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Retro Football: Remembering The 1953 FA Cup Final – Was ‘The Matthews Final’ Really All It Was Cracked Up To Be?

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Possibly one of the greatest, and certainly one of the most iconic, FA Cup Finals of all time took place on this very day back in 1953.

It was contested by Blackpool and Bolton Wanderers. Blackpool won 4-3, with Stan Mortenson scoring a hat-trick, but curiously the game has gone down in history as 'The Matthews Final' – that's Stanley Matthews, in case you were wondering.

Wickham sends Crystal Palace to FA Cup final showdown with Manchester United

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Crystal Palace will face Manchester United in their first FA Cup final for 26 years after Connor Wickham sealed a 2-1 win over Watford at Wembley on Sunday.

Alan Pardew's side swept into an early lead in the semi-final through Congo forward Yannick Bolasie before Watford's Troy Deeney equalized soon after the interval.

Wickham sends Crystal Palace to FA Cup final showdown with Manchester United

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Crystal Palace will face Manchester United in their first FA Cup final for 26 years after Connor Wickham sealed a 2-1 win over Watford at Wembley on Sunday.

Alan Pardew's side swept into an early lead in the semi-final through Congo forward Yannick Bolasie before Watford's Troy Deeney equalized soon after the interval.

The FA Cup Final: A Neutral’s Perspective

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The FA Cup Final: A Neutral's Perspective - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Football is a polar game. Attack versus defence. Them versus us. Those who watch football are defined by the teams that they follow, the colours that they wear and the seat in which they sit. Adopting any middle ground is distinctly frowned upon.

Arsenal v Hull City – FA Cup final live blog

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Join us this afternoon for live blogging of the FA Cup final between Arsenal and Hull City, kick off at 5pm.

Live blog is 100% free to follow on your computer or mobile device and gives you real time text commentary from the match. This season we've added a mobile specific theme which should detect your phone making it much easier to follow the updates.

FA Cup final preview: I can’t wait

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"Absolutely chuffing blinding", I said right here in 2005 as Patrick Vieira lobbed his cup-winning grenade at Utd, "it really doesn't get better than this".

And that, looking back, was just a year after our Invincibles season, a mere two years since our last FA Cup win, and just three years after we'd won the double.

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PICTURE: United to wear white kit at Wembley

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It was has been confirmed that Manchester United will be the 'away' team for the FA Cup final against Crystal Palace, which means we will play in our white kit. Newton Heath's very first shirt, in their first two seasons, was white, which was then replaced by the green and gold. The last shirt they played in, before coming Manchester United, was the white shirt too.

WHAT A WASTE OF MONEY

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Anthony Martial scored an injury time winner against Everton to book Manchester United's place in the FA Cup final.

This goal was Martial's 14th of the season.

It's funny to think that just a few months ago the press were claiming he was a waste of money.

Martial's fantastic debut season has lead to the creation of a chant.

In 1999, what did Sir Alex Ferguson say about what a United manager needed to do?

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Following Manchester United's 2-1 win over Tottenham Hotspur on the final day of the 1998-99 season, ensuring we beat Arsenal to the title by one point, Sir Alex Ferguson attended the press conference. He had his medal around his neck but a stern expression on his face.

United still had an FA Cup and European Cup final to play in, the then unprecedented Treble was offer to them, and Ferguson was keen to stress that none of them, himself included, would take their eye off the ball.

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Chelsea Ladies reach their second successive FA Cup Final! @ChelseaLFC

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Chelsea Ladies have done it again, they have reached the FA Cup Final for a second season running with a late goal from Fran Kirby to take them through to Wembley where they will meet Arsenal to defend their title.



The Ladies success has fantastic and they deserve all the plaudits they receive and plenty more in my opinion.

FA Cup Final Win Kept Arsene Wenger From Quitting

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Arsene Wenger said on Friday that he might have resigned as Arsenal manager if the Gunners had lost the 2014 FA Cup final to Hull City.

Arsenal, who face the same opponents in the fifth round of the FA Cup on Saturday, found themselves 2-0 down inside eight minutes as Hull took a shock lead at Wembley two years ago.

The Issues With Mark Clattenburg

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As readers of Football is Fixed blog will understand, Jon Moss should never have been given the 2015 FA Cup Final considering his historical bias towards Arsenal and the disciplinary action taken against him during the 2014/15 season.
Other top flight and junior referees were almost unanimous in their suggestion that not only was the Moss selection a disgrace but also that the best referee for the FA flagship event would have been Mark Clattenburg (http://footballisfixed.

The Cup Final weekend

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P { margin-bottom: 0.08in;I had looked forward to a weekend of Cup finals in Monrovia, but was disappointed with two matches that did not live up to expectations, although the outcome was perhaps to be predicted. I watched the FA Cup final in a small local shop in downtown Monrovia. Atmosphere was not as lively as expected; although Arsenal commands many loyal followers in Liberia, Aston Villa

Watch Arsenal 4-0 Aston Villa FA Cup Final match highlights [VIDEO]

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Arsenal broke records and the hearts of the 25,000 Aston Villa fans as they coasted to the biggest FA Cup final win in 21 years.

After escaping relegation, Tim Sherwood brought his Villa side to Wembley looking to win the FA Cup for the first time since 1957, but left in dejection following a 4-0 hammering.

Watch Arsenal 4-0 Aston Villa FA Cup Final match highlights [VIDEO]

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Arsenal broke records and the hearts of the 25,000 Aston Villa fans as they coasted to the biggest FA Cup final win in 21 years.

After escaping relegation, Tim Sherwood brought his Villa side to Wembley looking to win the FA Cup for the first time since 1957, but left in dejection following a 4-0 hammering.

Prince William at FA Cup Final- HRH not impressed by Villa’s performance

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Prince William at FA Cup Final- HRH not impressed by Villa's performance is a post from Soccer Blogger. Follow Soccer Blogger on Twitter Prince William, a known Villa fan, attended the FA Cup final at Wembley earlier today.

Alexis to score. Ozil MotM.

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If I said I was totally confident I would be fibbing.

A year ago we were a goal-line header away from being 3 down after 20 minutes to Hull, and Villa are a better team. Much better.

Under normal circumstances having beaten a team 3-0 away and 5-0 at home I would be planning my trip to the Victory Parade but Sherwood has transformed Villa, more importantly he has transformed Benteke.

Wenger: Arsenal cannot be judged until the end of the season

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Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger says that his team should not be judged until the season has finished because there are still undecided matters.

Speaking before the game against Hull, Wenger said that it is too early to talk about judgements because there is still a lot to play for in the league as well as the FA Cup final against Aston Villa.

FA Cup Final 2015 Preview: Aston Villa vs. Arsenal

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Time: 12:30 PM EST

Date: Saturday May 30th, 2015

Location: Wembley Stadium. London, England

Television: FOX

Last weekend, the stage was set for the 2015 FA Cup final. Arsenal defeated Reading 2-1, while Aston Villa defeated Liverpool 2-1, setting up anArsenal vs. Aston Villa match-up for the 2015 FA Cup final.

Arsenal Reach FA Cup For Second Consecutive Year

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Two goals from Alexis Sanchez sent holders Arsenal back to the FA Cup final, but Reading goalkeeper Adam Federici will have nightmares for years about Sanchez's second goal.

This was a case of deja vu for Arsenal fans as they saw their side struggle also in last season's semi-final victory, when they needed a penalty shoot-out to see off championship side Wigan.

So Paddy got up and he sang it again.

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Is it only 7 months ago? Tempus Fugit.

What an excellent weekend that was (apart from kick off until Santi scored). Can't say I recall much of the game apart from the rush of blood when Aaron scored.

There has been much writing on AA over the past few days about how we need to do X or Y but in my opinion we have the squad and the manager to win the PL the problem is that the key ingredients are lying in the medical bay.

Why Arsenal Need to Build Off The FA Cup Triumph

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On Saturday, I did the unthinkable. I left my open beer sitting on the table next to me untouched for 75 minutes in the second half and stoppage time of the FA Cup.

Like many soccer fans, I tend to enjoy a cold adult beverage during my favorite soccer teams' matches, primarily to calm my jittery nerves.

The champions

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I managed to watch both matches yesterday on two screens in a bar in Monrovia. And both teams I was supporting came out as champions. For a week I will be Atletico Madrid fan, and yesterday they took the first step in what could be their greatest season ever. 1-1 against FC Barcelona was enough to give them the Spanish league.

Arsenal Debate – Where was our record signing yesterday?

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Arsenal fought back against Hull to earn the FA Cup Winners medals yesterday, but it seems there was little help towards that from our 42.5million record signing Mesut Ozil. The German international was bought to be a catalyst for a torrent of goals from our strikers, providing numerous incisive passes which would split opposing defenses [.

Arsenal 3-2 Hull City: Aaron Ramsey obliterates nine-year trophy drought

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While he was arguably as comfortable as a cat midway through abath, thesight of Arsene Wenger, drenched in champagne, being thrownin the air by the jubilant Arsenal players hascomfortably obliterated nine years of frustration for the millions of Gunners fans around the world, and secured the Frenchman's return as the apple of their eye after his enduring legacy looked to be under serious threat.

PHOTOS: Arsenal players celebrate after dramatic FA Cup Final win

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PHOTOS: Arsenal players celebrate after dramatic FA Cup Final win - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

The party has certainly started for Arsenal, with the Gunners securing their first piece of silverware for almost a decade with a dramatic 3-2 win over Hull City at Wembley.

Photos of the festivities are flooding Twitter,and we thought it fun to bring some of the best ones together for your viewing pleasure (not if your a Hull fan)!

PHOTO: Arsenal pair Mertesacker and Podolski holding the FA Cup

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PHOTO: Arsenal pair Mertesacker and Podolski holding the FA Cup - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Arsenal have ended their nine-year trophy drought by beating Hull City 3-2, with goals from Santi Cazorla, Laurent Koscielny and Aaron Ramsey sealing the game for Arsenal.

A delighted Arsene Wenger announced the FA Cup win marks start of a new era.

CONFIRMED: Arsenal vs Hull City lineups – FA Cup final an hour away!

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CONFIRMED: Arsenal vs Hull City lineups FA Cup final an hour away! - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Arsenal:Fabianski; Sagna Mertesacker Koscielny Gibbs; Arteta Ramsey; Cazorla Ozil Podolski; Giroud

Subs:Szczesny, Vermaelen, Rosicky, Wilshere, Monreal, Flamini, Sanogo

Hull City:McGregor; Davies, Bruce, Chester, Rosenior, Elmohamady, Livermore, Huddlestone, Meyler, Quinn, Fryatt

Subs: to follow.

Arsenal Defender Laurent Koscielny Says ‘We Will Do Everything to Win The FA Cup’ [VIDEO]

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Arsenal face Hull in the FA Cup final today in a bid to end their 9 year wait for a trophy. FATV spoke to Arsenal stalwart defender Laurent Koscielny on his excitement, the desire to win this trophy, the talent of Sagbo and playing at Wembley.

Koscielny discusses what Arsenal will need to do in the FA Cup Final to try to win it, as well as how a victory would relieve so much pressure off the Arsenal team.

Dilemma

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I cannot believe that on such a great football day, the Barcelona-Atletico Madrid and the Arsenal-Hull FA Cup final take place at exactly the same time! I do not know what game to watch! I always watch the FA Cup final! It is always a fantastic match and I am excited about Arsenal's possibility of winning a title after so long!

Arsenal Gentleman’s Weekly Review

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And so we have reached the end of this most peculiar and Arsenalistic of seasons.

We finished in our customary fourth. We must do better next term. But fourth and an FA Cup? MAKE US DREAM, MR. WINDSOR!

Let us move swiftly on to the forthcoming World Cup, or as I like to refer to it, the Brazilian Brouhaha.

Arsenal or Hull? Twitter boldly predicts the outcome of the FA Cup Final

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Arsenal or Hull? Twitter boldly predicts the outcome of the FA Cup Final - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Arsenal will take on fellow Premier League side Hull City tomorrow at Wembley in the 2014 FA Cup final, with both sides desperate for the coveted prize for vastly different reasons.

European Weekend Preview: Barca host Atletico in title decider; Arsenal battle Hull in FA Cup Final; and more

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By JUSTIN FERGUSON

This Saturday, for the first time in more than 60 years, there will be a title-decider between the top two teams in La Liga.

First-place Atletico Madrid have battled with traditional powerhouses Barcelona and Real Madrid throughout the season, trying to become the first team outside of the El Clasico duopoly to win La Liga since Valencia in 2003-04.

FA Cup Final: Possible Arsenal Starting XI Against Hull City

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FA Cup Final: Possible Arsenal Starting XI Against Hull City - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Arsenal face Hull City in the FA Cup final on Saturday as Arsene Wenger has a chance to end his eight year drought at the club. The conclusion of outcome at Wembley will hold a significant precedent over the Gunners' ambition for next season as the London side inexplicably slipped for a potential title winning spot to finish fourth in the Premier League standings.

Recreating goals, funky pajamas and FA Cup final build-up

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Just looking back over the archives and normally after the final game of the season there's a squad assessment, each one graded like a schoolkid.

That will have to wait this time around though, as final marks will depend on the big test they have to go through on Saturday when we face Hull in the FA Cup final.

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FA Cup win should relieve club of crippling pressure

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Morning all.

There was some interesting listening on this week's Football Weekly when the discussion turned to who from Arsenal and Liverpool had had the better season. As we know the Mugsmashers exceeded expectations with a second place finish, but as good as that was, considering the position they were in with just a few games to go, you can't overlook the fact they let a brilliant chance at winning the league slip.

Arsecast Extra Episode 317 – 19.05.2014

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Here's this week's Arsecast Extra: I'm joined as always by James from @Gunnerblog.

On this week's show we look back on the FA Cup final which saw us win a trophy after some number of years that nobody can remember. It's full of cup final thoughts, plus your questions about Arsene Wenger, his hat, 4-4-2, our favourite goals of the season, which is the most delicious Arsenal player and much more.

The Rest

Clattenburg to referee the FA Cup final

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It has been confirmed today that Mark Clattenburg will be the referee for the FA Cup final between Manchester United and Crystal Palace.

Clattenburg was the subject of a banner made up by our fans when they returned to Stamford Bridge, following a refereeing display between United and Chelsea which saw us win 3-2, after Branislav Ivanovic and Fernando Torres were both sent off.

It’s Villa in the final + Debuchy & Mertesacker

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Morning all, the dust settles on an FA Cup weekend and it turns out it's going to be Aston Villa in the final. Brendan Rodgers's glowing shark teeth weren't scaring Tim Sherwood's men yesterday, and a goal from Fabian Delph helped Villa do Liverpool's dishes.

On a very basic level I'd be happier playing Villa than the Scousers in the final.

Arsenal’s FA Cup final history 1927 – 2014 (part 3)

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As we prepare for the FA Cup final on Saturday, Tim Stillman finishes his look back at Arsenal's record in the finals from their first in 1927, right up to the present day.

1993 The Linighan final.

The Gunners contested the 1993 F.A. Cup Final with the same opponents they had vanquished in the league cup final earlier that season, Sheffield Wednesday.