Facts and figures relating to the 2007 FA Cup final

Updated on May 15, 2007 02:55 PM IST
Here are some facts and figures relating to Saturday's FA Cup final between Chelsea and Manchester United.
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Reuters | ByMike Collett, London

Facts and figures relating to Saturday's FA Cup final between Chelsea and Manchester United:

— The FA Cup final returns to Wembley for the first time since 2000 when Chelsea beat Aston Villa 1-0 in the old stadium. It will be the 73rd final to be played at Wembley since 1923, not including replays.

— Manchester United were the most successful FA Cup final team at the old Wembley winning nine finals between 1948 and 1999. Four of those wins came in a 10-season span between 1990-99.

— Manchester United are appearing in a record 18th final, one more than Arsenal. They have also won the FA Cup a record 11 times.

— Chelsea are appearing in their eighth FA Cup final - five of those appearances including Saturday's have come in the last 13 years. They have won the FA Cup three times.

— It is the second final between Manchester United and Chelsea with United winning 4-0 when they met in 1994 to complete the FA Cup and League double for the first time. If they win on Saturday it will be United's fourth FA Cup and League double under Alex Ferguson.

— Eric Cantona made history in the 1994 final when he became the first and so far only player to score two penalties in the final. Mark Hughes and Brian McClair scored United's other goals.

— Mark Hughes, now the Blackburn Rovers manager, played in five FA Cup finals at the old Wembley, winning with Manchester United in 1985, 1990 and 1994 and with Chelsea in 1997. He also lost with Manchester United in 1995.

— If he plays, Ryan Giggs will be the only player on the pitch who also took part in the 1994 final. He will also be making his seventh FA Cup final appearance. He has won with Manchester United in 1994, 1996, 1999 and 2004 and lost in 1995 and 2005. If United win, he will equal Hughes's record of collecting four winners medals at Wembley. The 2004 victory was in Cardiff.

— Manchester United manager Ferguson is the most successful in FA Cup history with five victories in 1990, 1994, 1996, 1999 and 2004.

— Jose Mourinho would become the third overseas manager to bring the FA Cup back to Stamford Bridge if Chelsea win, following Dutchman Ruud Gullit's success in 1997 and Italian Gianluca Vialli victory in 2000. Chelsea also had an overseas coach when they lost to Arsenal in 2002 — Italian Claudio Ranieri.

— Mourinho would also become the sixth overseas coach to win the Cup since Gullit became the first in 1997. The others have been Arsene Wenger (France) with Arsenal in 1998, 2002, 2003 and 2005; Gianluca Vialli (Italy) with Chelsea in 2000, Gerard Houllier (France) with Liverpool in 2001 and Rafael Benitez (Spain) with Liverpool last year.

— There have been many instances of fathers and later their sons playing in the FA Cup final. Chelsea's Frank Lampard emulated his father Frank senior (West Ham 1975 and 1980), when he played for Chelsea in 2002. However Chelsea lost that final to Arsenal. The last father and son to both win the FA Cup were Alec Herd (Manchester City 1934) and his son David (Manchester United 1963).

— Manchester United and Chelsea have met 10 times in FA Cup matches since their first in 1908. United have the superior record, winning eight times, drawing once and losing once. Chelsea have not beaten United in the FA Cup since a sixth round tie 57 years ago.

— Saturday's final is only the third since the start of League football in 1888-89 to be contested between the teams who finished first and second in the top division. The only other occasions were 1913 when league champions Sunderland played runners-up Aston Villa, with Villa winning the final 1-0, and in 1986 when champions Liverpool beat league runners-up Everton 3-1 to win the double.

— If they win the cup, Manchester United will equal their own unique record set in 1947-48 when they became the only team to win the FA Cup after beating top division opposition in every round. This season all their opponents have also been from the top division: Aston Villa, Portsmouth, Reading, Middlesbrough and Watford. In contrast Chelsea met only two Premier League clubs: Tottenham Hotspur and Blackburn Rovers.

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