Which ground hosted the F.A. Cup Final for the three years prior to Wembley hosting it’s first?
What is the official name of West Ham’s ground?
Who played the last 15 minutes of an F.A. Cup at Wembley with a broken neck?
Who was the only English-born player in Liverpool’s F.A. Cup winning team in 1986?
Who scored a hat -trick on his first full appearance for England?
Who were the first and last teams to defeat England at Wembley?
Which was the first club to win the European Cup without scoring a goal during match play in the Final?
Man United, Arsenal, Liverpool, and Chelsea (and, to an extent, Spurs thanks to past successes) seem to be the teams to stick your money on when it comes to the FA Cup these days. Let’s have a look at how the winners of the cup has been drawn from an ever narrowing group over the past 10 years by looking at the diversity of winners from earlier decades.
1972: Leeds United
1975: West Ham United
1977: Manchester United
1978: Ipswich Town
Arsenal: 2 Liverpool: 1 Man United: 1 Chelsea: 1
1980: West Ham United
1981: Tottenham Hostpur
1982: Tottenham Hotspur
1983: Manchester United
1985: Manchester United
1987: Coventry City
Manchester United: 2 Liverpool: 2 Spurs: 2
1990: Manchester United
1991: Tottenham Hotspur
1994: Manchester United
1996: Manchester United
1999: Manchester United
Manchester United: 4 Arsenal: 2 Liverpool: 1
Chelsea: 1 Others: 2
2004: Man United
Arsenal: 3 Liverpool: 1 Chelsea: 1 Man United: 1
So from the last 36 editions of the FA Cup, Manchester United lead the way with eight successes, followed by Arsenal on seven, Liverpool on five and Chelsea and Tottenham Hotspur on three each. That accounts for 26 of the last 36 finals.
And when one looks at the record since 1990, there have been only six different winners and since 1996, Arsenal, Man United, Liverpool and Chelski have shared the cup between them.
Will Liverpool keep the run going on May 13th or will West Ham inject a bit of romance into a competition which, if recent history is anything to go by, isn’t really that romantic, at least when it comes to its winners?
Andrew Hartshorn asks: How many English footballers cost 7 million pounds or more and haven’t played for England?
Martin Kirk asks: Gary Neville broke a Liverpool players leg during a game between Liverpool and Man. Utd. Who was the player and what year?
This is another one that has me stumped. Does anyone know the answer to this one? I get the feeling this is a sneaky one.