The FA Cup is undoubtedly the best domestic cup competition in the World. The inaugral FA Cup competition was in the 1871-72 season where 15 teams took part and the winners that year at the Kennington Oval was The Wanderers who beat 1-0 Royal Engineers.
The venue for the FA Cup is synonymous with Wembley Stadium but the 1st final under the twin towers was in 1923 where Bolton Wanderers beat West Ham United 2-0 with goals from David Jack and Jack Smith.
The FA Challenge Cup has been hosted by 10 stadia including both the old and the new Wembley. Wales hosted the competition between 2001-2006 whilst the new Wembley was built, Arsenal won the trophy 4 times at the Millennium Stadium with Liverpool winning the other 2 times. Chelsea won the 1st final at the new Wembley beating Manchester United 1-0.
The final has gone into extra time 24 times and been replayed 14 times and only been decided on penalties twice.
Blackburn Rovers are the only team to win the cup 3 times in a row in 1894, 1895 & 1896 and they was awarded a special trophy to acknowledge this success.
Chelsea’s 2-1 victory over Liverpool in the 2011/12 final takes their winning tally to 4 in the last 6 years and Ashley Cole’s picks up a 7th FA cup winners medal.
Manchester United are currently the most succesful team in the competition with 11 wins as well as the most appearances in the final with 18. Arsenal are the most successful London club with 10 wins and 17 final appearances.
The full list of FA Cup winners: