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Live Reporting

Michael Emons

All times stated are UK

  1. Welcome

    It's FA Cup final day! Every football fan will have their own memories of the FA Cup - the greatest knockout tournament in the world.

    Liverpool and Chelsea go head-to-head in today's final at Wembley and we have got something to get you in the mood.

    We've taken a trip through the archives to bring you - in reverse order from 50 to one - the competition's ultimate iconic moments.


  2. The Anfield Rap

    Liverpool 0-1 Wimbledon (FA Cup final, 14 May 1988)

    Anfield Rap

    No, we're not talking about the actual game here. That might just appear later.

    But one area that has to be included in a list of great FA Cup moments is what used to be a pre-final tradition - the club song.

    And there have been none more hilarious/terrible than Liverpool's shocking Anfield Rap entry. Wearing shell suits, wonky baseball caps and cheap huge gold chains, the Liverpool players tried to unleash their inner rappers.

    John Barnes just about pulled it off but the rest will cringe with embarrassment any time they see the pictures. Somehow, it got to number three in the charts, with Barnes going on to bigger and better things in the world of rap - with a show-stealing performance in World In Motion, England's legendary song before the Italia 90 World Cup.

    John Barnes

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    Video caption: FA Cup 1988: When the Crazy Gang beat the Culture Club
  3. Ramsey winner as Arsenal fight back against Hull

    Arsenal 3-2 Hull City (FA Cup final, 17 May 2014)

    What happened? For the first time in the club's history, Hull City got themselves into an FA Cup final, but seemed to have no chance against Arsenal. However, the Tigers made a dream start with goals from James Chester and Curtis Davies giving them a 2-0 lead inside eight minutes.

    Why is it remembered? A cracking fightback from the Gunners. Goals from Santi Cazorla and Laurent Koscielny took it into extra time, with Aaron Ramsey scoring a 109th-minute winner. It also ended a nine-year trophy drought for Arsene Wenger's Arsenal - the first of three FA Cup successes in a four-year period.

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    Video caption: Ramsey winner seals Arsenal's FA Cup comeback
  4. Pitch invader after Everton recover from two down

    Everton 3-2 Sheffield Wednesday (FA Cup final, 14 May 1966)

    What happened? A couple of months before England beat West Germany to win the 1966 World Cup, there was a tasty FA Cup final at Wembley. Sheffield Wednesday took a two-goal lead, but could not hold on to it as a double from Mike Trebilcock and a Derek Temple winner gave the Toffees the trophy.

    Why is it remembered? Your team has fought back from 2-0 down to win the FA Cup, you're going to be a bit excited. But one Everton fan, called Eddie Cavanagh, got a bit carried away and ran on to the pitch with a couple of policemen in pursuit. But, showing a surprising burst of pace, the supporter evaded the first diving officer, before being nailed by the second.

    Everton 1966
    Image caption: The first policeman is unable to stop the pitch invader...
    Everton 1966
    Image caption: ...but a second tries to stop him...
    Everton 1966
    Image caption: ..and rugby tackles him to the ground.
  5. Toure secures Man City's first major trophy in 35 years

    Manchester City 1-0 Stoke City (FA Cup final, 14 May 2011)

    What happened? The 2011 FA Cup final was not a classic, but no Manchester City supporter will care about that. It was goalless up until the 74th minute when Yaya Toure smashed home a loose ball to spark joyous celebrations among their fans.

    Why is it remembered? Manchester City winning something seems to be a pretty regular occurrence nowadays, but it was not always the case and this was their first major trophy after a 35-year wait. Five Premier League titles, another FA Cup and six League Cups have since followed.

  6. 'I will eat my hat if there's any score'

    Preston North End 1-0 Huddersfield Town (FA Cup final, 30 April 1938)

    Image caption: BBC commentator Thomas Woodrooffe

    What happened? Football on television is everywhere now. But the first FA Cup final to be broadcast came way back in 1938 when Preston beat Huddersfield 1-0. By the way, the Preston side included a certain Bill Shankly, who would later go on to guide Liverpool to two FA Cup successes as manager in 1965 and 1974.

    Why is it remembered? It was goalless with only two minutes of extra time remaining and heading to a replay before BBC commentator Thomas Woodrooffe said: "I will eat my hat if there's any score before the whistle goes." A minute later George Mutch converted a penalty to win the cup for Preston. Woodrooffe later kept his promise, well, sort of, as he ate a 'hat', albeit one made of cake and marzipan.

  7. Great goal, wrong net

    Forest Green Rovers 0-3 Morecambe (FA Cup first round, 18 November 2000)

    What happened? Morecambe comfortably saw off fellow Conference (now National League) side Forest Green in their first-round tie back in November 2000.

    Why is it remembered? A game between two non-league sides in the first round may seem a strange choice. But an incredible own goal from Forest Green's Wayne Hatswell makes it stand out. It was goalless, Hatswell was in his own six-yard box with no Morecambe player around him and tried to clear the ball - however, he'd got his angles wrong and only succeeded in smashing it into the top corner of his own net. Sorry, Wayne, it's just too good.

    Wayne Hatswell
  8. The Ceefax signing that took Wycombe into the semi-finals

    Leicester City 1-2 Wycombe Wanderers (FA Cup quarter-final, 10 March 2001)

    Roy Essandoh
    Image caption: This was Roy Essandoh's only ever goal for Wycombe

    What happened? Premier League Leicester could not believe their luck when they were given a home quarter-final against injury-hit Wycombe Wanderers from the third tier. Surely there could only be one winner?

    Why is it remembered? There are so many ways to follow a game now, you can watch live on your phone or get instant social media updates etc. Back in 2001, BBC's Ceefax (ask your parents if you're too young) was the way to keep up to date. Well, before the game, Wycombe sent out an unusual appeal - for a fit striker who was not cup tied.

    Roy Essandoh, signed on a week-to-week contract, answered the call and, in one of the craziest FA Cup stories, then scored a dramatic injury-time winner to give Wycombe a 2-1 win. What made it even more bizarre were the scenes of celebration from boss Lawrie Sanchez, who had been sent off and was watching on a little TV screen in a dressing room. You just couldn't make it up.

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    Video caption: FA Cup: Wycombe topple Premier League Leicester in FA Cup
  9. Drogba scores first goal at 'new' Wembley

    Chelsea 1-0 Manchester United (FA Cup final, 19 May 2007)

    Didier Drogba

    What happened? There's always something special about a late winner, and that's what we got in 2007. Deep into extra time, four minutes away from penalties, Chelsea's Didier Drogba played a lovely one-two with Frank Lampard and got to the ball ahead of Manchester United goalkeeper Edwin van der Sar to prod home the winner.

    Why is it remembered? Wembley had been the home of the FA Cup final since 1923 up until 2000, before it was redeveloped and the showpiece moved to Cardiff's Millennium Stadium. But, after six years away, it returned in 2007 with Drogba's fine goal being the first in an FA Cup final at the 'new' Wembley.

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  10. Score the winner... then it gets too much

    Ipswich Town 1-0 Arsenal (FA Cup final, 6 May 1978)

    Roger Osborne
    Image caption: Roger Osborne's 77th-minute winner gave Ipswich Town the FA Cup in 1978

    What happened? Ipswich Town for the first - and only - time in their history won the FA Cup in 1978 with a 1-0 victory over Arsenal.

    Why is it remembered? Scoring the winner for your local team in the FA Cup final at Wembley - it's what dreams are made of. And the occasion got a bit too much for Ipswich's Roger Osborne after he scored a late goal for the Suffolk side.

    He came over a bit light-headed immediately after scoring, a physio ran on and tried the old wet sponge-on-the-head treatment but that didn't work, nor did some smelling salts and the goalscorer had to be replaced for the final 12 minutes. But his team held on and Osborne had fully recovered to take part in the celebrations at the end.

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  11. Non-league Luton stun Premier League Norwich

    Norwich City 0-1 Luton Town (FA Cup fourth round, 26 January 2013)

    What happened? A Premier League side at home against a non-league team. There's got to be only one outcome...

    Why is it remembered? A great old-fashioned cup upset. Norwich became the first top-flight side in 24 years to go out to a non-league team, losing 1-0 to Luton Town, then of the fifth tier. That's why we love the FA Cup. Luton's rise since must be noted and they would even go above Norwich in the football pyramid were to gain Premier League promotion via the play-offs this season...

    Scott Rendell
    Image caption: Scott Rendell scored the only goal of the game in the 80th minute
  12. Saints in heaven

    Manchester United 0-1 Southampton (FA Cup final, 1 May 1976)

    Southampton goal
    Image caption: Bobby Stokes' goal won Southampton their first major trophy

    What happened? Southampton, then in the old Second Division, were written off going into their 1976 final against Manchester United.

    Why is it remembered? One of the biggest shocks in final history as Bobby Stokes, maybe collecting the ball in an offside position, scored from the edge of the box with an 83rd-minute winner.

  13. It's only Ray Parlour

    Arsenal 2-0 Chelsea (FA Cup final, 4 May 2002)

    Ray Parlour
    Image caption: Ray Parlour's 25-yard strike gave Arsenal the lead with Freddie Ljungberg adding a brilliant curled second

    What happened? Arsenal, who would become Premier League champions a week later, won the first half of a domestic double by beating Chelsea 2-0 in the FA Cup final, thanks to wonderful goals from Ray Parlour and Freddie Ljungberg.

    Why is it remembered? Arsenal in the early 2000s were pretty special. Thierry Henry, Dennis Bergkamp, Patrick Vieira. But Ray Parlour was one of the more unsung heroes, so Chelsea weren't too bothered when the English midfielder picked up the ball 35 yards from goal.

    Chelsea striker Jimmy-Floyd Hasselbaink later said: "When Parlour got a chance we all thought 'shoot' because normally when he shoots he does not hit the target." That thought was echoed by then Soccer AM presenter and Chelsea fan Tim Lovejoy who, while doing fan commentary on Sky Sports, said: 'It's alright, It's only Ray Parlour." But, much to Hasselbaink and Lovejoy's surprise, Parlour zinged it into the top corner with a 25-yard screamer.

    Watch both spectacular goals in the video below.

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    Video caption: Arsenal beat Chelsea to win 2002 FA Cup final
  14. Redknapp's Bournemouth eliminate Man Utd

    Bournemouth 2-0 Manchester United (FA Cup third round, 7 January 1984)

    Harry Redknapp
    Image caption: "It's got to be the greatest day of my life," said Bournemouth manager Harry Redknapp after his side eliminated Manchester United

    What happened? Few could have seen a shock coming when FA Cup holders Manchester United travelled to third-tier Bournemouth, but the Cherries, managed by a young Harry Redknapp, gained a stunning 2-0 victory thanks to goals from Milton Graham and Ian Thompson.

    Why is it remembered? Not only was it one of the biggest cup upsets of all time, there was also a good story involving Bournemouth goalkeeper Ian Leigh.

    The day before the game, he was promised free pizza for life from an Italian restaurant in Charminster if he kept a clean sheet against United. Leigh duly did his bit but sadly was denied the never-ending pizza as the restaurant was sold to a different owner, with the new proprietor refusing to honour the deal. The restaurant's new owner? No other than Harry Redknapp.

  15. And Smith must score...

    Brighton 2-2 Manchester United (FA Cup final, 21 May 1983)

    Gordon Smith
    Image caption: Gordon Smith had a chance to win the FA Cup for Brighton

    What happened? Brighton have never won the FA Cup. They had a great chance to do so in the 1983 final against Manchester United. Gordon Smith put them ahead, United scored twice and Gary Stevens grabbed a late equaliser to force a replay.

    Why is it remembered? Scoring in an FA Cup final, Smith should be a Brighton hero. But he had a chance to win it late on when radio commentator Peter Jones said the line "and Smith must score" (to be honest a bit harshly as Smith was nine yards out, still had the goalkeeper to beat and a covering defender may have got to the shot if he'd gone across the keeper). But, nevertheless, United's Gary Bailey kept the effort out and Brighton caved in the replay, losing 4-0. "And Smith Must Score" became the name of a Brighton fanzine, just to make it worse.

  16. Just magic

    Chelsea 4-0 Norwich City (FA Cup third round replay, 16 January 2002)

    What happened? Second-tier Norwich held Premiership Chelsea to a goalless draw in their third-round tie in 2002, but the Blues proved too strong in the replay, winning 4-0 at Stamford Bridge.

    Why is it remembered? Chelsea's third goal was scored by Gianfranco Zola and it was remarkable, with the Italian jumping to meet a right-wing corner and flicking the ball into the net with a backheel volley. After the game, Zola dedicated the goal to a young boy, Matthew, who had sadly died not long before the match. Zola had met Matthew in a hospital and promised him he would do something special against Norwich. Special it certainly was.

  17. Ginola's wonder run

    Barnsley 0-1 Tottenham (FA Cup sixth round, 27 March 1999)

    David Ginola
    Image caption: David Ginola takes on the Barnsley defence...
    David Ginola
    Image caption: ...and duly celebrates

    What happened? Second-tier Barnsley were hoping for an FA Cup shock when Tottenham came to town. French winger David Ginola had different ideas.

    Why is it remembered? There seemed to be no danger when Ginola picked up the ball tight on the left touchline. Within seconds he had glided past three Barnsley defenders and calmly slotted the ball into the net. Magnifique.

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    Video caption: David Ginola's amazing dribble against Barnsley in FA Cup
  18. Super Seaman's stunning save

    Arsenal 1-0 Sheffield United (FA Cup semi-final, 13 April 2003)

    David Seaman

    What happened? Arsenal took on Sheffield United in the first semi-final in 2003 at Old Trafford, with Freddie Ljungberg scoring the only goal to send the Gunners to the final.

    Why is it remembered? Not for Ljungberg's winner, but for an incredible piece of goalkeeping from England's David Seaman. With the second-tier Blades pushing for an equaliser, Carl Asaba volleyed goalbound but didn't get a great connection on it, Paul Peschisolido flicked a header towards the net but Seaman, reaching behind himself, somehow managed to claw it away with the rebound being blasted over the top. Arsenal then went on to beat Southampton 1-0 in the final.

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    Video caption: FA Cup: Arsenal’s David Seaman makes super save against Sheffield United
  19. Young's foul and Brooking's header

    West Ham 1-0 Arsenal (FA Cup final, 10 May 1980)

    West Ham's Paul Allen fouled by Willie Young
    Image caption: West Ham's Paul Allen is crudely fouled by Arsenal's Willie Young

    What happened? Arsenal, for the third year in a row, had reached the FA Cup final and were expected to comfortably see off West Ham, then in the old Second Division.

    Why is it remembered? Two things. Firstly one of the most cynical fouls ever seen in a cup final by Arsenal's Willie Young, who chopped down 17-year-old Paul Allen when he only had the goalkeeper to beat. An absolute 100% red card now, but things were different in 1980 and Young only saw yellow.

    The second thing it is remembered for was the only goal, a waist-high header from Trevor Brooking falling backwards as West Ham remain the last second-tier team to win the competition.

    Trevor Brooking
    Image caption: Trevor Brooking somehow managed to head it into the net from this position
  20. Sensational Sinclair

    QPR 3-2 Barnsley (FA Cup fourth round, 25 January 1997)

    What happened? QPR edged past Barnsley in their home fourth-round tie.

    Why is it remembered? Sounds all quite routine. But QPR's third goal was far from mundane. There seemed little danger as David Bardsley's cross floated towards the edge of the Barnsley box, but Trevor Sinclair's 20-yard acrobatic bicycle kick left the Tykes' defence in a state of disbelief and ensured Sinclair a place in every compilation of great FA Cup goals.

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    Video caption: Trevor Sinclair scores amazing overhead kick for QPR in FA Cup