FA Cup Final at Wembley
This weekend sees the F.A. Cup Final between Arsenal and Hull City played at Wembley, this football match is one of the most important in the sporting calendar.
One of its main attractions is that it is a competition which often pitches the larger teams against smaller teams which often creates a number of shocks and surprises.
It is the oldest domestic Cup competition in the world with the first final being played at Kensington Oval in 1872. In the early years of the competition the F. A. Cup final was played at many different grounds and attracted amateur and professional clubs.
1923 Cup Final at Wembley
In 1922 a new national stadium was built at Wembley, and the following year saw the first FA Cup final played there. The 1923 final became famous due to the chaotic scenes at the ground due to a large crowd of over 200,000 forcing their way into a stadium which had a capacity of 127,000. The Final became known as the 1923 “White Horse Cup Final” due to the police horse that cleared the pitch to allow the game to continue.
Thankfully the subsequent Wembley finals were played under more sensible conditions every year up to the year 2000, except during for the war years.
Before the year 2000 it was decided that the old Wembley Stadium was showing its age and decided to demolish it and replace it with a modern state of the art stadium.
Therefore the FA Cup finals played in the years 2001 to 2006 were at the Millennium Stadium in Cardiff.
Although the FA Cup is very popular in the UK, it also has a worldwide audience with an estimated global audience of 500 million.
Tickets are allocated to the competing teams and through the Football Association organisation, therefore it is extremely rare for tickets to be available to the general public.