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The FA Cup Final was born from humble beginnings, over 130 years ago, on the 20th July 1871.
Back then, the FA was not yet 10 years old, the sport of football was only just beginning to become more than a casual game played by amateur clubs of friends after work, and Charles Adcock – the FA Honorary Secretary, had just had a thought which would rapidly change the sport forever.
In his words to his colleagues on that day:
“it is desirable that a Challenge Cup should be established in connection with the Association, for which all clubs belonging to the Association should be invited to compete”
The idea was a universal success with the other FA members – and three short months later it was approved and the ball was set rolling.
The first FA Cup season was held between 1871-1872, had fifteen entries (compared to the over 700 who took part this season) and the final drew a crowd of 2,000 (compared to last year’s final which drew 86,254 people) who each paid a shilling for entry.
In January 1922, the Duke of York (later to be King George VI) cut the first turf at what was about to become Wembley stadium only a short year later – the home of the FA Cup from then onwards and only replaced in 2007 by a new Wembley Stadium built for a new era of football.
It is a long and proud tradition, with the FA Cup Final being second only to the World Cup Final in terms of football legendry. It’s the kind of event where the weight of history collides with the dynamic force of the present to make a competition of truly epic proportions.
Last year’s final saw a tense battle between Wigan Athletic and Manchester City, where both sides battled each other to a stand still for the full 90 minutes, before Wigan’s Ben Watson forever secured his name in club history, and scored a blinding 91st-minute goal, winning the cup 1-0 for the Wigan underdogs.
The year before, we bore witness to a frantic back and forth between Chelsea and Liverpool, with Chelsea’s Ramirez and Drogba scoring 2 goals to overcome the 1 by Liverpool’s Carroll.
Whatever this year’s final might hold, it will undoubtedly be a match of the highest level, in a one-of-a-kind tournament closer which every football fan should make a pilgrimage to at least once.
Luckily for you, we’re giving you a chance to do just that, for free.