2002 FA Cup Final
2002 FA Cup Final programme.jpg
Event2001–02 FA Cup
Date4 May 2002
VenueMillennium Stadium, Cardiff
Man of the MatchFredrik Ljungberg (Arsenal)
RefereeMike Riley (West Yorkshire)
Attendance73,963
2001
2003

The 2002 FA Cup Final was the final match of the 2001–02 FA Cup competition. It was an all-London affair between Arsenal and Chelsea at the Millennium Stadium on 4 May 2002. Arsenal won 2–0, with goals by Ray Parlour and Freddie Ljungberg.

Chelsea were led onto the field by Roberto Di Matteo, who had been forced to retire from football earlier in the season due to a serious injury.

Ljungberg, having also scored in the 2001 final, became the first man to score goals in successive FA Cup finals since Tottenham Hotspur's Bobby Smith, who scored in 1961 and 1962.

The match took place with one week remaining in the Premier League calendar for the 2001–02 season. Arsenal were in first position, but still needed a point from their final two games to secure the championship, which they achieved in their next match with victory over second-placed Manchester United. Chelsea had to win their remaining fixture to confirm the position of fifth they held at the start of the match; they lost again and finished in sixth. In the league fixtures between the two clubs, Arsenal had the upper hand, with a 1–1 draw at Chelsea's Stamford Bridge on 8 September 2001 and a 2–1 win at Highbury on Boxing Day.

Arsenal's subsequent Premier League title triumph saw them equal Manchester United's record of three doubles.

The match is remembered for Chelsea fan Tim Lovejoy's famous quote "It's alright, it's only Ray Parlour", who seconds later put the ball in the top corner from 25 yards. Lovejoy had been doing the Sky Sports fanzone commentary with Arsenal fan Bradley Walsh when he spoke the famous last words.

Match details

4 May 2002
15:00 BST
Arsenal 2–0 Chelsea Millennium Stadium, Cardiff
Attendance: 73,963
Referee: Mike Riley (West Yorkshire)
Parlour Goal 70'
Ljungberg Goal 80'
Report
Arsenal
Chelsea
GK 1 Flag of England David Seaman
RB 12 Flag of Cameroon Lauren
CB 23 Flag of England Sol Campbell
CB 6 Flag of England Tony Adams (c)
LB 3 Flag of England Ashley Cole
RM 11 Flag of France Sylvain Wiltord Substituted off in the 89th minute 89'
CM 15 Flag of England Ray Parlour
CM 4 Flag of France Patrick Vieira Booked in the 26th minute 26'
LM 8 Flag of Sweden Fredrik Ljungberg
SS 10 Flag of Netherlands Dennis Bergkamp Substituted off in the 72nd minute 72'
CF 14 Flag of France Thierry Henry Booked in the 75th minute 75' Substituted off in the 81st minute 81'
Substitutes:
GK 24 Flag of England Richard Wright
DF 2 Flag of England Lee Dixon
DF 5 Flag of England Martin Keown Substituted on in the 89th minute 89'
MF 17 Flag of Brazil Edu Substituted on in the 72nd minute 72'
FW 25 Flag of Nigeria Nwankwo Kanu Substituted on in the 81st minute 81'
Manager:
Flag of France Arsène Wenger
Arsenal vs Chelsea 2002-05-04.png
GK 23 Flag of Italy Carlo Cudicini
RB 15 Flag of Netherlands Mario Melchiot Substituted off in the 76th minute 76'
CB 13 Flag of France William Gallas
CB 6 Flag of France Marcel Desailly (c)
LB 3 Flag of Nigeria Celestine Babayaro Substituted off in the 45th minute 45'
RM 30 Flag of Denmark Jesper Grønkjær
CM 8 Flag of England Frank Lampard
CM 17 Flag of France Emmanuel Petit
LM 14 Flag of England Graeme Le Saux Booked in the 2nd minute 2'
CF 22 Flag of Iceland Eiður Guðjohnsen Booked in the 91st minute 91'
CF 9 Flag of Netherlands Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink Substituted off in the 68th minute 68'
Substitutes:
GK 1 Flag of Netherlands Ed de Goey
DF 26 Flag of England John Terry Booked in the 75th minute 75' Substituted on in the 45th minute 45'
MF 10 Flag of Serbia Slaviša Jokanović
MF 11 Flag of Netherlands Boudewijn Zenden Substituted on in the 76th minute 76'
FW 25 Flag of Italy Gianfranco Zola Substituted on in the 68th minute 68'
Manager:
Flag of Italy Claudio Ranieri

Man of the match

Match officials

  • Assistant referees:
    • Glenn Turner (Derbyshire)
    • Ralph Bone (Kent)
  • Fourth official: Mark Halsey (Lancashire)

Match rules

  • 90 minutes.
  • 30 minutes of extra-time if necessary.
  • Penalty shoot-out if scores still level.
  • Five named substitutes.
  • Maximum of three substitutions.

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