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1981–82
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Runner-up Queens Park Rangers
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The 1981–82 FA Cup was the 101st season of the world's oldest football knockout competition, The Football Association Challenge Cup, or FA Cup for short.

The competition culminated with the FA Cup Final, held at Wembley Stadium, London on 22 May 1982. The match was contested by two clubs from London, Tottenham Hotspur and Queens Park Rangers, with Tottenham winning the trophy with a 1–0 victory in a replay after a 1-1 draw in the first game.

For information on the matches played from the Preliminary Round to the Fourth Round Qualifying, see the FA website.

First round proper

For the qualifying rounds, see 1981–82 FA Cup Qualifying Rounds.

The first round of games were played over the weekend 20–21 November 1981. Replays were played mainly on 23–25 November.

Tie no Home team Score Away team Date
1Enfield2–0Hastings United21 November 1981
2Chesterfield4–1Preston North End21 November 1981
3Darlington2–2Carlisle United21 November 1981
ReplayCarlisle United3–1Darlington24 November 1981
4Bournemouth1–0Reading21 November 1981
5Bristol City0–0Torquay United20 November 1981
ReplayTorquay United1–2Bristol City25 November 1981
6Burnley0–0Runcorn21 November 1981
ReplayRuncorn1–2Burnley24 November 1981
7Dorchester Town3–3Minehead21 November 1981
ReplayMinehead0–4Dorchester Town23 November 1981
8Rochdale2–2Hull City21 November 1981
ReplayHull City2–2Rochdale24 November 1981
ReplayHull City1–0Rochdale30 November 1981
9Weymouth0–0Northampton Town21 November 1981
ReplayNorthampton Town6–2Weymouth24 November 1981
10Lincoln City2–2Port Vale21 November 1981
ReplayPort Vale0–0Lincoln City30 November 1981
ReplayPort Vale2–0Lincoln City2 December 1981
11Stafford Rangers1–2York City21 November 1981
12Swindon Town2–1Taunton Town21 November 1981
13Sheffield United2–2Altrincham21 November 1981
ReplayAltrincham3–0Sheffield United23 November 1981
14Bishop Auckland4–1Nuneaton Borough21 November 1981
15Tranmere Rovers1–1Bury21 November 1981
ReplayBury3–1Tranmere Rovers24 November 1981
16Stockport County3–1Mossley F.C.21 November 1981
17Dover0–2Oxford United21 November 1981
18Brentford2–0Exeter City21 November 1981
19Bristol Rovers1–2Fulham21 November 1981
20Portsmouth1–1Millwall21 November 1981
ReplayMillwall3–2Portsmouth25 November 1981
21Plymouth Argyle0–0Gillingham21 November 1981
ReplayGillingham1–0Plymouth Argyle24 November 1981
22Penrith1–0Chester21 November 1981
23Scunthorpe United1–0Bradford City21 November 1981
24Blyth Spartans1–2Walsall21 November 1981
25Bedford Town0–2Wimbledon21 November 1981
26Mansfield Town0–1Doncaster Rovers21 November 1981
27Halifax Town0–3Peterborough United21 November 1981
28Workington1–1Huddersfield Town21 November 1981
ReplayHuddersfield Town5–0Workington24 November 1981
29Hereford United3–1Southend United21 November 1981
30Bishop's Stortford2–2Sutton United21 November 1981
ReplaySutton United2–1Bishop's Stortford24 November 1981
31Bideford1–2Barking21 November 1981
32Aldershot2–0Leytonstone/Ilford21 November 1981
33Horden CW0–1Blackpool21 November 1981
34Wigan Athletic2–2Hartlepool United21 November 1981
ReplayHartlepool United1–0Wigan Athletic25 November 1981
35Boston United0–1Kettering Town21 November 1981
36Harlow Town0–0Barnet21 November 1981
ReplayBarnet1–0Harlow Town24 November 1981
37Colchester United2–0Newport County21 November 1981
38Hendon1–1Wycombe Wanderers21 November 1981
ReplayWycombe Wanderers2–0Hendon24 November 1981
39Dagenham2–2Yeovil Town21 November 1981
ReplayYeovil Town0–1Dagenham25 November 1981
40Willenhall Town0–1Crewe Alexandra21 November 1981

Second Round Proper

The Second Round was intended to be played on 12 December 1981, although many were not played until the 15 December or even 2 January or 9 January. Replays were played on various dates after these games.

Tie no Home team Score Away team Date
1Enfield4–1Wimbledon15 December 1981
2Chesterfield0–1Huddersfield Town12 December 1981
3Barnet2–0Wycombe Wanderers15 December 1981
4Bristol City3–0Northampton Town15 December 1981
5Bury1–1Burnley2 January 1982
ReplayBurnley2–1Bury4 January 1982
6Dorchester Town1–1Bournemouth12 December 1981
ReplayBournemouth2–1Dorchester Town15 December 1981
7Gillingham1–1Barking15 December 1981
ReplayGillingham3–1Barking2 January 1982
8Crewe Alexandra1–3Scunthorpe United2 January 1982
9Swindon Town2–1Sutton United15 December 1981
10Doncaster Rovers3–0Penrith12 December 1981
11Brentford1–1Colchester United16 December 1981
ReplayColchester United1–0Brentford30 December 1981
12Hull City2–0Hartlepool United4 January 1982
13Carlisle United1–0Bishop Auckland9 January 1982
14Port Vale4–1Stockport County2 January 1982
15York City0–0Altrincham12 December 1981
ReplayAltrincham4–3York City2 January 1982
16Hereford United1–0Fulham2 January 1982
17Kettering Town0–3Blackpool2 January 1982
18Aldershot2–2Oxford United15 December 1981
ReplayOxford United4–2Aldershot30 December 1981
19Peterborough United2–1Walsall2 January 1982
20Dagenham1–2Millwall30 December 1981

Third round proper

The Third Round was intended to be played on 2 January 1982. However, some matched were played initially over the period 4–6 January, while others took place as late as 23 January. Most replays took place over 18–21 January.

Tie no Home team Score Away team Date
1Enfield2–3Crystal Palace2 January 1982
2Bournemouth0–2Oxford United2 January 1982
3Barnet0–0Brighton & Hove Albion2 January 1982
ReplayBrighton & Hove Albion3–1Barnet5 January 1982
4Burnley6–1Altrincham18 January 1982
5Watford1–0Manchester United2 January 1982
6Gillingham2–1Oldham Athletic5 January 1982
7Leicester City3–1Southampton2 January 1982
8Notts County0–6Aston Villa5 January 1982
9Nottingham Forest1–3Wrexham2 January 1982
10Bolton Wanderers3–1Derby County2 January 1982
11Wolverhampton Wanderers1–3Leeds United2 January 1982
12West Bromwich Albion3–2Blackburn Rovers2 January 1982
13Luton Town2–1Swindon Town2 January 1982
14Shrewsbury Town1–0Port Vale5 January 1982
15Doncaster Rovers2–1Cambridge United2 January 1982
16Newcastle United1–1Colchester United4 January 1982
ReplayColchester United3–4Newcastle United18 January 1982
17Tottenham Hotspur1–0Arsenal2 January 1982
18Manchester City3–1Cardiff City2 January 1982
19Queens Park Rangers1–1Middlesbrough2 January 1982
ReplayMiddlesbrough2–3Queens Park Rangers18 January 1982
20Barnsley0–2Blackpool5 January 1982
21Coventry City3–1Sheffield Wednesday2 January 1982
22West Ham United2–1Everton2 January 1982
23Millwall1–6Grimsby Town5 January 1982
24Carlisle United2–3Huddersfield Town23 January 1982
25Chelsea0–0Hull City18 January 1982
ReplayHull City0–2Chelsea21 January 1982
26Scunthorpe United1–1Hereford United6 January 1982
ReplayHereford United4–1Scunthorpe United20 January 1982
27Stoke City0–1Norwich City2 January 1982
28Rotherham United1–1Sunderland2 January 1982
ReplaySunderland1–0Rotherham United18 January 1982
29Peterborough United0–1Bristol City6 January 1982
30Birmingham City2–3Ipswich Town2 January 1982
31Orient1–0Charlton Athletic2 January 1982
32Swansea City0–4Liverpool2 January 1982

Fourth round proper

The Fourth Round was mainly played on 23 January 1982. Matches were played or replayed either on 26 January, or on 1 February.

Tie no Home team Score Away team Date
1Blackpool0–0Queens Park Rangers23 January 1982
ReplayQueens Park Rangers5–1Blackpool26 January 1982
2Bristol City0–1Aston Villa23 January 1982
3Watford2–0West Ham United23 January 1982
4Gillingham0–1West Bromwich Albion23 January 1982
5Sunderland0–3Liverpool23 January 1982
6Luton Town0–3Ipswich Town23 January 1982
7Shrewsbury Town1–0Burnley23 January 1982
8Newcastle United1–2Grimsby Town23 January 1982
9Tottenham Hotspur1–0Leeds United23 January 1982
10Manchester City1–3Coventry City23 January 1982
11Brighton & Hove Albion0–3Oxford United23 January 1982
12Norwich City2–1Doncaster Rovers23 January 1982
13Crystal Palace1–0Bolton Wanderers23 January 1982
14Chelsea0–0Wrexham23 January 1982
ReplayWrexham1–1Chelsea26 January 1982
ReplayWrexham1–2Chelsea1 February 1982
15Huddersfield Town1–1Orient26 January 1982
ReplayOrient2–0Huddersfield Town1 February 1982
16Hereford United0–1Leicester City23 January 1982

Fifth round proper

The Fifth Round matches were all played on 13 February 1982. The only replay was played on 16 February.

Tie no Home team Score Away team Date
1Leicester City2–0Watford13 February 1982
2West Bromwich Albion1–0Norwich City13 February 1982
3Shrewsbury Town2–1Ipswich Town13 February 1982
4Tottenham Hotspur1–0Aston Villa13 February 1982
5Queens Park Rangers3–1Grimsby Town13 February 1982
6Coventry City4–0Oxford United13 February 1982
7Crystal Palace0–0Orient13 February 1982
ReplayOrient0–1Crystal Palace16 February 1982
8Chelsea2–0Liverpool13 February 1982

Sixth round proper

The sixth round games were played on 6 March 1982. There were no replays.

Tie no Home team Score Away team Date
1Leicester City5–2Shrewsbury Town6 March 1982
2West Bromwich Albion2–0Coventry City6 March 1982
3Queens Park Rangers1–0Crystal Palace6 March 1982
4Chelsea2–3Tottenham Hotspur6 March 1982

Semi-finals

The matches were both played on 3 April 1982. Tottenham and Queens Park Rangers were victorious and reached the FA Cup Final.

3 April 1982
15:00
Tottenham Hotspur 2 – 0 Leicester City Villa Park, Birmingham
Crooks Soccerball 56'
Wilson Soccerball 76' (o.g.)

3 April 1982
15:00
Queens Park Rangers 1 – 0 West Brom Highbury Stadium, London
Allen Soccerball

Final

The final was held at Wembley Stadium on 22 May 1982. The replay was held on 27 May 1982.

22 May 1982
15:00 BST
Tottenham Hotspur 1 – 1 Queens Park Rangers Wembley, London
Attendance: 100,000
Referee: C. White
Hoddle Soccerball 110' Fenwick Soccerball 115'
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QPR

Replay

27 May 1982
15:00 BST
Tottenham Hotspur 1 – 0 Queens Park Rangers Wembley, London
Attendance: 90,000
Referee: C. White
Hoddle Soccerball 6' (pen)
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QPR

TV Coverage

The right to show FA Cup games were, as with Football League matches, shared between the BBC and ITV network. All games were shown in a highlights format, except the Final, which was shown live both on BBC1 & ITV. The BBC football highlights programme Match Of The Day would show up to three games and the various ITV regional network stations would cover up to one game and show highlights from other games covered elsewhere on the ITV network. No games from the first or round were covered. Highlights of replays would be shown on either the BBC or ITV.

Third Round BBC Leicester City v Southampton, Barnet v Brighton & Hove Albion, Swansea City v Liverpool ITV Tottenham Hotspur v Arsenal (LWT), Watford v Manchester United (Granada out of region, although used TVS cameras & commentator Gerald Sinsdadt), Birmingham City v Ipswich Town (Central & Anglia), Rotherham United v Sunderland (Yorkshire & Tyne-Tees), Brighton & Hove Albion v Barnet (Midweek replay all regions) Fourth Round BBC Watford v West Ham United, Tottenham Hotspur v Leeds United, Manchester City v Coventry City ITV Luton Town v Ipswich Town (Anglia & LWT), Gillingham v West Bromwich Albion (TVS & Central), Sunderland v Liverpool (Tyne-Tees & Yorkshire), Blackpool v Queens Park Rangers (Granada) Fifth Round ITV Tottenham Hotspur v Aston Villa, Leicester City v Watford, West Bromwich Albion v Norwich City ITV Chelsea v Liverpool (LWT), Shrewsbury Town v Ipswich Town (Anglia out of region, although used Granada's cameras & commentator Martin Tyler Coventry City v Oxford United (Central, also showed the Shrewsbury game) Sixth Round BBC Chelsea v Tottenham Hotspur, Leicester City v Shrewsbury Town ITV QPR v Crystal Palace (LWT), West Bromwich Albion v Coventry City (Central) (All regions showed these games) Semi-Finals BBC Queens Park Rangers v West Bromwich Albion ITV Leicester City v Tottenham Hotspur (All regions showed this game) Final Queens Park Rangers v Tottenham Hotspur (Both BBC & ITV showed the Final live. BBC & all ITV regions apart from Yorkshire showed the replay)

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