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Early Years
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Later History
Clubs
Players

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The FA Cup

Sponsors

First sponsors of the FA Cup (1995–8) Click to show or hide the answer
1999–2002 Click to show or hide the answer
2003–5 (Carlsberg, McDonald's, Nationwide, Pepsi, Umbro) Click to show or hide the answer
2006–11 (German energy conglomerate) Click to show or hide the answer
2012–14 Click to show or hide the answer
2015–18 Click to show or hide the answer

The Trophy

Fined £25 by the FA in 1895 to pay for a replacement trophy, after the original was stolen (from a shop window) while in their possession Click to show or hide the answer
1909 winners who had a replica made, making the FA aware that they didn't have a copyright on the design and leading to a new trophy being commissioned Click to show or hide the answer
1910 winners – first to receive the trophy that coincidentally was made in their home city Click to show or hide the answer

Early Years

(See also Early Years: Clubs.)

Score in the first FA Cup final (Wanderers beat Royal Engineers) Click to show or hide the answer
Scorer of the only goal in the first final (played under the pseudonym A. H. Chequer – because he was cup–tied; he had been registered to play for Harrow Chequers, although they withdrew before playing a game) Click to show or hide the answer
Happened in the 1946 and 1947 finals, but never before or since then Click to show or hide the answer
Venue of the first FA Cup Final (16 March 1872) and every one from 1874 to 1892 Click to show or hide the answer
Venue of the second final (1873 – London, near Stamford Bridge) Click to show or hide the answer
Venue of the final from 1895 to 1914 Click to show or hide the answer
Other venues: Fallowfield (Manchester) 1893, Goodison Park 1894, Old Trafford 1915, Stamford Bridge 1920–2

Early Years: Clubs

Winners of the first final; also won the 2nd, 5th (after a replay), 6th and 7th Click to show or hide the answer
Lost the first final; also lost the 3rd and 7th, but won the 4th after a replay Click to show or hide the answer
Lost the 2nd final, but won the 3rd; also lost in 1877 and 1880 Click to show or hide the answer
Lost the 4th and 5th finals (1875 and 1876), both after replays; also lost in 1881 and 1883, but won in 1882 Click to show or hide the answer
Lost in 1879 but won in 1880 Click to show or hide the answer
First professional club to win the tournament (1883 – beat Old Etonians) Click to show or hide the answer
First professional club to reach the final (1882 – lost to Old Etonians); also the first winners (1884) that would later play in the Football League; also won in 1885, 1886, 1890, 1891 Click to show or hide the answer
1887 winners; also won in 1895, and in 1897 completed the second 'double' (and the last until Spurs did it in 1961) Click to show or hide the answer
1888 winners (and holders at the time of the foundation of the Football League) – having lost the 1886 and 1887 finals; first to win with an all–English side Click to show or hide the answer
Winners in 1889, thus completing the FA Cup and Football League 'double' in the first year of the League competition (lost the 1888 final) Click to show or hide the answer
Scottish club, appeared in the 1884 and 1885 finals – lost both, to Blackburn Rovers Click to show or hide the answer

Later History

First FA Cup Final at Wembley (the 'White Horse' final) Click to show or hide the answer
Name of the white horse Click to show or hide the answer
Result of the first Wembley FA Cup Final Click to show or hide the answer
The first all–ticket final Click to show or hide the answer
Abide with me first sung at the final Click to show or hide the answer
1970: venue of the first replay since 1912 (Chelsea 2 Leeds 1) Click to show or hide the answer
The 100th FA Cup final, and the first replay to be held at Wembley (Tottenham 3 Man City 2) Click to show or hide the answer
The first all–Merseyside final Click to show or hide the answer
The first semi–final played at Wembley (Arsenal v. Tottenham) Click to show or hide the answer
Both semi–finals played at Wembley for the first time; also the last semi–final replay Click to show or hide the answer
Last final at the old Wembley Stadium (Chelsea 1 Villa 0) Click to show or hide the answer
Finals held at the Millennium Stadium, Cardiff Click to show or hide the answer
First final to go to penalties (Arsenal beat Man U 5–4 – 0–0 aet) Click to show or hide the answer
First final at the new Wembley Stadium (Chelsea 1 Man U 0 aet) Click to show or hide the answer

Clubs

Won the first final to go to penalties (at Cardiff, in 2005); drew level with Man U in 2014 with 11 wins, and won for a record 12th time the following year (2015) Click to show or hide the answer
First club to surpass Wanderers' record of five wins (1920); losers of the last final to be played at the old Wembley Stadium (2000) Click to show or hide the answer
Expelled from the 2006/7 competition for fielding an ineligible player Click to show or hide the answer
The only non–English club to win the FA Cup (1927) Click to show or hide the answer
Winners of the last final to be played at the old Wembley Stadium (2000), and of the first at the new one (2007) Click to show or hide the answer
Appeared in four finals (1949, 1961, 1963, 1969) but lost them all (a record) Click to show or hide the answer
Won the first final at Cardiff (2001 – came from behind to beat Arsenal 2–1) Click to show or hide the answer
Lost the first final to go to penalties (Cardiff, 2005); also lost the first final at the new Wembley, in extra time (2007) Click to show or hide the answer
Reached the final in 2004, when they also won promotion from League One; lost 3–0 to Manchester United, but played in the UEFA Cup as United had qualified for the Champions League Click to show or hide the answer
Last non–league club to reach the final (1902 – lost to Sheffield United in a replay); previously lost the 1900 final (4–0, to Bury); won in 1976, when they beat Manchester United to become the second 2nd–Division club to win in 3 years; also lost the 2003 final (1–0 to the Arsenal) Click to show or hide the answer
First 2nd-division club to win since WBA in 1931 (1973) Click to show or hide the answer
Last non–league club to win the tournament (1901); won the 100th final (1981) Click to show or hide the answer
Last to win with an all–English team (1975); last winners from outside the top flight (1980) Click to show or hide the answer
The last club to win the tournament for the first time (2013) Click to show or hide the answer
Previously (1988) Click to show or hide the answer

Players

First player to have a penalty saved in a final (Liverpool v. Wimbledon, 1988; see Dave Beasant) Click to show or hide the answer
First goalkeeper to save a penalty in the final (Wimbledon v. Liverpool, 1988; see John Aldridge) Click to show or hide the answer
Scored two penalties in the 1994 final – the only player to do so. First overseas player to lift the FA Cup as captain (1996 – Steve Bruce was unfit) Click to show or hide the answer
First substitute to appear in a final (WBA v. Everton, 1968) Click to show or hide the answer
Won a record 6 winners' medals (and counting): 2002, 2003 and 2005 with Arsenal, 2007, 2009, 2010 with Chelsea Click to show or hide the answer
Second goalkeeper to save a penalty in the final (Forest v. Tottenham, 1991; see Dave Beasant, Gary Lineker) Click to show or hide the answer
Fastest FA Cup Final goal of the 20th century (42 secs, Chelsea v. Boro, 1997) Click to show or hide the answer
The first overseas manager to win the tournament (Chelsea, 1997) Click to show or hide the answer
First US citizen to win an FA Cup winner's medal (2004) Click to show or hide the answer
Won four winners' medals – 3 with Man U, 1 with Chelsea (1997) Click to show or hide the answer
Scorer of the first goal in a Wembley final (1923, after 2 minutes) Click to show or hide the answer
First player since the 19th century to play in six finals – eventually appeared in seven (a record he shares with Ryan Giggs) Click to show or hide the answer
Youngest ever Wembley finalist, before Curtis Weston (Preston NE, 1964 – 17 years 346 days) - but see James Prinsep Click to show or hide the answer
Second player to have a penalty saved in a final (Tottenham v. Forest, 1991; see John Aldridge, Mark Crossley) Click to show or hide the answer
Tottenham player: scored for both sides, including the winning goal for Coventry City, in the 1987 final Click to show or hide the answer
Substitute who scored 2 goals (Everton, 1989: 89th minute equaliser and one in extra time; Everton lost 3–2 to Liverpool after extra time) Click to show or hide the answer
First player to be sent off in an FA Cup final (Man U v Everton, 1985) Click to show or hide the answer
Scored a hat trick in the "Matthews Final" (1953) – the only FA Cup Final hat trick in the 20th century Click to show or hide the answer
Won winners' medals in 1979 (aged 21) and 1993 (aged 35) Click to show or hide the answer
Youngest ever finalist, before Curtis Weston - Clapham Rovers, 1897 (17 years 245 days). (Also became the youngest ever England international, one week later - a record broken by Wayne Rooney in 2003.) Click to show or hide the answer
Scorer of the spectacular equaliser that forced Hereford United's 1972 3rd round replay against Newcastle United into extra time (Hereford won 2–1) Click to show or hide the answer
Second player to be sent off in an FA Cup final (Arsenal v. Man U, 2005; see Kevin Moran) Click to show or hide the answer
Played in five finals for Arsenal (1971, 1972, 1978, 1979, 1980) Click to show or hide the answer
Chilean player, won two winners' medals with Newcastle in the 1950s – scored the only goal of the 1952 final Click to show or hide the answer
Most goals in finals (5, 1986–92) Click to show or hide the answer
Scorer of the fastest ever FA Cup final goal (25 seconds – Everton v. Chelsea, 2009) Click for more information Click to show or hide the answer
Scored Arsenal's last–minute winning goal in the 1999 final, after United had pulled back a 2–goal deficit Click to show or hide the answer
Only player to win FA Cup finals in two consecutive years, with different clubs (Ipswich 1978, Arsenal 1979) Click to show or hide the answer
Man City goalkeeper, played the last 17 minutes of the 1956 final with a broken neck Click to show or hide the answer
Youngest ever FA Cup finalist (Millwall, 2004 – 17 years 119 days) Click to show or hide the answer
Youngest player to score in a final (18 years 18 days, Man Utd, 1983 – replay) Click to show or hide the answer

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