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Friday, 16 January 2015

FA Cup

On July 20, 1871, in the offices of The Sportsman newspaper, C. W. Alcock proposed to The Football Association committee that "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 proposition was carried and the inaugural FA Cup tournament, the oldest association football competition in the world, kicked off in November 1871.

The second FA Cup trophy, used between 1896 and 1910.

In the first-ever final of the FA Cup, Wanderers F.C. defeated Royal Engineers A.F.C. 1–0 at The Oval in Kennington, London on March 16, 1872. 2,000 spectators attended the game.

Wanderers F.C, were a team of former public schoolboys based in London, who went on to win the competition five times in its first seven seasons.

The early winners of the competition were all teams of wealthy amateurs from the south of England, but in the 1883 final, Blackburn Olympic became the first team from the north to win the cup, defeating Old Etonians.

Cardiff City defeated Arsenal 1-0 on April 23, 1927 in the FA Cup Final, the only time the competition has been won by a team not based in England.

The job of a football referee got a lot easier on April 29, 1933 as players in the FA Cup final wore numbers on their shirts for the first time.

The BBC used commentators for the first time at the 1936 FA Cup Final.

The first televised FA Cup Final took place on May 30, 1938 between Huddersfield Town and Preston North End.

Arsenal have won the FA Cup the most times with 13. 

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