FA Cup winners, List of Champions in history till date

FA Cup winners, List of Champions in history till date

May 9, 2021 0 By Ibiye Ambille

English FA Cup Winners, the Challenge Cup Champions List and the most successful teams in the history from 1872 till date.


FA Cup Facts

Who are the Favourites to win the FA Cup? Every year, Manchester United, Manchester City, Chelsea, Arsenal, Liverpool, Leicester City, Tottenham Hotspur are tipped as Favourites to win the English FA Cup.


How many substitutes are allowed in the FA Cup? Four substitutes are usually allowed in the FA Cup match most especially in the knockout stages.


Who wins the FA Cup 2020? London based club Arsenal won the 2020 FA Cup final, beating rivals Chelsea as underdogs in the going into the game.



Does the winner of the FA Cup qualify for Europe? Yes, the winner of the FA Cup automatically earns the right to play in the UEFA Europa League the following season, likely to play in the Group stages of the Competition.


What team has the most FA Cups? Arsenal has the most FA Cups with 14 followed by Manchester United with 12, Chelsea 8, etc.


What is the biggest FA Cup win? In the history of the FA Cup, the biggest shocker came as Premier League outfit Arsenal was up against Fourth Division Wrexham, beating Arsenal 2-1 in 1992 which sent waves across England.



Who is the most successful manager in the FA Cup history?

Frenchman Arsène Wenger holds the record as the most successful manager in the English FA Cup with over seven trophies won with London based club Arsenal. (1998, 2002, 2003, 2005, 2014, 2015, 2017).


He is the most successful manager as Arsenal enjoyed a golden moment in its entire history as a football club.


The English FA Cup or the Challenge is one of England’s oldest Competition which has produced notable winners in the past and present.


The fiercely contested Knockout cup Competition is regarded as one of the most important football tournament held in England.


The Competition is usually known for the upsets even as smaller teams from the third and fourth tends to eliminate teams in the first and second division.


1871–72 season, the FA is one of the world’s oldest national football knockout cup tournaments.


According to the English football league system, teams from the Premier League down to the EFL League two are eligible to fielding teams for the Competition.


Other teams from National League and Non-League sides that are eligible are also featured in the preliminary stages of competitions before getting to the advanced stage.


Since the establishment, over 43 different clubs in the country boost of handling the title at least once or more in its history most notably Arsenal, Manchester United, Chelsea, Tottenham Hotspur, Liverpool, Aston Villa, etc.


FA Cup winners list

Most successful teams in the English FA Cup

1. Arsenal 14

2. Manchester United 12

3. Chelsea 8

4. Tottenham Hotspur 8

5. Liverpool 7

6. Aston Villa 7

7. Newcastle United 6

8. Manchester City 6

9. Blackburn Rovers 6

10. Everton FC 5

11. West Bromwich Albion 5

12. Wanderers 5



Titles: 14
Runners 7

London based club Arsenal are the most successful football club in the history of the English FA Cup with over 14 titles won its history as a football club in England.


The Gunners as they are popularly known won its first trophy in 1930 and have also ended up seven times as runners up present and in the past.


Arsenal holds an incredible record in the FA Cup with their last defeat in 2001, winning their last FA Cup trophy in 2020 beating Chelsea FC in the final held at Wembley Stadium.


The club has appeared a record 21 times, followed by Manchester United with 20 appearances in the Competition.


At Arsenal, it appeared the English FA Cup is just like a traditional cup Competition which they know how to win every single season they make an appearance.


The Gunners have also advanced to the knockout stages on most occasions and have been successful in the finals they have competed.


How did Arsenal become great in the nation’s biggest football Competitions outside the Premier League?

French manager Arsène Wenger also contributed to the club’s successful outing in the FA Cup, guiding his side to a record seven FA Cup titles, becoming the most successful manager in the history of the competition.


Manchester United

Titles 12
Runners up: 8

The club from the city of Manchester United is the second most successful team in the history of the English FA Cup with 12 titles.


The Red Devils are two titles shy of Arsenal who lead the all-time winner’s list with over 14 titles most of which were achieved from the late 20th century into the 21st century.


Manchester United had a hand in the most prestigious knockout Competitions in the year 1909.


United with a total of 20 appearances in the tournament has also ended up as runners up on 8 occasions.


The last time Manchester United lost the FA Cup was in 2018, losing to Chelsea FC in the final.

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The last time Manchester United also won the FA Cup was 2016 when they defeated Crystal Palace after extra time.


Former manager Sir Alex Ferguson led the club to numerous trophies in England and in Europe.


The manager also won the FA Cup in different occasions alongside the Premier League making it a double and treble winners in the process.


Would there be any other coach that can lead Manchester United to another title in the nearest future? In 2021, the club got to the quarter finals only to loose out to a more talented side Leicester City.



Titles 8
Runners up: 8


Chelsea is the third most successful team on the list with over eight titles won in its history as a football club.


The London blue emerged victorious in 1970, winning its first national title at the time.


After that win, Chelsea continued to press for more national titles, winning eight FA Cup in total.


The last time Chelsea had a hand on the title was in 2018, where they defeated Manchester United in the final, courtesy of a 1-0 win over the red devils who are 12th time Champions.


The Blues have also lost in the finals of the competition on over six occasions with the recent being 2020 final where Arsenal surprised the rest of the world as underdogs to dislodge their fellow London rivals.


In total Chelsea have 15 appearances in FA Cup. In 2021, Chelsea qualified for the finals of the FA Cup to face Leicester City at the Wembley Stadium.


The Blues or the better still the Pensioners qualified for the finals after a turbulent start, but a change of hands in the managerial department accelerated the club to the final.


Tottenham Hotspur

Titles 8
Runners up 1

Tottenham Hotspur is another London based club with successful outings in the national knockout cup competition.


The Spurs are Champions of the tournament 1901.


Spurs are early winners of the FA Cup ahead of bigger teams including Manchester United, Chelsea, Arsenal and Liverpool.


For Spurs, the last time a victory was tasted in the Competition was in 1991. Meaning the majority of the club’s success was in the 20th century.


There’s currently no FA Cup title in the club’s cabinet in the modern era of football in the county.


On several occasions, Tottenham Hotspur has come close to winning it but failed in the end.


The last time the North London based club lost the final was in 1987.


The club boasts a total of nine appearances in the Competition.


Tottenham Hotspur still have brighter chances of winning the trophy with current state of the club.


Although this will require a better manager that can handle the affairs of the team


Liverpool FC

Titles 7
Runners up 7

Liverpool is also another top side with seven titles won its history and participation.


The club won its first trophy in 1965, losing its last final in 2012. The last time Liverpool won the FA Cup was in 2006.


In total, Liverpool itself is one of the teams with 14 appearances in the Competition.


2021 happens to be a bad outing for Liverpool, crashing out of major cup competitions domestically.


Aston Villa

Titles 7
Runners up 4

Aston Villa has also won seven English FA Cup titles most of which were achieved in the early years of the competition.


Villa won its first trophy in 1887 and achieved its last title in 1957.


The last time Aston Villa got to the finals was in 2015 but lost out in the final.


In total, Aston Villa has over 11 appearances and has ended up as runners up in up to four times.


They joint seven cup winners on the list alongside Liverpool.

Aston Villa won most of its trophies in the early years.


Newcastle United

Titles 6
Runners up 7.

Newcastle United have won a total of Six English FA Cup titles.


Newcastle United is one of the greats when it comes to FA Cup most especially in the early years of the Competition.


Newcastle won its first 1910 and the last title in 1955, haven ended up as runners up on up to seven occasions.


The Magpies last appeared in a final in 1999. Since then, the club has failed to reach the finals of the country’s most celebrated trophy.


A total of 13 appearances for Newcastle United.


Manchester City

Titles 6
Runners up 5
Manchester City has won six trophies in the fa cup.


Manchester City in the wake of the modern era most especially at the start of the 21st century has enjoyed impressive outings in the Competition.


The Citizens emerged Champions for the first time in 1904 and the last time the club cell was in 2019.


The Citizens are runners up on five different occasions having a total of 11 appearances in the Competition.

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Humiliating win of Watford: in the finals of the 2019 Emirates FA Cup, Manchester City humiliated Watford in the final to lift its sixth title in front of its cheering fans at the Wembley stadium.


Manchester City scored a total of six unreplied goals in the final to confidently cruise their way to victory in a one-sided encounter.


For Watford, it was a season full of ups and downs which also saw them relegate to the EFL Champions after a long battle in a bid to stay afloat.


For Manchester City, it was another moment and milestone achieved under the new golden Era of Spanish manager Pep Guardiola who took over the managerial affairs from Manuel Pellegrini.


The Citizens dominated the game to emerge Champions of the English FA Cup in 2019.


However, the club could not defend the title it won even as Traditional side Arsenal FC came up against Chelsea in the 2020 finals as underdogs to emerge victoriously.


For Arsenal, it was the perfect opportunity to make it 14 FA Cup Champions and further increase the gap to two wins ahead of Manchester United with 12 titles.


Blackburn Rovers

Titles 6

Blackburn Rovers have also won a total of six FA Cup titles in the clubs entire history in the Competition.


The club won its first trophy in 1884 and emerged as Champions in 1928 which was the last time they own it.


With a total of eight appearances, Blackburn Rovers came close to winning it once again, but could not dolosingosing to a more focused side e in 1960 final.


Since then, Blackburn Rovers have not won the Competition. In modern English football, the club is yet to go close to winning it, although few occasions they were closer.



Titles 5

Runners up 8


Everton has won the Competition five times starting from 1906. The club won it last in 1995.


Since then The Merseyside blue has failed to lift the trophy most especially in modern football in England.


Haven lost in the final 8 times, Everton still has a clear record when it comes to FA Cup.


In 2009, Everton again reached the final in the modern English football era but lost in the final.


In the final, Everton played against London based club Chelsea, losing in the End even as the blues lifted the trophy through goals from Lampard and Drogba.


Everton got the consolidation goal from Saha to leave a decent scoreline in the end.


Everton has also enjoyed more appearances in the Competition just like other top clubs in the country.


West Bromwich Albion

Titles 5

Runners up 5


West Bromwich Albion has also won a decent number of FA Cup titles in the past, have won a total of five titles throughout the club’s participation in the Competition.


The first West Bromwich Albion lifted the trophy was in 1893 and the last time the trophy came was in 1960.


Meaning the club emerged as FA Cup Champions in the 20th century and are yet to register another trophy in the 21st century.


The last time the club also lost in a final was in 1939. Since then that, the baggies have constantly participated in the tournament.


West Bromwich Albion also won most of its trophies in the early years.



Titles 5

Runners up 0

Wanderers holds the record as the first-ever football club to win the English FA Cup in its inaugural season in 1872.


The last time the club tasted victory was in 1878. A total of five appearances, Wanderers was the early most successful team in the history of the FA Cup.

Wanderers had a perfect record.


The club participated in five occasions, winning all five titles. Today, Wanderers are no longer participants in the country’s oldest knockout cup Competition.


FA Cup Champions for at least four times

Wolverhampton Wanderers – 4 Titles
Bolton Wanderers – 4 Titles
Sheffield United – 4 Titles


FA Cup winners list, at least three times in history

Sheffield Wednesday – 3 Titles
West Ham United – 3 Titles


Other notable teams that have won the FA Cup twice or twice as Champions

Preston North End 2 Titles
Old Etonians 2 Titles
Portsmouth 2 Titles
Sunderland 2 Titles
Nottingham Forest 2 Titles
Bury 2 Titles


Other notable FA Cup winners at least once


Huddersfield Town – 1 Title
Oxford University 1 Title
Royal Engineers 1 Titles
Derby County 1 Title
Leeds United 1 Title
Southampton 1 Title
Burnley 1 Title
Cardiff City 1 Title
Blackpool 1 Title
Clapham Rovers 1
Notts County 1
Barnsley 1
Charlton Athletic 1 Title
Old Carthusians 1 Title
Blackburn Olympic 1 Title
Bradford City 1 Title
Ipswich Town 1 Title
Coventry City 1 Title
Wigan Athletic 1 Title


The Full FA Cup winners List


2019–20 Arsenal
2018–19 Manchester City
2017–18 Chelsea
2016–17 Arsenal
2015–16 Manchester United
2014–15 Arsenal
2013–14 Arsenal
2012–13 Wigan Athletic
2011–12 Chelsea
2010–11 Manchester City
2009–10 Chelsea
2008–09 Chelsea
2007–08 Portsmouth
2006–07 Chelsea
2005–06 Liverpool
2004–05 Arsenal
2003–04 Manchester United
2002–03 Arsenal
2001–02 Arsenal
2000–01 Liverpool
1999–2000 Chelsea
1998–99 Manchester United
1997–98 Arsenal
1996–97 Chelsea
1995–96 Manchester United
1994–95 Everton
1993–94 Manchester United
1992–93 Arsenal
1991–92 Liverpool
1990–91 Tottenham Hotspur
1989–90 Manchester United
1988–89 Liverpool
1987–88 Wimbledon
1986–87 Coventry City
1985–86 Liverpool
1984–85 Manchester United
1983–84 Everton
1982–83 Manchester United
1981–82 Tottenham Hotspur
1980–81 Tottenham Hotspur
1979–80 West Ham United
1978–79 Arsenal
1977–78 Ipswich Town
1976–77 Manchester United
1975–76 Southampton
1974–75 West Ham United
1973–74 Liverpool
1972–73 Sunderland
1971–72 Leeds United
1970–71 Arsenal
1969–70 Chelsea
1968–69 Manchester City
1967–68 West Bromwich Albion
1966–67 Tottenham Hotspur
1965–66 Everton
1964–65 Liverpool
1963–64 West Ham United
1962–63 Manchester United
1961–62 Tottenham Hotspur
1960–61 Tottenham Hotspur
1959–60 Wolverhampton Wanderers
1958–59 Nottingham Forest
1957–58 Bolton Wanderers
1956–57 Aston Villa
1955–56 Manchester City
1954–55 Newcastle United
1953–54 West Bromwich Albion
1952–53 Blackpool
1951–52 Newcastle United
1950–51 Newcastle United
1949–50 Arsenal
1948–49 Wolverhampton Wanderers
1947–48 Manchester United
1946–47 Charlton Athletic
1945–46 Derby County
1938–39 Portsmouth
1937–38 Preston North End
1936–37 Sunderland
1935–36 Arsenal
1934–35 Sheffield Wednesday
1933–34 Manchester City
1932–33 Everton
1931–32 Newcastle United
1930–31 West Bromwich Albion
1929–30 Arsenal
1928–29 Bolton Wanderers
1927–28 Blackburn Rovers
1926–27 Cardiff City
1925–26 Bolton Wanderers
1924–25 Sheffield United
1923–24 Newcastle United
1922–23 Bolton Wanderers
1921–22 Huddersfield Town
1920–21 Tottenham Hotspur
1919–20 Aston Villa
1914–15 Sheffield United
1913–14 Burnley
1912–13 Aston Villa
1911–12 Barnsley
1910–11 Bradford City
1909–10 Newcastle United
1908–09 Manchester United
1907–08 Wolverhampton Wanderers
1906–07 The Wednesday
1905–06 Everton
1904–05 Aston Villa
1903–04 Manchester United
1902–03 Bury
1901–02 Sheffield United
1900–01 Tottenham Hotspur
1899–1900 Bury
1898–99 Sheffield United
1897–98 Nottingham Forest
1896–97 Aston Villa
1895–96 The Wednesday
1894–95 Aston Villa
1893–94 Notts County
1892–93 Wolverhampton Wanderers
1891–92 West Bromwich Albion
1890–91 Blackburn Rovers
1889–90 Blackburn Rovers
1888–89 Preston North End
1887–88 West Bromwich Albion
1886–87 Aston Villa
1885–86 Blackburn Rovers
1884–85 Blackburn Rovers
1883–84 Blackburn Rovers
1882–83 Blackburn Olympic
1881–82 Old Etonians
1880–81 Old Carthusians
1879–80 Clapham Rovers
1878–79 Old Etonians
1877–78 Wanderers
1876–77 Wanderers
1875–76 Wanderers
1875–76 Wanderers
1874–75 Royal Engineers
1873–74 Oxford University
1872–73 Wanderers
1871–72 Wanderers

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History of the FA Cup

The English FA Cup was formally launched with its inaugural season beginning from 1871 after the Football Association at the time had suggested for a national Challenge Cup to be introduced to determine a national champion.


The final of the first edition of the English FA Cup was held in 1872 as Wanderers defeating Royal Engineers to win the first edition of the FA Cup.


Wanderers became the first team in the history of the FA Cup to emerge victoriously and was able to retain the title the following year.


That is back to back win for Wanderers.


At some point in history, the Competition was brought to a half due to some political issues that affected the Competition from going ahead.

However, despite these setbacks, the FA Cup fully returned to its full capacity in 1919–20.


The Wembley Stadium in London is the home of the FA Cup finals for the years.


Teams Eligibility

Clubs from the Premier League down to level 10 of the English football league system are allowed to participate in the national knockout cup tournament.


Also, clubs from outside the top-level can still feature in the Competition.


How many rounds are does the FA Cup has? The tournament has over Fourteen Rounds in total including the final match.


Teams from the lowest division kick start the competition before the team from League One and League Two will come In.


As it progresses further, the club’s from the English Premier League and the EFL Championship will start to enter the draws probably from the fifth round till the final stages.


Currently, teams from the English Premier League, the country’s top tier football competition has produced the most successful teams in history.


Which teams have never won the FA Cup?

List of teams that have never won the FA Cup

Leicester City, Queen’s Park (Scotland), Birmingham City, Crystal Palace, Watford, Bristol City, Luton Town, Fulham, Queens Park Rangers, Brighton & Hove Albion, Middlesbrough, Millwall, Stoke City, Hull City



The Competition remains one of the most popular football Competitions in England and across the world with a huge following most especially from English speaking countries of the world.



The FA Cup in England is the oldest football Competitions organized by the country’s football Association after agreements were made to commence a national cup for participating teams.


In the early years, Wanderers with five titles dominated proceedings before a change of guard.


However, on the part of Wanderers, it was a remarkable moment in the history of the club to have emerged victorious in the country’s oldest Competition.


Other teams like Oxford University and Royal Engineers were surprised winners of the Competition at that time.


These clubs dominated the Competition before the emergence of the current big boys in the country.


This article highlights the FA Cup winners list, a complete list of Champions and the most successful teams in the history of the Competition to date.

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