|Region|| England |
|Number of teams||674|
|Champions||Liverpool (7th title)|
|Runner-up||West Ham United|
|Top goal scorer|| Yakubu Aiyegbeni|
The competition began on 20 August 2005, with the lowest-ranked of the 674 entrants competing in the Extra Preliminary round. For the top 44 clubs, the FA Cup began in the Third Round in January.
For information on the matches played from the Extra Preliminary Round to the Fourth Round Qualifying, see 2005–06 FA Cup Qualifying Rounds.
Ties are all single-legged and take place at the stadium of the club drawn first. If scores are level at the end of a match, it is replayed at the away club's stadium, usually 10 days later. If the scores are still level, extra-time and penalties (if necessary) are used to determine a winner. However, from the semi-finals onwards, the ties take place at a neutral stadium, and there are no replays. That is to say, extra-time and penalties are played if necessary to determine a winner in a single match.
At the special request of England national team manager Sven-Göran Eriksson, the quarter-finals (i.e., 6th Round Proper) were held on weeknights (they would normally take place at weekends). This action was made to ensure that the season finishes as early as possible, allowing players a full month's rest before the 2006 World Cup finals.
The semi-finals were staged at neutral venues and, like the final, would not be replayed in the event of a draw.
The Football Association had hoped to stage the final at the newly rebuilt Wembley Stadium, London on 13 May 2006, but due to the uncertainty of the new stadium being completed in time, the Millennium Stadium in Cardiff hosted the final, which was contested between Liverpool and West Ham United.
|Extra Preliminary Round||Saturday 20 August 2005||86||674 → 588||none||£500|
|Preliminary Round||Saturday 27 August 2005||182||588 → 406||278: 225th-502nd||£1,000|
|First Round Qualifying||Saturday 10 September 2005||124||406 → 282||66: 159th-224th||£2,250|
|Second Round Qualifying||Saturday 24 September 2005||84||282 → 198||44: 115th-158th||£3,750|
|Third Round Qualifying||Saturday 8 October 2005||42||198 → 156||none||£5,000|
|Fourth Round Qualifying||Saturday 22 October 2005||32||156 → 124||22: 93rd-114th||£10,000|
|First Round Proper||Saturday 5 November 2005||40||124 → 84||48: 45th-92nd||£16,000|
|Second Round Proper||Saturday 3 December 2005||20||84 → 64||none||£24,000|
|Third Round Proper||Saturday 7 January 2006||32||64 → 32||44: 1st-44th||£40,000|
|Fourth Round Proper||Saturday 28 January 2006||16||32 → 16||none||£60,000|
|Fifth Round Proper||Saturday 18 February 2006||8||16 → 8||none||£120,000|
|Sixth Round Proper||Wednesday 22 March 2006||4||8 → 4||none||£300,000|
|Semi-finals||Saturday 22 April 2006||2||4 → 2||none||£900,000|
|Final||Saturday 13 May 2006||1||2 → 1||none||£1,000,000|
The results listed below start at the first round proper, where the 32 non-league clubs to have made it through the preliminary rounds meet the 24 clubs from League Two and the 24 clubs from League One.
First round proper
All ties took place on the weekend of Saturday, 5 November 2005. Replays, played in the week of 14 November 2005, are shown in italics. Ties are shown in order of the draw.
Second round proper
The 40 clubs to have made it through the First Round, play off to reduce the number of remaining clubs to 20.
All ties took place between Friday December 2, 2005 and Sunday December 4, 2005. Replays took place on December 13. Ties are shown in order of the draw.
Third round proper
All ties took place on Saturday January 7 and January 8, 2006. Replays took place January 17 and January 18, and are shown in italics. Ties are shown in order of the draw.
One of the most significant games of the round, if not the entire competition, was the goalless draw between Premier League giants Manchester United and Conference National underdogs Burton Albion in the first match at the Pirelli Stadium. However, United were in no mood for humiliation in the replay at Old Trafford, crushing Burton Albion 5-0.
|6 January 2006||Port Vale (3)||2–1||Doncaster Rovers (3)||Vale Park, Burslem|
|19:45 GMT||Togwell 55', 73'||Report||Heffernan 27'|| Attendance: 4,923 |
Referee: Clive Penton
|7 January 2006||Hull City (2)||0-1||Aston Villa (1)||KC Stadium, Kingston upon Hull|
|12:30 GMT||Report||Barry 61'|| Attendance: 17,051 |
Referee: Chris Foy
|7 January 2006||West Bromwich Albion (1)||1–1||Reading (2)||The Hawthorns, West Bromwich|
|15:00 GMT||Gera 82' (pen.)||Report||Doyle 82' (pen.)|| Attendance: 19,197 |
Referee: Matt Messias
|Replay 17 January 2006||Reading (2)||3-2 (aet)||West Bromwich Albion (1)||Madjeski Stadium, Reading|
|20:00 GMT||Lita 50', 65', 93'||Report||Chaplow 9', 32'|| Attendance: 16,737 |
Referee: Paul Taylor
|7 January 2006||Fulham (1)||1-2||Leyton Orient (4)||Craven Cottage, Fulham|
|15:00 GMT||John 50'||Report|| Easton 17'|
| Attendance: 13,394 |
Referee: Peter Walton
|7 January 2006||Brighton & Hove Albion (2)||0-1||Coventry City (2)||Withdean Stadium, Brighton|
|15:00 GMT||McSheffrey 50'|| Attendance: 6,734 |
Referee: Lee Probert
|7 January 2006||Wolverhampton Wanderers (2)||1-0||Plymouth Argyle (2)||Molineux, Wolverhampton|
|15:00 GMT||Clarke 26'||Report|| Attendance: 11,041 |
Referee: Mike Thorpe
|7 January 2006||Sheffield Wednesday (2)||2-4||Charlton Athletic (1)||Hillsborough, Sheffield|
|15:00 GMT||Heckingbottom 16', 61'||Report|| Rommedahl 13', 44'|
| Attendance: 14,851 |
Referee: Phil Dowd
|7 January 2006||Torquay United (4)||0-0||Birmingham City (1)||Plainmoor, Torquay|
|15:00 GMT|| Attendance: 5,974 |
Referee: Keith Stroud
|Replay 17 January 2006||Birmingham City (1)||2-0||Torquay United (4)||St Andrew's, Birmingham|
|19:45 GMT|| Jarošík 61'|
| Attendance: 24,650 |
Referee: Keith Stroud
|7 January 2006||Manchester City (1)||3-1||Scunthorpe United (3)||City of Manchester Stadium, Manchester|
|15:00 GMT||Fowler 47, 56, 64'||Keogh 17'|| Attendance: 27,779 |
Referee: A R Hall
|7 January 2006||Newcastle United (1)||1-0||Mansfield Town (4)||St James' Park, Newcastle upon Tyne|
|15:00 GMT||Shearer 80'||Report|| Attendance: 41,459 |
Referee: Andy D'Urso
|7 January 2006||Preston North End (2)||2-1||Crewe Alexandra (2)||Deepdale, Preston|
|15:00 GMT|| Attendance: 8,380 |
|7 January 2006||Stoke City (2)||0-0||Tamworth (5)||Britannia Stadium, Stoke-on-Trent|
|15:00 GMT||Report|| Attendance: 9,366 |
Referee: Paul Taylor
|Replay 17 January 2006||Tamworth||v||Stoke City|
|7 January 2006||Derby County||v||Burnley|
|7 January 2006||Southampton||v||Milton Keynes Dons|
|7 January 2006||Blackburn Rovers||v||Queens Park Rangers|
|7 January 2006||Arsenal||v||Cardiff City|
|7 January 2006||Stockport County||v||Brentford|
|7 January 2006||Norwich City||v||West Ham United|
|7 January 2006||Ipswich Town||v||Portsmouth|
|7 January 2006||Wigan Athletic||v||Leeds United|
Fourth Round Proper
The 32 clubs to have made it through Round Three.
All ties took place on Saturday January 28, 2006 and Sunday January 29. Replays took place on February 7 and February 8, and are shown in italics. Ties are shown in order of the draw.
|Tie no||Home team||Score||Away team||Attendance|
|2||Cheltenham Town||0–2||Newcastle United||7,022|
|8||Aston Villa||3–1||Port Vale||30,434|
|10||Manchester City||1–0||Wigan Athletic||30,811|
|12||Preston North End||1–1||Crystal Palace||9,489|
|replay||Crystal Palace||1–2||Preston North End||7,356|
|13||West Ham United||4–2||Blackburn Rovers||23,700|
|14||Colchester United||3–1||Derby County||5,933|
|15||Charlton Athletic||2–1||Leyton Orient||22,029|
|16||Wolverhampton Wanderers||0–3||Manchester United||28,333|
Fifth Round Proper
All ties took place on Saturday February 18 and Sunday February 19, 2006. Replays are shown in italics, and took place on March 14 and March 15. Ties are shown in order of the draw.
Liverpool's 1-0 win over Manchester United ended their arch rivals' hopes of an FA Cup/League Cup double, as well as ending Liverpool's 85-year wait for a win over Manchester United in an FA Cup tie.
|Tie no||Home team||Score||Away team||Attendance|
|1||Preston North End||0–2||Middlesbrough||19,877|
|3||Aston Villa||1–1||Manchester City||23,847|
|replay||Manchester City||2–1||Aston Villa||33,006|
|7||Bolton Wanderers||0–0||West Ham United||17,120|
|replay||West Ham United||2–1||Bolton Wanderers||24,685|
|8||Stoke City||0–1||Birmingham City||18,768|
Sixth Round Proper
The most significant game of the round was undoubtedly Liverpool's 7-0 win at Birmingham City, one of the biggest ever scorelines in an FA Cup quarter-final tie.
This was also a rare occurrence of all eight quarter-finalists being members of the top flight.
| 23 March 2006||Charlton Athletic||0 – 0||Middlesbrough|| The Valley, London|
Referee: Mike Dean (Wirral)
| 20 March 2006||Manchester City||1 – 2||West Ham United|| City of Manchester Stadium, Manchester|
Referee: Howard Webb (South Yorkshire)
|Musampa 84'||Report||Ashton 40', 68'|
| 22 March 2006||Chelsea||1 – 0||Newcastle United|| Stamford Bridge, London|
Referee: Steve Bennett (Kent)
| 21 March 2006||Birmingham City||0 – 7||Liverpool|| St. Andrews, Birmingham|
Referee: Rob Styles (Hampshire)
|Report|| Hyypiä 1'|
Crouch 4', 37'
Tébily 76' (o.g.)
| 12 April 2006||Middlesbrough||4 – 2||Charlton Athletic|| Riverside Stadium, Middlesbrough|
Referee: Phil Dowd (Staffordshire)
| Rochemback 10'|
|Report|| Hughes 12'|
Southgate 75' (o.g.)
Chelsea's hopes of the league title and FA Cup double were ended as they lost 2-1 to Liverpool, while Middlesbrough's defeat to West Ham United ended their hopes of an FA Cup/UEFA Cup double.
West Ham's victory meant that they would be contesting their first FA Cup final for 26 years, with this victory coming just five days after the death of John Lyall, manager of the West Ham side that had won the cup that year.
| 2006-04-22||Chelsea||1 – 2||Liverpool|| Old Trafford, Manchester|
|Drogba 69'||Report|| Riise 20'|
| 2006-04-23||Middlesbrough||0 – 1||West Ham United|| Villa Park, Birmingham|
- Main article: 2006 FA Cup Final
In one of the most thrilling FA Cup finals in modern times, an injury-time equaliser by Liverpool's Steven Gerrard forced a 3-3 draw, and his side went on to win the penalty shoot-out and secure the seventh FA Cup triumph of their history. West Ham's Alan Pardew was the first Englishman to manage an FA Cup finalist side since Aston Villa's John Gregory six years earlier.
|Liverpool||3–3 (a.e.t.)||West Ham United|| Millennium Stadium, Cardiff|
Referee: Alan Wiley (Staffordshire)
| Cissé 34'|
Gerrard 54', 90+1'
|(Report)|| Carragher 21' (o.g.)|
|3 – 1|| Zamora|