It’s almost time for the FA Cup Final
and there is excitement in the air from football fans around the world with Manchester United and Chelsea going head-to-head on 19 May, 2018.
Here are some fun facts that you might not know about the FA Cup.
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The FA Cup is officially the world’s oldest football competition. The first FA Cup final was held at the Kennington Oval in London. The Oval is today famous for being a cricket ground where the England team often play.
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A total of 43 teams have won the FA Cup. Arsenal has won it the most times in the history of the competition, winning it for the 13th
time in 2017.
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Portsmouth hold the record for the most years in possession of the FA Cup - they had it sitting in the trophy cabinet for a whopping seven years in a row. Unfortunately for Portsmouth fans they didn't win it 7 times back to back. They were, in fact, the last team to win the cup before World War II broke out and the competition was postponed for 7 years.
The FA Cup trophy has coloured ribbons of the previous winner attached to it. On the day of a final, the trophy is decorated with ribbons from both teams, and in the end of the match, the losing team’s ribbons are removed.
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Leicester City got to the final of the competition four times and have lost all four times. There have been 14 teams to have made it all the way to the final but have never won the competition.
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The fastest goal ever scored was by Louis Saha from Everton who took 25 seconds to open the scoring against Chelsea in 2009. Unfortunately Everton lost the match 2-1 despite their historic goal.
The FA Cup was first broadcasted by BBC during the 1927 final.
Tottenham Hotspur were the first team outside the Football League to win the FA Cup in 1901.
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