FA Cup Information

FA Cup Information

The Football Association Challenge Cup (or FA Cup for short) has been around since 1872. Since then it has become the most watched domestic cup competition in all of football. Since the wanderers beat Royal Engineers 1-0 at the Kennington Oval on 16th March 1872, the FA Cup is now viewed in over 100 countries worldwide.

Did you know?

  • The 1901 Cup Winners Tootenham Hotspur were the first team to add ribbons to the trophy in team colours. A tradition that has continued to this day.
  • Back then there were no free kicks or penalties and the pitch markings didn’t include a centre circle or half way line.

The Venue

  • With the exception of 2001 – 2005. Wembley Stadium has been the venue of hte FA Cup final since 1923, holding a total of 90,000 spectators.
  • Highest attendance 126,047 at the final held at Wembly in 2923 when Bolt Wanderers beat West Ham.
  • Since the first Wembley Final in 1923 there has been
  • 249 goals scored in the Cup Final an average of 2.98 goals per game.

The Teams

The most successful FA Cup teams to date are Manchester United and Arsenal. Both teams having lifted hte famous trophy on 11 occasions each. The next closest is Tottenham Hotspur with 8 wins.

FA Cup Winning Teams

  • Manchester United & Arsenal – 11
  • Tottenham Hotspur – 8
  • Aston Villa, Chelsea, Liverpool – 7
  • Blackburn Rovers & Newcastle United – 6

Did you know?

  • The fastest ever goal in an FA Cup Final was scored by Louis Saha of Everton after just 25 seconds in the 2009 final versus Chelsea. Chelsea went onto win the game 2 – 1.
  • In 2012 Dider Drogba became the first player ever to score in four finals. He achieved teh feat in Chelsea’s 2-1 victory over Liverpool.

Last years final result

Arsenal 3-2 Hull City

Hull raced to an early 2 – 0 lead but were pegged back by Aaron Ramsay’s late deciding goal which stole the game for the gunners and scored them their first trophy in 9 years.

FA Cup Giant Killings

“The crazy gang just beat the culture club!” – John Motson

Wimbledon beating Liverpool the huge favourites – in 1988 was one of the biggest FA Cup upsets. The FA Cup is renowned for suh “giant killings” when lower ranked teams overcome their bigger, richer, premier league counterparts.

Did you know?

  • Ashley Cole holds the record for most FA Cup wins as a player with 7.
  • The 2014 FA Cup final was watched by aan estimated 500 million people in over 100 countries.

This Years Final

This years final pits two of the most succesful FA Cup teams against each other on May 30th.

7x Champions Ashton Villa

11x winners & FA Cup holders Arsenal

Did you know?

  • The youngest player to ever appear in a final was Curtis Weston of Milwall in 2014. He was only 17 years 119 days old.
  • The oldest? Walter ‘Willy’ Hampson of Newcastle United played in the 1924 final aged 41 years, 257 days!

Last years winners Arsenal will be the favourite this time around. Currently in excellent form and riding high in the premier league, the free-flowing style should suit the large Wembley pitch.

Foward Alexis Sanchez has been a revelation since moving from Barcalona last summer, and has proved an excellent signing scoring 24 goals so far this season.

FA Cup Information

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