Arsenal’s Glorious FA Cup History

Well here we go it’s the 136th edition of the oldest football competition in the world and our record 20th FA Cup Final. It’s our 2nd against Chelsea; in the 2002 final we ended up victorious, winning 2-0 with goals by Ray Parlour in the 70th minute and Freddie Ljungberg in the 80th.

Let’s take a walk back in time:

1927 Cardiff v Arsenal

1927 was the first time we appeared in the FA Cup Final and we ended up losing 0-1 to Cardiff City – Arsenal went into their first Final as slight underdogs against the Bluebirds who had reached the final only two years earlier. Despite having Charlie Buchan to bolster the ranks the Gunners could not break down Cardiff and Hughie Ferguson scored the winner. His effort slipped under Arsenal goalkeeper Dan Lewis’ body and the cup left England for the only time in its long history. This was the first FA Cup final to be broadcast live on BBC radio, having future Arsenal manager and experienced journalist George Allison at the microphone.

1930 Arsenal v Huddersfield

1930 was the first time we won the famous trophy the attendance at Wembley was 92,488 and our team consisted of – 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).

For their second final Arsenal were pitted against Herbert Chapman’s former team. Arsenal’s first goal had been planned on the team bus on the way to the game, Alex James taking a quick free-kick to Cliff Bastin who returned the ball to the unmarked linchpin to slot home. In the dying minutes a long through-ball found Jack Lambert who shrugged off the Huddersfield defenders to secure the game and Arsenal’s first major silverware. Both teams were led onto the pitch side-by-side for the first time in honour of Herbert Chapman.

Now some FA Cup statistics:

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

Winner’s appearances (2 or more):

4 – Ray Parlour, David Seaman.

3 – Tony Adams, Dennis Bergkamp, Ashley Cole, Martin Keown, Lauren, Freddie Ljungberg, Patrick Vieira.

2 – Cliff Bastin, Santi Cazorla, Lee Dixon, Edu, Lukasz Fabianski, Eddie Hapgood, Thierry Henry, Joe Hulme, Alex James, Laurent Koscielny, David O’Leary, Per Mertesacker, Mesut Ozil, Robert Pires, Aaron Ramsey, Pat Rice, Gilberto Silva, Jack Wilshere, Sylvain Wiltord, Nigel Winterburn

Enjoy the game.



106 Responses to Arsenal’s Glorious FA Cup History

  1. Big Raddy says:

    Thanks GN5. Some great stuff in there.

    Love the first pic with the programmes. I used to have many of them

  2. chas says:

    Cheers, GN5, as informative and comprehensive as ever.

    I’m starting to get excited about Saturday.

  3. Rasp says:

    Thanks GN5, another superb history lesson … you know things I didn’t know I didn’t know 🙂

    A record of 7 finals with 6 wins by AW is outstanding.

    The cards are stacked against us this time …. but with the FA cup all that goes out the window.

  4. chas says:

    This is a comment from under the video below…….

    Bernie Ross 2 years ago
    excellent – the days when the FA appreciated that 100,000 voices are far more stirring than some poncey twat showing off his falsetto. This is a football match, not the bloody opera

  5. RC78 says:

    Fantastic post – thanks for the historical background and the overview.

    It seems that Koscielny, Mustafi and Gabriel wil be out of the FA Cup, which does not bode well for us – unfortunately…

    Most likely team to face Chelsea:

    Cech – Holding, BFG, Monreal – Bellerin, Ramsey, Xhaka, Gibbs – Ozil, Sanchez – Wellbeck

    My favoured team:

    Cech – Bellerin, Holding, BFG, Monreal – Ramsey, Coquelin, Xhaka, El Neny, Sanchez – Wellbeck

    Why? We need physicality in the middle and we need to stop their Full-backs:
    – Ramsey and Sanchez (permutting with Walcott) will provide this cover against Full-Bascks
    – Coquelin, Xhaka and El Neny shall be able to handle Fabregas, Matic and Kante
    – Wellbeck will be able to test Luiz and Cahill on pace and in the air.

    We should start in this set-up and as the game evolves, we would be able to bring in the trickery of Ozil, the pace of Walcott or Giroud’s aerial presence

    Here are my 2 cents.

  6. RC78 says:

    I meant Sanchez permutting with Wellbeck up front

  7. GunnerN5 says:

    Good morning,

    Chas I loved the recording, they are the type of sounds that linger in my memory from days gone by, you manage to add a touch of magic to all of my posts, much appreciated – thank you.

    Given our injury list Chelsea start off as huge favourites – but we are the Arsenal and if it’s to be Arsene’s last game then I hope upon hope that he goes out with the record for FA Cup victories – or even better he stays around to add even more.

  8. GoonerB says:

    Thanks GN5. Our FA cup stats are impressive. If my maths serves me correctly we have featured in 1 in every 6.8 finals overall and 1 in every 4.5 since we first appeared in a final in 1927 (maybe some were cancelled with the war so it could be even better).

    We are the record joint winners with Utd. It would be very nice if we could stand alone in this, and if AW could become the most successful FA cup manager ever…….then it is just over to the pesky business of how we can get 14-16 more points in the league on a consistent basis 🙂

  9. GoonerB says:


  10. GunnerN5 says:

    Shake it all about.

  11. Rasp says:

    I’ve just had a nice chat with Pat Rice and his charming wife. Of course he will be going on Saturday although he’s unhappy he has to arrive very early.

    I asked him if he was taking his boots as we were a bit short at the back 😆 You could not meet a nicer guy and Arsenal through and through.

    He never divulges stuff that would harm the club but did say we lost our chances of 4th earlier in the season and said that for a few weeks the players just didn’t turn up. He specifically mentioned the Everton away game where we went 1 nil up, missed a couple of 50/50 tackles, they got a bit physical and then all the fight went out of the team.

    The other stuff I can’t tell you 🙂

  12. GunnerN5 says:

    I copied this from Wiki,

    Patrick James “Pat” Rice, MBE (born 17 March 1949) is a Northern Irish former footballer and coach. As a player, he made over 500 appearances for Arsenal, winning the Double, and later made a hundred more appearances for Watford. He also won 49 caps for Northern Ireland. After retirement from playing professionally he was at the helm of Arsenal’s Academy teams, then served as assistant manager of Arsenal, a position he held since the appointment of Arsène Wenger in 1996, and helped the club to two more Doubles, amongst other silverware, in that time. He announced his retirement from the post on 10 May 2012

    How is his heath Rasp?

  13. Rasp says:

    He looks great now GN5. He’s lost loads of weight and enjoys his gardening. I do know he was seriously ill a couple of years ago …. it was touch and go for a while.

  14. GunnerN5 says:

    Wow the cost of a ticket to the 1927 Cup Final was 21/- that was an enormous amount of money back then – equivalent to about a weeks wages. –

    What would the cost of a 2017 ticket be equal to?

  15. GunnerN5 says:

    Yes I remember he had cancer and it was really iffy for a while. So glad that he is in better shape – most likely a few less pints of Guinness.

    Did he give you his thoughts on Arsene’s future?

  16. Big Raddy says:

    GN5 Rasp would never tell you. Pentathol may the the only way to get the truth out of him

  17. Rasp says:

    🙂 🙂 Raddy

    GN5 I make a point of never asking him anything about sensitive issues, I just lull him into a false sense of security in the hope that he will let something slip. He did tell me a couple of things that I can’t reveal to you … that would require Raddy’s narcotics 🙂

  18. Rasp says:

    It will come as no surprise for me to tell you that he loves Arsene ‘the man’, and won’t hear a word said against him.

  19. Rasp says:

    If it wasn’t for bad luck, we wouldn’t have any luck at all at the moment …

  20. Zee says:

    What a very scrumptious Post, GN5. Superb. 🙂

    The FA Cup is still special to me — I have been to three and loved the whole day, the anticipation, the doing a ‘Chas’ with the journey to the stadium with lots of friends, most of them bonkers, and the sheer suspense, as to which Arsenal team would turn up — not to fear, they always did. Then the inebriated journey into London, and finally arriving back in Harrogate or Manchester not knowing where I lived!!! 😀

    Tough for us this Saturday with all the injured warriors [what’s new] and with a resurgent Chelsea to deal with – but you know — let’s see the score when that fat lady sings!

    Ra Ra Rasp Utin, spyin’ for the AA team,
    Ra Ra Rasp Utin countin’ all the goals goin’ in.

  21. Zee says:

    Does anyone know why Fred writes the single word ‘In’ most days, and is answered by GB writing ‘Out’ — made worse by GN5 writing ‘shake it all about’ — is it the equivalent of an AA masonic handshake?

  22. Zee says:

    Oh, no – I have had a terrible thought – maybe I was intruding on a love ensemble, twixt the terrible duo, Fredd and GB!!

    Code: In;
    When I’m calling you / Oo-Oo-Oo-Oo, Oo-Oo-Oo-Oo / Will you answer too / Oo-Oo-Oo-Oo, Oo-Oo-Oo-Oo?

    Code: Out;
    Then I will know our love will become true / Oo-Oo-Oo-Oo, Oo-Oo-Oo-Oo
    You’ll belong to me and I’ll belong to you / Oo-Oo-Oo-Oo, Oo-Oo-Oo-Oo

    [Taken from Raddy’s mating elk song – circa 1927]. 😀

  23. GunnerN5 says:

    Hi Zee, Sadly I’ve only watched one FA Cup Final live but I’ve had the pleasure of watching every one since 1972 on TV. We did not get our first TV until the mid 50’s so in 1950 and 1952 the whole family (around 20 + men and boys all crowded into our living room and listened to them on the radio – great fun.

  24. GunnerN5 says:

    It will come as no surprise for me to tell you that he loves Arsene ‘the man’, and won’t hear a word said against him.

    And so say most of us Rasp – I feel a song coming on………………

  25. Zee says:

    GN5, many would be very sad if AW decided to call it a day – altho that might be the best option in this toxic day and age.

    So, if Arsene went travelling to get away from the ‘bad guys’ Rasp would break into his theme tune;


    See The Pyramids
    Along the Nile
    Watch the sun rise
    On a tropic isle
    Just remember dearest AW all the while
    You belong to me

    See the market place
    In old Algiers
    Send me photographs
    And souvenirs
    Just remember
    ‘Til your dream appears
    You belong to me


  26. GunnerN5 says:

    Gee Zee Hee Hee 🙂 🙂 🙂

  27. Big Raddy says:

    Looking for the Dutch kids to get a result tonight but fear the worst.

    Come on Ajax

  28. Herb's Army says:

    Wow, another coincidence!
    I recognised that song immediately, Zee, in fact I listen to it often.
    My version is performed by Dean Martin.
    Great FA Cup memories, GN5.
    As I said many moons ago, at the final-whistle of the Leeds game in 1972, I ran away and cried uncontrollably The one and only time Arsenal reduced me to tears, although I felt like crying again when Jens Lehmann was sent-off in Paris, 2006.

  29. Big Raddy says:

    Leeds. You and name both Herb

    Even worse was Swindon because I was at that age when AFC meant absolutely everything i.e. before girls 🙂

  30. Gööner In Exile says:

    My worst Wembley moment….Nigel Winterburn v Andy Dibble and us losing to Luton.

    My best Wembley moment will always be Andy Linighan.

    I’ve only ever seen us lose at Wembley once when actually attending.

  31. Big Raddy says:

    Morning All,

    I have seen us lose 5 times at Wembley (forgetting the CL nightmare) but only once in the FACF and including the ’91 Spurs debacle.

    West Ham

    and was at Cardiff for the referee-inspired defeat by Liverpool.

    Perhaps I am a Jonah, so it is as well I cannot attend on Saturday

  32. chas says:

  33. chas says:

    What on Earth has Alexis got in his pocket?!

  34. mickydidit89 says:

    Can we assume Sanchez is a bachelor?

  35. mickydidit89 says:

    Oh no, manners

    Monster Cup post. Very interesting and informative.

    I assume that for people who straddle the parchment to computer eras and who also like compiling stats., the appearance of Excel must have been like one of those catholic miracle revelation things

    Thank you

  36. mickydidit89 says:

    And manners again. Morning all. Oh dear, poor start.

  37. Big Raddy says:

    One could say so. Grab a coffee and start again

  38. chas mobile says:

    Ipswich and West Ham were both FACF. ☺

  39. Big Raddy says:

    What’s Excel?

  40. Big Raddy says:

    chas. I have always been terrible at maths

  41. Eddie says:

    I never say good morning on the blog, no idea why 🙂

    I told you months ago that Mourinho will win a trophy in his first season. He knows how. Some managers forgot how

    Good token for poor buggers of Manchester

  42. chas mobile says:

    …and Leeds if it’s after Swindon 😮

  43. chas mobile says:

    Mourinho disgusts every molecule of my body my body

  44. chas mobile says:


  45. Eddie says:

    same here, I hate him. BUT he is a great manipulator.

  46. Big Raddy says:

    Detestable chap with small man syndrome

  47. Eddie says:

    small? he is very tall for a Portuguese his age. He hasn’t been mouthing much this season, perhaps someone told him how pathetic he sounds

    Anyway, who cares about Jose. We have a game to worry about. I have only said last week that we were lucky with injuries this season. Were we feck. The only game we need the full squad and our defence disintegrated

  48. Zee says:

    Chas, @7:40 and 7:41

    You said;
    ‘Mourinho disgusts every molecule of my body my body’


    Not every part it seems. 🙂

  49. Eddie says:

    chas – re Bambi. We were in the woods yesterday. He was doing his usual entertaining tricks (roll overs, jumping, turning uber fast). The people watching were laughing. Then I called him ‘Come on Bambi, that’s enough’. And they were like ‘oh that’s BAMBI, we have heard about him!!’. oooh my god, he even has reputation in Cuffley now as the village idiot.

    peaches is afraid to come over to mine. He licks her to death!

  50. Zee says:

    Maureen will happily tell all who listen that HE won the EL — naturally if Manure had lost he would tell the world – the TEAM betrayed him and let HIM down, before going off on one of his hissy fits!! Tart!

    Lovely man —- NOT

  51. Zee says:

    Apologies — I should have said ‘Morning Everyone’ but got distracted by reading the early comments! 😀

  52. Zee says:


    I meant to say that the BBC first broadcast radio commentaries of football games in the same year (1927) as the Cardiff v Arsenal Cup Final, although that was for League Division 1 games.

    To help listeners when broadcasting, the pitch was divided into 8 numbered squares, so James in 3 passed a long ball to Smith in 6, and this was distributed via a BBC magazine.

    The very first game commented on was between Arsenal and Sheffield United, with the numbers 1 and 2 being at the Clock End, and of course, 7 and 8 being at the North Bank end.

    The result? It was a hard earned draw! 1 : 1

    I do not know whether or not the 1927 Cup Final had a radio commentary, but perhaps you do?

    That is a piece of history involving Arsenal to include in your data banks – altho you probably already knew that. 😀

  53. Zee says:

    Before someone makes the comment, I will get in first to say that radio commenting on an Arsenal game in the modern era, using the same system could sound a bit like;

    Xhaka in 6, passes to Rambo in 5, who passes it straight back to Xhaka in 6, who passes to Özil in 4, who passes to a stationery Rambo in 5, who plays it back to Belli Button in 3, who smartly passes it back to the un-numbered Cech in goal …….

    As if? 😀

  54. GunnerN5 says:

    Zee I didn’t know the answer to your question so I refereed to

    GGM 40: Highbury stages first live broadcast

    Arsenal’s history is littered with landmark moments, many of which are not just club-related but also significant to the wider football world.

    The legendary manager Herbert Chapman was Arsenal’s greatest innovator so it’s fitting that he was in charge when Highbury staged the first-ever live radio commentary, heard by listeners to the BBC’s World Service.

    On January 22, 1927 the BBC – formed the previous year – broadcast the league match between Arsenal and Sheffield United. Charlie Buchan, Arsenal’s skipper, scored the first ‘live’ goal in a 1-1 draw.

    The BBC had already experimented with outside broadcast at a rugby match at Twickenham, but the Highbury event pioneered the use of two ‘commentators’ – one providing a running commentary of the action while the other called out grid references.

    The grid references corresponded to a chart published in the Radio Times which divided the pitch into eight numbered segments. Hearing the numbers allowed listeners to locate the position of the ball. This system remained in place until 1939.

    Arsenal soon had in their ranks a man who knew all about this new method of communication. Chapman’s assistant and eventual successor, George Allison, was the BBC’s first regular football commentator.

    Allison supplied commentaries for the first live broadcasts of The Derby and the Grand National, and was behind the microphone for the 1927 FA Cup Final when Arsenal lost 1-0 to Cardiff City at Wembley.

    Ten years after the BBC’s first live commentary, sections of a game between Arsenal and their Reserves were televised. This was the first time a football game had been covered in this way.


  55. GunnerN5 says:

    refereed = referred.

  56. GoonerB says:

    Haha Zee. The numbered squares with Arsenal is amusing and I think your numbered square heat map is accurate. However assuming that 5 + 6 will be the squares going across the pitch just outside the opposition penalty area so I see this pattern also :-

    “outside 5 passes to inside 5 then to inside 6 who passes it to outside 6 who then returns it to inside 6 who passes it to inside 5 who then plays it to outside 5″….and repeat, until some idiot breaks rank and tries a pass forwards into 7 or 8 at which point it will probably result in the commentator explaining that a large good looking French chap with a tasty haircut has just fallen over and is waving his arms about in the air with a put upon expression that the ref is not interested in, and that the team have sensibly resumed the 5 + 6 square combination again.

  57. GunnerN5 says:

    Zee, I cannot remember hearing radio commentaries that used numbers to describe the game so it must have been earlier than when I began listening which would have been around 1947.

  58. GunnerN5 says:

    A mother-in-law stopped by unexpectedly the recently married couple’s house. She knocks on the door, then immediately walks in. She is shocked to see her daughter-in-law lying on the couch, totally naked.

    “What are you doing?” she asked.

    “I’m waiting for Jeff to come home from work,” the daughter-in-law answered.

    “But you’re naked!” the mother-in-law exclaimed.

    “This is my love dress,” the daughter-in-law explained.

    “Love dress? But you’re naked!”

    “Jeff loves me to wear this dress! It makes him happy and it makes me happy.”

    The mother-in-law on the way home thought about the love dress. When she got home she got undressed, showered, put on her best perfume and expectantly waited for her husband, lying provocatively on the couch.

    Finally her husband came home. He walked in and saw her naked on the couch.

    “What are you doing?” he asked.

    “This is my love dress,” she replied.

    “Needs ironing,” he says” “What’s for dinner?”

  59. Zee says:

    Yup, it was as I said, the first commentaries were in 1927, GN5.

    They apparently soon stopped the grid references because fans like GB soon got confused and thought they were ordering from the Chinese menu. 🙂

  60. Zee says:

    To GB,

    😘 😘 😘


    Zee 😇

  61. Zee says:


    it needs ironing!!!!

    🤠 🤠 😎

  62. mickydidit89 says:


    Come here this minute. I have great news on the box set front.

  63. mickydidit89 says:

    Sorry all, but on the Arsenal front, I’m kinda on the treatment table. In rehab so to speak. Been doing year after year of arsenal marathons, and I need to be fit and frisky for the sprint on Saturday.

  64. mickydidit89 says:


  65. Eddie says:

    shut up ffs, I am watching episode 1 season 1 Breaking Bad

  66. mickydidit89 says:

    HA HA HA

    Look, I can’t stick around as I have a cracking box set to get on with

    ps it’s called House of Cards

  67. Eddie says:

    when I finish watching 5 seasons of Breaking Bad I will be too old to watch anything else

    Good so far

  68. GunnerN5 says:

    Eddie, I’ve already watched all episodes of both series, the next season of House of Cards is already being filmed. They are absolute must watch series, we would binge on them and watch 3/4 episodes per night. I think that Net Flix is incredible value for money at less than $10.00 per month.

  69. Fantastic GN5

    What a glorious history it is.

    The only downside is that unlike the last 2 I have not been able to procure a ticket? This has really gutted me GN5 for I am a man with an overly inflated sense of self importance. I am deserving of a ticket, indeed, no one has done as little for society as me.

    The Cup brings back so many happy memories. In fact, I met my first wife on Cup Final day. Actually I went down the pub to avoid the game, it was the night Totnumb beat Man City in the cup final replay. To this day I blame Totnumb for costing me a fortune in the divorce courts.

    It needs courage to win the Cup. Arsenal coming back against Liverpool in 100 degree heat, ending with Charlie George’s delicious thumper. Alan Sunderland scoring the winner when he should have been feeling down after Utd came back to 2-2 and that he was the only man who’s perm resembled a hedge.

    We can do it Saturday. Yes we’re underdogs and Arsene will have to play in the back 3, but Charlie’s winner and Sunderlands bush should inspire us.

    There is nothing to fear. In the latter stages of my modelling career I was so skint I tried everything to get a gig. I once turned up for an audition for a baby shampoo advert wearing my wig. Despite my protestations that for the shower scene we could use a double. It wasn’t to be, but I did not let fear stop me trying.

    Arsenal to win 2-1 with a last minute winner from Arsene Wenger.

  70. chas mobile says:

    Sunderland’s bush ☺

  71. chas says:

  72. mickydidit89 says:

    Morning all

    Cannot believe it’s Friday. Where the heck did that week go

  73. Morning all

    Happy 26th May 😁😁😁

    Shall we relive Raddy’s marvellous post on the subject …… or has someone got a better idea?

  74. chas says:

  75. chas says:

    BR’s magnificent post – what a wonderful idea!

  76. mickydidit89 says:

    Oh yes, well spotted Peaches

    I go get the vid

  77. mickydidit89 says:

    No, best wait for the post

  78. 😁 I’ll go find it then …….

  79. chas mobile says:

  80. mickydidit89 says:

    Does Jon consult you other bros over cup final banners or all his own work

  81. Oh wow, stunning chas, I need some of those against my orange wall

  82. Found it, just need to change the title ……. again 😉

  83. mickydidit89 says:

    Oh yes, love the blue on orange combo. Top palette usage 🙂

  84. Video in the post or save it for the comments?

  85. mickydidit89 says:

    In the immortal word of Fred


  86. Speaking of colour combos, this is from a Mexican inspired garden at The Chelsea Flower Show this week

  87. The turquoise of the Agave’s was the exact colour of the pool they were reflected in ………… absolutely beautiful

  88. mickydidit89 says:


    Awesome with the royal blue sky
    Not so good beneath a dull grey English one

  89. Luckily for them we’ve have royal blue skies all week 🙂

  90. chas mobile says:

    The banner Jon did consult us on was his worst ever. It was Jose Antonio Rees as a bullfighter and Gary Neville as the bull.

    There were rumours that Reyes was off back to Spain and when JC saw the banner he said, ‘when he says that he’ll be on the next flight!’

  91. Shall I publish this now ……………. what else is there to talk about, chas has gone marking already, Eddie and Raddy are still asleep, at least we can watch the videos 🙂

  92. There you are chas …………………

  93. chas mobile says:

    Says equals sees

  94. Eddie says:

    how about these chas? I am getting a huge clump today, do you want some? shall we give him some, peaches?

  95. chas mobile says:

    Publish and be damned

  96. He definitely needs some ……………. Eddie they look fab

  97. mickydidit89 says:

    How about a Kroenke Forever banner 🙂

  98. Eddie says:

    peaches – they do look fab. Every morning they are the first thing I see when I go near the garden. love them. I will share the clump with chas if I absolutely have to…

  99. New Post everyone …………………….

  100. Eddie says:

    how about ‘feck off Kroenke’ you have a huge range to look after now you weirdo with taché

  101. Very generous Eddie 😉

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

%d bloggers like this: