1997 FA Cup Final

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1997 FA Cup Final
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Match programme
Event 1996–97 FA Cup
Date17 May 1997
Venue Wembley Stadium, London
Referee Stephen Lodge (South Yorkshire)
Attendance79,160
1996
1998

The 1997 FA Cup Final was the 116th final of the FA Cup. It took place on 17 May 1997 at Wembley Stadium and was contested by Chelsea and Middlesbrough, the North East club appearing in its first FA Cup Final.

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Chelsea won 2–0 to win the FA Cup for the second time, the first having come in 1970.

It was the first major honour in the career of most Chelsea's players, but for Mark Hughes, it was the fourth time that he had featured in an FA Cup winning side (having played on the winning Manchester United teams of 1985, 1990 and 1994). [1] For Middlesbrough, it was a second final defeat of the 1996–97 season (having lost the League Cup Final to Leicester City the previous month), to go with their controversial relegation from the Premier League.

Road to Wembley

Chelsea

Home teams listed first.

Round 3: Chelsea 3–0 W.B.A.

Round 4: Chelsea 4–2 Liverpool

Round 5: Leicester City 2–2 Chelsea

Replay: Chelsea 1–0 Leicester City

Quarter-Final: Portsmouth 1–4 Chelsea

Semi-Final: Wimbledon 0–3 Chelsea

(at Highbury, London)

Middlesbrough

Home teams listed first.

Round 3: Middlesbrough 6–0 Chester City

Round 4: Hednesford Town 2–3 Middlesbrough

Round 5: Manchester City 0–1 Middlesbrough

 

Quarter-Final: Derby County 0–2 Middlesbrough

Semi-Final: Chesterfield 3–3 Middlesbrough

(at Old Trafford, Manchester)
Replay: Middlesbrough 3–0 Chesterfield
(at Hillsborough Stadium, Sheffield)

Match review

Chelsea took the lead just 42 seconds into the match, with Italian midfielder Roberto Di Matteo receiving the ball and firing it into the goal off the crossbar from 25 yards to record what was at the time the quickest ever goal in a Wembley FA Cup final (Louis Saha broke this record 12 years later in the 2009 final after just 25 seconds, coincidentally against Chelsea, though Chelsea won the match 2–1), breaking Jackie Milburn's 42-year record. [2] Middlesbrough's prolific striker Fabrizio Ravanelli limped off after 21 minutes, further diminishing his side's chances of victory. Late in the first half Gianluca Festa put the ball in the net for Middlesbrough, but the goal was controversially ruled out for offside. In a largely disappointing match, in which Chelsea were generally in control, Chelsea eventually added a second goal seven minutes from full-time with Eddie Newton steering the ball into the net from Gianfranco Zola's clever flick to seal a 2–0 win. [3]

Match details

Chelsea 2–0 Middlesbrough
Di Matteo Soccerball shade.svg 1'
Newton Soccerball shade.svg 83'
Report
Wembley Stadium, London
Attendance: 79,160
Referee: Stephen Lodge (South Yorkshire)
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Middlesbrough
GK30 Flag of Norway.svg Frode Grodås
RWB2 Flag of Romania.svg Dan Petrescu
CB6 Flag of Scotland.svg Steve Clarke
CB5 Flag of France.svg Frank Leboeuf Yellow card.svg
CB20 Flag of Jamaica.svg Frank Sinclair
LWB17 Flag of England.svg Scott Minto
CM11 Flag of England.svg Dennis Wise (c)
CM16 Flag of Italy.svg Roberto Di Matteo Yellow card.svg
CM24 Flag of England.svg Eddie Newton Yellow card.svg
CF10 Flag of Wales (1959-present).svg Mark Hughes
CF25 Flag of Italy.svg Gianfranco Zola Sub off.svg 89'
Substitutes:
GK13 Flag of England.svg Kevin Hitchcock
DF8 Flag of England.svg Andy Myers
FW9 Flag of Italy.svg Gianluca Vialli Sub on.svg 89'
Manager:
Flag of the Netherlands.svg Ruud Gullit
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GK25 Flag of England.svg Ben Roberts
RB14 Flag of Ireland.svg Curtis Fleming
CB5 Flag of England.svg Nigel Pearson (c)
CB18 Flag of Italy.svg Gianluca Festa Yellow card.svg
LB17 Flag of Wales (1959-present).svg Clayton Blackmore
RM10 Flag of Brazil.svg Juninho
CM8 Flag of England.svg Robbie Mustoe Sub off.svg 29'
CM6 Flag of Brazil.svg Emerson
LM20 Flag of England.svg Phil Stamp
CF11 Flag of Italy.svg Fabrizio Ravanelli Sub off.svg 24'
CF21 Flag of England.svg Craig Hignett Sub off.svg 74'
Substitutes:
DF4 Flag of England.svg Steve Vickers Sub on.svg 29'
DF7 Flag of Slovakia.svg Vladimír Kinder Sub on.svg 74'
FW9 Flag of Denmark.svg Mikkel Beck Sub on.svg 24'
Manager:
Flag of England.svg Bryan Robson

Match rules

  • 90 minutes.
  • 30 minutes of extra-time if necessary.
  • Replay required if scores still level.
  • Three named substitutes.
  • Maximum of three substitutions.

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