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FA Cup
2007-08
The FA Cup Trophy in 2008
Region England England
Flag of Wales Wales
Championship venue
Dates
Number of teams 731
Champions Portsmouth
Runner-up Cardiff City
Top goal scorer Rickie Lambert
Craig Mackail-Smith (7 goals)
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The 2007–08 FA Cup was the 127th season of the world's oldest football knockout competition, The Football Association Challenge Cup, or FA Cup for short. A record 731 clubs' entries were accepted for the competition.

The competition culminated with the FA Cup Final, held at Wembley Stadium, London on 17 May 2008. The match was contested by Portsmouth and Cardiff City, with Portsmouth taking the title 1–0, Nwankwo Kanu scoring the winning goal.

The appearance in the Cup Final by Cardiff City, a Level 2 team, marked the second time in 5 years that a team outside Level 1 of the English football pyramid appeared in the final game.

This was the last FA Cup to be broadcast by the BBC and Sky Sports in the United Kingdom, before coverage was handed over to ITV and Setanta starting in August 2008.

Calendar

Round Date Matches Clubs New entries this round Prize money Player of the Round
Extra Preliminary Round 18 August 2007 171 729 → 558 342: 388th–729th £500 none
Preliminary Round 1 September 2007 166 558 → 392 161: 227th–387th £1,000 none
First Round Qualifying 15 September 2007 116 392 → 276 66: 161st–226th £2,250 Jack Pitcher (Gloucester City)
Second Round Qualifying 29 September 2007 80 276 → 196 44: 117th–160th £3,750 Matt Townley (Team Bath)
Third Round Qualifying 13 October 2007 40 196 → 156 none £5,000 Andy Forbes (Eastleigh)
Fourth Round Qualifying 27 October 2007 32 156 → 124 24: 93rd–116th £10,000 Craig Farrell (York City)
First Round Proper 10 November 2007 40 124 → 84 48: 45th–92nd £16,000 Stuart Beavon (Weymouth)
Second Round Proper 1 December 2007 20 84 → 64 none £24,000 Craig Mackail-Smith (Peterborough United)
Third Round Proper 5 January 2008 32 64 → 32 44: 1st–44th £40,000 Michael Mifsud (Coventry City)
Fourth Round Proper 26 January 2008 16 32 → 16 none £60,000 Alfie Potter (Havant & Waterlooville)
Fifth Round Proper 16 February 2008 8 16 → 8 none £120,000 Luke Steele (Barnsley)
Sixth Round Proper 8 March 2008 4 8 → 4 none £300,000 Kayode Odejayi (Barnsley)
Semi Finals 5 April 2008 2 4 → 2 none £900,000 Joe Ledley (Cardiff City)
Final 17 May 2008 1 2 → 1 none £1,000,000 Nwankwo Kanu (Portsmouth F.C.)

First Round Proper

For the qualifying rounds, see 2007–08 FA Cup Qualifying Rounds.

This round is the first in which Football League teams from League One and League Two compete with non-league teams.

  • Ties were played over the weekend of 10 November and 11 November 2007.
  • Leeds United, now a third tier side, made their earliest ever entry to the FA Cup and suffered a surprise 1–0 home defeat to Hereford United in the replay that followed a goalless draw.
Tie no Home team Score Away team Attendance
1Darlington1–1Northampton Town2,964
replayNorthampton Town2 – 1Darlington2,895
2Hampton & Richmond Borough0–3Dagenham & Redbridge2,252
3Torquay United4–1Yeovil Town3,718
4Leyton Orient1–1Bristol Rovers3,157
replayBristol Rovers3 – 3Leyton Orient3,742
Bristol Rovers won 6 – 5 on penalties
5Bury4–1Workington2,641
6Barnet2–1Gillingham2,843
7Accrington Stanley2 – 3Huddersfield Town2,202
8Barrow1–1Bournemouth2,203
replayBournemouth3 – 2Barrow2,969
9Forest Green Rovers2–2Rotherham United2,102
replayRotherham United0 – 3Forest Green Rovers2,754
10Southend United2–1Rochdale5,180
11Team Bath0–2Chasetown2,067
12Bradford City1–0Chester City4,069
13Morecambe0–2Port Vale2,730
14Hereford United0–0Leeds United5,924
replayLeeds United0 – 1Hereford United11,315
15Mansfield Town3–0Lewes2,607
16Gainsborough Trinity0–6Hartlepool United2,402
17Exeter City4–0Stevenage Borough3,513
18Oldham Athletic2–2Doncaster Rovers4,280
replayDoncaster Rovers1 – 2Oldham Athletic4,340
19Peterborough United4–1Wrexham4,266
20Halifax Town0–4Burton Albion1,936
21York City0–1Havant & Waterlooville2,001
22Harrogate Railway2–0Droylsden884
23Rushden & Diamonds3–1Macclesfield Town1,759
24Ware0–2Kidderminster Harriers2,123
25Walsall2–0Shrewsbury Town4,972
26Horsham4–1Maidenhead United3,379
27Altrincham1–2Millwall2,457
28Cheltenham Town1–1Brighton & Hove Albion2,984
replayBrighton & Hove Albion2 – 1Cheltenham Town3,711
29Stockport County1–1Staines Town3,460
replayStaines Town1 – 1Stockport County2,860
Staines Town won 4 – 3 on penalties
30Crewe Alexandra2–1Milton Keynes Dons3,049
31Lincoln City1–1Nottingham Forest7,361
replayNottingham Forest3 – 1Lincoln City6,783
32Cambridge United2–1Aldershot Town2,641
33Notts County3–0Histon4,344
34Oxford United3–1Northwich Victoria2,972
35Billericay Town1–2Swansea City2,334
36Carlisle United1–1Grimsby Town5,128
replayGrimsby Town1 – 0Carlisle United2,008
37Eastbourne Borough0–4Weymouth2,711
38Chesterfield1–2Tranmere Rovers4,296
39Wycombe Wanderers1–2Swindon Town3,332
40Luton Town1–1Brentford4,167
replayBrentford0 – 2Luton Town2,643

Second Round Proper

  • The draw was made on 11 November 2007.
  • Ties were played over the weekend of 1 December 2007.
Tie no Home team Score Away team Attendance
1Oxford United0–0Southend United 5,163
replaySouthend United3 – 0Oxford United2,740
2Swindon Town3–2Forest Green Rovers7,588
3Oldham Athletic1–0Crewe Alexandra3,900
4Northampton Town1–1Walsall3,887
replayWalsall1 – 0Northampton Town3,066
5Cambridge United1–0Weymouth4,552
6Millwall2–1Bournemouth4,495
7Staines Town0–5Peterborough United2,460
8Bradford City0–3Tranmere Rovers6,379
9Torquay United0–2Brighton & Hove Albion4,010
10Notts County0–1Havant & Waterlooville3,810
11Dagenham & Redbridge3–1Kidderminster Harriers1,493
12Port Vale1–1Chasetown5,875
replayChasetown1 – 0Port Vale1,986
13Bristol Rovers5–1Rushden & Diamonds4,816
14Huddersfield Town3–0Grimsby Town6,729
15Burton Albion1–1Barnet2,769
replayBarnet1 – 0Burton Albion1,379
16Bury1–0Exeter City2,725
17Luton Town1–0Nottingham Forest5,758
18Horsham1–1Swansea City2,731
replaySwansea City6 – 2Horsham5,911
19Hereford United2–0Hartlepool United3,801
20Harrogate Railway Athletic2–3Mansfield Town1,486

Third Round Proper

This round marks the first time Championship and Premier League (top-flight) teams play. Matches were played on the weekend of Saturday, 5 January 2008. The draw was made on 2 December 2007 at 15:15 GMT by Kevin Beattie and Sammy Nelson, adjudicated by Sir Trevor Brooking.

Involved in the Third Round draw for the first time ever were Havant & Waterlooville and Chasetown. Chasetown are the lowest-ranked team ever to have reached this stage of the FA Cup. The draw itself produced few major ties, with the exception of Chelsea drawing their West London rivals, Queens Park Rangers, and Aston Villa drawing Manchester United as their Third Round opponents for the fourth time in seven seasons, and the second time in successive years.

Tie no Home team Score Away team Attendance
1Preston North End1–0Scunthorpe United4,616
2Chasetown1–3Cardiff City2,420
3Colchester United1–3Peterborough United4,003
4Bolton Wanderers0–1Sheffield United15,286
5Blackburn Rovers1–4Coventry City14,421
6Brighton & Hove Albion1–2Mansfield Town5,857
7Walsall0–0Millwall4,358
replayMillwall2 – 1Walsall4,645
8Charlton Athletic1–1West Bromwich Albion12,682
replayWest Bromwich Albion2 – 2Charlton Athletic12,691
West Bromwich Albion won 4 – 3 on penalties
9Watford2–0Crystal Palace10,480
10Luton Town1–1Liverpool10,226
replayLiverpool5 – 0Luton Town41,446
11Plymouth Argyle3–2Hull City12,419
12Aston Villa0–2Manchester United33,630
13Tranmere Rovers2–2Hereford United6,909
replayHereford United1 – 0Tranmere Rovers6,471
14Tottenham Hotspur2–2Reading35,243
replayReading0 – 1Tottenham Hotspur22,130
15Burnley0–2Arsenal16,709
16Bristol City1–2Middlesbrough15,895
17Fulham2–2Bristol Rovers13,634
replayBristol Rovers0 – 0Fulham11,882
Bristol Rovers won 5 – 3 on penalties
18Huddersfield Town2–1Birmingham City13,410
19Swansea City1–1Havant & Waterlooville8,761
replayHavant & Waterlooville4 – 2Swansea City4,400
20Sunderland0–3Wigan Athletic20,821
21Southend United5–2Dagenham & Redbridge6,393
22Everton0–1Oldham Athletic33,086
23Derby County2–2Sheffield Wednesday20,612
replaySheffield Wednesday1 – 1Derby County18,020
Derby County won 4 – 2 on penalties
24Southampton2–0Leicester City20,094
25West Ham United0–0Manchester City33,806
replayManchester City1 – 0West Ham United27,809
26Ipswich Town0–1Portsmouth23,446
27Wolverhampton Wanderers2–1Cambridge United15,340
28Barnsley2–1Blackpool8,276
29Chelsea1–0Queens Park Rangers41,289
30Stoke City0–0Newcastle United22,861
replayNewcastle United4 – 1Stoke City35,108
31Swindon Town1–1Barnet5,944
replayBarnet1 – 1Swindon Town2,810
Barnet won 2 – 0 on penalties
32Norwich City1–1Bury19,815
replayBury2 – 1Norwich City4,146

Fourth Round Proper

The draw for the Fourth Round Proper was held at 13:30 GMT on Monday, 7 January 2008. The event was hosted by Sir Trevor Brooking, with Alan Cork and John Aldridge making the draw. Fourth Round matches were played on the weekend of 26 January 2008. For the first time since 1957, there were no replays for the Fourth Round as all ties were settled at the first game.

This was Havant & Waterlooville's first fourth round appearance. They lost 5 – 2 to Liverpool at Anfield. After Havant's elimination, Bristol Rovers became the lowest ranked team left in the Cup. They play in League One with fellow Fifth Round qualifiers Huddersfield Town.

The BBC's Match of the Day broadcast live matches from two stadia that it had never broadcast live matches before; from Field Mill, Mansfield for Mansfield Town's match with Middlesbrough and from the JJB Stadium, Wigan for Wigan's match with defending champions Chelsea.

Tie no Home team Score Away team Attendance
1Arsenal3–0Newcastle United60,046
2Coventry City2–1Millwall17,268
3Oldham Athletic0–1Huddersfield Town12,749
4Barnet0–1Bristol Rovers5,190
5Liverpool5–2Havant & Waterlooville42,566
6Southend United0–1Barnsley7,212
7Wigan Athletic1–2Chelsea14,166
8Derby County1–4Preston North End17,344
9Manchester United3–1Tottenham Hotspur75,369
10Portsmouth2–1Plymouth Argyle19,612
11Southampton2–0Bury25,449
12Hereford United1–2Cardiff City6,885
13Peterborough United0–3West Bromwich Albion12,701
14Mansfield Town0–2Middlesbrough6,258
15Sheffield United 2–1Manchester City20,800
16Watford1–4Wolverhampton Wanderers12,719

Fifth Round Proper

The draw for the Fifth Round Proper was held at 13:25 GMT on Monday, 28 January 2008. Sir Trevor Brooking hosted the event held at FA premises at Soho Square, where he was joined by Jimmy Case and Ray Wilkins, who conducted the draw. The matches were held over the weekend of 16 February 2008.

Tie no Home team Score Away team Attendance
1Bristol Rovers1 – 0Southampton11,920
2Cardiff City2 – 0Wolverhampton Wanderers15,339
3Sheffield United0 – 0Middlesbrough22,210
replayMiddlesbrough1 – 0Sheffield United28,108
4Liverpool1 – 2Barnsley42,449
5Manchester United4 – 0Arsenal75,550
6Preston North End0 – 1Portsmouth11,840
7Coventry City0 – 5West Bromwich Albion28,163
8Chelsea3 – 1Huddersfield Town41,324

Sixth Round Proper

The draw for the Sixth Round Proper was held on 18 February 2008 at 13:25 GMT at Soho Square. The draw was conducted by Geoff Thomas and Mark Bright, overseen by Sir Trevor Brooking.

For the second round in a row, the only all-Premier League tie of the round involved Manchester United, who were defeated at home by Portsmouth. Barnsley, who had already knocked out Liverpool in the previous round, produced a similar result in the Sixth Round, beating Chelsea 1 – 0 at Oakwell. West Bromwich Albion defeated Bristol Rovers away at the Memorial Stadium, whilst Cardiff City caused a third shock of the weekend by beating Premier League team Middlesbrough. The Sixth Round matches were played on the weekend of 8 March 2008.

8 March 2008
12:45
Manchester United 0–1 Portsmouth Old Trafford, Manchester
Attendance: 75,463
Referee: Martin Atkinson (West Yorkshire)
(Report) Muntari Soccerball 78' (pen.)

8 March 2008
17:30
Barnsley 1–0 Chelsea Oakwell, Barnsley
Attendance: 22,410
Referee: Steve Bennett (Kent)
Odejayi Soccerball 67' (Report)

9 March 2008
14:00
Middlesbrough 0–2 Cardiff City Riverside Stadium, Middlesbrough
Attendance: 32,986
Referee: Mike Dean (Cheshire)
(Report) Whittingham Soccerball 9'
Johnson Soccerball 23'

9 March 2008
18:00
Bristol Rovers 1–5 West Bromwich Albion Memorial Stadium, Bristol
Attendance: 12,011
Referee: Mark Clattenburg (County Durham)
Coles Soccerball 31' (Report) Morrison Soccerball 16'
Miller Soccerball 30'69'85'
Phillips Soccerball 73'

Semi-finals

The draw for the Semi-finals was held on 10 March 2008 at 13:25 GMT at Soho Square with Bryan Robson making the draw. Both semi-finals were played at Wembley Stadium and held on 5 April and 6 April 2008. There was only one club from the top flight (Portsmouth) in the draw for the first time since 1908.

5 April 2008
12:15
West Bromwich Albion 0–1 Portsmouth Wembley Stadium, London
Attendance: 83,584
Referee: Howard Webb (Sheffield & Hallamshire)
(Report) Kanu Soccerball 54'

6 April 2008
16:00
Barnsley 0–1 Cardiff City Wembley Stadium, London
Attendance: 82,752
Referee: Alan Wiley (Staffordshire)
(Report) Ledley Soccerball 9'

Final

The final was held at Wembley Stadium on 17 May 2008, and Portsmouth's 1–0 victory gave them their first major trophy for 58 years and their first FA Cup for 69 years. It was also the first time that the winning team's manager (Harry Redknapp) was an Englishman since Joe Royle guided Everton to FA Cup glory 13 years earlier as well as being the first time a club from outside the Big Four of English football won the Cup since the aforementioned Everton side in 1995.

17 May 2008
15:00 BST
Cardiff City 0–1 Portsmouth Wembley Stadium, London
Attendance: 89,874
Referee: Mike Dean (Cheshire)
Report Kanu Soccerball 37'
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