Six classic FA Cup finals

Last updated at 15:20 18 May 2007


BOLTON 2-0 WEST HAM, 1923

Bolton became the first team to lift the cup at Wembley in the famous 'White

Horse' final.

Before the match started, a huge crowd gathered outside the stadium and burst

through the barriers on to the pitch. Kick-off was delayed by 45 minutes as

mounted police encouraged fans to move behind the touchline.

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When the game

eventually started, Bolton scored after only two minutes. David Jack secured his

place in the history books by becoming the first player to score at Wembley.

Jack Smith added a second after half-time.

It was estimated that 200,000 people squeezed into Wembley to see the match.

Cup finals were made all ticket as a result.

BLACKPOOL 4-3 BOLTON, 1953

Stanley Matthews had twice been on the losing side in the final but it proved

to be third time lucky as he inspired Blackpool to a 4-3 victory over Bolton.

Blackpool were 3-1 down with just over 20 minutes to go when Matthews took

centre stage. His surging runs down the right wing caused all sorts of problems

for the Bolton defence.

He set up striker Stan Mortensen to reduce the deficit to a single goal and

then supplied the ball for Mortensen to complete the first FA Cup final

hat-trick at Wembley and level the scores in the 89th minute.

Bolton were hanging on for a replay but Matthews pushed on and set up winger

Bill Perry for the winner.

ARSENAL 3-2 MANCHESTER UNITED, 1979

Arsenal looked to be cruising to victory but Manchester United produced one of

the most dramatic endings in FA Cup final history.

The gunners were cruising to victory, leading 2-0 with five minutes to go

thanks to first-half goals from Brian Talbot and Frank Stapleton. However,

United had other ideas.

Gordon McQueen scored what looked like being a mere

consolation before Sammy McIlroy went on a jinking run and netted with two

minutes left.

Just when it looked as if the match would go to extra-time, Liam Brady capped

a great individual performance with a run and cross for Alan Sunderland who

slotted home to snatch the win.

TOTTENHAM 3-2 MANCHESTER CITY, 1981

The original meeting between the two sides was a bland 1-1 draw but the replay

turned out to be a memorable occasion.

Ricky Villa put Spurs in front early on but Steve Mackenzie equalised within

minutes. City took the lead four minutes into the second half through a Kevin

Reeves penalty before Garth Crooks pulled Spurs level with 20 minutes left,

setting the stage for arguably the best ever cup final goal.

Villa picked up the ball on the edge of the area and went on a mesmerising run

into the box, beating several City defenders before coolly sliding the ball past

goalkeeper Joe Corrigan, much to the delight of the Spurs fans.

MANCHESTER UNITED 3-3 CRYSTAL PALACE, 1990

Sir Alex Ferguson's reign was on the line and Palace came within minutes of

bringing it to an end.

Ferguson needed a trophy to reassure the Old Trafford board and looked like

getting it when United were 2-1 ahead with 20 minutes left. But Ian Wright, who

was playing with a painkilling injection in his leg after breaking it earlier in

the season, came off the bench and turned the game around.

Wright equalised

after being on the pitch for just three minutes to force extra-time.

He struck

again two minutes into the extra period, volleying home John Salako's cross.

Ferguson's job was hanging by a thread but he was rescued by a Mark Hughes goal

with seven minutes remaining.

The match finished 3-3. United went on to win the replay 1-0 and the rest is

history.

LIVERPOOL 3-3 WEST HAM, 2006

Steven Gerrard rescued Liverpool with a spectacular strike in injury-time to

break West Ham hearts in a thrilling final.

In the last FA Cup final held at the Millennium Stadium, West Ham led for most

of the game but the Liverpool captain fired in a 30-yard strike to level the

scores at 3-3.

The Hammers went two goals ahead early on through goals from Dean Ashton and a

Jamie Carragher own goal. Djibril Cisse pulled one back before half-time before

Gerrard equalised after the break.

Paul Konchesky restored West Ham's advantage

and the hammers looked set to win but Gerrard had other ideas.

The sides could not be separated in extra-time and Liverpool went on to win

the penalty shootout 3-1.

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