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The FA Cup: Winners List

Drew Goodsell | 14 May 2019

The FA Cup is the oldest national football competition in the world. The first edition of the Football Association Challenge Cup, commonly known as the FA Cup, was held in the 1871/72 season. It was contested between only 12 British teams, with Wanderers FC beating Royal Engineers A.F.C in the first final 1-0 at the Kennington Oval.

List of FA Cup winners: 1872 – 2019

Year Winners Result Runners-up Stadium
2019 Manchester City 6-0 Watford Wembley Stadium, London
2018 Chelsea 1-0 Manchester United Wembley Stadium, London
2017 Arsenal 2-1 Chelsea Wembley Stadium, London
2016 Manchester United 2-1 aet Crystal Palace Wembley Stadium, London
2015 Arsenal 4-0 Aston Villa Wembley Stadium, London
2014 Arsenal 3-2 aet Hull City Wembley Stadium, London
2013 Wigan Athletic 1-0 Manchester City Wembley Stadium, London
2012 Chelsea 2-1 Liverpool Wembley Stadium, London
2011 Manchester City 1-0 Stoke City Wembley Stadium, London
2010 Chelsea 1-0 Portsmouth Wembley Stadium, London
2009 Chelsea 2-1 Everton Wembley Stadium, London
2008 Portsmouth 1-0 Cardiff City Wembley Stadium, London
2007 Chelsea 1-0 Manchester United Wembley Stadium, London
2006 Liverpool 3-3 (3-1 pens) West Ham United Millennium Stadium, Cardiff
2005 Arsenal 0-0 (5-4 pens) Manchester United Millennium Stadium, Cardiff
2004 Manchester United 3-0 Millwall Millennium Stadium, Cardiff
2003 Arsenal 1-0 Southampton Millennium Stadium, Cardiff
2002 Arsenal 2-0 Chelsea Millennium Stadium, Cardiff
2001 Liverpool 2-1 Arsenal Millennium Stadium, Cardiff
2000 Chelsea 1-0 Aston Villa Wembley Stadium, London
1999 Manchester United 2-0 Newcastle United Wembley Stadium, London
1998 Arsenal 2-0 Newcastle United Wembley Stadium, London
1997 Chelsea 2-0 Middlesbrough Wembley Stadium, London
1996 Manchester United 1-0 Liverpool Wembley Stadium, London
1995 Everton 1-0 Manchester United Wembley Stadium, London
1994 Manchester United 4-0 Chelsea Wembley Stadium, London
1993 (Replay) Arsenal 2-1 aet Sheffield Wednesday Wembley Stadium, London
1993 Arsenal 1-1 aet Sheffield Wednesday Wembley Stadium, London
1992 Liverpool 2-0 Sunderland Wembley Stadium, London
1991 Tottenham Hotspur 2-1 aet Nottingham Forest Wembley Stadium, London
1990 (Replay) Manchester United 1-0 Crystal Palace Wembley Stadium, London
1990 Manchester United 3-3 aet Crystal Palace Wembley Stadium, London
1989 Liverpool 3-2 aet Everton Wembley Stadium, London
1988 Wimbledon 1-0 Liverpool Wembley Stadium, London
1987 Coventry City 3-2 aet Tottenham Hotspur Wembley Stadium, London
1986 Liverpool 3-1 Everton Wembley Stadium, London
1985 Manchester United 1-0 aet Everton Wembley Stadium, London
1984 Everton 2-0 Watford Wembley Stadium, London
1983 (Replay) Manchester United 4-0 Brighton & Hove Albion Wembley Stadium, London
1983 Manchester United 2-2 aet Brighton & Hove Albion Wembley Stadium, London
1982 (Replay) Tottenham Hotspur 1-0 Queens Park Rangers Wembley Stadium, London
1982 Tottenham Hotspur 1-1 aet Queens Park Rangers Wembley Stadium, London
1981 (Replay) Tottenham Hotspur 3-2 Manchester City Wembley Stadium, London
1981 Tottenham Hotspur 1-1 aet Manchester City Wembley Stadium, London
1980 West Ham United 1-0 Arsenal Wembley Stadium, London
1979 Arsenal 3-2 Manchester United Wembley Stadium, London
1978 Ipswich Town 1-0 Arsenal Wembley Stadium, London
1977 Manchester United 2-1 Liverpool Wembley Stadium, London
1976 Southampton 1-0 Manchester United Wembley Stadium, London
1975 West Ham United 2-0 Fulham Wembley Stadium, London
1974 Liverpool 3-0 Newcastle United Wembley Stadium, London
1973 Sunderland 1-0 Leeds United Wembley Stadium, London
1972 Leeds United 1-0 Arsenal Wembley Stadium, London
1971 Arsenal 2-1 aet Liverpool Wembley Stadium, London
1970 (Replay) Chelsea 2-1 Leeds United Wembley Stadium, London
1970 Chelsea 2-2 aet Leeds United Wembley Stadium, London
1969 Manchester City 1-0 Leicester City Wembley Stadium, London
1968 West Bromwich Albion 1-0 aet Everton Wembley Stadium, London
1967 Tottenham Hotspur 2-1 Chelsea Wembley Stadium, London
1966 Everton 3-2 Sheffield Wednesday Wembley Stadium, London
1965 Liverpool 2-1 aet Leeds United Wembley Stadium, London
1964 West Ham United 3-2 Preston North End Wembley Stadium, London
1963 Manchester United 3-1 Leicester City Wembley Stadium, London
1962 Tottenham Hotspur 3-1 Burnley Wembley Stadium, London
1961 Tottenham Hotspur 2-0 Leicester City Wembley Stadium, London
1960 Wolverhampton Wanderers 3-0 Blackburn Rovers Wembley Stadium, London
1959 Nottingham Forest 2-1 Luton Town Wembley Stadium, London
1958 Bolton Wanderers 2-0 Manchester United Wembley Stadium, London
1957 Aston Villa 2-1 Manchester United Wembley Stadium, London
1956 Manchester City 3-1 Birmingham City Wembley Stadium, London
1955 Newcastle United 3-1 Manchester City Wembley Stadium, London
1954 West Bromwich Albion 3-2 Preston North End Wembley Stadium, London
1953 Blackpool 4-3 Bolton Wanderers Wembley Stadium, London
1952 Newcastle United 1-0 Arsenal Wembley Stadium, London
1951 Newcastle United 2-0 Blackpool Wembley Stadium, London
1950 Arsenal 2-0 Liverpool Wembley Stadium, London
1949 Wolverhampton Wanderers 3-1 Leicester City Wembley Stadium, London
1948 Manchester United 4-2 Blackpool Wembley Stadium, London
1947 Charlton Athletic 1-0 aet Burnley Wembley Stadium, London
1946 Derby County 4-1 aet Charlton Athletic Wembley Stadium, London
1939 Portsmouth 4-1 Wolverhampton Wanderers Wembley Stadium, London
1938 Preston North End 1-0 aet Huddersfield Town Wembley Stadium, London
1937 Sunderland 3-1 Preston North End Wembley Stadium, London
1936 Arsenal 1-0 Sheffield United Wembley Stadium, London
1935 Sheffield Wednesday 4-2 West Bromwich Albion Wembley Stadium, London
1934 Manchester City 2-1 Portsmouth Wembley Stadium, London
1933 Everton 3-0 Manchester City Wembley Stadium, London
1932 Newcastle United 2-1 Arsenal Wembley Stadium, London
1931 West Bromwich Albion 2-1 Birmingham Wembley Stadium, London
1930 Arsenal 2-0 Huddersfield Town Wembley Stadium, London
1929 Bolton Wanderers 2-0 Portsmouth Wembley Stadium, London
1928 Blackburn Rovers 3-1 Huddersfield Town Wembley Stadium, London
1927 Cardiff City 1-0 Arsenal Wembley Stadium, London
1926 Bolton Wanderers 1-0 Manchester City Wembley Stadium, London
1925 Sheffield United 1-0 Cardiff City Wembley Stadium, London
1924 Newcastle United 2-0 Aston Villa Wembley Stadium, London
1923 Bolton Wanderers 2-0 West Ham United Stamford Bridge, London
1922 Huddersfield Town 1-0 Preston North End Stamford Bridge, London
1921 Tottenham Hotspur 1-0 Wolverhampton Wanderers Stamford Bridge, London
1920 Aston Villa 1-0 aet Huddersfield Town Stamford Bridge, London
1915 Sheffield United 3-0 Chelsea Old Trafford, Manchester
1914 Burnley 1-0 Liverpool Crystal Palace, London
1913 Aston Villa 1-0 Sunderland Crystal Palace, London
1912 (Replay) Barnsley 1-0 West Bromwich Albion Bramall Lane, Sheffield
1912 Barnsley 0-0 West Bromwich Albion Crystal Palace, London
1911 (Replay) Bradford City 1-0 Newcastle United Old Trafford, Manchester
1911 Bradford City 0-0 Newcastle United Crystal Palace, London
1910 (Replay) Newcastle United 2-0 Barnsley Goodison Park, Liverpool
1910 Newcastle United 1-1 Barnsley Crystal Palace, London
1909 Manchester United 1-0 Bristol City Crystal Palace, London
1908 Wolverhampton Wanderers 3-1 Newcastle United Crystal Palace, London
1907 The Wednesday 2-1 Everton Crystal Palace, London
1906 Everton 1-0 Newcastle United Crystal Palace, London
1905 Aston Villa 2-0 Newcastle United Crystal Palace, London
1904 Manchester City 1-0 Bolton Wanderers Crystal Palace, London
1903 Bury 6-0 Derby County Crystal Palace, London
1902 (Replay) Sheffield United 2-1 Southampton Crystal Palace, London
1902 Sheffield United 1-1 Southampton Crystal Palace, London
1901 (Replay) Tottenham Hotspur 3-1 Sheffield United Burnden Park, Bolton
1901 Tottenham Hotspur 2-2 Sheffield United Crystal Palace, London
1900 Bury 4-0 Southampton Crystal Palace, London
1899 Sheffield United 4-1 Derby County Crystal Palace, London
1898 Nottingham Forest 3-1 Derby County Crystal Palace, London
1897 Aston Villa 3-2 Everton Crystal Palace, London
1896 The Wednesday 2-1 Wolverhampton Wanderers Crystal Palace, London
1895 Aston Villa 1-0 West Bromwich Albion Crystal Palace, London
1894 Notts County 4-1 Bolton Wanderers Goodison Park, Liverpool
1893 Wolverhampton Wanderers 1-0 Everton Fallowfield Stadium, Manchester
1892 West Bromwich Albion 3-0 Aston Villa Kennington Oval, London
1891 Blackburn Rovers 3-1 Notts County Kennington Oval, London
1890 Blackburn Rovers 6-1 The Wednesday Kennington Oval, London
1889 Preston North End 3-0 Wolverhampton Wanderers Kennington Oval, London
1888 West Bromwich Albion 2-1 Preston North End Kennington Oval, London
1887 Aston Villa 2-0 West Bromwich Albion Kennington Oval, London
1886 (Replay) Blackburn Rovers 2-0 West Bromwich Albion Racecourse Ground, Derby
1886 Blackburn Rovers 0-0 West Bromwich Albion Kennington Oval, London
1885 Blackburn Rovers 2-0 Queen’s Park Kennington Oval, London
1884 Blackburn Rovers 2-1 Queen’s Park Kennington Oval, London
1883 Blackburn Olympic 2-1 aet Old Etonians Kennington Oval, London
1882 Old Etonians 1-0 Blackburn Rovers Kennington Oval, London
1881 Old Carthusians 3-0 Old Etonians Kennington Oval, London
1880 Clapham Rovers 1-0 Oxford University Kennington Oval, London
1879 Old Etonians 1-0 Clapham Rovers Kennington Oval, London
1878 Wanderers 3-1 Royal Engineers Kennington Oval, London
1877 Wanderers 2-1 aet Oxford University Kennington Oval, London
1876 (Replay) Wanderers 3-0 Old Etonians Kennington Oval, London
1876 Wanderers 1-1 aet Old Etonians Kennington Oval, London
1875 (Replay) Royal Engineers 2-0 Old Etonians Kennington Oval, London
1875 Royal Engineers 1-1 aet Old Etonians Kennington Oval, London
1874 Oxford University 2-0 Royal Engineers Kennington Oval, London
1873 Wanderers 2-0 Oxford University Lillie Bridge, London
1872 Wanderers 1-0 Royal Engineers Kennington Oval, London

 

The FA Cup is a knockout tournament where games are contested over one leg per round. If a match ends in a draw, it goes to a replay up until the Fourth Round Proper. After the Fourth Round, the match result will be resolved by extra time and penalties. This was a new addition for the 2018/19 FA Cup.

The winners of the FA Cup now enter the UEFA Europa League at the Group Stage. Previously, if the winners of the FA Cup had already qualified for a European tournament through the league or a European cup win, then the runners-up of the FA Cup would clinch a place in the Europa League. But this ended due to a change in the UEFA regulations in 2015. The place will now go to the next highest-place team in the league that have not yet qualified for a European spot. In the Premier League, that currently goes to the seventh-place team.

As well as a European spot, the winners of the FA Cup get £3.6million in prize money, with the runners-up getting £1.8million.

FA Cup 2018 winner – Chelsea

Chelsea are the reigning FA Cup holders after they beat Manchester United 1-0 in the 2018 FA Cup final at Wembley Stadium, thanks to a 22nd-minute Eden Hazard penalty.

The Blues had a mixed route to the final, with their toughest tie proving to be their third round clash against Championship side Norwich City. The Canaries held Chelsea to a 0-0 draw at Carrow road, before the Blues won 5-3 on penalties in the replay at Stamford Bridge after a 1-1 draw during the 90 minutes and extra time.

Chelsea ran out comfortable winners in the fourth and fifth rounds, beating Newcastle United 3-0 and Hull City 4-0, both at Stamford Bridge.

The quarter-final against Leicester City also proved tough for Chelsea, led by former manager Antonio Conte. They needed extra time to overcome the Foxes, with Pedro netting the winner in a 2-1 win at the King Power Stadium.

In the semi-final, Chelsea battled past a resilient Southampton side at Wembley Stadium to reach the final. Conte’s side won 2-0 after two second half goals, with a sublime individual effort from Olivier Giroud seconds after half-time, jinking past two Southampton defenders in a congested box before poking home.

Impressively, of the seven FA Cup games played by Chelsea in the 2017/18 campaign, they only conceded two goals and kept five clean sheets, with only Leicester City’s Jamie Vardy and Norwich City’s Jamal Lewis breaching the defence.

Famous FA Cup wins

The 1988 FA Cup final is one of the biggest shocks in the history of the tournament, as the most dominant English side of the 1980s and league champions Liverpool played Wimbledon at Wembley, a side who had only been in the Football League system for 11 years.

Despite being huge underdogs Wimbledon beat the champions 1-0 in front of 98,203 fans, with Lawrie Sanchez grabbing the only goal of the game in the 37th minute. Wimbledon goalkeeper and captain Dave Beasant made the first ever FA Cup final penalty save in that game too, keeping out an effort from John Aldridge on the hour mark.

The 1988 FA Cup final is also remembered as the game where football commentator John Motson delivered the lines “The Crazy Gang have beaten the Culture Club.”

In more recent history, the 2013 FA Cup final provided a huge shock too. Premier League runners up Manchester City faced Wigan Athletic, who had been battling relegation all season.

The Latics held out a potent strikeforce of Sergio Aguero and Carlos Tevez for the entire game before Latics midfielder Ben Watson popped up with a header in stoppage-time to beat the Cityzens 1-0.

Unfortunately for Wigan Athletic, they were unable to avoid relegation after the FA Cup win, making them the first side to win the FA Cup and get relegated from the Premier League in the history of the competition.

The 2008 FA Cup final provided a shock matchup, as Portsmouth and second-tier Cardiff City played under the Wembley arch for the famous trophy. Portsmouth won 1-0 thanks to a Nwankwo Kanu strike.