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The FA Cup semi-finals are played to determine which teams will contest the FA Cup Final. They are the penultimate phase of the FA Cup, the oldest football tournament in the world.

FA Cup Final

The FA Cup Final, commonly referred to in England as just the Cup Final, is the last match in the Football Association Challenge Cup. It is one of the most attended domestic football events in the world, with an official attendance of 89,472 at the 2017 final. The match is the culmination of a knockout competition among clubs belonging to The Football Association in England, although Scottish and Irish teams competed in the early years and Welsh teams regularly compete, with Cardiff City winning the Cup in 1927 and reaching the final in 1925 and 2008.

Association football Team field sport

Association football, more commonly known as football or soccer, is a team sport played with a spherical ball between two teams of eleven players. It is played by 250 million players in over 200 countries and dependencies, making it the world's most popular sport. The game is played on a rectangular field called a pitch with a goal at each end. The object of the game is to score by moving the ball beyond the goal line into the opposing goal.



Since 2008, the new Wembley Stadium has been the home of the FA Cup semi-final. Wembley Stadium, illuminated.jpg
Since 2008, the new Wembley Stadium has been the home of the FA Cup semi-final.

The semi-finals have always been contested at neutral venues. Since 2008, all semi-finals have been held at Wembley. In the past any suitably large ground which was not the home ground of a team in that semi-final was used. Villa Park in Birmingham, Old Trafford in Manchester, and Hillsborough in Sheffield were common hosts.

Wembley Stadium (1923) former stadium in London, England which opened in 1923

The original Wembley Stadium was a football stadium in Wembley Park, London, which stood on the same site now occupied by its successor, the new Wembley Stadium. The demolition in 2003 of its famous Twin Towers upset many people worldwide. Debris from the stadium was used to make the Northala Fields in Northolt, London.

Villa Park football stadium in Aston, Birmingham, England

Villa Park is a football stadium in Aston, Birmingham, England, with a seating capacity of 42,682. It has been the home of Aston Villa Football Club since 1897. The ground is less than a mile from both Witton and Aston railway stations and has hosted sixteen England internationals at senior level, the first in 1899 and the most recent in 2005. Villa Park has hosted 55 FA Cup semi-finals, more than any other stadium.

Old Trafford football stadium in Manchester, England

Old Trafford is a football stadium in Old Trafford, Greater Manchester, England, and the home of Manchester United. With a capacity of 74,994, it is the largest club football stadium in the United Kingdom, and the eleventh-largest in Europe. It is about 0.5 miles (800 m) from Old Trafford Cricket Ground and the adjacent tram stop.

All semi-finals between 1871 and 1881 were played at Kennington Oval. The first neutral semi-final match outside London took place in 1882 in Huddersfield. [1]

The 1989 semi-final between Liverpool and Nottingham Forest at Hillsborough, Sheffield, turned into tragedy when 96 supporters were killed in the stands due to overcrowding. [2] The Hillsborough disaster had wide-ranging effects on future stadium design. Liverpool were granted a special dispensation to avoid playing their 2012 semi-final match against Everton on the 23rd anniversary of the disaster. [3]

Nottingham Forest Football Club, often referred to as simply Forest, is a professional football club based in West Bridgford, Nottinghamshire, England. Forest were founded in 1865 and have played home matches at the City Ground since 1898. They compete in the Championship, the second tier of the English football league system.

Hillsborough disaster Incident which occurred during the FA Cup semi-final match in 1989

The Hillsborough disaster was a fatal human crush during an FA Cup semi-final football match between Liverpool and Nottingham Forest at Hillsborough Stadium in Sheffield, England, on 15 April 1989. With 96 fatalities and 766 injuries, it remains the worst disaster in British sporting history. The crush occurred in the two standing-only central pens in the Leppings Lane stand, allocated to Liverpool supporters. Shortly before kick-off, in an attempt to ease overcrowding outside the entrance turnstiles, the police match commander, chief superintendent David Duckenfield, ordered exit gate C to be opened, leading to an influx of even more supporters to the already overcrowded central pens.

The 1991 semi-final between Arsenal and Tottenham Hotspur was the first to be played at Wembley, the traditional venue for the FA Cup Final. Two years later both semi-finals were held at Wembley after the Steel City derby between Sheffield clubs Wednesday and United was switched from the original venue of Elland Road, Leeds. This was repeated in 1994, although a replay between Manchester United and Oldham Athletic was held at Maine Road, Manchester.

Arsenal F.C. Association football club based in Islington, London, England

Arsenal Football Club is a professional football club based in Islington, London, England, that plays in the Premier League, the top flight of English football. It has won 13 League titles, a record 13 FA Cups, two League Cups, the League Centenary Trophy, 15 FA Community Shields, one UEFA Cup Winners' Cup, and one Inter-Cities Fairs Cup.

Tottenham Hotspur Football Club, commonly referred to as Tottenham or Spurs, is a professional football club in Tottenham, London, England, that competes in the Premier League. Tottenham Hotspur Stadium has been the club's home ground since 2019, replacing their former home of White Hart Lane, which had been demolished to make way for the new stadium on the same site. Their training ground is on Hotspur Way in Bulls Cross in the London Borough of Enfield. Tottenham have played in a first (home) strip of white shirts and navy blue shorts since the 1898–99 season. The club's emblem is a cockerel standing upon a football, with a Latin motto Audere est Facere.

Steel City derby

The Steel City Derby is a local derby that takes place between Sheffield United and Sheffield Wednesday, the two professional football league teams based in the city of Sheffield, England. It is widely considered to be one of the biggest derby matches in English football.

From 1995 to 1999 and from 2001 to 2004 other neutral grounds were used, though in 2000 both matches were played at the old Wembley, in its final year of operation. In 2005 both semi-finals were played at the Millennium Stadium, Cardiff. However, in 2006 the FA decided to revert to the neutral ground system, with Villa Park and Old Trafford hosting the games.

Millennium Stadium national stadium of Wales

The Millennium Stadium, is the national stadium of Wales. Located in Cardiff, it is the home of the Wales national rugby union team and has also held Wales national football team games. Initially built to host the 1999 Rugby World Cup, it has gone on to host many other large-scale events, such as the Tsunami Relief Cardiff concert, the Super Special Stage of Wales Rally Great Britain, the Speedway Grand Prix of Great Britain and various music concerts. It also hosted six FA Cup finals and several other high-profile football fixtures while Wembley Stadium was being redeveloped.

Cardiff Capital and largest city of Wales

Cardiff is the capital of Wales, and its largest city. The eleventh-largest city in the United Kingdom, it is Wales's chief commercial centre, the base for most national cultural institutions and Welsh media, and the seat of the National Assembly for Wales. At the 2011 census, the unitary authority area population was estimated to be 346,090, and the wider urban area 479,000. Cardiff is a significant tourist centre and the most popular visitor destination in Wales with 21.3 million visitors in 2017. In 2011, Cardiff was ranked sixth in the world in National Geographic's alternative tourist destinations.

The Football Association governing body of association football in England

The Football Association (FA) is the governing body of association football in England, the Crown dependencies of Jersey, Guernsey, and the Isle of Man. Formed in 1863, it is the oldest football association in the world and is responsible for overseeing all aspects of the amateur and professional game in its territory.

In 2003, it was announced that all future semi-finals would be played at the new Wembley Stadium, once it had opened; [4] this took effect in 2008. The decision was mainly for financial reasons, to allow the FA to recoup some of the costs of rebuilding the stadium. However, the move was opposed by traditionalists and drew criticism from some supporters' groups. [5] [6] Over a decade after the move, Aston Villa (amongst others) have called for the semi-finals to be regionalised once again. [7]

Tottenham Hotspur's 2018 semi-final was to some extent a home match for them, as they played their home games at Wembley that season while their new stadium was under construction. However for the semi-final the FA did not treat them as a home team. [8] [9]


Highfield Road in Coventry (1982 image) hosted the only semi-final third replay in 1979-80. Highfield Road - geograph-2008790.jpg
Highfield Road in Coventry (1982 image) hosted the only semi-final third replay in 1979–80.

In the past, there would be a replay if a semi-final match was drawn. If the replay was also drawn, there would be a second replay. In theory, an unlimited number of games could be played to obtain a winner. For example, in 1980 it took four games to decide the tie between Arsenal and Liverpool. This was the most games needed to settle an FA Cup semi-final, although there were several occasions when three games were played. Prior to the 1992 semi-finals, the only semi-final played under different rules to this was the rearranged 1989 semi-final between Liverpool and Nottingham Forest, for which it had been declared in advance that the game would be decided by extra time and penalties if necessary due to the Hillsborough Stadium disaster.

Queen's Park chose not to contest the 1871–72 replay match with Wanderers.

There were no semi-finals played in the 1872–73 competition. Under the rules at the time, holders Wanderers received a bye to the final. Queen's Park again decided not to contest a semi-final, so Oxford University advanced automatically. [10]

Between 1877–1881 only one semi-final was played due to the format of the competition leaving three teams remaining.

In 1991 the FA decided that only one replay should be played (starting with the 1991–92 competition). If this game ended in a draw, extra time would be played, followed by penalty kicks if the match was still even. In 1999 it was decided that the semi-finals should be decided in one game, with extra time and penalties if the score was level after 90 minutes. Replays are still used in earlier rounds, however, though they were eliminated in the quarter-finals in 2016. The last FA Cup semi-final replay, in 1999, saw Manchester United take on Arsenal at Villa Park. [11] This turned out to become one of the most memorable semi-finals of all time, with Peter Schmeichel saving a last-minute penalty from Dennis Bergkamp and a Ryan Giggs extra time goal deciding the outcome in Manchester United's favour. In 2003 this goal was voted the greatest ever in FA Cup history.

From 2016 to 2017, a fourth substitute was allowed in semi-final matches if the game went into extra time. [12]


Villa Park in Birmingham hosted 55 semi-final matches between 1901 and 2007, more than any other stadium. Villa Park.jpg
Villa Park in Birmingham hosted 55 semi-final matches between 1901 and 2007, more than any other stadium.

Villa Park is the most used stadium in FA Cup semi–final history, having hosted 55 semi–finals. [13]

The highest attendance for an FA Cup semi-final is 88,141 for Everton's penalty win over Manchester United on 19 April 2009. [14] It was the fourth semi-final to be played at the new Wembley Stadium.

The highest winning margin was Newcastle United's 6–0 victory over Fulham in the 1908 Anfield semi-final. The highest post-war winning margin was Stoke City's 5–0 victory over Bolton Wanderers in the second 2011 semi-final on 17 April 2011. The highest-scoring match was Hull City's 5–3 victory over Sheffield United in the second 2014 semi-final.

List of FA Cup semi-finals


*Match went to extra time
Match decided by a penalty shootout after extra time
BoldWinning team won The Double
ItalicsTeam from outside the top level of English football
(since the formation of The Football League in 1888)


1872 1 Royal Engineers Crystal Palace 0–0 Kennington Oval
3–0 Kennington Oval
2 Wanderers Queen's Park 0–0 Kennington Oval
w/o [note 1]
1873 1 Oxford University Queen's Park w/o [note 2]
Bye Wanderers (holders)
1874 1 Oxford University Clapham Rovers 1–0 Kennington Oval
2 Royal Engineers Swifts 2–0 Kennington Oval
1875 1 Old Etonians Shropshire Wanderers 1–0 Kennington Oval
2 Royal Engineers Oxford University 1–1 Kennington Oval
1–0 Kennington Oval
1876 1 Old Etonians Oxford University 1–0 Kennington Oval
2 Wanderers Swifts 2–1 Kennington Oval
1877 1 Wanderers Cambridge University 1–0 Kennington Oval
Bye Oxford University
1878 1 Royal Engineers Old Harrovians 2–1 Kennington Oval
Bye Wanderers
1879 1 Old Etonians Nottingham Forest 2–1 Kennington Oval
Bye Clapham Rovers
1880 1 Oxford University Nottingham Forest 1–0 Kennington Oval
Bye Clapham Rovers
1881 1 Old Carthusians Darwen 4–1 Kennington Oval
Bye Old Etonians
1882 1 Blackburn Rovers The Wednesday 0–0 St John's Ground
5–1 Whalley Range
2 Old Etonians Marlow 5–0 Kennington Oval
1883 1 Blackburn Olympic Old Carthusians 4–0 Whalley Range
2 Old Etonians Notts County 2–1 Kennington Oval
1884 1 Blackburn Rovers Notts County 1–0 Aston Lower Grounds
2 Queen's Park Blackburn Olympic 4–1 Trent Bridge
1885 1 Blackburn Rovers Old Carthusians 5–1 Trent Bridge
2 Queen's Park Nottingham Forest 1–1 Racecourse Ground
3–0 Merchiston Castle School
1886 1 Blackburn Rovers Swifts 2–1 Racecourse Ground
2 West Bromwich Albion Small Heath Alliance 4–0 Aston Lower Grounds
1887 1 Aston Villa Rangers 3–1 Alexandra Recreation Ground
2 West Bromwich Albion Preston North End 3–1 Trent Bridge
1888 1 Preston North End Crewe Alexandra 4–0 Anfield
2 West Bromwich Albion Derby Junction 3–0 Victoria Ground
1889 1 Preston North End West Bromwich Albion 1–0 Bramall Lane
2 Wolverhampton Wanderers Blackburn Rovers 1–1 Alexandra Recreation Ground
3–1 Alexandra Recreation Ground
1890 1 Blackburn Rovers Wolverhampton Wanderers 1–0 Racecourse Ground
2 The Wednesday [note 3] Bolton Wanderers 2–1 Wellington Road
1891 1 Blackburn Rovers West Bromwich Albion 3–2 Victoria Ground
2 Notts County Sunderland 3–3 Bramall Lane
2–0 Bramall Lane
1892 1 Aston Villa Sunderland 4–1 Bramall Lane
2 West Bromwich Albion Nottingham Forest [note 3] 1–1 Molineux
1–1 Molineux
6–2 Racecourse Ground
1893 1 Everton Preston North End 2–2 Bramall Lane
0–0 Bramall Lane
2–1 Ewood Park
2 Wolverhampton Wanderers Blackburn Rovers 2–1 Town Ground
1894 1 Bolton Wanderers The Wednesday 2–1 Fallowfield Stadium
2 Notts County [note 4] Blackburn Rovers 1–0 Bramall Lane
1895 1 Aston Villa Sunderland 2–1 Ewood Park
2 West Bromwich Albion The Wednesday 2–0 Racecourse Ground
1896 1 The Wednesday Bolton Wanderers 1–1 Goodison Park
3–1 Town Ground
2 Wolverhampton Wanderers Derby County 2–1 Wellington Road
1897 1 Aston Villa Liverpool 3–0 Bramall Lane
2 Everton Derby County 3–2 Victoria Ground
1898 1 Derby County Everton 3–1 Molineux
2 Nottingham Forest Southampton [note 3] 1–1 Bramall Lane
2–0 Crystal Palace
1899 1 Derby County Stoke City 3–1 Molineux
2 Sheffield United Liverpool 2–2 Burnden Park
4–4 Burnden Park
[note 5] Fallowfield Stadium
1–0 Baseball Ground
1900 1 Bury Nottingham Forest 1–1 Victoria Ground
3–2 Bramall Lane
2 Southampton [note 3] Millwall Athletic [note 3] 0–0 Crystal Palace
3–0 Elm Park
1901 1 Sheffield United Aston Villa 2–2 City Ground
3–0 Baseball Ground
2 Tottenham Hotspur [note 3] West Bromwich Albion 4–0 Villa Park
1902 1 Sheffield United Derby County 2–2 The Hawthorns
1–1 Molineux
1–0 City Ground
2 Southampton [note 3] Nottingham Forest 3–1 White Hart Lane
1903 1 Bury Aston Villa 3–0 Goodison Park
2 Derby County Millwall Athletic [note 3] 3–0 Villa Park
1904 1 Bolton Wanderers [note 4] Derby County 1–0 Molineux
2 Manchester City The Wednesday 3–0 Goodison Park
1905 1 Aston Villa Everton 1–1 Victoria Ground
2–1 City Ground
2 Newcastle United The Wednesday 1–0 Hyde Road
1906 1 Everton Liverpool 2–0 Villa Park
2 Newcastle United Woolwich Arsenal 2–0 Victoria Ground
1907 1 Everton West Bromwich Albion [note 4] 2–1 Burnden Park
2 The Wednesday Woolwich Arsenal 3–1 St Andrew's
1908 1 Newcastle United Fulham [note 4] 6–0 Anfield
2 Wolverhampton Wanderers [note 4] Southampton [note 4] 2–0 Stamford Bridge
1909 1 Bristol City Derby County [note 4] 1–1 Stamford Bridge
2–1 St Andrew's
2 Manchester United Newcastle United 1–0 Bramall Lane
1910 1 Barnsley [note 4] Everton 0–0 Elland Road
3–0 Old Trafford
2 Newcastle United Swindon Town [note 3] 2–0 White Hart Lane
1911 1 Bradford City Blackburn Rovers 3–0 Bramall Lane
2 Newcastle United Chelsea [note 4] 3–0 St Andrew's
1912 1 Barnsley [note 4] Swindon Town [note 3] 0–0 Stamford Bridge
1–0 Meadow Lane
2 West Bromwich Albion Blackburn Rovers 0–0 Anfield
1–0* Hillsborough
1913 1 Aston Villa Oldham Athletic 1–0 Ewood Park
2 Sunderland Burnley [note 4] 0–0 Bramall Lane
3–2 St Andrew's
1914 1 Burnley Sheffield United 0–0 Old Trafford
1–0 Goodison Park
2 Liverpool Aston Villa 2–0 White Hart Lane
1915 1 Chelsea Everton 2–0 Villa Park
2 Sheffield United Bolton Wanderers 2–1 Ewood Park
1920 1 Aston Villa Chelsea 3–1 Bramall Lane
2 Huddersfield Town [note 4] Bristol City [note 4] 2–1 Stamford Bridge
1921 1 Tottenham Hotspur Preston North End 2–1 Hillsborough
2 Wolverhampton Wanderers [note 4] Cardiff City [note 4] 0–0 Anfield
3–1 Old Trafford
1922 1 Huddersfield Town Notts County [note 4] 3–1 Turf Moor
2 Preston North End Tottenham Hotspur 2–1 Hillsborough
1923 1 Bolton Wanderers Sheffield United 1–0 Old Trafford
2 West Ham United [note 4] Derby County [note 4] 5–2 Stamford Bridge
1924 1 Aston Villa Burnley 3–0 Bramall Lane
2 Newcastle United Manchester City 2–0 St Andrew's
1925 1 Cardiff City Blackburn Rovers 3–1 Meadow Lane
2 Sheffield United Southampton [note 4] 2–0 Stamford Bridge
1926 1 Bolton Wanderers Swansea Town [note 4] 3–0 White Hart Lane
2 Manchester City Manchester United 3–0 Bramall Lane
1927 1 Arsenal Southampton [note 4] 2–1 Stamford Bridge
2 Cardiff City Reading [note 4] 3–0 Molineux
1928 1 Blackburn Rovers Arsenal 1–0 Filbert Street
2 Huddersfield Town Sheffield United 2–2 Old Trafford
0–0 Goodison Park
1–0 Maine Road
1929 1 Bolton Wanderers Huddersfield Town 3–1 Anfield
2 Portsmouth Aston Villa 1–0 Highbury
1930 1 Arsenal Hull City [note 4] 2–2 Elland Road
1–0 Villa Park
2 Huddersfield Town Sheffield Wednesday 2–1 Old Trafford
1931 1 Birmingham Sunderland 2–0 Elland Road
2 West Bromwich Albion [note 4] Everton [note 4] 1–0 Old Trafford
1932 1 Arsenal Manchester City 1–0 Villa Park
2 Newcastle United Chelsea 2–1 Leeds Road
1933 1 Everton West Ham United [note 4] 2–1 Molineux
2 Manchester City Derby County 3–2 Leeds Road
1934 1 Manchester City Aston Villa 6–1 Leeds Road
2 Portsmouth Leicester City 4–1 St Andrew's
1935 1 Sheffield Wednesday Burnley [note 4] 3–0 Villa Park
2 West Bromwich Albion Bolton Wanderers [note 4] 1–1 Elland Road
2–0 Victoria Ground
1936 1 Arsenal Grimsby Town 1–0 Leeds Road
2 Sheffield United [note 4] Fulham [note 4] 2–1 Molineux
1937 1 Preston North End West Bromwich Albion 4–1 Highbury
2 Sunderland Millwall [note 6] 2–1 Leeds Road
1938 1 Huddersfield Town Sunderland 3–1 Ewood Park
2 Preston North End Aston Villa [note 4] 2–1 Bramall Lane
1939 1 Portsmouth Huddersfield Town 2–1 Highbury
2 Wolverhampton Wanderers Grimsby Town 5–0 Old Trafford
1946 1 Charlton Athletic Bolton Wanderers 2–0 Villa Park
2 Derby County Birmingham City 1–1 Hillsborough
4–1* Maine Road
1947 1 Charlton Athletic Newcastle United [note 4] 4–0 Elland Road
2 Burnley [note 4] Liverpool 0–0* Ewood Park
1–0 Maine Road
1948 1 Manchester United Derby County 3–1 Hillsborough
2 Blackpool Tottenham Hotspur [note 4] 3–1* Villa Park
1949 1 Wolverhampton Wanderers Manchester United 1–1 Hillsborough
1–0 Goodison Park
2 Leicester City [note 4] Portsmouth 3–1 Highbury
1950 1 Liverpool Everton 2–0 Maine Road
2 Arsenal Chelsea 2–2 White Hart Lane
1–0* White Hart Lane
1951 1 Newcastle United Wolverhampton Wanderers 0–0 Hillsborough
2–1 Leeds Road
2 Blackpool Birmingham City [note 4] 0–0 Maine Road
2–1 Goodison Park
1952 1 Arsenal Chelsea 1–1 White Hart Lane
3–0 White Hart Lane
2 Newcastle United Blackburn Rovers [note 4] 0–0 Hillsborough
2–1 Elland Road
1953 1 Blackpool Tottenham Hotspur 2–1 Villa Park
2 Bolton Wanderers Everton [note 4] 4–3 Maine Road
1954 1 Preston North End Sheffield Wednesday 2–0 Maine Road
2 West Bromwich Albion Port Vale [note 6] 2–1 Villa Park
1955 1 Manchester City Sunderland 1–0 Villa Park
2 Newcastle United York City [note 6] 1–1 Hillsborough
1–0 Roker Park
1956 1 Birmingham City Sunderland 3–0 Hillsborough
2 Manchester City Tottenham Hotspur 1–0 Villa Park
1957 1 Aston Villa West Bromwich Albion 2–2 Molineux
1–0 St Andrew's
2 Manchester United Birmingham City 2–0 Hillsborough
1958 1 Bolton Wanderers Blackburn Rovers [note 4] 2–1 Maine Road
2 Manchester United Fulham [note 4] 2–2 Villa Park
5–3 Highbury
1959 1 Luton Town Norwich City [note 6] 1–1 White Hart Lane
1–0 St Andrew's
2 Nottingham Forest Aston Villa 1–0 Hillsborough
1960 1 Blackburn Rovers Sheffield Wednesday 2–1 Maine Road
2 Wolverhampton Wanderers Aston Villa [note 4] 1–0 The Hawthorns
1961 1 Leicester City Sheffield United [note 4] 0–0 Elland Road
0–0* City Ground
2–0* St Andrew's
2 Tottenham Hotspur Burnley 3–0 Villa Park
1962 1 Burnley Fulham 1–1 Villa Park
2–1 Filbert Street
2 Tottenham Hotspur Manchester United 3–1 Hillsborough
1963 1 Leicester City Liverpool 1–0 Hillsborough
2 Manchester United Southampton [note 4] 1–0 Villa Park
1964 1 Preston North End [note 4] Swansea Town [note 4] 2–1 Villa Park
2 West Ham United Manchester United 3–1 Hillsborough
1965 1 Liverpool Chelsea 2–0 Villa Park
2 Leeds United Manchester United 0–0 Hillsborough
1–0 City Ground
1966 1 Everton Manchester United 1–0 Burnden Park
2 Sheffield Wednesday Chelsea 2–0 Villa Park
1967 1 Chelsea Leeds United 1–0 Villa Park
2 Tottenham Hotspur Nottingham Forest 2–1 Hillsborough
1968 1 Everton Leeds United 1–0 Old Trafford
2 West Bromwich Albion Birmingham City [note 4] 2–0 Villa Park
1969 1 Leicester City West Bromwich Albion 1–0 Hillsborough
2 Manchester City Everton 1–0 Villa Park
1970 1 Chelsea Watford [note 4] 5–1 White Hart Lane
2 Leeds United Manchester United 0–0 Hillsborough
0–0* Villa Park
1–0 Burnden Park
1971 1 Arsenal Stoke City 2–2 Hillsborough
2–0 Villa Park
2 Liverpool Everton 2–1 Old Trafford
1972 1 Arsenal Stoke City 1–1 Villa Park
2–1 Goodison Park
2 Leeds United Birmingham City [note 4] 3–0 Hillsborough
1973 1 Leeds United Wolverhampton Wanderers 1–0 Maine Road
2 Sunderland [note 4] Arsenal 2–1 Hillsborough
1974 1 Liverpool Leicester City 0–0 Old Trafford
3–1 Villa Park
2 Newcastle United Burnley 2–0 Hillsborough
1975 1 Fulham [note 4] Birmingham City 1–1 Hillsborough
1–0* Maine Road
2 West Ham United Ipswich Town 0–0 Villa Park
2–1 Stamford Bridge
1976 1 Manchester United Derby County 2–0 Hillsborough
2 Southampton [note 4] Crystal Palace [note 6] 2–0 Stamford Bridge
1977 1 Manchester United Leeds United 2–1 Hillsborough
2 Liverpool Everton 2–2 Maine Road
3–0 Maine Road
1978 1 Arsenal Orient [note 4] 3–0 Stamford Bridge
2 Ipswich Town West Bromwich Albion 3–1 Highbury
1979 1 Arsenal Wolverhampton Wanderers 2–0 Villa Park
2 Manchester United Liverpool 2–2 Maine Road
1–0 Goodison Park
1980 1 Arsenal Liverpool 0–0 Hillsborough
1–1* Villa Park
1–1* Villa Park
1–0 Highfield Road
2 West Ham United [note 4] Everton 1–1 Villa Park
2–1 Elland Road
1981 1 Manchester City Ipswich Town 1–0* Villa Park
2 Tottenham Hotspur Wolverhampton Wanderers 2–2* Hillsborough
3–0 Highbury
1982 1 Queens Park Rangers [note 4] West Bromwich Albion 1–0 Highbury
2 Tottenham Hotspur Leicester City [note 4] 2–0 Villa Park
1983 1 Manchester United Arsenal 2–1 Villa Park
2 Brighton & Hove Albion Sheffield Wednesday [note 4] 2–1 Highbury
1984 1 Everton Southampton 1–0* Highbury
2 Watford Plymouth Argyle [note 6] 1–0 Villa Park
1985 1 Manchester United Liverpool 2–2* Goodison Park
2–1 Maine Road
2 Everton Luton Town 2–1* Villa Park
1986 1 Liverpool Southampton 2–0* White Hart Lane
2 Everton Sheffield Wednesday 2–1* Villa Park
1987 1 Coventry City Leeds United [note 4] 3–2* Hillsborough
2 Tottenham Hotspur Watford 4–1 Villa Park
1988 1 Liverpool Nottingham Forest 2–1 Hillsborough
2 Wimbledon Luton Town 2–1 White Hart Lane
1989 1 Liverpool Nottingham Forest [note 7] Hillsborough
3–1 Old Trafford
2 Everton Norwich City 1–0 Villa Park
1990 1 Manchester United Oldham Athletic [note 4] 3–3* Maine Road
2–1* Maine Road
2 Crystal Palace Liverpool 4–3* Villa Park
1991 1 Nottingham Forest West Ham United [note 4] 4–0 Villa Park
2 Tottenham Hotspur Arsenal 3–1 Wembley Stadium (Original)
1992 1 Liverpool Portsmouth [note 4] 1–1* Highbury
0–0† [note 8] Villa Park
2 Sunderland [note 4] Norwich City 1–0 Hillsborough
1993 1 Arsenal Tottenham Hotspur 1–0 Wembley Stadium (Original)
2 Sheffield Wednesday Sheffield United 2–1* Wembley Stadium (Original)
1994 1 Chelsea Luton Town [note 4] 2–0 Wembley Stadium (Original)
2 Manchester United Oldham Athletic 1–1* Wembley Stadium (Original)
4–1 Maine Road
1995 1 Everton Tottenham Hotspur 4–1 Elland Road
2 Manchester United Crystal Palace 2–2* Villa Park
2–0 Villa Park
1996 1 Manchester United Chelsea 2–1 Villa Park
2 Liverpool Aston Villa 3–0 Old Trafford
1997 1 Chelsea Wimbledon 3–0 Highbury
2 Middlesbrough Chesterfield [note 6] 3–3* Old Trafford
3–0 Hillsborough
1998 1 Arsenal Wolverhampton Wanderers [note 4] 1–0 Villa Park
2 Newcastle United Sheffield United [note 4] 1–0 Old Trafford
1999 1 Manchester United Arsenal 0–0* Villa Park
2–1* Villa Park
2 Newcastle United Tottenham Hotspur 2–0* Old Trafford
2000 1 Aston Villa Bolton Wanderers [note 4] 0–0† [note 9] Wembley Stadium (Original)
2 Chelsea Newcastle United 2–1 Wembley Stadium (Original)
2001 1 Arsenal Tottenham Hotspur 2–1 Old Trafford
2 Liverpool Wycombe Wanderers [note 6] 2–1 Villa Park
2002 1 Arsenal Middlesbrough 1–0 Old Trafford
2 Chelsea Fulham 1–0 Villa Park
2003 1 Arsenal Sheffield United [note 4] 1–0 Old Trafford
2 Southampton Watford [note 4] 2–1 Villa Park
2004 1 Manchester United Arsenal 1–0 Villa Park
2 Millwall [note 4] Sunderland [note 4] 1–0 Old Trafford
2005 1 Arsenal Blackburn Rovers 3–0 Millennium Stadium
2 Manchester United Newcastle United 4–1 Millennium Stadium
2006 1 Liverpool Chelsea 2–1 Old Trafford
2 West Ham United Middlesbrough 1–0 Villa Park
2007 1 Manchester United Watford 4–1 Villa Park
2 Chelsea Blackburn Rovers 2–1* Old Trafford
2008 1 Portsmouth West Bromwich Albion [note 4] 1–0 Wembley Stadium (New)
2 Cardiff City [note 4] Barnsley [note 4] 1–0 Wembley Stadium (New)
2009 1 Chelsea Arsenal 2–1 Wembley Stadium (New)
2 Everton Manchester United 0–0† [note 10] Wembley Stadium (New)
2010 1 Chelsea Aston Villa 3–0 Wembley Stadium (New)
2 Portsmouth Tottenham Hotspur 2–0* Wembley Stadium (New)
2011 1 Manchester City Manchester United 1–0 Wembley Stadium (New)
2 Stoke City Bolton Wanderers 5–0 Wembley Stadium (New)
2012 1 Liverpool Everton 2–1 Wembley Stadium (New)
2 Chelsea Tottenham Hotspur 5–1 Wembley Stadium (New)
2013 1 Wigan Athletic Millwall [note 4] 2–0 Wembley Stadium (New)
2 Manchester City Chelsea 2–1 Wembley Stadium (New)
2014 1 Arsenal Wigan Athletic [note 4] 1–1† [note 10] Wembley Stadium (New)
2 Hull City Sheffield United [note 6] 5–3 Wembley Stadium (New)
2015 1 Arsenal Reading [note 4] 2–1* Wembley Stadium (New)
2 Aston Villa Liverpool 2–1 Wembley Stadium (New)
2016 1 Manchester United Everton 2–1 Wembley Stadium (New)
2 Crystal Palace Watford 2–1 Wembley Stadium (New)
2017 1 Chelsea Tottenham Hotspur 4–2 Wembley Stadium (New)
2 Arsenal Manchester City 2–1* Wembley Stadium (New)
2018 1 Manchester United Tottenham Hotspur 2–1 Wembley Stadium (New)
2 Chelsea Southampton 2–0 Wembley Stadium (New)
2019 1 Manchester City Brighton and Hove Albion 1–0 Wembley Stadium (New)
2 Watford Wolverhampton Wanderers 3–2 Wembley Stadium (New)

Semi-finals table

Woolwich Arsenal v. Newcastle United, April 1906.jpg
Playing the first of their 28 semi-finals, Woolwich Arsenal (in dark shirts) faced Newcastle United (in striped shirts) at the Victoria Ground, Stoke in 1906.
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Arsenal against Blackburn Rovers was one of the 2005 semi-finals held at the Millennium Stadium in Cardiff, taking the fixture out of England for the first time since 1885.
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The pre-match line-ups at Villa Park for Middlesbrough versus West Ham United, 2006
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Blackburn Rovers v Chelsea at Old Trafford in 2007: the last FA Cup semi-final before the event was moved to the new Wembley Stadium.
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Arsenal versus Chelsea in 2009 was one of several London derbies held at the national stadium
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Manchester clubs City and United have reached the FA Cup semi-final a combined 40 times. The Manchester derby has twice been a semi-final.
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In amongst Hull City fans at the 2014 all-Yorkshire semi-final against Sheffield United

Teams shown with an asterisk beside their name are no longer in existence. This table is updated after 2016–17 FA Cup.

Arsenal 29209
Aston Villa 211110
Barnsley 321
Birmingham City 927
Blackburn Olympic 211
Blackburn Rovers 18810
Blackpool 330
Bolton Wanderers 1477
Bradford City 110
Brighton and Hove Albion 110
Bristol City 211
Burnley 835
Bury 220
Cambridge University 101
Cardiff City [note 11] 431
Charlton Athletic 220
Chelsea 221210
Chesterfield 101
Clapham Rovers*101
Coventry City 110
Crewe Alexandra 101
Crystal Palace (1861)*101
Crystal Palace (1905) 422
Darwen 101
Derby County 1349
Derby Junction*101
Everton 261313
Fulham 615
Grimsby Town 202
Huddersfield Town 752
Hull City 211
Ipswich Town 312
Leeds United 844
Leicester City 743
Orient 101
Liverpool 241410
Luton Town 413
Manchester City 13103
Manchester United 28199
Marlow 101
Middlesbrough 312
Millwall 514
Newcastle United 17134
Norwich City 303
Nottingham Forest 1239
Notts County 523
Old Carthusians 312
Old Etonians 550
Old Harrovians 101
Oldham Athletic 303
Oxford University 532
Plymouth Argyle 101
Port Vale 101
Portsmouth 752
Preston North End 1073
Queen's Park [note 12] 321
Queens Park Rangers 110
Rangers [note 12] 101
Reading 202
Royal Engineers 440
Sheffield United 1468
Sheffield Wednesday 16610
Shropshire Wanderers*101
Southampton 1147
Stoke City 413
Sunderland 1248
Swansea City [note 11] 202
Swindon Town 202
Tottenham Hotspur 20911
Watford 615
West Bromwich Albion 201010
West Ham United 752
Wigan Athletic 211
Wolverhampton Wanderers 1486
Wycombe Wanderers 101
York City 101


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Semi-finals were held at Sheffield Wednesday's home ground Hillsborough for 85 years.
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Maine Road (1985 image), dubbed the Wembley of the North, was used for semi-finals between 1928 and 1994.
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In the 19th century, seventeen FA Cup semi-final matches were held at the Kennington Oval (1891 image).
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Bramall Lane (1965 photo) hosted 17 semi-finals from 1889 to 1938; Sheffield has been host city on 51 occasions.
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The original Wembley Stadium began hosting semi-finals in 1991 with the North London derby.
Meadow Lane, The City Ground and Trent Bridge in 2003: the extant three of Nottingham's four FA Cup semi-final hosts.
Venues that no longer exist or regularly host football matches are denoted with an asterisk.
Year of
first SF
recent SF
Kennington Oval* London 1718721883
St John's Ground* Huddersfield 118821882
Whalley Range* Manchester 218821883
Aston Lower Grounds* Birmingham 218841886
Trent Bridge* West Bridgford 318841887
Racecourse Ground* Derby 518851890
Merchiston Castle School* Edinburgh, Scotland [note 13] 118851885
Alexandra Recreation Ground* Crewe 318871889
Anfield Liverpool 518881929
Victoria Ground* Stoke-on-Trent 718971935
Wellington Road* Perry Barr 218901896
Bramall Lane Sheffield 1718891938
Molineux Wolverhampton 1018921957
Ewood Park Blackburn 618931947
Town Ground* Nottingham 218931896
Fallowfield Stadium*Manchester218941899
Goodison Park Liverpool1018961985
Crystal Palace*London218981900
Burnden Park* Bolton 518991970
Baseball Ground*Derby218991901
Elm Park* Reading 119001900
Villa Park Birmingham5519012007
City Ground West Bridgford519011965
The Hawthorns West Bromwich 219021960
White Hart Lane*London1219021988
Hyde Road*Manchester119051905
St Andrew's Birmingham 919071961
Stamford Bridge London1019101978
Elland Road Leeds 1019101995
Old Trafford Manchester 2319102007
Meadow Lane Nottingham 219121925
Hillsborough Sheffield3419121997
Turf Moor Burnley 119221922
Filbert Street* Leicester 219281962
Maine Road*Manchester1819281994
Highbury*London12 [15] 19291997
Leeds Road*Huddersfield619321951
Roker Park* Sunderland 119551955
Highfield Road* Coventry 119801980
Old Wembley*London719912000
Millennium Stadium Cardiff, Wales [note 14] 220052005
New Wembley London2020082018

See also


  1. Queen's Park could not afford a second trip to London for their semi-final replay and were forced to withdraw.
  2. Queen's Park once again withdrew from the FA Cup at the semi-final stage.
  3. 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 Non-League club
  4. 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 30 31 32 33 34 35 36 37 38 39 40 41 42 43 44 45 46 47 48 49 50 51 52 53 54 55 56 57 58 59 60 61 62 63 64 65 66 67 68 69 70 71 72 73 74 75 Club in second flight of league system
  5. Match abandoned at half time due to a crush in the crowd and dark conditions.
  6. 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 Club in third flight of league system
  7. Abandoned after 6 minutes (see Hillsborough Disaster).
  8. 3–1 on penalties
  9. 4–1 on penalties
  10. 1 2 4–2 on penalties
  11. 1 2 Welsh team
  12. 1 2 Scottish team that was invited to compete
  13. Venue in nation other than England or Wales
  14. Venue in Wales

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