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Summary

  1. Best 10 FA Cup final goals of the last 50 years
  2. Gerrard for Liverpool (2006) is No 1
  3. Villa for Spurs (1981) is No 2
  4. Di Matteo for Chelsea (1997) is No 3
  5. Arsenal v Aston Villa in FA Cup final on Saturday
  6. What's your favourite FA Cup final goal? #bbcfootball

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By Neil Johnston

All times stated are UK

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  1. Goodbye

    That's it folks. Thanks for your company. I hope you have enjoyed our top 10 FA Cup final goals of the last 50 years. Who knows, someone from Arsenal or Aston Villa might be on next year's list. Until next time...

  2. Post update

    Goals that didn't make the list? John Motson mentions Jimmy Case's goal for Liverpool against Manchester United in the 1977 FA Cup final.

  3. "Impossible for Liverpool to replace Gerrard"

    BBC Radio 5 live

    Former England international Jimmy Armfield: "It's virtually impossible at the moment for Liverpool to replace Steven Gerrard. He is one of these great players."

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    John Motson

    BBC Match of the Day commentator

    "It's a generational vote because a lot of people voting don't remember the 1970s. What I would say about it is that it was a very fitting way to say goodbye to the Cup final at Cardiff."

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    Question: "Is it the best ever FA Cup final goal?

    Shaka Hislop: "I cannot think of a better goal."

  6. "It was amazing"

    Jimmy Armfield on BBC 5 Radio live: "It was an amazing goal - one you would wonder about. Liverpool fans will never forget that moment because West ham fans must have thought that they had done enough. When it flew into the goal I thought that Liverpool would go on to win."

  7. "He couldn't have hit it any better"

    BBC Radio 5 live

    West Ham goalkeeper Shaka Hislop on being beaten by Steven Gerrard's wonder strike: "You don't expect him to hit it from that distance if he is carrying an injury. But he hit it first-time and I don't think he could have hit it any better.

    "He absolutely smashed this half-volley. I saw him coming onto it but there were a lot of players between him and me and he hit it so well it was in the back of the net almost before I could react.

    "I have watched the FA Cup since I was a little boy and I can't think of a goal that was better than that or one that was more meaningful."

  8. "I felt special"

    Steven Gerrard on his goal: "It was a big sense of achievement. When that went in I felt like most special and important player in the world."

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    Not everyone is happy.

    Paul Mulligan: Noooooooo! Ricky Villa at number 2 on the greatest Fa Cup Final goals list is a travesty. Much better than Gerrards 40 yd punt!

    Gareth Murray: Pointless poll as sad L'pool fans have been campaigning on the net to get all of them to vote for Gerrard's goal.

  10. Number 1

    2006 - Steven Gerrard for Liverpool v West Ham

    Steven Gerrard

    The most recent goal on this list comes in arguably the greatest FA Cup final of all time.

    With West Ham leading 3-2 entering injury time, a headed clearance lands at the feet of Steven Gerrard who, despite hobbling with cramp, thumps a first-time shot from 35 yards past Shaka Hislop into the bottom corner.

    The Reds win on penalties, with Gerrard successfully converting his spot-kick. No wonder Liverpool fans fondly remember it as the 'Gerrard final'.

    Watch the goal here.

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    Number one? Steven Gerrard.

  12. Join the debate at #bbcfootball

    Not everyone is happy.

    Paul Mulligan: Noooooooo! Ricky Villa at number two on the greatest FA Cup Final goals list is a travesty. Much better than Steven Gerrard's 40 yd punt!

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    BBC Radio 5 live

    "One of the tragedies of Ricky Villa's winner was Steve MacKenzie's goal for Manchester City," Micky Hazard, who was at Spurs at the time.

    "MacKenzie's was a great goal but it got lost and hardly got a mention."

  14. "It will never be bettered"

    BBC Radio 5 live

    Former Tottenham player Micky Hazard: "In one second it felt like Ricky had beaten three or four men and at the very end of it he almost lost control of the ball.

    "But strangely enough it acted as a dummy as the keeper started to spread himself so it worked in Ricky's favour. It was an unbelievable goal.

    "Having been taken off in the original game and being in a fit of depression for a few days, to then produce a goal of such incredible quality is a credit to Ricky.

    "We've obviously seen that goal 200, 300, 400 times...it's played over and over again and it will probably never be bettered."

  15. "One of the great Wembley goals"

    John Motson

    BBC Match of the Day commentator

    "It was the first Wembley replay. It was a sunlit evening, the 100th Cup final, and it was 2-2. Ricky Villa went on this run and the ball ended up in the back of the net. Tottenham fans are still dining out on it. It's one of the great Wembley goals."

  16. Chas & Dave

    Chas and Dave

    "Ossie's Dream (Spurs Are On Their Way To Wembley)" released by Tottenham and Chas & Dave in 1981 to celebrate the club reaching the 1981 FA Cup final reached number 5 in the UK singles chart.

    The title refers to the club's former Argentine player Osvaldo Ardiles but it was his compatriot Ricky Villa who stole the headlines with a sublime finish to sink Manchester City in the replay.

  17. "It changed my life"

    BBC Radio 5 live

    "I remember getting the ball and my first instinct was to attack," Villa told BBC Radio 5 live about his winner. "As soon as I ran towards the goal I forgot about everyone around me.

    "I lost control of the ball just a little before the goal but I shot and I was lucky before I scored. Sometimes you need a little luck and this is what happened.

    "It changed my life in the English league."

  18. Number 2

    1981 - Ricky Villa for Tottenham v Manchester City

    Ricky Villa

    Ricky Villa was left distraught after being substituted five days earlier as Tottenham and Manchester City drew 1-1.

    In the replay Kevin Reeves gives City the lead after Steve MacKenzie's stunning volley cancelled out Villa's opener - only for Garth Crooks to make it 2-2.

    Then came one of the iconic moments in FA Cup history.

    The Wembley clock showed 76 minutes when Villa dribbled his way brilliantly through the City defence and turned the ball past onrushing keeper Joe Corrigan to make it 3-2. Truly outstanding.

    Watch the goal here.

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    Number two? Chas & Dave loved him.

  20. Where are they now?

    Roberto Di Matteo

    Roberto Di Matteo

    Roberto Di Matteo went on to win the FA Cup again with Chelsea in 2000. He also won a League Cup, Uefa Cup Winners' Cup, Super Cup and Community Shield at Stamford Bridge before going on to take charge at Chelsea after stints at MK Dons and West Brom.

    Right now the 44-year-old is seeking a new job after resigning as manager of Schalke in Germany.

  21. "Cantona quit the day after"

    BBC Radio 5 live

    Sunday Mirror's Andy Dunn: "I remember the weekend of the 1997 FA Cup final very well because Eric Cantona quit football the day after the final."

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    Jim: Context is important- Whiteside's is the best, not only for the great pass from a young Hughes, and them being down 10 men against the Champions and CWC winners , but Southall was practically unbeatable at the time ,and the only way Norman could beat him was to curl it in the one spit bit even Whiteside could see ,and I don't even like Man Utd!

  23. Number 3

    1997 - Roberto Di Matteo for Chelsea v Middlesbrough

    Roberto Di Matteo scores for Chelsea in the 1997 FA Cup final against Middlesbrough

    The fastest ever goal in an FA Cup final at the time.

    Middlesbrough kick-off but Italy international Roberto Di Matteo picks up the ball in his own half 35 seconds into the game. Seven seconds later it is in the back of the net following a 30-yard strike which flies in off the crossbar.

    Chelsea go on to win 2-0 for their first major trophy in 27 years. Louis Saha scored an even quicker goal for Everton against the Stamford Bridge club in 2009.

    Watch the goal here.

  24. Post update

    Number three? He's just resigned as a manager!

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    G13NNH: Only one goal that could be No 1, Ricky Villa for the mighty Spurs!

  26. "First Cup final professional foul"

    John Motson

    BBC Match of the Day commentator

    "I can still see referee Peter Willis ordering Kevin Moran off the pitch in the 1985 Cup final. It was the first example of the so called professional foul in the Cup final."

  27. "I still get asked about it often"

    BBC Radio 5 live

    Former Manchester United player Norman Whiteside: "That is the best commentary ever. Joking apart, some people have had the audacity to ask if it was a cross. I was only 20 so still very young - it is always a dream when you're kicking a ball around in the street - and for me it all worked out.

    "From memory it wasn't a great game of football, but all of a sudden when Kevin Moran got sent-off, we looked at each other and upped the ante and hopefully it came good. I still get asked about it pretty often."

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    BBC Radio 5 live

    Norman Whiteside is live on BBC Radio 5 live. He is gushing over Peter Jones' commentary of his goal that settled the 1985 FA Cup final.

  29. Number 4

    1985 - Norman Whiteside for Manchester United v Everton

    Norman Whiteside in action for Manchester United against Everton in the 1985 FA Cup final

    Paul Hardcastle was at the top of the UK Singles chart with '19' but it was a Northern Irish 20-year-old who was the toast of Wembley.

    Manchester United are down to 10 men after Kevin Moran's red card against the holders and favourites Everton.

    In extra time, Whiteside dribbles in off the right flank before performing a step-over and curling a perfect arcing shot around defender Pat van den Hauwe, past Neville Southall and into the far corner for the only goal of the game.

    United had their sixth FA Cup triumph in the bag.

    Watch the goal here.

    Norman Whiteside (left) celebrates helping win the 1985 FA Cup final for Manchester United
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    Simon: We're at number 6 of the best fa cup goals and there is a theme appearing. They are mostly historic moments that the older generation can relate to. Its sad to say it but the cup finals of the last 15 years or so do not jog the nations conscious.

  31. Post update

    Only four left now. Has your favourite FA Cup final goal of the last 50 years still not been mentioned?

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    BBC Radio 5 live

    Former England international Jimmy Armfield: "You have to have one or two soldiers in your camp and he was one. The thing I remember about Ray Parlour's goal was he had people around him. He had opportunities to pass but he put it in the net himself. That will live with him."

  33. Number 5

    2002 - Ray Parlour for Arsenal v Chelsea

    Ray Parlour scores for Arsenal in the 2002 FA Cup final against Chelsea

    Arsenal's England midfielder Ray Parlour has not scored in the Premier League all season so Chelsea can have been excused for not worrying too much about his run forward at the Millennium Stadium.

    Sylvain Wiltord plays the ball to Parlour 45 yards out and as he runs towards goal, the Blues defence backs off, only to see the 'Romford Pele' curl past Carlo Cudicini from 25 yards out.

    Ljungberg scores in his second final in a row as the Gunners go on to win 2-0 to secure the double.

    Watch Parlour's goal here.

    Ray Parlour scores for Arsenal in the 2002 FA Cup final against Chelsea
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    Number five helped settle an all-London final.

  35. "Celebration big talking point"

    BBC Radio 5 live

    Sunday Mirror's Andy Dunn: "Arsenal against Liverpool in 1971 was the first FA Cup final that I remember. I was six and my dad was a big Liverpool fan. At the time the celebration was as much a talking point as the goal."

  36. "Charlie only had one thought - to shoot"

    "Former England international Jimmy Armfield: "If Charlie got within 25 yards of goal he only had one thought - to shoot."

  37. "Cheeky lad"

    BBC Radio 5 live

    Former Arsenal goalkeeper Bob Wilson: "Charlie George was a cheeky lad and still is a cheeky lad. When I was becoming a teacher Charlie was there in his final year. Everyone called me sir. Charlie called me Bob!"

  38. Number 6

    1971 - Charlie George for Arsenal v Liverpool

    Charlie George (centre)

    Bertie Mee's Arsenal already have the league title in the bag when they head to Wembley for the 1971 FA Cup final.

    And thanks to long-haired midfielder Charlie George, who scores an extra-time winner, the Gunners are able to celebrate the double.

    After a goalless 90 minutes, Liverpool lead through Steve Heighway but Eddie Kelly levels things up.

    With less than 10 minutes remaining, a visibly drained George smashes a superb 20-yard shot past Liverpool keeper Ray Clemence before collapsing to the ground with his arms outstretched in celebration.

    Watch the goal here.

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    We're going all the way back to 1971 for number six.

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    Paul Mulligan: I'm a slightly biased Spurs fan but the legendary Ricky Villa has to win the greatest FA Cup final goal debate. One of a kind.

    Wait for it Paul, wait for it.

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    Six more to go. Steven Gerrard, Ricky Villa, Norman Whiteside? Who will come top the vote in the top 10 FA Cup final goals of the last 50 years?

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    Darren Duncan: Surely Keith Houchen's diving header in the greatest FA Cup of all time!

  43. "Houchen's goal should be second"

    John Motson

    BBC Match of the Day commentator

    "Keith Houchen will be disappointed that he is number seven. If you were asking me it would be second on all the FA Cup final goals I have commentated on."

  44. "Magical moment"

    BBC Radio 5 live

    Former England international Jimmy Armfield: "It was one of those magical moments. And people will remember him."

  45. "Seems like minutes ago"

    Coventry goalscorer Keith Houchen: "It seems like five minutes ago. The year before I was sitting in a working men's club in Middlesbrough watching the Cup final.

    "Our management duo kept saying our name was on the Cup, I started to get called Roy of the Rovers because I kept scoring in the different rounds of the FA Cup. The lads still get together every year for a round of golf and a drink."

  46. Where are they now?

    Keith Houchen

    After managing Hartlepool, 54-year-old Keith Houchen has been working as a football statistician, property developer and a children's football coach.

  47. Number 7

    1987 - Keith Houchen for Coventry v Tottenham

    Keith Houchen

    "Regis, Houchen, Bennett, HOUCHEN. Brilliant goal. Keith Houchen, the man with the midas touch in the FA Cup, strikes gold for Coventry."

    John Motson's commentary as Keith Houchen scores the only header on our list, and what a header it was.

    With the Sky Blues losing 2-1, Dave Bennett's perfect cross is met by Houchen's diving header - the ball flying past Ray Clemence to send the final into extra time.

    In the added period, Gary Mabbutt - who had earlier scored in the right net - puts the ball past his own keeper as Coventry win the only major trophy in their history.

    Watch the goal here.

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    Number seven left the Sky Blues in heaven. Take a bow Keith Houchen.

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    BBC Radio 5 live

    Former England international Jimmy Armfield: "Steve MacKenzie must have been 25 yards out. He hit it first time. He will remember that when he is putting his pyjamas on when he is 80."

  50. Number 8

    1981 - Steve MacKenzie for Manchester City v Tottenham

    Manchester City midfielder Steve MacKenzie is only 19 when he scores one of the defining goals of his career.

    After Spurs fail to clear a free-kick, Tommy Hutchison heads the ball across to MacKenzie, who hits a spectacular first-time volley from outside the box to make it 1-1 in the replay at Wembley.

    But it may not even have been the best goal of the game...

    Watch the goal here.

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    Number eight was scored by a teenager. And what a beauty it was.

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    Darren Duncan: Surely Keith Houchen's diving header is the greatest FA Cup of all time!

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    BBC Radio 5 live

    Former England player Jimmy Armfield: "Owen had gone past Lee Dixon and Tony Adams was coming across. He squeezed the ball in. Michael was not tall but he had a big frame."

  54. "Owen surprised me"

    John Motson

    BBC Match of the Day commentator

    "I remember walking out of ground with Mark Lawrenson and even the Liverpool supporters Liverpool were asking 'how did we win that?'. Michael surprised me because if I ever said what was Michael Owen's most famous game I would have said England's 5-1 win over Germany, but he picked this one out."

  55. "My favourite moment"

    BBC Radio 5 live

    Former Liverpool striker Michael Owen: "We were playing against a seriously good team and you would have to say Arsenal deserved to win - and that is what made it even better. The adrenalin was surging - knowing 'that's it' they weren't going to be coming back and we were going to lift the trophy.

    "That moment won us the FA Cup - if I could have one day back I would rewind to that day."

  56. Number 9

    2001 - Michael Owen for Liverpool v Arsenal

    Michael Owen scores for Liverpool in the 2001 FA Cup final

    Michael Owen is just 21-year-old when he scores a memorable brace in the first FA Cup final at Cardiff's Millennium Stadium as Wembley was being rebuilt.

    The Gunners lead 1-0 through Freddie Ljungberg but the England striker equalises with seven minutes left with an acrobatic finish.

    And in the 88th minute Owen enters FA Cup folklore as he chases a Patrik Berger long ball, beats Lee Dixon and Tony Adams before firing a left-footed finish into the bottom corner.

    Watch the goal here.

    Michael Owen celebrates scoring for Liverpool against Arsenal i the 2001 FA Cup final
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    Number nine coming right up. He enjoys watching his horses in action now and in 2001 he ensured Arsenal fell at the final hurdle.

  58. "No fluke"

    BBC Radio 5 live

    Former England international Jimmy Armfield: "Stuart's goal was no fluke. It was nothing for Stuart - he had the power. He had the confidence to do it."

  59. "It makes me feel old"

    BBC Radio 5 live

    Former Nottingham Forest defender Stuart Pearce on 5 live: "It makes me feel old listening back to it. I had been on a good run of scoring that season. When you get a free-kick in that area it was ideal for a left-footer and some of my team-mates helped me create some space in the wall.

    "From the goal onwards, I don't think we played after that, we didn't take the game by the scruff of the net."

    Listen to the programme on BBC Radio 5 live - use the play button on this page.

  60. "Clough v Gascoigne"

    John Motson

    BBC Match of the Day commentator

    "I remember the 1991 final really well. It turned out to be one of the biggest audiences of that period for football on the BBC because everyone built it up as Brian Clough against Paul Gascoigne."

  61. Number 10

    1991 - Stuart Pearce for Nottingham Forest v Tottenham

    Stuart Pearce

    May 1991. Arsenal have just been crowned champions of England for the 10th time and David Platt is about to move from Aston Villa to Bari for £5.5m.

    Meanwhile, Tottenham win the FA Cup 2-1 against Nottingham Forest but not before a wonder goal from a free-kick by Stuart Pearce - then aged 29 -for Brian Clough's team.

    Paul Gascoigne brings down Gary Charles, causing damage to his own knee ligaments that would keep him out of the game for almost a year.

    Left-back Pearce steps up to thunder a left-foot rocket past Erik Thorstvedt into the top corner.

    Watch the goal here.

  62. Post update

    What's that? Clue for the 10th greatest FA Cup final goal of the last 50 years? It was scored by 'Psycho'.

  63. "Didn't need names on shirts"

    BBC Radio 5 live

    Former England player Jimmy Armfield: "My first FA Cup final as a little boy was 1948. My father took a biscuit tin and we watched Manchester United beat Blackpool. There were no names on shirts then - they didn't need them. We knew who they were.

    "We kept that biscuit tin at home for many years, it was a souvenir of the day."

  64. Post update

    BBC Radio 5 live

    John Motson, Jimmy Armfield and Andy Dunn are on standby in the BBC Radio 5 live studio. Click the live coverage tab. Countdown of the top 10 FA Cup final goals of the last 50 years is about to begin.

  65. Join the debate at #bbcfootball

    Top 10 FA Cup final goals

    Zac: Has to be Steven Gerrard's last goal in 2006. Showed his importance to the team and it was truly a bit of magic.

    Sarah Barnes: Favourite FA Cup final goal has to be Norman Whiteside in '85. Brilliant goal decided a very average game.

    Paul: Keith Houchen was like Billy the fish!

  66. From FA Cup wrestling to all cream suits

    FA Cup

    Remember when you could buy the official FA Cup final programme from the local newsagent during the week before the game? When ITV used to screen an FA Cup wrestling special and the BBC used to have a Cup final Mastermind?

    When it was an unwritten law that both finalists had to record an FA Cup final song? Bob Stokoe's mac in the 1973 final to Liverpool's infamous all cream 'Spice Boys' suits of 1996?

    There were a few good goals too. But which were your favourite? We're about to find out.

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    Kieran Bestall: Gotta be the Keith Houchen diving header for Coventry in 87.

    James Martin: Owen in 2001 was also the first #LFC final I saw having only seen the League Cup scores on updating Ceefax!

    Tom: Got to be Ryan Giggs in 1999. The audacity to skip past half a dozen Arsenal players and rifle the ball above Seaman

    Remember - we are talking final goals so alas Tom, that goal does not count!

    Get in touch with us on Twitter at #bbcfootball, on text on 81111, or via the BBC Sport Facebook page.

  68. Where are they now?

    Norman Whiteside

    Norman Whiteside (right)

    Where will Norman Whiteside's goal feature in the top 10 greatest FA Cup final goals of the last 50 years?

    Before injury ended his playing days at 26, Whiteside was the Wayne Rooney of his day. He was the youngest man since Duncan Edwards to pull on a United shirt when he made his Old Trafford debut in 1981 - later becoming the youngest player to appear (and score) in an FA Cup final.

    Whiteside's career was dogged by injury and, after leaving United for Everton, he was eventually forced into premature retirement.

    After hanging up his boots Whiteside turned his fitness struggles into a positive and trained as a podiatrist.

  69. Where are they now?

    Ricky Villa

    So, what are some of our FA Cup final goalscorers up to nowadays?

    Former Tottenham Cup winner Ricky Villa: "I have a ranch with cattle and horses and it's the life I had before I started to play football. People say to me 'you were a footballer, what are you doing here on the ranch?' and I just say 'this is my life'. In fact, it's always been my life and football was in the middle!"

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    Brian Capaloff: I was sat right in the front, on the side of the pitch shouting for Ricky Villa to pass to the free Steve Archibald! How wrong was I.

  71. BBC bring back all-day coverage of final for 2015

    Arsenal and Aston Villa do battle in the 2015 FA Cup final on Saturday. And you won't miss a kick as the BBC devotes a whole day of programming to it, reviving the tradition of coverage of the Wembley showpiece.

    Kick-off is 17:30 BST and at the heart of 17 hours of coverage. Highlights of the television build-up to the game include special editions of Saturday Kitchen and TOTP2. There will also be special content on Radio 5 live and the BBC Sport website.

    All the build-up as well as the final itself can be watched on the BBC Sport website and the BBC Sport app on desktop, mobile and tablet devices.

    Full details here.

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    FA Cup

    What's your favourite FA Cup final goal? Where were you when Ricky Villa scored his memorable winner in the 1981 final? Liverpool fans...had you given up before Michael Owen's astonishing late double in 2001?

    Let us know by tweeting #bbcfootball, text 81111 (UK only), or post a message on the BBC Sport Facebook and Google + pages.

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    BBC Radio 5 live

    So, how does this work?

    All day the public have been voting on Sportsday Live on the BBC Sport Website for their best FA Cup final goal of the last 50 years. The votes will be revealed on BBC Radio 5 live from 21:00 BST.

    The list includes Charlie George (1971), Ricky Villa (1981), Steve MacKenzie (1981), Norman Whiteside (1985), Keith Houchen (1987), Stuart Pearce (1991), Roberto Di Matteo (1997), Michael Owen (2001), Ray Parlour (2002) and Steven Gerrard (2006)

    Studio guests include former England player Jimmy Armfield, Match of the Day commentator John Motson and the Sunday Mirror's Andy Dunn.

  74. Top 10 FA Cup final goals countdown

    famous FA Cup goals from history

    From Roberto Di Matteo's fastest goal in an FA Cup final to Michael Owen's 88th minute effort to break Arsenal hearts. Steve MacKenzie's spectacular first-time volley at Wembley to Steven Gerrard's thunderbolt at the Millennium Stadium.

    A master-class in the shape of Ricky Villa to a good old fashioned free-kick from Stuart Pearce.

    FA Cup finals across the last 50 years have been blessed with some truly outstanding goals. As Aston Villa and Arsenal prepare to do battle in another final on Saturday, what better time to find out which Cup final goal you rate the most.