The 150th anniversary FA Cup Final involves two leading Premier League sides, Chelsea and Liverpool, who both have a rich history in the competition over its 150 years existence.
Chelsea vs Liverpool in the FA Cup
The 2022 FA Cup Final will witness the twelfth encounter in the competition between Chelsea and Liverpool with the Blues from London ahead by seven wins to four against their Merseyside rivals in past meetings. There has never been a draw between the two clubs in the FA Cup.
Liverpool won both Semi-Finals between the two clubs, in 1965 and 2006, but Chelsea won 2-1 the only other time they have met in a Cup Final, 10 years ago.
Whichever side loses this year’s Final will join Everton and Manchester United as the three clubs to have been FA Cup runners-up the most times – eight.
Surprisingly Similar Stats
Chelsea are appearing in their 16th FA Cup Final, Liverpool their 15th. Only Arsenal and Manchester United have appeared in more.
Former Liverpool striker Ian Rush holds the record for most goals scored in FA Cup Finals (5), but Didier Drogba of Chelsea holds the record for scoring goals in most FA Cup Finals (4), including what proved to be the winner in their 2012 Final meeting.
Liverpool twice lifted the Trophy during the 1980s to be regarded as the best FA Cup team of that decade, whilst Chelsea were FA Cup winners three times in the 2010s to be regarded as that decade’s best club in the competition.
Liverpool were involved in the last FA Cup Final to be contested by two clubs that had never previously appeared in a Final before when they faced Burnley in 1914, whilst Chelsea participated in the last FA Cup Final contested by two clubs that had never yet lifted the Trophy when taking on Leeds United in 1970.
That 1914 Final involving Liverpool was the last one to be played at the Crystal Palace ground whilst the 1970 Final involving Chelsea was the last one to be resolved at a Club’s ground, namely Old Trafford.
Chelsea won the FA Cup the last time it was played at the old Wembley (2000 vs Aston Villa) and the first time it was played at the new Wembley (2007 vs Manchester United). Liverpool won the FA Cup the first time it was played outside England (2001 vs Arsenal) and the last time it was played outside England (2006 vs West Ham United).
Both Chelsea in 2010 and Liverpool in 1986 are among a select number of clubs to have achieved the FA Cup and League Double.
If Chelsea concede just one goal in this season’s FA Cup Final they will be out on their own as the club that will have conceded the most Cup Final goals (currently on 21 with Manchester United). If Liverpool lose this season’s Final they will be out on their own as the club that has exited the competition at the hands of the eventual winners the most times (currently on 25 with Aston Villa and West Bromwich Albion).
Club Specific Facts in the FA Cup Over Time
In 1899 Liverpool scored the most goals in one season’s Semi-Final matches without reaching the Final, netting six times against Sheffield United across their three games.
Chelsea hold the unwanted record of biggest defeat for a Football League club by a non-league side when losing 7-1 at Crystal Palace in the 1905/06 season. In their defence they did play a reserve side that day as the first team had a League fixture to fulfil at the same time.
In 1915 Harry Halse of Chelsea became the first player to appear in three FA Cup Finals with three different clubs having lifted the Cup with Manchester United in 1909 and Aston Villa in 1913.
When Liverpool lifted the FA Cup for the first time in 1965 it was at the time the longest gap between first FA Cup Final and finally lifting the Trophy (51 years).
In the 1967 FA Cup Final Joe Kirkup of Chelsea (along with Cliff Jones of Spurs) became the first named substitutes in a Cup Final, although neither was used.
In 1970 Chelsea became the first club to lift the FA Cup after being behind three times in the Final itself.
In 1986 Liverpool became the first League winners to lift the FA Cup by defeating that season’s League runners-up (in the first Merseyside Derby Final against Everton).
In the 1989 FA Cup Final Liverpool striker Ian Rush became the second substitute to score a brace in a Cup Final. The first brace by a substitute had been completed just two minutes earlier by Stuart McCall of Everton.
In 1997, Chelsea manager Rudd Gullit became the first non-British manager to lead his side to FA Cup glory.
Liverpool versus Everton is the most common FA Cup tie in the ‘Proper’ Rounds of the competition with the clubs having been drawn together 25 times in total, last doing so in the 2019/20 season.
Chelsea have won through their last 24 FA Cup 3rd Round ties, a competition record, last tasting defeat in the 3rd Round in 1998 losing 5-3 to Manchester United.
Liverpool are one of only two clubs to have won the FA Cup Final on a penalty shoot-out.
Chelsea are the only club to lose to the same opponents three times in FA Cup Finals; to Arsenal in 2002, 2017 and 2020.
A Liverpool win in this year’s Final would move them up one place to become the fourth best club in FA Cup history. Chelsea will remain in third place whatever the result.
This season Chelsea are the first ever club to appear in five FA Cup Finals across six consecutive seasons.
Chelsea are looking to avoid becoming the first club ever to lose three consecutive FA Cup Finals.