3] Early finals venues include Kennington Oval, in 1872 and 1874-92, the Racecourse Ground, Derby in 1886, Bramall Lane in 1912, the Crystal Palace Park, 1895-1914, Stamford Bridge 1920-22, and Lillie Bridge, Fulham, London in 1873. The semi-finals are contested at neutral venues; in the past these have usually been the home grounds of teams not involved in that semi-final. The venues used since 1990 were Maine Road (demolished) in Manchester; Old Trafford nearby in Trafford, Greater Manchester; Hillsborough in Sheffield: Highbury (redeveloped as housing) and Wembley Stadium in London; Millennium Stadium in Cardiff; and Villa Park in Birmingham. Villa Park is the most used stadium, having been used for 54 semi-finals. The 1991 semi-final between Arsenal and Tottenham was the first to be played at Wembley. Two years later both semi-finals were held at Wembley, which was again used for both matches in 1994 and 2000. In 2005 they were both held at the Millennium Stadium. The decision to hold the semi-finals at the same location as the final can be controversial amongst fans [4]. However, starting with the 2008 Cup, all Semi Finals will be played at Wembley; the stadium was not ready for the 2007 semi-finals. For a list of semi-final results and the venues used, see FA Cup Semi-Finals. To tie or draw is to finish a competition with identical or inconclusive results. ... Look up replay in Wiktionary, the free dictionary. ... This article or section does not adequately cite its references or sources. ... For information on FA Cup Final Referees, see FA Cup Final Referees. ... This article is about the capital of England and the United Kingdom. ... For the new stadium, see Wembley Stadium. ... The Millennium Stadium (Welsh: Stadiwm y Mileniwm), is the national stadium of Wales, located in the capital Cardiff, and is used primarily for rugby union and football home internationals. ... This article is about the capital city of Wales. ... The famous gasometers, which are now listed buildings. ... The County Cricket Ground, usually shortened to County Ground and also known as the Racecourse Ground, is a cricket ground in Derby and has been the home of Derbyshire County Cricket Club since at least 1871. ... Bramall Lane Stadium is the home of Sheffield United Football Club in Sheffield, England and is the oldest major stadium in the world still to be hosting professional football matches. ... For other uses, see Crystal Palace. ... Stamford Bridge is a football stadium in Fulham, in the London Borough of Hammersmith and Fulham that is home to Chelsea Football Club. ... The Lillie Bridge Grounds was a sports ground in London near to present day Stamford Bridge, opened around 1867. ... Fulham is a suburban area of west London in the London Borough of Hammersmith and Fulham, located 3. ... This article is about the capital of England and the United Kingdom. ... Maine Road was a football stadium in Moss Side, Manchester, England. ... This article is about the City of Manchester in England. ... Old Trafford (given the nickname The Theatre of Dreams by Sir Bobby Charlton) is an all-seater football stadium in the Greater Manchester borough of Trafford, and is the home of Manchester United F.C.. The ground has been Uniteds permanent home since 1910, bar an eight year absence... For other uses, see Trafford (disambiguation). ... Greater Manchester is a metropolitan county in North West England which has a population of 2. ... Hillsborough Stadium is the home of Sheffield Wednesday Football Club in Sheffield, England. ... For other uses, see Sheffield (disambiguation). ... Arsenal Stadium was a football stadium in North London, the home ground of Arsenal Football Club between 6 September 1913 and 7 May 2006. ... The Millennium Stadium (Welsh: Stadiwm y Mileniwm), is the national stadium of Wales, located in the capital Cardiff, and is used primarily for rugby union and football home internationals. ... Villa Park is a football stadium in the district of Aston, in Birmingham, England. ... This article is about the British city. ... The FA Cup Semi-Finals are played to determine which teams will contest the FA Cup Final. ...


Trophies

At the end of the final, the winning team is presented with a trophy, also known as the "FA Cup", which they hold until the following year's final. Traditionally, at Wembley finals, the presentation was made at the Royal Box, with players, led by the captain, mounting a staircase to a gangway in front of the box and returning by a second staircase on the other side of the box. At Cardiff the presentation was made on a podium on the pitch. The cup is decorated with ribbons in the colours of the winning team; a common riddle asks, "What is always taken to the Cup Final, but never used?" (the answer is "the losing team's ribbons"). However this isn't entirely true, as during the game the cup actually has both teams sets of ribbons attached and the runners-up ribbons are removed before the presentation. Individual members of the teams playing in the final are presented with winners' and runners'-up medals. The present FA Cup trophy is the fourth. The first, the 'little tin idol', was used from the inception of the Cup in 1871-2 until it was stolen from a Birmingham shop window belonging to William Shillcock while held by Aston Villa on September 11, 1895. It was never seen again and is presumed to have been melted down. The second trophy was a replica of the first, and was last used in 1910 before being presented to the FA's long-serving president Lord Kinnaird. It was sold at Christie's on May 19, 2005 for £420,000 (£478,400 including auction fees and taxes) to David Gold, the chairman of Birmingham City. A new, larger, trophy was bought by the FA in 1911 designed and manufactured by Fattorini's of Bradford and won by Bradford City in its first outing, the only time a team from Bradford has reached the final. This trophy still exists but is now too fragile to be used, so an exact replica was made and has been in use since the 1992 final. Therefore, though the FA Cup is the oldest domestic football competition in the world, its trophy is not the oldest; that title is claimed by the Youdan Cup. A "backup" trophy was made alongside the existing trophy in 1992, but it has not been used so far, and will only be used if the current trophy is lost, damaged or destroyed. This article is about the British city. ... Aston Villa redirects here. ... is the 254th day of the year (255th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1895 (MDCCCXCV) was a common year starting on Tuesday (link will display full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar (or a common year starting on Sunday of the 12-day-slower Julian calendar). ... Arthur Fitzgerald Kinnaird (born 1847, died 1923) the 11th Lord Kinnaird KT was a principal of the Football Association and leading footballer. ... The Christies auction house in South Kensington, London Christies American branch in Rockefeller Center, New York Christies is a fine art auction house, the largest and by some accounts the oldest in the world. ... is the 139th day of the year (140th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 2005 (MMV) was a common year starting on Saturday (link displays full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... GBP redirects here. ... David Gold is an English businessman. ... Birmingham City Football Club are an English professional football club based in the city of Birmingham. ... Please wikify (format) this article as suggested in the Guide to layout and the Manual of Style. ... Bradford City Association Football Club (also known as The Bantams, and previously The Paraders or The Citizens) are an English football club based in Bradford, Yorkshire, playing in League Two. ... The Youdan Cup was the worlds first ever organised football tournament. ...


Sponsorship

Since the start of the 1994-95 season, the FA Cup has been sponsored. However, to protect the identity of the famous competition, the name has never changed from "The FA Cup", unlike in sponsorship deals for the League Cup. Instead, the competition has been known as "The FA Cup sponsored by ..." but during 1999-2002, the competition was known as "The AXA Sponsored FA Cup". The competition is formally named "The FA Cup sponsored by E.ON", owing to energy company E.ON sponsoring it for four years from 2006. From August 2006 to 2014, Umbro will supply match balls for all FA Cup matches. The Football League Cup, commonly known as the League Cup, is an English football competition. ... E.ON UK is an energy company in the United Kingdom, it is a subsiduary of the German utility giant E.ON. It was formed after the takeover of Powergen Plc by E.ON. It is a vertically integrated utility company with interests in electrical generation, electricity distribution in the... Umbro (LSE: UMB) is an internationally recognised football brand based in Cheadle, Greater Manchester, England. ...

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Giant-killers

For more details on this topic, see List of FA Cup giant-killings.

The FA Cup has a long tradition of lower-division and non-league teams becoming "giant-killers" by defeating much higher-ranked opponents. There are various famous giant killing feats, although it is comparatively rare to occur for a team to beat one more than two divisions above them. The biggest difference between two teams in a giant killing was in 1979–80, when Leicester City F.C., who finished first in the Second Division, were beaten 1-0 in a third round replay by Harlow Town F.C., who finished in 11th in the Isthmian League Premier Division, 100 places below them. The last time a non-league team beat a top-flight team was Sutton United's victory over Coventry City in 1988–89. Another notable result was in 1969 when in the 5th Round Mansfield Town were drawn at home to West Ham United, who were standing sixth in the First Division and who had three World Cup winners in their side: Bobby Moore, Martin Peters and Geoff Hurst along with youngsters Billy Bonds and Trevor Brooking. The game was postponed five times before it finally went ahead on Wednesday 26 February 1969, on what turned out to be one of the greatest nights in the club’s history. In front of 21,117 at Field Mill, the Stags won 3-0 and became only the fourth team in club history to knock out clubs from five different leagues in the same competition. This is a list of FA Cup giant-killings - where teams have beaten opposition who played at least two divisions higher in an FA Cup match - for example, a team from League One beating a Premier League team. ... The 1979-80 season was the 100th season of competitive football (soccer) in England. ... Leicester City Football Club, (also known as The Foxes) is an English professional football club based in the city of Leicester. ... From 1892 until 1992, the Football League Second Division was the second highest division overall in English football. ... Harlow Town F.C. are an English football club based in Harlow, Essex. ... The Premier Division is the top division of the Isthmian League. ... Sutton United Football Club is an English football team currently playing in the Conference South league. ... Coventry City Football Club, otherwise known as the Sky Blues owing to the traditional colour of their strip, is an English football club based in Coventry, England. ... The 1988-89 season was the 109th season of competitive football in England. ... Mansfield Town F.C. are an English football club who will play the 2004-05 season in League Two of the Football League. ... West Ham United Football Club is an English football club based in West Ham, London Borough of Newham, East London, and have played their home matches at the 35,146 capacity Boleyn Ground stadium since 1904. ... Robert Frederick Chelsea Bobby Moore, OBE (born Barking, England, 12 April 1941 - died London, 24 February 1993) was an English footballer. ... Martin Stanford Peters MBE, (born November 8, 1943 in Plaistow, London) was a football player and hero of the victorious England team which won the 1966 World Cup. ... Sir Geoffrey Charles Hurst, MBE (born December 8, 1941 in Ashton-under-Lyne, Lancashire) is a footballer enshrined in the games history as the only player to have scored a hat-trick in a World Cup final. ... Billy Bonds (b. ... Sir Trevor David Brooking CBE (born 2 October 1948 in Barking) is a football player turned manager, pundit and administrator. ...


Other giant killings include Hereford United shocking Newcastle United with one of the most famous goals in the history of the cup coming from the boot of Ronny Radford.


Notable events in the FA Cup

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19th century

On July 20, 1871, in the offices of The Sportsman newspaper, C. W. Alcock proposed that "a Challenge Cup should be established in connection with the Association", giving birth to the FA Cup. Four first-round matches were the first FA Cup games ever played – on November 11, 1871. The first Cup goal was scored by Clapham Rovers player Jarvis Kenrick in a 3-0 win over Upton Park (Kenrick scoring twice in the process).The following year, on March 16, 1872, Wanderers became the first winners of the FA Cup, beating Royal Engineers 1-0 at The Oval. Fifteen clubs had entered, only twelve actually played, and there were thirteen games in total. The winning goal was scored by Morton Peto Betts, who played under the pseudonym of 'A.H. Chequer'. In 1873, Wanderers retained the title after receiving a bye to the final where they beat Oxford University to retain the Cup. The rules were changed for the following season, to help inspire teams to try and get to the final, instead of knowing who their opponents would be before they reached it. is the 201st day of the year (202nd in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... 1871 (MDCCCLXXI) was a common year starting on Sunday (see link for calendar). ... The Sportsman is a British daily sports betting newspaper. ... Charles William Alcock (December 2, 1842 - February 26, 1907) was a very influential English sports administrator and player. ... The Football Association (The FA) is the governing body of football in England and the Crown dependencies of Jersey, Guernsey and the Isle of Man. ... is the 315th day of the year (316th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... 1871 (MDCCCLXXI) was a common year starting on Sunday (see link for calendar). ... We dont have an article called Clapham Rovers F.C. Start this article Search for Clapham Rovers F.C. in. ... Jarvis Kenrick was an English association football (soccer) player. ... is the 75th day of the year (76th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1872 (MDCCCLXXII) was a leap year starting on Monday (link will display the full calendar) of the Gregorian Calendar (or a leap year starting on Saturday of the 12-day slower Julian calendar). ... The Wanderers Football Club were an amateur football club, who were one of the leading clubs in English football in the 1860s and 1870s. ... The Royal Engineers AFC is a football team founded in 1863, under the leadership of Major Marindin of the Corps of Royal Engineers. ... The famous gasometers, which are now listed buildings. ... Morton Peto Betts (b. ... For other uses, see Alias. ... The Wanderers Football Club were an amateur football club, who were one of the leading clubs in English football in the 1860s and 1870s. ... Oxford University Association Football club is an English football club representing the University of Oxford. ...


In 1876, Thomas Hughes was the first to score more than once in the final, in a replay match in which Wanderers defeated Old Etonians 3-0. In the same final, George Bonsor from the losing side became the first to score in two consecutive finals (both of which his team lost).


Lord Kinnaird won the Cup for a still record fifth time in 1882, three times with Wanderers and twice with the Old Etonians. Earlier in 1877, he also scored the first own goal in the final with Wanderers defeating Oxford University 2-1. But in 1883 Blackburn Olympic broke the'old order of things' to defeat Old Etonians in the final to become the first professional club to win the trophy. The win marked a turning point in the culture of the game in England. Lord Kinnaird The Right Honourable Arthur Fitzgerald Kinnaird, 11th Lord Kinnaird KT (16 February 1847–30 January 1923) was a principal of the Football Association and a leading footballer. ... The Wanderers Football Club were an amateur football club, who were one of the leading clubs in English football in the 1860s and 1870s. ... The Old Etonians Football Club is an English football club whose players are taken from previous attendees of Eton College. ... Blackburn Olympic were a football team which existed for about a decade in the 19th Century. ... The Old Etonians Football Club is an English football club whose players are taken from previous attendees of Eton College. ...


In 1884 and 1885 Scottish side Queen's Park reached the final, the first time a non-English side had done so. They lost both times. (Scotland had had its own Scottish Cup since 1873.) In 1886, Jimmy Brown of Blackburn Rovers became the first to score in three consecutive finals from 1884 to 1886 (winning all three). Blackburn Rovers also became the second club to win three consecutive FA Cups and remain the only club still in existence to win "three in a row" to this day, as Wanderers, who achieved the feat 6 years earlier, were disbanded in 1883. The following year, Aston Villa legend Archie Hunter became the first player to score in every round of the FA Cup in Villa's victorious 1887 campaign (beginning from the second round, as Villa had a bye in the first). This feat was bettered in 1901 by Sandy Brown of Tottenham Hotspur, who scored in all rounds from the first. Queens Park Football Club is a famous Scottish football team, and is the oldest football club in Scotland[1], founded in 1867. ... The Scottish Football Association Challenge Cup[1], usually known as the Scottish Cup, is the national cup knockout competition in Scottish football. ... Jimmy Brown might refer to: James Brown, a musician who was a singer, dancer and bandleader, known as the Godfather of Soul Jim Brown, an American football player Jimmy Brown, an Irish nationalist, one-time leader of the Irish Peoples Liberation Organisation Jimmy Brown, Gambino crime family Capo and... Blackburn Rovers Football Club are an English Premier League football club based in the town of Blackburn, Lancashire. ... Blackburn Rovers Football Club are an English Premier League football club based in the town of Blackburn, Lancashire. ... Archie Hunter (September 23, 1859, Joppa, nr. ... Sandy Brown is a shade of brown. ...


Aston Villa's Bob Chatt scored the winner in the 1895 FA Cup Final after just 30 seconds, and in 1897, the record score in an FA Cup tie was set when Preston North End defeated Hyde 26-0. The modern cup was beginning to be established by the 1888/89 season, when qualifying rounds were introduced, with clubs competing on regional basis until only one was left for the Fourth Qualifying Round, and in the same season, the 'magic of the cup' was begun when Warwick County became the first non-league side to beat a First Division club on October 6, 1888, winning 2-1 away at Stoke. Aston Villa redirects here. ... Preston North End Football Club are an English professional football club located in the Deepdale area of the city of Preston, Lancashire, currently playing in the second tier of English league football, The Championship. ... Hyde Football Club are a now-defunct football club from Hyde, Greater Manchester, founded in 1885. ... is the 279th day of the year (280th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... For the toll-free telephone number see Toll-free telephone number Year 1888 (MDCCCLXXXVIII) was a leap year starting on Sunday (click on link for calendar) of the Gregorian calendar (or a leap year starting on Friday of the 12-day slower Julian calendar). ...


In 1889, Preston North End became the first club to achieve the double of winning the FA Cup (beating Wolverhampton Wanderers 3-0) and the Football League Championship in the same season. This double was even more extraordinary in that the league was won without a single defeat, a feat which would not be repeated in the top division until 2003-04, by Arsenal. Equally impressive was that the cup was won without conceding a single goal. Such was the team's dominance that it was nicknamed "The Invincibles". The Double is a term in football, which refers to winning a countrys top division and its main cup competition in the same season. ... Wolverhampton Wanderers F.C. are an English football club playing at Molineux Stadium. ... Arsenal Football Club (also known as Arsenal, The Arsenal or The Gunners) are an English professional football club based in Holloway, north London. ... The Invincibles in football (soccer) has recently been adopted to describe the Arsenal F.C. team of the 2003-2004 Premiership season for the feat of winning the league without suffering a single defeat. ...


Finally for the 19th century, William Townley scored the first hat trick in the history of the FA Cup final, in the 1890 match between Blackburn Rovers and Sheffield Wednesday (6-1) William Townley in his earlier years William Townley, (born February 14, 1866, died May 30, 1950 in Blackpool, England), was an English football (soccer) player and coach. ... Blackburn Rovers Football Club are an English Premier League football club based in the town of Blackburn, Lancashire. ... SWFC redirects here. ...


1901-1949

  • In 1901 Tottenham Hotspur became the only non-League team to win the FA Cup, with a 3-1 replay victory over Sheffield United.
  • In 1903 Bury defeated Derby County 6-0, in what is still the highest score in an FA Cup final. They also became the second club to win the FA Cup without conceding a goal in any round.
  • 1910 saw the start of a string of 14 consecutive finals (including 3 replays, thus 17 matches) in which the losing side failed to score. This series was not approached until 1994-2000, with seven consecutive finals (no replays).
  • The first penalty in the final was not converted until 1910, with Albert Shepherd scoring from the spot in the Newcastle 2-0 Barnsley replay. The first missed penalty occurred in 1913, with Charlie Wallace from Aston Villa being the unlucky player, although Villa did win 1-0 over Sunderland. Two penalties were not converted until 1994, when Eric Cantona kicked from the spot in the 60th and 66th minutes to contribute to Manchester United's 4-0 win over Chelsea.
  • In 1913, Steve Bloomer scored his 41st goal in the competition proper, a record up to that time.
  • In 1914 Swansea became the first club from south Wales to reach the second round. They were beaten 2-1 by QPR.
  • In 1914, George V became the first monarch to watch the FA Cup Final between Burnley and Liverpool in the last cup final played at Crystal Palace.
  • In 1915 Sheffield United beat Chelsea 3-0 at Old Trafford in the last final held before the competition was cancelled during the First World War. It became known as "The Khaki Cup Final", owing to the large number of uniformed soldiers in attendance.
  • In 1921, Birmingham City set the record for shortest FA Cup run - they forgot to send in their entry form.
  • In 1922, England amateur international Wilfred Minter scored 7 goals for St Albans City against Dulwich Hamlet. Dulwich won 8-7.
  • The first Wembley FA Cup Final, played on 28 April 1923, was marked by disorderly scenes unparalleled in the history of football. Before the match a massive crowd outside the stadium rushed the gates, burst the barriers and swarmed on to the pitch. Kick-off was delayed for 45 minutes as mounted police, with PC George Scorey on his white charge "Billy" - hence the "White Horse Final" - particularly visible, encouraged people to move behind the touchlines. Bolton beat West Ham 2-0 and the first Wembley goal was scored after just two minutes by David Jack. It was estimated that 200,000 fans had squeezed into Wembley and Cup Finals were made "all ticket" after that.
  • Walter 'Billy' Hampson of Newcastle United, the oldest FA Cup finalist, was 41 years and 257 days old when his side beat Aston Villa 2-0 in the 1924 Final.
  • The practice of teams from the top two divisions receiving exemption to the Third Round of the competition began in the 1925/26 season.
  • The 1927 final resulted in a Cardiff City victory over Arsenal. To the present day, Cardiff City are the only non-English-based team to win the trophy. It was also the first ever Cup Final to be broadcast by the BBC, who produced a numbered grid of the pitch for Radio Times readers to follow the ball. This gave rise to the popular myth of the origin of the phrase, "Back to square one" (i.e. a back-pass to the goalkeeper).
  • In the 1933 final, Everton players wore shirts numbered 1-11, and Manchester City players 12-22. This was the first major competitive game ever to have the players' shirts numbered.
  • In 1938, after 29 minutes of extra time, it was still 0-0 between Preston and Huddersfield. BBC Radio commentator Thomas Woodrooffe declared: "If there's a goal scored now, I'll eat my hat." Seconds later Preston was awarded a penalty from which George Mutch scored. Woodrooffe kept his promise. This was also the first FA Cup Final to be broadcast live by BBC Television.
  • Portsmouth hold the record for holding the FA Cup the longest. After beating Wolverhampton Wanderers in the 1939 final the competition was not played until after World War II, meaning they held the cup for nearly seven years.
  • The 1945-1946 FA Cup was the first played since the competition was suspended during World War II. As the intermediate Football League North and Football League South were of variable quality, to boost clubs' income each tie was played over two legs (one home, one away with the scores being added together to decide who went through) to increase the number of matches in the season. Matches that were level at the end of both legs were replayed at the stadium of whichever team had played the second leg away. The semi-finals and final (both played at neutral venues) remained single match affairs. The final was won by Derby County.
  • In the 1946 final, Bert Turner from Charlton Athletic became famous for scoring for both sides — first he put a goal in his own net, only to equalise from a free kick a minute later. Tommy Hutchison would repeat the feat (in reverse) for Manchester City in 1981.
  • In 1948, Manchester United became the only team to win the FA Cup after being drawn against top-division opposition in every round.

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1950s

  • During the 1950s, Newcastle United lifted the FA Cup trophy on three occasions within a five year period. In 1951 they defeated Blackpool 2-0, a year later Arsenal were beaten 1-0 and in 1955 Newcastle United defeated Manchester City 3-1.
  • The final of 1953 is known as the Matthews Final. The match between Blackpool and Bolton Wanderers saw Stanley Matthews, at the age of 38, in his third attempt to win an FA Cup winners medal for Blackpool. Bolton were 3-1 up with 22 minutes remaining and looked set to win the match when Blackpool's Stan Mortensen scored from a Matthews cross. With less than five minutes remaining Blackpool equalised from a Mortensen free kick (his hat-trick, which became the only one ever scored in an FA Cup Final at the original Wembley) and shortly after the restart, with everybody anticipating extra time, Matthews passed to Bill Perry who put the ball in the back of the net securing a 4-3 victory for Blackpool. This was the first football match attended by The Queen, in her Coronation year.[5]
  • The final of 1956 saw Manchester City win 3-1 against Birmingham City. Roughly 15 minutes before the end of the game, Man City's goalkeeper Bert Trautmann (a German who had been taken as a prisoner of war by the British in 1945) injured his neck when he made a save at the feet of Birmingham's Peter Murphy. Despite being in terrible pain he continued to play till the end of match and collected his winners' medal still clutching his neck. An X-ray later revealed that he had broken a vertebra in his neck.
  • 1956-57 also the record for highest number of rounds played in set, when former League club New Brighton played in nine rounds. They started in the preliminary round, and progressed through four qualifying rounds to the fourth round proper, where they lost to Burnley. They had just one replay - for their first round tie.
  • 1958 saw Leeds United beaten 2-1 at home to Cardiff City in the third round for the third consecutive year.
  • Manchester United lost to Bolton Wanderers 2-0 in the 1958 FA Cup final. Prior to the match, Manchester United had lost nine first-team players in the Munich air disaster shortly after refueling in Munich, returning from a victory over Red Star Belgrade.

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1960s

  • 1961 saw Tottenham Hotspur become the first club in the 20th century to win the FA Cup and league championship in the same season, known famously as The Double. They also retained the FA Cup the following year.
  • In 1967 the first substitutes were allowed after many years of finals proving unbalanced due to injuries which forced players into leaving the field early. Players had suffered broken bones in the 1957, 1959, 1960, 1961 and 1965 finals. They were not, however, used until the next year, when Dennis Clarke replaced John Kaye for West Bromwich Albion.
  • In 1969 Leicester City lost their fourth FA Cup Final, 1-0 to Manchester City. No other team has made it to the final so many times without ever winning.

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1970s

  • 1970 saw the first Wembley final to go to a replay. The replayed final was played at Old Trafford and contested between Chelsea and Leeds United. It was the last final to be played outside of Wembley before it was moved to the Millennium Stadium in 2001. When Peter Osgood scored for Chelsea in the final, he became the last player to date (and ninth in total) to score in every round of the cup.
  • 1970 saw the first third place play-off with Manchester United beating Watford 2-0. This play-off proved short-lived, and the 1973-74 competition saw the last 3rd place play-off match, contested by Leicester City and Burnley, with Burnley winning 1-0 at Filbert Street
  • 1971 saw the longest tie in Cup history. Oxford City and Alvechurch play 6 games for a total of 660 minutes. Alvechurch won the final game 1-0 to progress to the first round proper.
  • Eddie Kelly from Arsenal became the first substitute to score when he came on the pitch in the 70th minute of the 1971 final and scored in the 96th. Stuart McCall from Everton scored two goals after coming in from the bench in the 1989 final in the 90th and 102nd minutes.
  • In 1972 the FA Cup celebrated its 100th birthday (though not its 100th season, due to interruptions for the two world wars). Leeds United won the final against holders Arsenal.
  • When Sunderland beat Leeds United 1-0 in the 1973 FA Cup Final it was the first and only time (to date) that a coloured ball (orange) was used in an FA Cup final. It was also the 50th anniversary of Wembley as a venue for the cup final.
  • The 1974-75 competition saw the record set for the highest number of games played in one season by one club. Bideford played 13 games over five rounds: one for the 1st qualifying round, two for the 2nd qualifying round, five for the 3rd qualifying round, four for the 4th qualifying round, and one for the 1st round proper. Multiple replays no longer take place, so this record is unlikely to be beaten.
  • The 1977-78 competition saw New Brighton's 1956-57 nine-round record equalled by Blyth Spartans, who progressed from the 1st qualifying round to the 5th round proper. The games for the 2nd qualifying round and the 5th rounds proper went to a replay. The final on 6 May 1978 was the 50th Wembley final. Ipswich Town beat Arsenal 1-0.
  • The 1979-80 competition saw the nine-round record equalled by Harlow Town, who progressed from the Preliminary round through four qualifying rounds to the fourth round proper, where they lost to Watford. The matches for the 2nd and 3rd rounds went to a replay.

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1980s

  • In 1980, West Ham United became the last side to date to win the competition from outside the top division in football. They were a Second Division outfit when they beat holders Arsenal 1-0 thanks to a goal by Trevor Brooking. Three clubs - Queens Park Rangers in 1982, Sunderland in 1992 and Millwall in 2004 - have since reached the final, though all three lost.
  • In 1981, The 100th FA Cup final took place. The second game between Tottenham and Manchester City became the first final to be replayed at Wembley Stadium. Previously, replayed finals had been held at other neutral grounds. This final contained what was arguably the greatest ever final goal, scored by Tottenham's Ricky Villa who beat several players in a mazy run before slotting the ball home.
  • In 1983 Norman Whiteside, at 18, became the youngest player ever to score in an FA Cup final, whilst playing for Manchester United against Brighton & Hove Albion. As of 2006 this record remains unbroken.
  • In 1984, Johnny Hore's Plymouth Argyle side narrowly missed out on being the first Third Division side to reach the final. In a tense semi-final at Villa Park, Watford came out on top, 1-0 victors. Starting in the first round proper, Argyle had beaten Southend United (in a replay), Barking, Newport County (in a replay), Darlington, West Bromwich Albion and Derby County (in a replay).
  • In 1985, Kevin Moran of Manchester United became the first player to be sent off in an FA Cup Final. United went on to win the match 1-0, after extra time.
  • In 1986, Liverpool beat Everton 3-1 in the first all-Merseyside FA Cup final to complete the double and claim their first FA Cup triumph for 12 years. The teams would meet again in the final just 3 years later.
  • In 1987, Coventry City beat Tottenham Hotspur 3-2 AET in a memorable game, which included Keith Houchen's famous flying header.
  • In 1988, Wimbledon's Dave Beasant became the first goalkeeper to save a penalty in an FA Cup final at Wembley, when he denied John Aldridge of Liverpool (although Charlie Wallace of Aston Villa was the first to miss a penalty in the final). The Crazy Gang of Wimbledon defeated the league champions Liverpool 1-0 with a Lawrie Sanchez goal, and Beasant also became the first goalkeeper to captain an FA Cup-winning side.
  • In 1989 during the opening minutes of the FA Cup semi-final between Liverpool and Nottingham Forest, 96 people were crushed to death because of overcrowding. See the Hillsborough disaster. Liverpool went on to beat Everton 3-2 in the final.

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1990s

  • In 1990, Manchester United won the competition in a replay against Crystal Palace. This was United manager Alex Ferguson's first trophy at United, and this success is seen by many as having saved him from being dismissed after 4 unsuccessful seasons.
  • In 1991, after the Arsenal v Leeds United third round tie went to a third replay, The FA decided that one replay, then extra time, then a penalty shootout would be a suitable alternative to a fixtures backlog. Arsenal also took part in the first semi-final to be played at Wembley, losing to Tottenham. Nottingham Forest's Mark Crossley became the second golkeeper to save a penalty in the final, denying Tottenham's Gary Lineker. Totteham won the match 2-1 after extra time.
  • From season 1991/92, multiple replays were replaced by one replay followed by penalty kicks. The first penalty takers in the competition proper were Rotherham United and Scunthorpe United, with Rotherham winning 7-6 in a first round replay.
  • In 1993, both semi-finals were played at Wembley Stadium for the first time ever, because both matches were derbies — one between Arsenal and Tottenham, the other between Sheffield Wednesday and Sheffield United.
  • In 1993, the last ever FA Cup final replay took place, with Arsenal beating Sheffield Wednesday 2-1. Arsenal became the first team to win both the FA Cup and the League Cup, beating Sheffield Wednesday in both finals.
  • In 1994, Manchester United completed the double thanks to a 4-0 win over Chelsea at Wembley. Eric Cantona scored two penalties and the other goals came from Mark Hughes and Brian McClair.
  • In 1996, a late goal from Eric Cantona saw Manchester United become the first team to win the double twice as they beat Liverpool 1-0 at Wembley, a week after clinching the league title. Cantona was also the first non-British or Irish player to captain a winning side in the FA Cup.
  • In 1997, Ruud Gullit became the first overseas manager to win the FA Cup, as his Chelsea side beat Middlesbrough 2-0. In the same match, Roberto Di Matteo scored the fastest ever goal in a Wembley cup final (after 42 seconds) and Mark Hughes became the only player in the 20th century to win the trophy four times.
  • In 1998, Arsenal beat Newcastle 2-0. This was the second time Arsenal had done the domestic double, which includes winning the Premier League and FA Cup in the same year.
  • In 1999, the last ever FA Cup semi-final replay took place, as Ryan Giggs of Manchester United scored in extra time to defeat Arsenal 2-1. The goal was voted the greatest in FA Cup history in 2003 [6]. Manchester United went on to beat Newcastle United 2-0, and later completed The Treble by also winning the FA Premier League and the UEFA Champions League.
  • Later in 1999 Manchester United became the first FA Cup holders not to defend their title when they failed to enter the FA Cup, instead electing (due to pressure from the FA and the Government, who wanted to bolster the English bid to host the 2006 FIFA World Cup) to take part in the inaugural FIFA Club World Championship played in Brazil, in which United performed poorly and failed to make a significant impact. To decide who took their place, a "lucky losers" draw was held containing the 20 teams knocked out in the second round; Darlington were selected.

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2000s

  • 2000 was the last final to be played at the old Wembley Stadium. Chelsea beat Aston Villa 1-0 thanks to a goal from Roberto Di Matteo. The FA decided that from 2000 onwards any semi-finals and finals would go first to extra time then penalties, rather than be replayed.
  • The first FA Cup final played outside England was in the final of the 2000-01 season at the Millennium Stadium in Cardiff. Liverpool came from behind to snatch a 2-1 victory over Arsenal, after beating Wycombe Wanderers at Villa Park in the previous round. Liverpool also won the League Cup and the UEFA Cup that season.
  • In 2002, Arsenal matched Manchester United's record of three doubles as they defeated Chelsea 2-0 at the Millennium Stadium and clinched the league title four days later.
  • For the first time, the FA Cup was played under a roof in the final of the 2002-03 season, held on May 17, 2003 at the Millennium Stadium in Cardiff, with Arsenal and Southampton benefiting from cover from the rain. Arsenal were 1-0 winners. This Final was also the first in which a goalkeeper was substituted. Paul Jones replaced the injured Southampton goalkeeper Antti Niemi.
  • That same year, Team Bath (from the University of Bath) became the first university team to enter the competition since Gonville & Caius in 1881, and progressed through the qualifying rounds before being knocked out in the first round proper by Mansfield Town.
  • In 2004 661 teams were accepted into the FA Cup competition, a new record.
  • In 2004 Curtis Weston of Millwall F.C. became the youngest ever player to play in the final at the age of 17 years and 119 days, beating the record of James Prinsep of Clapham Rovers set as long back as the 1879 final.
  • The 2005 FA Cup Final between Arsenal and Manchester United was the first final ever to have to go to penalties as the score was still 0-0 after extra time. Arsenal won the shootout – and thus the Cup – 5-4. It was the first 0-0 draw in an FA Cup final since 1912. Roy Keane of Manchester United became the first player to play in six finals since the 19th century.
  • The 2006 FA Cup Final was the last to be played at Cardiff's Millennium Stadium, Liverpool were victorious on penalties against West Ham Utd, The game finished 3-3 after extra time, and was one of the best finals since the Coventry vs Spurs final of 1987, The game is remembered for Steven Gerrard's 35-yard (32 m) last minute equaliser.
  • The 2007 FA Cup Final saw a return to England with the first final ever to be played in the new Wembley Stadium. This final was won by Chelsea FC 1-0 against Manchester United following a goal in extra time by Didier Drogba. Manchester United's Ryan Giggs equalled Roy Keane's post-war record of appearances in an FA Cup Final, having previously played in the 1994, 1995, 1996, 1999, 2004 and 2005 Finals.

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Past winners of the FA Cup

For the full results of all FA Cup finals, see FA Cup Final

The top 10 clubs by number of wins (and when they last won and lost a final). Teams in italics no longer exist. For information on FA Cup Final Referees, see FA Cup Final Referees. ...

Club Wins Last win. Runners-up Last final lost.
1 Manchester United 11 2004 7 2007
2 Arsenal 10 2005 7 2001
3 Tottenham Hotspur 8 1991 1 1987
4 Liverpool 7 2006 6 1996
5 Aston Villa 7 1957 3 2000
6 Newcastle United 6 1955 7 1999
7 Blackburn Rovers 6 1928 2 1960
8 Everton 5 1995 7 1989
9 West Bromwich Albion 5 1968 5 1935
10 Wanderers F.C. 5 1878 0

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Three clubs have won consecutive FA Cups on more than one occasion: Wanderers (1872, 1873) and (1876, 1877, 1878), Blackburn Rovers (1884, 1885, 1886) and (1890, 1891), and Tottenham Hotspur (1961, 1962) and (1981, 1982). Chelsea Football Club (also known as The Blues or previously The Pensioners) are an English professional football club based in west London. ... Bolton Wanderers Football Club is an English professional football club based in Horwich, in the Borough of Bolton, North West England. ... Manchester City Football Club is an English professional football club based in the city of Manchester. ... Sheffield United Football Club is a professional English football club based in the City of Sheffield, South Yorkshire. ... Wolverhampton Wanderers F.C. are an English football club playing at Molineux Stadium. ... SWFC redirects here. ... 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Six clubs have won the FA Cup as part of a League and Cup double, these are Preston North End (1889), Aston Villa (1897), Tottenham Hotspur F.C. (1961), Arsenal (1971, 1998, 2002), Liverpool (1986) and Manchester United (1994, 1996, 1999). Arsenal and Manchester United share the record of three doubles. Arsenal has won a double in three separate decades. Manchester United's three doubles in the 1990s highlights their dominance of English football at the time. The Double is a term in football, which refers to winning a countrys top division and its main cup competition in the same season. ... Preston North End Football Club are an English professional football club located in the Deepdale area of the city of Preston, Lancashire, currently playing in the second tier of English league football, The Championship. ... Aston Villa redirects here. ... Tottenham Hotspur Football Club is an English professional football club which plays in the Premier League. ... Arsenal Football Club (also known as Arsenal, The Arsenal or The Gunners) are an English professional football club based in Holloway, north London. ... Liverpool Football Club are an English professional football club based in Liverpool, Merseyside, who play in the Premier League; they are historically the most successful club in the history of English football, having won more trophies than any other English club. ... Manchester United Football Club are a world-famous English football club, based at the Old Trafford stadium in Trafford, Greater Manchester, and are one of the most popular sports clubs in the world, with over 50 million supporters worldwide. ... Manchester United Football Club are a world-famous English football club, based at the Old Trafford stadium in Trafford, Greater Manchester, and are one of the most popular sports clubs in the world, with over 50 million supporters worldwide. ... Arsenal Football Club (also known as Arsenal, The Arsenal or The Gunners) are an English professional football club based in Holloway, north London. ...


West Bromwich Albion are the only team to date to win the FA Cup & promotion in the same season (1930-31) West Bromwich Albion Football Club (also known as West Brom, The Baggies, Albion, The Albion, The Throstles or W.B.A.) are an English professional football club based in West Bromwich, West Midlands. ...


In 1993, Arsenal became the first side to win both the FA Cup and League Cup in the same season, beating Sheffield Wednesday 2-1, in both finals. Arsenal Football Club (also known as Arsenal, The Arsenal or The Gunners) are an English professional football club based in Holloway, north London. ... The Football League Cup, commonly known as the League Cup, is an English football competition. ... SWFC redirects here. ...


In 1999, Manchester United added the Champions League crown to their double in memorable fashion, an accomplishment known as The Treble. Manchester Uniteds emblem Manchester United F.C. (often abbreviated to Man United or just Man U, pronounced man-yoo) is an English football club based at Old Trafford in Greater Manchester. ... European Cup redirects here. ... The 1999 UEFA Champions League Final took place at the Camp Nou in Barcelona on 26 May 1999 between English Champions Manchester United and German Champions FC Bayern Munich. ... The Treble is a term in football that refers to a club winning their countrys top tier league and two cup competitions in the same season. ...


In 2001, Liverpool won the FA Cup, League Cup and UEFA Cup to complete a cup treble. Liverpool Football Club are an English professional football club based in Liverpool, Merseyside, who play in the Premier League; they are historically the most successful club in the history of English football, having won more trophies than any other English club. ... The Football League Cup, commonly known as the League Cup, is an English football competition. ... For the current season, see UEFA Cup 2007-08. ... The Treble is a term in football that refers to a club winning their countrys top tier league and two cup competitions in the same season. ...


Notable achievements

Leicester City hold the unfortunate record of having appeared in four FA Cup finals without ever winning the cup. Leicester City Football Club, (also known as The Foxes) is an English professional football club based in the city of Leicester. ...


Kettering Town have scored the most goals in FA Cup history, having scored 817 goals between 1888 and 2006. (up to 12 November 2006) with Ollie Burgess scoring the 800th goal against St Albans City on 11 October 2005 when scoring a hattrick. Kettering Town Football Club are an English football club based in Kettering, Northamptonshire. ... is the 316th day of the year (317th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 2006 (MMVI) was a common year starting on Sunday of the Gregorian calendar. ... Oliver (Ollie) Burgess (born Ascot 12 October 1981) was a professional footballer with QPR. He made his debut in 2000-01 season. ... St Albans City F.C. (nicknamed The Saints) is a football club based in St Albans, Hertfordshire, England. ... is the 284th day of the year (285th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 2005 (MMV) was a common year starting on Saturday (link displays full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ...


The record for most FA Cup wins by a player is 5, jointly held by Charles Wollaston (Wanderers), Arthur Kinnaird (Wanderers & Old Etonians), and Jimmy Forrest (Blackburn Rovers). Forrest was the last player to achieve this feat, in 1891. In the modern era, Mark Hughes (Manchester United & Chelsea), Ryan Giggs (Manchester United), Roy Keane (Manchester United), David Seaman (Arsenal), Ray Parlour (Arsenal) and Ashley Cole (Arsenal & Chelsea) are all tied on 4 winner's medals. Charles Henry Reynolds Wollaston (31 July 1849 - 22 June 1926) was an English footballer for Wanderers F.C. and England. ... The Wanderers Football Club were an amateur football club, who were one of the leading clubs in English football in the 1860s and 1870s. ... Lord Kinnaird Arthur Fitzgerald Kinnaird, 11th Lord Kinnaird KT (16 February 1847–30 January 1923) was a principal of The Football Association and a leading footballer. ... The Wanderers Football Club were an amateur football club, who were one of the leading clubs in English football in the 1860s and 1870s. ... The Old Etonians Football Club is an English football club whose players are taken from previous attendees of Eton College, in Eton, Berkshire. ... Blackburn Rovers is an English Premier League football club based in the town of Blackburn, Lancashire. ... This article is about the Welsh footballer. ... Manchester United Football Club are a world-famous English football club, based at the Old Trafford stadium in Trafford, Greater Manchester, and are one of the most popular sports clubs in the world, with over 50 million supporters worldwide. ... Chelsea Football Club (also known as The Blues or previously The Pensioners) are an English professional football club based in west London. ... Ryan Joseph Giggs OBE[2] (born Ryan Joseph Wilson on 29 November 1973 in Cardiff) is a Welsh footballer, currently playing for Manchester United in the English Premiership, and formerly for the Welsh national team prior to his retirement from international football on 2 June 2007. ... Roy Maurice Keane (born 10 August 1971 in Mayfield, Cork City, Ireland) is an Irish former professional footballer and the current manager of English Premier League club Sunderland. ... Manchester United Football Club are a world-famous English football club, based at the Old Trafford stadium in Trafford, Greater Manchester, and are one of the most popular sports clubs in the world, with over 50 million supporters worldwide. ... For the DJ, see Dave Seaman. ... Arsenal Football Club (also known as Arsenal, The Arsenal or The Gunners) are an English professional football club based in Holloway, north London. ... Ray Parlour (born March 7, 1973 in Romford, England) is a former England international footballer. ... Ashley Cole (born 20 December 1980, Stepney, London) is an English footballer of Barbadian descent. ...


W. "Doc" Dowden scored 19 FA Cup goals for Wimbledon in the 1929/30 season. It is not clear whether this is the record for a single season. Wimbledon F.C. crest This article refers to the original club from London which existed until 2003. ...


Chelsea were the last team to win the F.A. Cup at the old Wembley and the first team to win it at the new Wembley Chelsea Football Club (also known as The Blues or previously The Pensioners) are an English professional football club based in west London. ... For the new stadium, see Wembley Stadium. ... For the old stadium, see Wembley Stadium (1923). ...


See also

The FA Cup Final is the last match in the Football Association Challenge Cup, the oldest football tournament in the world. ... The FA Cup Semi-Finals are played to determine which teams will contest the FA Cup Final. ...

Media coverage

FA Cup matches are currently shown live by both Sky Sports and BBC in every region with BBC also showing highlights of FA Cup matches, both live BBC matches and highlights are shown on their Match of the Day show. Both broadcasters show the FA Cup Final live. Sky Sports is the brand name for a group of 9 channels. ... For other uses, see BBC (disambiguation). ... For other uses, see BBC (disambiguation). ... For other uses, see BBC (disambiguation). ... For the Doctor Who novel, see Match of the Day (Doctor Who). ...


External links

  • The FA Cup - England's official Football Association site
  • The FA Cup sponsored by E.ON
  • Thomas Fattorini Ltd. makers of the 1911 FA Cup - manufacturers of the 1911 FA Cup and other sporting trophies
  • FA Cup going under the hammer - BBC News story on the sale of the second trophy
  • RSSSF, all FA Cup results, with qualifying rounds

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