by Andy Kelly
We thought it would be a good idea to put together a compendium of information relating to all of Arsenal’s FA Cup final appearances on one page so you don’t have to trawl all over the internet to find out the answers to all of those nagging questions.
Arsenal have appeared in 17 previous FA Cup Finals, winning 10 of them. Reaching the 2014 final equals Manchester United’s record of 18 appearances and a win will equal United’s total of 11. What we have collated here is a list of all the FA Cup finals that Arsenal have appeared in with match details, line-ups, match reports and some stats at the end of the article.
We don’t expect you to read through this all in one go, but to dip in whenever you think “who was Arsenal’s captain in the 2003 final” or “what was the weather like in the 1950 final”? I highly recommend reading the match reports, especially for the earlier finals even if it is only to see the difference in reporting styles when compared with today’s reporters.
Final appearances (3 or more):
5 – Ray Parlour, Pat Rice, David Seaman
4 – Tony Adams, Dennis Bergkamp, Ashley Cole, Joe Hulme, Martin Keown, Freddie Ljungberg, David O’Leary, Patrick Vieira
3 – Cliff Bastin, Liam Brady, Lee Dixon, Eddie Hapgood, Thierry Henry, Pat Jennings, Bob John, Lauren, Sammy Nelson, Tom Parker, Robert Pires, David Price, Graham Rix, Frank Stapleton, Alan Sunderland, Sylvain Wiltord, Willie Young
N.B. The 1993 final counts as one appearance.
4 – Ray Parlour, David Seaman.
3 – Tony Adams, Dennis Bergkamp, Ashley Cole, Martin Keown, Lauren, Freddie Ljungberg, Patrick Vieira.
2 – Cliff Bastin, Lee Dixon, Edu, Eddie Hapgood, Thierry Henry, Joe Hulme, Alex James, David O’Leary, Robert Pires, Pat Rice, Gilberto Silva, Sylvain Wiltord, Nigel Winterburn.
1 – Nicolas Anelka, George Armstrong, Mikel Arteta, Alf Baker, Wally Barnes, Ray Bowden, Liam Brady, Kevin Campbell, Sol Campbell, Santi Cazorla, Denis Compton, Leslie Compton, Wilf Copping, Freddie Cox, Jack Crayston, Paul Davis, Ted Drake, Lukasz Fabianski, Cesc Fabregas, Alex Forbes, Charlie George, Kieran Gibbs, Peter Goring, George Graham, David Jack, Pat Jennings, John Jensen, Charlie Jones, Kanu, Eddie Kelly, Ray Kennedy, Laurent Koscielny, Jack Lambert, Jens Lehmann, Reg Lewis, Andy Linighan, Jimmy Logie, Oleg Luzhny, Frank McLintock, Bob McNab, George Male, Joe Mercer, Paul Merson, Per Mertesacker, Sammy Nelson, Marc Overmars, Mesut Ozil, Tom Parker, Emmanuel Petit, David Platt, Lukas Podolski, Charlie Preedy, David Price, John Radford, Aaron Ramsey, Jose Antonio Reyes, Graham Rix, Herbie Roberts, Tomas Rosicky, Bacary Sagna, Yaya Sanogo, Laurie Scott, Bill Seddon, Philippe Senderos, Peter Simpson, Alan Smith, Frank Stapleton, Peter Storey, Alan Sunderland, George Swindin, Brian Talbot, Kolo Toure, Robin van Persie, Steve Walford, Jack Wilshere, Alex Wilson, Bob Wilson, Christopher Wreh, Ian Wright, Willie Young.
Arsenal’s FA Cup final goalscorers:
2 – Reg Lewis, Freddie Ljungberg, Ian Wright.
1 – Nicolas Anelka, Santi Cazorla, Ted Drake, Charlie George, Alex James, Bob John, Eddie Kelly, Laurent Koscielny, Jack Lambert, Andy Linighan, Marc Overmars, Ray Parlour, Robert Pires, Aaron Ramsey, Frank Stapleton, Alan Sunderland, Brian Talbot.
Arsenal’s FA Cup final captains:
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Arsenal FA Cup final managers:
To read about the kits that Arsenal have worn in the FA Cup final, read Mark’s previous blog.
1927 – The “Shiny Shirt” Final
23rd April 1927
Cardiff City 1 Arsenal 0
Dan Lewis, Tom Parker, Andy Kennedy, Alf Baker, Jack Butler, Bob John, Joe Hulme, Charlie Buchan (captain), Jimmy Brain, Billy Blyth, Sid Hoar.
1930 – The “Graf Zeppelin” Final
26th April 1930
Arsenal 2 Huddersfield Town 0
Charlie Preedy, Tom Parker (captain), Eddie Hapgood, Alf Baker, Bill Seddon, Bob John, Joe Hulme, David Jack, Jack Lambert, Alex James, Cliff Bastin.
Goalscorers: James (16), Lambert (88)
1932 – The “Over The Line” Final
23rd April 1932
Newcastle United 2 Arsenal 1
Frank Moss, Tom Parker (captain), Eddie Hapgood, Charlie Jones, Herbie Roberts, George Male, Joe Hulme, David Jack, Jack Lambert, Cliff Bastin, Bob John.
Goalscorer: John (15).
1936 – The “Viewed From The Skies” Final
25th April 1936
Arsenal 1 Sheffield United 0
Alex Wilson, George Male, Eddie Hapgood, Jack Crayston, Herbie Roberts, Wilf Copping, Joe Hulme, Ray Bowden, Ted Drake, Alex James (captain), Cliff Bastin.
Goalscorer: Drake (74).
1950 – The “Old Gold” Final
29th April 1950
Arsenal 2 Liverpool 0
George Swindin, Laurie Scott, Wally Barnes, Alex Forbes, Leslie Compton, Joe Mercer (captain), Freddie Cox, Jimmy Logie, Peter Goring, Reg Lewis, Denis Compton.
Goalscorer: Lewis (18 and 63).
1952 – The “About Time They Had Substitutes” Final
3rd May 1952
Newcastle United 1 Arsenal 0
George Swindin, Wally Barnes, Lionel Smith, Alex Forbes, Ray Daniel, Joe Mercer (captain), Freddie Cox, Jimmy Logie, Cliff Holton, Doug Lishman, Don Roper.
1971 – The “Long Haired Lover Beats Liverpool” Final
8th May 1971
Arsenal 2 Liverpool 1
Bob Wilson, Pat Rice, Bob McNab, Peter Storey (Eddie Kelly), Frank McLintock (captain), Peter Simpson, George Armstrong, George Graham, John Radford, Ray Kennedy, Charlie George.
Goalscorers: Kelly (101), George (111).
1972 – The “Centenary Year” Final
6th May 1972
Leeds United 1 Arsenal 0
Geoff Barnett, Pat Rice, Bob McNab, Peter Storey, Frank McLintock (captain), Peter Simpson, George Armstrong, Alan Ball, Charlie George, John Radford (Ray Kennedy), George Graham.
1978 – The “Injury List” Final
6th May 1978
Ipswich Town 1 Arsenal 0
Pat Jennings, Pat Rice (captain), Sammy Nelson, David Price, David O’Leary, Willie Young, Liam Brady (Graham Rix), Alan Sunderland, Malcolm Macdonald, Frank Stapleton, Alan Hudson.
1979 – The “Five Minute” Final
12th May 1979
Arsenal 3 Manchester United 2
Pat Jennings, Pat Rice (captain), Sammy Nelson, Brian Talbot, David O’Leary, Willie Young, Liam Brady, Alan Sunderland, Frank Stapleton, David Price (Steve Walford), Graham Rix.
Goalscorers: Talbot (12), Stapleton (43), Sunderland (89).
1980 – The “Absolutely Knackered” Final
10th May 1980
West Ham United 1 Arsenal 0
Pat Jennings, Pat Rice (captain), John Devine (Sammy Nelson), Brian Talbot, David O’Leary, Willie Young, Liam Brady, Alan Sunderland, Frank Stapleton, David Price, Graham Rix.
1993 – The “Last Gasp” Final
15th May 1993
Arsenal 1 Sheffield Wednesday 1
David Seaman, Lee Dixon, Andy Linighan, Tony Adams (captain), Nigel Winterburn, Paul Merson, Paul Davis, John Jensen, Ray Parlour (Alan Smith), Kevin Campbell, Ian Wright (David O’Leary).
Goalscorer: Wright (20).
20th May 1993
Arsenal 2 Sheffield Wednesday 1
David Seaman, Lee Dixon, Andy Linighan, Tony Adams (captain), Nigel Winterburn, Paul Merson, Paul Davis, John Jensen, Kevin Campbell, Alan Smith, Ian Wright (David O’Leary).
Goalscorers: Wright (34), Linighan (119).
1998 – The “Easy” Cup Final
16th May 1998
Arsenal 2 Newcastle United 0
David Seaman, Lee Dixon, Tony Adams (captain), Martin Keown, Nigel Winterburn, Ray Parlour, Patrick Vieira, Emmanuel Petit, Marc Overmars, Christopher Wreh (David Platt), Nicolas Anelka.
Goalscorers: Overmars (23), Anelka (69).
2001 – The “Why Did He Make Those Substitutions” Final
12th May 2001
Liverpool 2 Arsenal 1
David Seaman, Lee Dixon (Dennis Bergkamp), Martin Keown, Tony Adams (captain), Ashley Cole, Robert Pires, Gilles Grimandi, Patrick Vieira, Freddie Ljungberg (Nwankwo Kanu), Sylvain Wiltord (Ray Parlour), Thierry Henry.
Goalscorer: Ljungberg (72).
2002 – The “It’s Alright, It’s Only Ray Parlour” Final
4th May 2002
Arsenal 2 Chelsea 0
David Seaman, Lauren, Sol Campbell, Tony Adams (captain), Ashley Cole, Sylvain Wiltord (Martin Keown), Ray Parlour, Patrick Vieira, Freddie Ljungberg, Dennis Bergkamp (Edu), Thierry Henry (Nwankwo Kanu).
Goalscorers: Parlour (70), Ljungberg (80).
2003 – The “Indoors” Final
17th May 2003
Arsenal 1 Southampton 0
David Seaman (captain), Lauren, Martin Keown, Oleg Luzhny, Ashley Cole, Robert Pires, Ray Parlour, Gilberto Silva, Freddie Ljungberg, Dennis Bergkamp (Sylvain Wiltord), Thierry Henry.
Goalscorer: Pires (38).
2005 – The “Park The Bus” Final
21st May 2005
Arsenal 0 Manchester United 0 (Arsenal won 5-4 on penalties)
Jens Lehmann, Lauren, Kolo Toure, Philippe Senderos, Ashley Cole, Cesc Fabregas (Robin van Persie), Patrick Vieira (captain), Gilberto Silva, Robert Pires (Edu), Jose Antonio Reyes, Dennis Bergkamp (Freddie Ljungberg).
Penalty scorers: Lauren, Ljungberg, van Persie, Cole, Vieira.
2014 – The “Comeback” Final
17th May 2014
Arsenal 3 Hull City 2
Lukasz Fabianski, Bacary Sagna, Per Mertesacker, Laurent Koscielny, Kieran Gibbs, Mikel Arteta, Aaron Ramsey, Santi Cazorla (Tomas Rosicky), Mesut Ozil (Jack Wilshere), Lukas Podolski (Yaya Sanogo), Olivier Giroud.
Scorers: Cazorla (17), Koscielny (71), Ramsey (109).
Match report to follow
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