The FA Cup 2020/21 by numbers, some of which have been included in the Chelsea vs Leicester City 2021 FA Cup programme.
30 – FA Cup history was made right at the outset of this year’s competition when Essex Senior League side Woodford Town won 3-1 against London Colney of the Spartan South Midlands League on 31st August 2020, just 30 days after a Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang double delivered a record 14th FA Cup title for Arsenal at Wembley. It was the first time in the FA Cup’s history that games from two successive seasons were played in the same calendar month.
16 – In the Extra Preliminary Round Southern Combination League Premier side Alfold FC beat the same league’s Division One club Shoreham 9-1 to record the joint 16th highest debut FA Cup game margin of victory in the competition’s history.
12 – Instead of making their FA Cup debut this season, United Counties League Division One side Burton Park Wanderers was one of a dozen clubs which withdrew from this year’s FA Cup due to issues relating to positive Covid_19 tests. It is the highest level of withdrawals in one FA Cup campaign since the 1914/15 season when dozens of clubs withdrew due to players signing up to Pals Regiments to fight in the Great War.
73 – Newton Abbot Spurs of the South West Peninsula League Eastern Division won its first FA Cup match for 73 years. A 1-0 victory over Wells City in 1947/48 was the club’s last win in the competition before beating AFC St Austell 3-0 this season. Admittedly, the Abbots had not participated in the FA Cup for 56 years, that in itself being the 25th longest such gap between FA Cup games.
13 – Essex Senior League side Hashtag United eventually won its penalty shoot-out against Felixstowe and Walton United 13-12 in the Preliminary Round, to record the second highest number of penalties scored to win an FA Cup tie.
41 – Forty-one year-old former Stoke City player, Ricardo Fuller, scored the late dramatic winner to take Hanley Town of the North West Counties League Premier Division into the FA Cup 2nd Qualifying Round for the first time.
3 – It is only the second time since the Football League was formed that as many as three clubs have withdrawn from the competition as late as the 3rd Qualifying Round in the same season. The only other time it happened was in the Football League’s debut season, 1888/89.
111 – By withdrawing due to Covid_19 test results Notts Countybecame the first former winners of the FA Cup to exit the competition before the ‘Proper’ Rounds since Clapham Rovers did so in 1909/10 season, 111 years ago.
89 – Due to Macclesfield town folding, there became an odd number of clubs in the 4th Qualifying Round. As a consequence, National League North side Chorley FC became the first club in 89 years to receive a bye into the 1st Round ‘Proper’, the last club to do so was Bath City in the 1931/32 season.
4 – Northern Premier League Division One North West club Marine FC equalled the biggest giant-killing gap by an away side when defeating EFL 2 side Colchester United 4-3 on penalties, a team from four levels above them.
52 – Rochdale FC exited the FA Cup in the 1st Round for a record 52nd time.
11 – Crawley Town’s 6-5 extra time win at Torquay United in the 1st Round was the highest aggregate one-goal victory in FA Cup ‘Proper’ Rounds history, with the 11 goals scored in total surpassed only four times in qualifying rounds, too.
65 – Ipswich Town exited the FA Cup as early as the 1st Round for the first time in 65 years.
14 – Fourteen non-league clubs were represented in the FA Cup 2nd Round, the joint highest tally since the current structure was put in place.
7 – Marine FC became only the second club from level eight in the football pyramid to reach the 3rd round of the FA Cup, and then by drawing Premier League side Tottenham Hotspur became involved in the first ever FA Cup tie involving two sides separated by seven levels in the pyramid.
113 – National League North side Chorley FC set new FA Cup records by taking until the club’s 113th FA Cup campaign before appearing in both the 3rd Round and the 4th Round of the competition for the first time. Chorley also became the first non-league side from Step Six in the pyramid to defeat three clubs from at least three divisions above them in the same campaign.
50 – Queens Park Rangers exited the FA Cup in the 3rd round for a record equalling 50th time, the same number as Plymouth Argyle.
23 – Chelsea FC appeared in the FA Cup 4th Round for a record 23rd consecutive season.
16 – For only the third time in FA Cup history all 16 ties in the 4th Round were resolved in 90 minutes.
900 – Despite losing 5-4 at Everton in the 5th Round, Tottenham Hotspur set a new FA Cup record by becoming the first club to score as many as 900 goals in the competition.
6 – For the sixth successive season the FA Cup semi-finals contained a quartet of top-flight clubs, the longest ever such sequence.
9 – Chelsea have become the first club to appear in as many as nine FA Cup Finals in the 21st Century. The Blues are also only the third team after Blackburn Rovers and Arsenal to contest four FA Cup Finals in five successive seasons.
4 – Leicester City are famous for holding the record for most FA Cup Finals appearances without lifting the Trophy. Will it be 5th time lucky this year? The Foxes are also the only club to have been crowned English League Champions never to have yet won the FA Cup.
7 – Leicester City has been drawn to face Chelsea in the FA Cup on seven previous occasions, and every single time the London Blues have won through. Only 10 other pairings in the FA Cup have produced more one-sided head-to-head results.
117 – Chelsea versus Leicester City is the 117th different pairing of clubs in what is the 140th FA Cup Final.
46 – Both Everton and Manchester United reached the FA Cup Quarter Finals for a record breaking 46th time each this season.
20 – Twenty clubs participated in the FA Cup for the first time the oldest two being Southern Counties East League side Kennington FC and Long Crendon FC from the Hellenic League (both formed during the 1885/86 season), and the youngest being Essex Senior League club Hashtag United (formed in 2016).
7 – Tammy Abraham of Chelsea and Kelechi Iheanacho of Leicester City are among the top scorer in the ‘proper’ rounds of this year’s FA Cup with 4 goals, but either will have to score a Cup Final hat-trick to match Will Davies of Eastern Counties League Premier Division side Leiston FC who netted seven times during the Qualifying Rounds to be the current overall top scorer.
55 – Both Semi-Final winning goals were scored in the 55th minute, and both by African players, first Hakim Ziyech for Chelsea and then Kelechi Iheanacho for Leicester City a day later.
0 – Owing to the Covid_19 pandemic and the desire to minimise transmission it was decided by the FA that all games in this season’s FA Cup should be concluded in the first match, thereby creating the first ever FA Cup campaign not to have any replays.
18 – When Keynsham Town lost 3-1 at home to fellow Western League Premier Division side Exmouth Town it became the club’s 18th FA Cup campaign without a victory, an experience the club last achieved in the 1934/35 season.