This year’s F.A. Cup Final between Crystal Palace and Manchester United will played at Wembley on the 21st May 2016, both teams will hope to put their indifferent form behind them to lift the FA Cup. The match is a rerun of the 1990 final when Man Utd finally won after a replay.
The FA Cup final is considered one of the most important in the English sporting calendar. One of the competition’s 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.
The FA Cup 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. 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, generally demand outstrips supply, therefore it is extremely rare for tickets to be available to the general public.
If you would like further information, visit the Wembley website here
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