The FA Cup is the oldest club competition in the world and clubs from all over England enter on a yearly basis in a bid to defy the odds and reach the final at Wembley. There have been plenty of standout memories over the years but a few will always stick in the mind – we take a look at the top 10.
Ian Wright’s double for Palace
Crystal Palace were minnows of English football in 1990 but they gave Manchester United a real scare in the first of their two FA Cup final clashes. Wright tormented the Red Devils all afternoon and scored twice in a 3-3 draw. Unfortunately, the Eagles fell short in the replay but Wright’s efforts on that day will forever be remembered at Selhurst Park.
Patrick Vieira wins it for Arsenal
The Gunners legend stepped up to win the FA Cup in 2005 with
his last kick in an Arsenal shirt.
Fittingly, he sent compatriot Fabian Barthez the wrong way to secure another major title for the Gunners under Arsene Wenger. Vieira was a true Arsenal hero and a fantastic leader – both on and off the pitch.
Sunderland’s Ian Porterfield stuns the world
In the 1970s, Leeds United were widely regarded as one of the best teams on the planet so imagine just how embarrassing it was for them to lose against second-tier Sunderland? Ian Porterfield probably won’t be remembered for anything else but he was the man to score the famous goal as the Black Cats lifted the FA Cup in 1973.
The ‘Crazy Gang’ do enough to beat Liverpool
In 1988, Wimbledon denied Liverpool the opportunity to win the domestic double as Vinnie Jones and co kept the mighty Reds quiet all game. Lawrie Sanchez scored the winner but Dave Beasant’s brilliant penalty save helped to keep Wimbledon in control – and they did enough to hold on and secure a crucial victory; and one will live long in the memory.
Ricky Villa: greatest FA Cup goal ever?
The skilful Argentine ghosted past at least four Manchester City players before netting past the
onrushing goalkeeper to net one of the most memorable FA Cup final goals.
In fact, Villa was
awarded the Wembley Goal of the Century award
in 2001; and fans still boast fond memories of his mazy dribble and fantastic finish on that fateful day.
Steven Gerrard saves Liverpool (again)
With the clock ticking down, it looked like Liverpool were about to suffer a shock defeat to West Ham United. However, their talisman Steven Gerrard saved them again with a 30-yard thunderbolt that was worthy of winning any football match. Gerrard’s strike levelled it up at 3-3 and Liverpool went on to win in a penalty shoot-out.
David Seaman’s world class save
The England goalkeeper made a superb stop to maintain Arsenal’s lead in their clash with Sheffield United in 2003. It is widely regarded as one of the greatest saves in FA Cup history and Blades fans still cannot believe that the Arsenal goalkeeper somehow managed to stop the ball from crossing the line...
‘Little’ Leeds win at Old Trafford
Two words: Jermaine Beckford. The Leeds United striker scored the only goal of the game to embarrass Sir Alex Ferguson’s men on
their own patch – something that rarely happened. It was a truly sensational encounter and one that the Reds, priced at 7/1 in Coral’s
football betting odds for the cup this time around, have tried long and hard to forget.
Wigan Athletic go down but win the cup
A few years ago, Roberto Martinez’s Wigan suffered relegation down to the Championship but managed to beat Manchester City in the FA Cup final. Go figure. It looked like the game was heading to extra-time but Latics midfielder Ben Watson leapt to power a header into the City goal and send the travelling Wiganers wild...
Ryan Giggs loses it
Remember that goal? The Welshman picked up the ball in his own half after a loose pass from Vieira and went on a mazy run, gliding past five or six Arsenal players before releasing an unstoppable effort past Seaman in the Gunners net. Without Giggs’ memorable strike, United’s infamous treble success wouldn’t have been possible...