FA Cup Final: Top 5 Facts & Figures

 

 

The FA Cup is one of football’s most romanticised trophies. The all-encompassing cup tournament often pits league minnows against star-studded Premiership sides, and each year we soak up story after story and scoresheet after scoresheet of modern-day tales of David vs Goliath.

After a dramatic route to the final for both qualifying teams this year, most notably Watford’s 3-2 thriller against Wolverhampton Wanderers in the semi-finals, Manchester City and Watford will battle it out for the biggest domestic tournament trophy in English football in 2019.

So, when is the FA Cup Final? This year’s FA Cup Final will take place on Saturday the 18th of May at Wembley Stadium, with favourites Manchester City looking to add to their impressive recent trophy haul on the domestic stage.

Our team here at Greaves Sports has compiled a list of our top five FA Cup Final facts and figures to get you geared up for this prestigious tournament.

 

The World’s Oldest Football Tournament

That’s right, the humble FA Cup is actually the oldest football tournament in the world. Founded in 1871, the very first FA Cup Final was played on March 16th, 1872 at the Kennington Oval, London.

‘Wanderers’ took on the ‘Royal Engineers’, triumphing 1-0 to mark their place in the football history books.

 

Quick Onto the Scoresheet

 

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The record of the quickest goalscorer in an FA Cup Final belongs to Louis Saha, then of Everton. He opened proceedings in just 25 seconds against Chelsea in the final of 2009, a poor defensive clearance was capitalised on by Marouane Fellaini, who knocked a header down to assist Saha for his record-breaking half volley.

Prior to this, Roberto Di Matteo was the holder of the record, rifling in a 30-yard effort off the crossbar in 42 seconds versus Middlesbrough FC in the 1997 FA Cup Final.

 

Swimming in Silverware

 

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Among the 43 teams to have won the FA Cup across the years, it’s Premier League side Arsenal who’ve lifted the coveted trophy more than any other.

They’ve turned out FA Cup winners a record 13 times, most recently in the 2016-17 season, while they’re also one of only six clubs to have won the trophy in succession, doing so in the 2001-02 and 2002-03 seasons.  

 

Goal Rush

 

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Ian Rush holds the record for most goals scored in an FA Cup Final, he scored 5 final goals during his time with Liverpool FC in the club’s successful 1980s and early ‘90s era.

However, Didier Drogba holds the record for the most FA Cup Finals scored in. He found the back of the net in four different finals during his time with Chelsea, against Manchester United in 2007, Everton in 2009, Portsmouth in 2010 as well as the deciding goal in a 2-1 win over Liverpool in 2012.

 

A Rollercoaster Ride

 

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In the long history of the FA Cup, only one team has ever endured the misery and rollercoaster emotions of lifting the trophy and been relegated in the same season.

Ex-Everton and now Belgium manager Roberto Martínez was in charge at Wigan Athletic in 2013 when they triumphed in the FA Cup Final and were relegated to the second division of English football days later following a 4-1 defeat to Arsenal.

 

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