History and stats of the FA Cup

The FA Cup final between Manchester City and Watford is just days away, with the two sides set to battle for the historic cup on May 18th.

But just how far back does the history of this competition go?

The FA Cup, otherwise known as the Football Association Challenge Cup dates back to 1871, making it the oldest club competition in the world. November 1871 saw the inaugural run of the FA Cup.

On March 16 1872, Wanderers FC were crowned the first winners of the competition. The now dissolved club beat the Royal engineers 1-0 at the Kennington Oval thanks to the goal scored by Morton Betts.

As winners of the Cup, the original rules of the competition stated that the Wanderers get a bye all the way to the final. They retained the trophy, beating Oxford University 2-0.

  • The most successful club in the FA Cup is Arsenal, winning the competition 13 times.
  • The most successful player is Ashley Cole, winning the cup seven times with Arsenal and Chelsea
  • The top scorer of this season’s competition is Newport County’s Padraig Amond with five goals
  • The all time top scorer is Notts County’s Harry Cursham with 49 goals