12 Facts About FA Cup


Football Association Challenge Cup, more commonly known as the FA Cup, is an annual knockout football competition in men's domestic English football.

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Winners receive the FA Cup trophy, of which there have been two designs and five actual cups; the latest is a 2014 replica of the second design, introduced in 1911.

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Alcock proposed to the FA committee that "it is desirable that a Challenge FA Cup should be established in connection with the Association for which all clubs belonging to the Association should be invited to compete".

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Total number of entries in the FA Cup has changed as Non-League football has gradually been expanded and reorganised over time.

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The withdrawal from the FA Cup drew considerable criticism as this weakened the tournament's prestige and Sir Alex Ferguson later admitted his regret regarding their handling of the situation.

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The first game played in the Channel Islands – and thus the southernmost FA Cup tie played – took place on 7 August 2021 between Jersey Bulls and Horsham YMCA.

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FA Cup winners enter the Europa League at the group stage.

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Portsmouth's manager Jack Tinn was rumoured to have kept the FA Cup trophy 'safe under his bed' throughout the duration of the war, but this is an urban myth.

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FA Cup claimed to have carried out the robbery with two other men, although when discrepancies with a contemporaneous report in the Birmingham Post newspaper in his account of the means of entry and other items stolen, detectives decided there was no realistic possibility of a conviction and the case was closed.

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FA Cup had been further imprisoned in 1957 for seven years for theft from cars.

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West Bromwich are the only team to have won the FA Cup and earned promotion to the top flight in the same season; whereas Wigan Athletic are the only team to have won the Cup and been relegated from the top flight in the same season.

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FA Cup Final is one of 10 events reserved for live broadcast on UK terrestrial television under the Ofcom Code on Sports and Other Listed and Designated Events.

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