The FA Cup is England’s premier knockout football competition. Recognised as the oldest football competition in the world, the FA Cup pits teams from every level of English and Welsh football against one another.
Over the years the FA Cup has become popular for giving lower league clubs the opportunity to take on super clubs of the Premier League. These encounters can result in some spectacular events, and are a favourite amongst supporters of grassroots football in England.
FA Cup Betting
The FA Cup receives unparalleled coverage from the UK’s online sportsbooks. Fans can bet on any of the hundreds of encounters in the tournament, starting with the early qualifying rounds. Betting options are equally numerous, with punters able to bet on dozens of aspects of play in each game.
Excellent live betting opportunities are provided by the FA Cup, which can be exploited with the likes of top live betting sportsbooks such as Sportingbet. Football fans can also take advantage of some excellent ante-post odds in one of the most unpredictable competitions in world football.
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FA Cup History
The first FA Cup tournament was contested in 1871 and was won by the Wanderers, captained by the same man who had proposed the competition. The tournament remained fairly small until the early 1900s, when the construction of Wembley Stadium and the widespread move towards professionalism gave football a massive boost.
During the 1920s and 1930s very large crowds started attending FA Cup games, with over 200,000 spectators attending the 1923 FA Cup final between Bolton Wanderers and West Ham United. While Wembley Stadium has been resized, demolished and rebuilt during the last century, the FA Cup final has lost none of its appeal.
FA Cup Winners
A handful of teams dominated the FA Cup during the last century, with England’s top clubs featuring in the majority of FA Cup finals. Manchester United is the most successful team in the history of the competition, having won the FA Cup on 11 occasions. Arsenal is a close second with 10 FA Cup titles to its name.
The presence of lower league teams in the final stages of the competition is what makes the FA Cup memorable. In 1973, second division Sunderland beat Leeds United in the final of the FA Cup, with Southampton repeating this feat against Manchester United two years later. West Ham United were the last club from outside the top flight leagues to win the FA Cup, claiming a historic 1-0 victory over Arsenal in 1980.