Even though this famous knock-out competition is celebrating its 150th anniversary, this season’s FA Cup has still produced club records, competition firsts and many unusual facts and feats.
In the Extra Preliminary Round Jersey Bulls won 10-1 against Horsham YMCA in their first ever FA Cup game, a debut game margin of victory bettered only 10 times in FA Cup history. Jersey Bulls would go on to be this season’s top scorers with 24 goals and would become the first Channel Island club to reach as far as the 3rd Qualifying Round.
Four clubs achieved unwanted FA Cup records in the Extra Preliminary Round, too. Holyport have now exited at this stage in all eight of their FA Cup campaigns, now just three away from equalling the record of 11 out of eleven set by Headingly in the 1930s.
Keynsham Town posted a record equalling 11th consecutive Extra Preliminary Round exit, although the club does have 27 campaigns in total.
Wolverhampton Casuals were knocked out in this round for a record 24th time, whilst Staines Town exited the FA Cup at the earliest stage for the first time in their 58th campaign.
By exiting in the Preliminary Round Melksham Town equalled the record for most FA Cup campaigns without ever appearing in the ‘Proper’ Rounds. It was their 97th campaign.
Adam Boyes netted five times for Marske United in their 7-0 victory over Pickering Town on his way to being this season’s overall top FA Cup goal-scorer.
Worthing exited the FA Cup in the 1st Qualifying Round for a competition record 44th time.
Redhill equalled the FA Cup’s best ever comeback result winning 4-3 at Sevenoaks Town after being 3-0 down at half time.
Shaftesbury reached the 2nd Qualifying Round for only their second time, 112 years after first doing so.
Kettering Town became the first club to score more than 900 FA Cup goals during their 2-0 win over Leamington in the 3rd Qualifying Round. The club would eventually score a total of 904 goals, a record 787 of which have been scored in the Qualifying Rounds.
Bath City set a new unwanted FA Cup record by exiting in the 4th Qualifying Round for the 31st time.
Hayes and Yeading United became the first team to reach the 1st Round ‘Proper’ in three successive seasons as a Level Seven club in the Football Pyramid.
Yeovil Town set a new competition record by reaching the FA Cup 1st Round ‘Proper’ for the 52nd time as a non-league club. In the 1st Round they met Yate Town, the first time in more than 73,000 FA Cup games that two clubs beginning with the letter ‘Y’ played each other in the competition. Yeovil Town would go on to set a new FA Cup record in the 2nd Round when Stevenage became the Glovers’ 21st Football League scalp whilst participating as a non-league club.
Stratford Town reached the 1st Round ‘Proper’ for the first ever time in what was the club’s 41st FA Cup campaign.
Stockport County beat Bolton Wanderers 5-3 in their 1st Round Replay to record the third highest number of goals scored by a non-league side over Football League opposition. Bolton hadn’t lost to a non-league side in the FA Cup for 110 years (versus Chesterfield 0-2).
FC Halifax Town beat Maidenhead United 7-4 in the 1st Round, only the second time such a score-line has been recorded in the ‘Proper’ Rounds, and the highest aggregate score between two non-league sides in the ‘Proper’ Rounds for 64 years (Gillingham 10-1 Gorleston).
Harrogate Town reached the FA Cup 3rd Round for the first ever time in their 49th campaign.
Barrow extended their record of most FA Cup 3rd Round appearances without ever yet going further in the competition to 13 times.
Kidderminster Harriers defeated second tier Championship side Reading to equal the largest league gap for a level six non-league side to knock out Football League opponents.
Chelsea extended their own record by reaching the FA Cup 4th Round for the 24th consecutive season. Chelsea would go on to become the first club to reach five FA Cup Finals across just six seasons, and only the second club to appear in three consecutive FA Cup Finals after losing the previous two.
Boreham Wood reached both the FA Cup 4th and 5th Rounds for the first time ever in the club’s 51st campaign, becoming just the tenth non-league club to make the 5th Round (in current structure). The Wood also became the first ever non-league side to reach the 5th Round without conceding a goal en route.
Hartlepool United exited the FA Cup in the 4th Round for the 7th time, now just one behind the record for those clubs never yet to have appeared in the 5th Round.
Manchester United now have an 11 to 2 win ratio against Aston Villa in the FA Cup, the second most one-sided match-up in FA Cup history.
Tottenham Hotspur became the highest scorers in FA Cup history during their 3-1 victory over Brighton and Hove Albion in the 4th Round with a grand total of 906 goals. And with 850 of those goals being scored in the ‘Proper’ Rounds, Spurs also surpassed Aston Villa to become the highest goal-scoring club in just the ‘Proper’ Rounds, too.
Wolverhampton Wanderers exited the FA Cup in the 4th Round for a competition record 31st time.
The previous time Championship side Luton Town reached the 5th Round they were a non-league club (just nine years ago).
Everton reached the FA Cup Quarter Finals for a competition record 47th time. Unfortunately, the Toffees also exited in the Quarter Finals for a competition record 21st time.
For a record seventh successive season all four FA Cup semi-finalists were top-flight clubs.
Whichever of Chelsea or Liverpool lose in this season’s FA Cup Final they will join Manchester United and Everton as being joint record eight times FA Cup runners-up.
This 141st FA Cup Final is occurring on 14th May, a record equalling sixth time a Final has been played on the same date.