The Emirates FA Cup Final is one of London’s biggest sporting occasions, played at the home of the beautiful game, Wembley Stadium. Its a game that regularly reduces grown men to blubbering wrecks, such are the emotions generated in the heat of the battle.
This years match – which pits London rivals Chelsea against Arsenal – will be the 139th final in the history of what is the world’s oldest cup competition. The first final – then known as the Football Association Challenge Cup – was played out by Wanderers and Royal Engineers in the far less glamorous surroundings of Kennington Oval.
Arsenal will be hoping for a victory in tomorrow’s wembley showpiece, having missed out on a Champions League place for the third year running. Chelsea, for their part, will be looking to the put the finishing touches on an impressive first year under new manager Frank Lampard, who has already guided the club to a top four position.
15 teams entered that first competition but due to the complicated rule system employed at the time, Wanderers reached the final having won only one match! Their place in the showpiece was assured when they drew with Scotland’s Queen’s Park in the semi final. A relay was arranged but the Scottish team withdrew as they could not afford the train fare to London!
Last year’s final saw Manchester City complete a historic treble by dispatching unlucky Watford 6-0 in the final at Wembley. With City fielding a team littered with internationals and superstars, it was always going to be difficult for Watford, and once the Manchester club broke the deadlock in the 26th minute, there was only ever going to be one winner.
Following David Silva’s goal, City emphasised their dominance with a further five goals with Raheem Sterling and Gabriel Jesus bagging two a piece. With Kevin de Bruyne hammering the final nail in the plucky London club’s coffin, City had created another yet another record, becoming the first club to win the Premier League, League Cup and FA Cup in the same season.
The Emirates FA Cup Final will take place on Saturday 1st August 2020. More information about the event can be found here.
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