The FA Cup is the oldest club competition in the world and even 152 years after the tournament was first played, it continues to make history as we count down to the 142nd edition of the final.
For the first time ever, we will have a Manchester derby to decide the FA Cup winners this year with United and City set to do battle on Saturday 3rd June at Wembley.
The two clubs are no strangers to being a part of one of the biggest days in English football’s calendar, contesting a combined 31 finals between them.
FA Cup finals have produced some of the most iconic moments in the beautiful game over the years and ahead of next month’s final, let's have a look back at some previous winners.
Here a complete list of every winner and runner-up from previous FA Cup finals, going back to 1990.
|What||Man City v Man Utd, 2023 FA Cup final|
|When||15:00, Saturday 3rd June|
|How to watch||BBC One & ITV 1|
|Odds||Man City 1/2, Draw 4/1, Man Utd 19/4|
Replays for FA Cup finals were scrapped at the start of the 1998/99 season, so this was the last decade teams could potentially contest two finals, if the first game ended in a draw.
Man Utd needed a replay in 1990 to see off Crystal Palace after a thrilling 3-3 draw in the first game, while Arsenal also went through a marathon pair of games against Sheffield Wednesday to lift the trophy in 1993.
Given Manchester United’s dominance of the 1990s, it’s no surprise to see them pick up the trophy four times with their 1990 success - the first trophy Sir Alex Ferguson won as Red Devils boss.
United’s sweetest Wembley success came against arch-rivals Liverpool in 1996, Eric Cantona grabbing the winner in a final remembered for the Reds’ pre-match choice of suits as much as the game itself.
London clubs enjoyed their fair share of success - two with Arsenal (2), Chelsea and Tottenham, although the latter’s success was marred by a serious injury to England legend Paul Gascoigne.
|1990||Man Utd||Crystal Palace|
|1991||Tottenham||Nottingham Forest||2-1 AET||80,000|
|1999||Man Utd||Newcastle United||2-0||79,101|
FA Cup final draw: Man City v Man Utd
The turn of the Millennium brought about a huge change to the FA Cup final as the old Wembley Stadium and its famous twin towers were demolished to make way for a new national stadium.
In the meantime, the final spent six years being played at the Millennium Stadium in Cardiff, which became a second home for Arsenal, who were involved in four finals.
They became the first team to win the cup via a penalty shootout when beating Man Utd in 2005. The Millennium Stadium also played host to what’s become known as the Gerrard final; Steven Gerrard steering Liverpool to success against West Ham in 2006 before the final returned to Wembley the following year.
This decade also featured the fastest goal in final history with Louis Saha scoring for Everton after just 25 seconds in 2009.
(5-4 on penalties)
(3-1 on penalties)
|2007||Chelsea||Man Utd||1-0 AET||89,826|
The decade was to be dominated by what’s become known as the big six with one notable exception.
Wigan won their maiden FA Cup by pulling off one of the biggest upsets in cup final history when defeating Manchester City as 7/1 underdogs.
City would make amends on their next final appearance when they equalled the biggest win in FA Cup final history with a 6-0 victory over Watford in 2019.
|2014||Arsenal||Hull City||3-2 AET||89,345|
|2016||Man Utd||Crystal Palace||2-1 AET||88,619|
|2019||Man City||Watford||6-0||85, 854|
The decade started with a unique final as Arsenal won a record-breaking 14th final against Chelsea at an empty Wembley.
Leicester also broke their FA Cup duck, having lost their four previous final appearances, with Youri Tielemans scoring one of the great final goals to beat Chelsea in the 2021 decider.
Chelsea will hope the decade will improve going forward- having lost all three of the finals to date.
(6-5 on penalties)
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