FA Cup has always had a special place for its fans. It is considered as the oldest association football competition in the whole world, first played during the 1871-72 season. As much as fans enjoyed the FA Cup, so did punters from around the world. Especially some of the FA Cup Finals saw a huge crowd of fans along with a huge number of bettors.
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Below are some of the best FA Cup Finals in history:
Blackpool 4 vs Bolton 3 (1953):
It was called Mathews final, even when there was a hat trick scored by another player named Stan Mortensen. It was the eighth final to be held at the Wembley Stadium. For the TV audienes of that time, it was considered to be the first major sports event.
The Blackpools at one point were certainly looking to face defeat when they were 3-1. However, it was Mathews who came up with some brilliant dribbling, inspiring his team to win the trophy, the chance of which he had narrowly missed in the two previous finals.
When the match even barely started, the Bolton had taken the lead with the goal of Nat Lofthouse, for which Mortensen had made an equalizer. However, Willie Moir and Eric Bell put extreme pressure on the Blackpool side by scoring goals.
Then Matthews came in and put a great effort to inspire his team. Mortensen scored two more goals after that, one coming just before two minutes remaining. And just seconds remaining, Bill Perry scored to take his side to victory.
Arsenal 3 vs Manchester United 2 (1979):
This final saw one of the greatest matches on the field. What was really remarkable about this game was that the game remained without any excitement until the 85th minute. Arsenal were poised to win after taking a lead of 2-0.
However, the drama started when Gorden McQueen scored for the United side in the 86th minute, followed by a goal by Sammy McIIroy just after two more minutes. The game was looking to extend for the extra time and the United players were already celebrating. However, that expectation was also thwarted as Alan Sunderland scored a last-minute goal to take his team to victory by 3-2. This interesting FA Cup Final is often called as the “Five-minute Final”.
Tottenham Hotspur 3 vs Manchester City 2 (1981):
On the original final day, it looked that Manchester City had won in the 30th minute when Tommy Hutchison had scored for his side. However, lucky for the Spurs, he scored an own goal in the 79th minute. The match did not reach to any conclusion even after the extra time.
After five days, the replay took place. Ricky Villa scored for Spurs in the initial part of the game but Manchester City’s Steve MacKenzie managed to equalize just three minutes later. Manchester City scored again, and again Spurs equalized. In the 76th minute, Ricky Villa scored such a goal for the Spurs that became so famous as to be named as the Wembley Goal of the Century. That goal got the Spurs the Cup by 3-2.