143 Amazing FA Cup Facts!
143 mindblowing FA Cup facts
Development of the Game:
Impressive Players through Time:
47) Norman Whiteside was the youngest scorer in an FA Cup final at just 18 years and 19 days old, playing for Man Utd against Brighton in 1983.
48) In the 1956 Cup Final the amazing Bert Trautmann was in goal, 15 minutes before the final whistle Bert made an incredible diving save only to find out after the match that this was the moment he broke his neck, yet he played on through the pain to lead Man City to victory.
49) Stan Mortensen scored in every single round of the FA Cup in 1948.
50) Mortensen also held the title as the only player to score a hat-trick in an FA Cup Final since 1953.
51) The first ever hat-trick in an FA Cup final was scored in 1890 by William Townley.
52) Stanley Matthews was the first player to be knighted for his skills; playing in 3 FA Cup finals for Blackpool.
53) Ted MacDougall was a goal-scoring machine when he played for Manchester United; scoring 6 in their first round draw against Oxford City in 1970 and then 9 against Margate in 1971.
54) The Hon Arthur Kinnaird played in a total of 9 FA Cup Finals for the Wanderers and Old Etonians in the 1870′s and 80′s.
55) Curtis Weston is the youngest player to have ever played in an FA Cup final at the age of 17 year and 119 days old in 2004.
56) Bert Turner for Charlton Athletic managed to score for both sides in the 1946 final, trying to regain some honour from his own goal mistake with a free kick just minutes after.
57) In 2001 Tony Roberts was the second goalkeeper ever to score in an FA Cup game with a goal against Basingstoke Town.
58) However Tony Roberts is also the only goalkeeper to be sent off in an FA Cup match whilst in an opponent's penalty box in 2008.
59) Henry 'Harry' Cusham is the top goal scorer ever during The Cup, scoring a massive 49 goals in total between 1877 and 1887.
60) Alex Ferguson is the most successful FA Cup manager, holding five cup victories throughout his time at Man Utd.
61) Tim Howard was the first American Player to win an FA Cup winner's medal in 2004.
62) Ian Rush holds the title as the player to have scored the most FA Cup Final goals.
63) Roberto Di Matteo holds the record for the fastest goal scored in an FA Cup final in just 42 seconds.
64) Didier Drogba was the first player to ever score in four different FA Cup Finals, with his fourth goal scored in the 2012 final.
65) If you're in a cup final, Ashely Cole is the man you want on your team, with him taking home in total 6 winner's medals for his time at Arsenal and Chelsea out of the 7 finals he played in.
Keeping it in the Family:
66) In 1876 a total of three pairs of brothers played in the final; Francis and Hubert Heron for the Wanderers whilst the Old Etonians' had Edward and Alfred Lyttelton, and Albert and Charles Thompson.
67) The Wanderers also had a pair of almost brother-in-law's as Francis Birley married the sister of his team-mate Jarvis Kenrick later that year.
68) More recently Phil and Gary Neville appeared together in the 1996 FA Cup Final for Manchester United.
69) But the Neville's weren't the first pair of brothers to help United claim a cup victory as the first time this happened had been in 1977 with Jimmy and Brian Greenhoff.
70) Jimmy Dunn Snr. and Jimmy Dunn Jnr. kept the FA Cup in the family with this father & son duo taking home the cup in 1933 with Dunn Senior playing for Everton and then again in 1949 with Dunn Junior for Wolves.
All about the Money:
77) In the first televised FA Cup just 10,000 people tuned in to watch.
78) A massive contrast to the 11.7million people who watched the game in 2012.
79) On Facebook a staggering 441,964 people like 'The FA Cup'.
80) Meanwhile on Twitter The FA has 757,000 followers on its official twitter page where it tweets regular updates about English football and the FA Cup.
81) The number of fan attending games on average throughout the FA cup rounds has remained roughly the same since 1980.
82) Although this is not in line with the current trend of increasing football crowds, it does not mean that interest in the FA Cup has fallen as some criticise.
83) In 9 out of the 11 past years the FA Cup has been won by a side that is top three at the start of January.
84) The past 17 years has seen the cup won by a team who was in the top 10 of the Premier league by the day of the third round.
85) No top-flight side has lost to a non-league competitor since 1989 in Coventry vs Sutton United.
86) However shock results are still common with there being 62 loses of top-flight clubs to a lower-league opponent between 2000 and 2009.
87) In the Third Round Woking from the Diadora League in 1991 managed a 4-2 victory over West Brom, mainly thanks to a hat-trick from Tim Buzaglo (a Gibraltan international cricketer).
88) The 1990 semi-final saw a shock victory for Crystal Palace over Liverpool in a close 4-3 final score, especially as the start of that season saw a 9-0 defeat of Palace at Anfield.
89) Burnley were defeated 1-0 by Wimbledon in 1975, a shock as the first ever home defeat of a top side at their home ground.
90) Yeovil managed to squeeze a 2-1 victory over Sunderland in extra time of the 1949 fourth round, impressive considering they had a replacement goalkeeper in their squad as well.
91) Barnsley's entire 2008 campaign was pretty unexpected with a 2-1 victory over Liverpool and then a quarter-final defeat of Chelsea to follow; an embarrassing defeat for both these footballing giants.
92) Wrexham managed to pull back 2 goals in their third round draw against Arsenal in 1992, scoring themselves a 2-1 victory in the last 8 minutes of the game. With Arsenal in the top division and Wrexham finishing bottom of the fourth division the season before this was completely unexpected.
93) In a Blue Square Premier League Poll the third round result of 1959 of Worcester v. Liverpool was voted the greatest FA Cup upset ever; the 2-1 victory to Worcester led to the sacking of Liverpool's manager Phil Taylor after the game.
94) In the Third Round Replay of 1972 we saw Hereford face Newcastle and triumph with a 2-1 victory, the last goal scored in the 103rd minute of extra time following a huge pitch invasion after Hereford's equalising goal.
The 2013-2014 Competition so far:
116) The anthem of the FA Cup 2013-1014 will be announced on Monday the 6th of May; shortlisted songs include Lethal Bizzle – Not a Saint, Devlin – Sun Goes Down, Pigeon Detectives – Animal, The Twang – We're a Crowd and Reverend and the Makers – Shine a Light.
117) The first round qualifying player of the round was Russ Dunkley from AFC Rushden & Diamonds.
118) The Second Round Qualifying Player of the Round was voted Elliott Durrell from Hednesford Town.
119) The Third Round Qualifying Player of the Round was Joe Parker of Gloucester City.
120) The Fourth Round Qualifying Player of the Round was Rob Ogleby for Wrexham.
121) From the First Round Proper, Sam Clucas of Mansfield Town won player of the round.
122) The Second Round Proper saw Michael Gash from Kidderminster Harriers claim the title.
123) The Third Round Proper's player of the round was taken by Jamie Paterson on behalf of Nottingham Forest.
124) The FA Cup fifth round starting February 15th is predicted to be one of the most exciting rounds seen in previous cups with Man City vs Chelsea and Arsenal vs Liverpool.
125) All eyes are on Man City for the fifth round being undefeated in all games since November 10th, winning 17 out of 19 of their previous games.
126) Meanwhile pundits also are keeping a close watch on Arsenal who have scored in 26 of their last 28 home games in the FA Cup.
127) Arsenal also currently hold the best defensive record at present in the Premier League, meaning their draw against Liverpool is set to be a close one.
128) If you're looking to support the underdog then back Hull City with a favourable fifth round draw against Brighton & Hove Albion and a strong defence, conceding just 28 goals in their 22 Premier League Matches this season.
129) Everton manager Roberto Martinez will be returning to familiar ground as they face Swansea in their fifth round draw.
130) The lowest ranked teams that participated in the qualifying rounds of the FA Cup this year were in the 10th division.
131) A total of 124 clubs were remaining by the time the First Round Proper kicked off.
132) It is the Third Round that commenced on January 4th that is the entry for Premier and Championship clubs, which is an increase of 44 clubs into the competition.
133) Whilst the rights to broadcast all the games is split between ITV and BT Sport (and Welsh Channel S4C) the final must be broadcast live on terrestrial TV under OFCOM's regulations on code of protected sporting events.
134) The only non-league team remaining, Kidderminster Harriers, was eliminated in the Fourth Round by Sunderland in a 1-0 defeat.
135) To date the 2013-2014 FA Cup has seen 27 replays through the Proper rounds.
136) This year the FA Cup Final is scheduled to be played on May the 17th 2014, following the semi-finals on 12th & 13th April.
137) The qualifying rounds of the competition this year saw 32 non-league teams triumph to participate in the first round proper.
138) Defending champions, Wigan Athletic, are among the lowest ranking squads still remaining in the competition.
139) In the fourth round weekend a total of 39 goals were scored in 16 games.
140) When Liverpool played Oldham on the 5th January 2014, it was a battle of father and son as Liverpool boss Brendan Rodgers saw his son Anton Rogers playing for Oldham.
141) The fourth round draw of Arsenal vs Coventry saw Coventry's defender Aaron Phillips following in his father's footsteps in helping the clubs cup campaign.
142) In the third round Wigan were so keen to get fans to attend their game that the most expensive ticket was priced at just £10.
143) It is possible the FA Cup has saved the existence of Macclesfield Town and Sheffield Wednesday also facing financial woes the prize money from their few victories has kept the clubs afloat for the next few months.