I love the FA Cup, it’s my favourite knock out competition. Over the last couple of decades it has been somewhat downgraded by the commercial aspect of the modern game.
With the Premier League and Champions League seen as the priorities for the biggest clubs, the FA Cup sometimes takes a back seat and it’s not as big an event as it used to be.
I would fix that in a heart-beat by awarding the FA Cup winners a Champions League place rather than the team that finish 4th in the Premier league.
This is a complete list of every FA Cup Final that has ever been played
FA Cup Final Results 2020 - 2029
Of the 12 different teams that played out the FA Cup Finals in the 2010’s, there were 5 different Winners
Five clubs shared the 10 FA Cup Finals
- Arsenal 3
- Chelsea 3
- Manchester City 2
- Manchester United
- Wigan Athletic (First FA Cup Final win since 1969)
Arsenal & Manchester United swapped places as the FA Cup’s most successful Team. Arsenal currently lead the way with 13 Wins
FA Cup Final Results 2010 - 2019
|2016||Manchester United||2-1||Crystal Palace||Extra Time|
|2014||Arsenal||3-2||Hull City||Extra Time|
|2013||Wigan Athletic||1-0||Manchester City|
|2011||Manchester City||1-0||Stoke City|
Of the 11 different teams that played out the FA Cup Finals in the 2000’s, there were 5 different Winners
Five clubs shared the 10 FA Cup Finals
- Arsenal 3
- Chelsea 3
- Liverpool 2
- Manchester United
- Portsmouth (First win since 1939)
FA Cup Final Results 2000 - 2009
|2006||Liverpool||3-3||West Ham United||3-1 Pens|
|2005||Arsenal||0-0||Manchester United||5-4 Pens|
The most successful side of the 1990’s was Manchester United, winning the FA Cup four times and finishing runner up once.
In 1999 they would also win the Treble of The FA Cup, The Premier League and The Champions League.
I remember watching the Final in a crowded pub called the Beehive, in Swindon, it was on a small portable Television. Nothing like the 4K 60″ TV’s we have today.
FA Cup Final Results 1990 - 1999
|1999||Manchester United||2-0||Newcastle United|
|1993||Arsenal||2-1||Sheffield Wednesday||Extra Time|
|1991||Tottenham Hotspur||2-1||Nottingham Forest||Extra Time|
|1990||Manchester United||1-0||Crystal Palace||Extra Time|
|1990||Manchester United||3-3||Crystal Palace||Replay|
In the 1980’s two new Winners, Coventry City and Wimbledon, were added to the FA Cup roll of honour.
Queen’s Park Rangers, Watford and Brighton all made their first FA Cup Final appearances.
Three finals in succession required replays between 1981 and 1983.
FA Cup Final Results 1980 - 1989
|1987||Coventry City||3-2||Tottenham Hotspur||Extra Time|
|1985||Manchester United||1-0||Everton||Extra Time|
|1983||Manchester United||4-0||Brighton & Hove Albion|
|1983||Manchester United||2-2||Brighton & Hove Albion||Replay|
|1982||Tottenham Hotspur||1-0||Queens Park Rangers|
|1982||Tottenham Hotspur||1-1||Queens Park Rangers||Replay|
|1981||Tottenham Hotspur||3-2||Manchester City|
|1981||Tottenham Hotspur||1-1||Manchester City||Replay|
|1980||West Ham United||1-0||Arsenal|
1976 was the year I saw my very first FA Cup final. Southampton beat Manchester United 1-0 and despite losing United became the team I would go on to support for the rest of my life.
I only has to wait one more year to see Utd lift the cup after they beat Liverpool 2-1 in 1977.
That was also the year of the Queen’s Silver Jubilee, and I can still remember the street party, in Liddington, as if it were yesterday
FA Cup Final Results 1970 - 1979
|1975||West Ham United||2-0||Fulham|
The most successful side of the 1960’s was Tottenham Hotspur, winning the FA Cup three times.
While Leicester City lost all three finals they played in.
FA Cup Final Results 1960 - 1969
|1969||Manchester City||1-0||Leicester City|
|1968||West Bromwich Albion||1-0||Everton||Extra Time|
|1965||Liverpool||2-1||Leeds United||Extra Time|
|1964||West Ham United||3-2||Preston North End|
|1963||Manchester United||3-1||Leicester City|
|1961||Tottenham Hotspur||2-0||Leicester City|
|1960||Wolverhampton Wanderers||3-0||Blackburn Rovers|
The most successful side of the 1950’s was Newcastle united, winning the FA Cup three times.
Both Manchester clubs and Birmingham clubs appeared regularly, as did Arsenal.
FA Cup Final Results 1950 - 1959
|1959||Nottingham Forest||2-1||Luton Town|
|1958||Bolton Wanderers||2-0||Manchester United|
|1957||Aston Villa||2-1||Manchester United|
|1956||Manchester City||3-1||Birmingham City|
|1955||Newcastle United||3-1||Manchester City|
|1954||West Bromwich Albion||3-2||Preston North End|
The second World War interrupted proceedings for the first five years, so only four FA Cup Finals took place in the 1940’s
FA Cup Final Results 1946 - 1949
|1949||Wolverhampton Wanderers||3-1||Leicester City|
|1947||Charlton Athletic||1-0||Burnley||Extra Time|
|1946||Derby County||4-1||Charlton Athletic||Extra Time|
Manchester City, Portsmouth, Preston and West Bromwich Albion all appeared twice, winning one and losing one final.
Arsenal were the most successful team of the decade winning two FA Cup finals, while Huddersfield Town lost both finals they played in.
Numbers were worn on the back of players’ shirts for the first time in 1933. Everton wore 1-11 and Manchester City 12-23.
FA Cup Final Results 1930 - 1939
|1938||Preston North End||1-0||Huddersfield Town||Extra Time|
|1937||Sunderland||3-1||Preston North End|
|1935||Sheffield Wednesday||4-2||West Bromwich Albion|
|1931||West Bromwich Albion||2-1||Birmingham City|
As the first world war ended the resumption of the Football League and FA Cup represented a welcome return to normality.
The FA chose Stamford Bridge to host the Finals, while they developed plans to build a stadium that would be fit to become the home of association football. This was the Empire Stadium in Wembley.
FA Cup Final Results 1920 - 1929
|1928||Blackburn Rovers||3-1||Huddersfield Town|
|1926||Bolton Wanderers||1-0||Manchester City|
|1925||Sheffield United||1-0||Cardiff City|
|1924||Newcastle United||2-0||Aston Villa|
|1923||Bolton Wanderers||2-0||West Ham United|
|1922||Huddersfield Town||1-0||Preston North End|
|1921||Tottenham Hotspur||1-0||Wolverhampton Wanderers|
|1920||Aston Villa||1-0||Huddersfield Town||Extra Time|
In July 1910 the FA Cup trophy, having been duplicated without the authority of the Football Association, was withdrawn and a new version, the third in the history of the competition, was commissioned from Messrs Fattorini & Sons of Bradford. This trophy is the one that clubs compete for to this day.
Newcastle finally got their hands on the FA Cup in 1910 after four final appearances only to have it snatched away again in 1911.
Chelsea made their first final appearance in 1915 after which the competition was suspended for the duration of World War I
FA Cup Final Results 1910 - 1919
|1912||Barnsley||1-0||West Bromwich Albion|
|1912||Barnsley||0-0||West Bromwich Albion||Replay|
|1911||Bradford City||1-0||Newcastle United|
|1911||Bradford City||0-0||Newcastle United||Replay|
During the early Edwardian period clubs from the Southern League challenged those from the Football League.
Newcastle United appeared in three finals but unfortunately for them they finished as losing finalists on all three occasions.
Southampton and Tottenham Hotspur both played in two finals and Manchester United won their FA Cup final in 1909
FA Cup Final Results 1900 - 1909
|1909||Manchester United||1-0||Bristol City|
|1908||Wolverhampton Wanderers||3-1||Newcastle United|
|1905||Aston Villa||2-0||Newcastle United|
|1904||Manchester City||1-0||Bolton Wanderers|
|1901||Tottenham Hotspur||3-1||Sheffield United|
|1901||Tottenham Hotspur||2-2||Sheffield United||Replay|
“In the 1890’s, the FA Cup came of age as the premier knock-out competition in the country and the professional teams from the Football League took a stranglehold on the competition.
By 1893, the Oval was no longer big enough to accommodate the final and the cricket authorities became concerned about damage to their pitch.
After two seasons in the north-west, the final took up a new home at the Crystal Palace, home of the Great Exhibition.
In September the original FA Cup was stolen from the shop window of William Shillcock, a shoemaker in Birmingham where it was on display.
The holders, Aston Villa were fined £25 which paid for a new trophy made by Messrs Vaughtons Ltd of Birmingham, copied from a miniature replica awarded by the club chairman to the winning Wolves side of 1893.
The original cup was never recovered”.
FA Cup Final Results 1890 - 1899
|1899||Sheffield United||4-1||Derby County|
|1898||Nottingham Forest||3-1||Derby County|
|1896||Sheffield Wednesday||2-1||Wolverhampton Wanderers|
|1895||Aston Villa||1-0||West Bromwich Albion|
|1894||Notts County||4-1||Bolton Wanderers|
|1892||West Bromwich Albion||3-0||Aston Villa|
|1891||Blackburn Rovers||3-1||Notts County|
|1890||Blackburn Rovers||6-1||Sheffield Wednesday|
The early years of the FA Cup had been dominated by teams from public schools, Universities and the Army.
This was to change throughout the 1880’s as professional teams from industrial towns were beginning to form, and as a result of this change to the way teams were being managed, the football league was formed in 1888.
FA Cup Final Results 1880 - 1889
|1889||Preston North End||3-0||Wolverhampton Wanderers|
|1888||West Bromwich Albion||2-1||Preston North End|
|1887||Aston Villa||2-0||West Bromwich Albion|
|1886||Blackburn Rovers||2-0||West Bromwich Albion|
|1886||Blackburn Rovers||0-0||West Bromwich Albion||Replay|
|1885||Blackburn Rovers||2-0||Queens Park, Glasgow|
|1884||Blackburn Rovers||2-1||Queens Park, Glasgow|
|1883||Blackburn Olympic||2-1||Old Etonians||Extra Time|
|1882||Old Etonians||1-0||Blackburn Rovers|
|1881||Old Carthusians||3-0||Old Etonians|
|1880||Clapham Rovers||1-0||Oxford University|
The very first FA Cup final was played at the Kennington Oval in 1872 and was between Wanderers and Royal Engineers. Wanderers won 1-0
At the time it wasn’t called the FA Cup, but was more formally called the ‘Football Association Challenge Cup’. The FA Cup has since become the oldest domestic football competition in the world
Only three different teams won the Football Association Challenge Cup in the 1870’s
- Wanderers 5
- Royal Engineers 2
- Oxford University
FA Cup Final Results 1872 - 1879
|1879||Old Etonians||1-0||Clapham Rovers|
|1877||Wanderers||2-1||Old Etonians||Extra Time|
|1876||Royal Engineers||1-1||Old Etonians||Replay|
|1875||Royal Engineers||2-0||Old Etonians|
|1875||Royal Engineers||1-1||Old Etonians||Replay|
|1874||Oxford University||2-0||Royal Engineers|