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FA Cup
2006–07
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Region England.png England
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Number of teams 687
Defending champions Liverpool
Champions Chelsea (4th title)
Runner-up Manchester United
Top goal scorer Frank Lampard (6 goals)
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The FA Cup 2006–07 was the 126th staging of the world's oldest football knockout competition; The Football Association Challenge Cup, or FA Cup. This season's edition was the first to be entitled "The FA Cup sponsored by E.ON".

The competition started on 18 August 2006 with the first of the record number of 687 teams entering in the Extra Preliminary Round and concluded on 19 May 2007 with the Final, held at the new Wembley Stadium.

For information on the matches played from the Extra Preliminary Round to the final Qualifying Round, see FA Cup 2006-07 Qualifying Rounds.

Chelsea claimed this season's FA Cup with a hard-fought 1–0 victory over Manchester United, with Didier Drogba scoring the winning goal in the dying minutes of extra-time. Manchester United had played against top-flight opponents in each round, as they had when they won the Cup in 1948.

Calendar

Round Date Fixtures Clubs Byes/Exemptions Prize money
Extra Preliminary Round 19 August 2006 129 687 → 558 none £500
Preliminary Round 2 September 2006 166 558 → 392 203: 227th–429th £1,000
First Round Qualifying 16 September 2006 116 392 → 276 66: 161st–226th £2,250
Second Round Qualifying 30 September 2006 80 276 → 196 44: 117th–160th £3,750
Third Round Qualifying 14 October 2006 40 196 → 156 none £5,000
Fourth Round Qualifying 28 October 2006 32 156 → 124 24: 93rd–116th £10,000
First Round Proper 11 November 2006 40 124 → 840 48: 45th–92nd £16,000
Second Round Proper 2 December 2006 20 84 → 64 none £24,000
Third Round Proper 6 January 2007 32 64 → 32 44: 1st–44th £40,000
Fourth Round Proper 27 January 2007 16 32 → 16 none £60,000
Fifth Round Proper 17 February 2007 8 16 → 80 none £120,000
Sixth Round Proper 10 March 2007 4 8 → 4 none £300,000
Semi-finals 14 April 2007 2 4 → 2 none £900,000
Final 19 May 2007 1 2 → 1 none £1,000,000

The results below detail the results from the First Round Proper onwards.

First round proper

For the qualifying rounds, see 2006–07 FA Cup Qualifying Rounds.

Matches played on weekend of Saturday, 11 November 2006. The draw was made by Will Greenwood and Neil Back, adjudicated by Trevor Brooking.

Tie no Home team Score Away team Attendance
1A.F.C. Bournemouth4–0Boston United4,263
2Wycombe Wanderers2–1Oxford United6,279
3Peterborough United3–0Rotherham United4,281
4Torquay United2–1Leatherhead2,218
5Morecambe2–1Kidderminster Harriers1,673
6Tranmere Rovers4–2Woking4,591
7Salisbury City3–0Fleetwood Town2,684
8Chelmsford City1–1Aldershot Town2,838
replayAldershot Town2–0Chelmsford City2,731
9Weymouth2–2Bury2,503
replayBury4–3Weymouth2,231
10Nottingham Forest5–0Yeading7,704
11Stafford Rangers1–1Maidenhead United1,526
replayMaidenhead United0–2Stafford Rangers1,934
12Shrewsbury Town0–0Hereford United5,574
replayHereford United2–0Shrewsbury Town4,224
13Northampton Town0–0Grimsby Town4,092
replayGrimsby Town0–2Northampton Town2,657
14Wrexham1–0Stevenage Borough2,863
15Chesterfield0–1Basingstoke Town3,539
16Gainsborough Trinity1–3Barnet1,914
17Lewes1–4Darlington2,000
18Clevedon Town1–4Chester City2,261
19Barrow2–3Bristol Rovers2,939
20Rushden & Diamonds3–1Yeovil Town2,530
21Burton Albion1–2Tamworth4,150
22Farsley Celtic0–0Milton Keynes Dons2,200
replayMilton Keynes Dons2–0Farsley Celtic2,676
23Brentford0–1Doncaster Rovers3,607
24Gillingham4–1Bromley5,547
25York City0–1Bristol City3,525
26Bishop's Stortford3–5King's Lynn1,750
27Exeter City1–2Stockport County4,454
28Newport County1–3Swansea City4,660
29Kettering Town3–4Oldham Athletic3,481
30Rochdale1–1Hartlepool United2,098
replayHartlepool United0–0Rochdale2,788
Hartlepool United won 4–2 on penalties
31Brighton & Hove Albion8–0Northwich Victoria4,487
32Mansfield Town1–0Accrington Stanley3,909
33Cheltenham Town0–0Scunthorpe United2,721
replayScunthorpe United2–0Cheltenham Town3,074
34Macclesfield Town0–0Walsall2,018
replayWalsall0–1Macclesfield Town3,114
35Bradford City4–0Crewe Alexandra3,483
36Leyton Orient2–1Notts County3,011
37Swindon Town3–1Carlisle United4,938
38Huddersfield Town0–1Blackpool6,597
39Havant & Waterlooville1–2Millwall5,793
40Port Vale2–1Lincoln City3,884

Second round proper

Matches played on weekend of Saturday, 2 December 2006. The draw was made on 12 November by Graham Gooch and Mike Gatting, adjudicated by Trevor Brooking, and televised live on BBC One.

As mentioned below, Bury defeated Chester City 3–1 at the Deva Stadium but it was soon revealed that Bury had fielded an ineligible player, resulting in them being expelled from the competition and Chester City being reinstated.

Tie no Home team Score Away team Attendance
1Milton Keynes Dons0–2Blackpool3,837
2Scunthorpe United0–2Wrexham5,054
3Brighton & Hove Albion3–0Stafford Rangers5,741
4Bristol City4–3Gillingham5,663
5Hereford United4–0Port Vale4,076
6Macclesfield Town2–1Hartlepool United1,992
7Stockport County2–1Wycombe Wanderers3,821
8Bury2–2Chester City3,428
replayChester City1–3Bury2,810
Bury expelled for fielding an ineligible player; Chester City progress
9Barnet4–1Northampton Town2,786
10Tranmere Rovers1–2Peterborough United6,308
11King's Lynn0–2Oldham Athletic5,444
12Darlington1–3Swansea City4,183
13Salisbury City1–1Nottingham Forest3,100
replayNottingham Forest2–0Salisbury City6,177
14Torquay United1–1Leyton Orient2,392
replayLeyton Orient1–2Torquay United2,384
15Bristol Rovers1–1Bournemouth6,252
replayBournemouth0–1Bristol Rovers4,153
16Bradford City0–0Millwall4,346
replayMillwall0–0Bradford City3,220
Millwall win 1 – 0 after extra time
17Swindon Town1–0Morecambe5,942
18Mansfield Town1–1Doncaster Rovers4,837
replayDoncaster Rovers2–0Mansfield Town5,338
19Aldershot Town1–1Basingstoke Town4,525
replayBasingstoke Town1–3Aldershot Town3,300
20Rushden & Diamonds1–2Tamworth2,815

Third round proper

This round marks the entry of the top-flight teams to the competition. Matches were played on the weekend of Saturday, 6 January 2007. The draw was made on 3 December 2006 by Amir Khan and Ricky Hatton, adjudicated by Trevor Brooking, and televised live on BBC One. Replays were held in the week of 16 and 17 January, with the exception of the Luton – QPR replay, which was postponed due to a waterlogged pitch.

Tie no Home team Score Away team Attendance
1Blackpool4–2Aldershot Town6,355
2Barnet2–1Colchester United3,075
3Sheffield United0–3Swansea City15,896
4Reading3–2Burnley11,514
5Portsmouth2–1Wigan Athletic14,336
6Doncaster Rovers0–4Bolton Wanderers14,297
7West Ham United3–0Brighton & Hove Albion32,874
8Leicester City2–2Fulham15,499
replayFulham4–3Leicester City11,222
9Derby County3–1Wrexham15,609
10Wolverhampton Wanderers2–2Oldham Athletic14,524
replayOldham Athletic0–2Wolverhampton Wanderers9,628
11Chester City0–0Ipswich Town4,330
replayIpswich Town1–0Chester City11,732
12Manchester United2–1Aston Villa74,924
13Sheffield Wednesday1–1Manchester City28,487
replayManchester City2–1Sheffield Wednesday25,621
14Tamworth1–4Norwich City3,165
15Nottingham Forest2–0Charlton Athletic19,017
16Cardiff City0–0Tottenham Hotspur20,376
replayTottenham Hotspur4–0Cardiff City27,641
17Preston North End1–0Sunderland10,318
18Liverpool1–3Arsenal43,619
19Bristol Rovers1–0Hereford United8,978
20Watford4–1Stockport County11,745
21Crystal Palace2–1Swindon Town10,238
22Bristol City3–3Coventry City13,336
replayCoventry City0–2Bristol City13,055
23Peterborough United1–1Plymouth Argyle6,255
replayPlymouth Argyle2–1Peterborough United9,973
24Queens Park Rangers2–2Luton Town10,064
replayLuton Town1–0Queens Park Rangers7,494
25Southend United1–1Barnsley5,485
replayBarnsley0–2Southend United4,944
26West Bromwich Albion3–1Leeds United16,957
27Hull City1–1Middlesbrough17,520
replayMiddlesbrough4–3Hull City16,702
28Birmingham City2–2Newcastle United16,444
replayNewcastle United1–5Birmingham City26,099
29Torquay United0–2Southampton5,396
30Everton1–4Blackburn Rovers24,426
31Chelsea6–1Macclesfield Town41,434
32Stoke City2–0Millwall8,024

Fourth round proper

Matches played on weekend of Saturday, 27 January 2007. The draw was made on 8 January by Hope Powell and Faye White, adjudicated by Trevor Brooking, and televised live on BBC Two and Sky Sports News.

Tie no Home team Score Away team Attendance
1Arsenal1–1Bolton Wanderers59,778
replayBolton Wanderers1–1Arsenal21,088
Arsenal win 3 – 1 after extra time
2West Ham United0–1Watford31,168
3Bristol City2–2Middlesbrough19,008
replayMiddlesbrough1–1Bristol City26,328
2 – 2 after extra time – Middlesbrough win 5 – 4 on penalties
4Chelsea3–0Nottingham Forest41,516
5Ipswich Town1–0Swansea City16,635
6Tottenham Hotspur3–1Southend United33,406
7Barnet0–2Plymouth Argyle5,204
8Birmingham City2–3Reading20,041
9Derby County1–0Bristol Rovers25,033
10Manchester City3–1Southampton26,496
11Crystal Palace0–2Preston North End8,422
12Manchester United2–1Portsmouth71,137
13Blackpool1–1Norwich City9,491
replayNorwich City1–1Blackpool19,120
Norwich City win 3 – 2 after extra time
14Luton Town0–4Blackburn Rovers5,887
15Wolverhampton Wanderers0–3West Bromwich Albion28,107
16Fulham3–0Stoke City11,059

Fifth round proper

Matches played on the weekend of Saturday, 17 February 2007. The draw took place on Monday, 29 January 2007 and was made by Darren Campbell and Roger Black, adjudicated by Trevor Brooking, and televised live on BBC Two and Sky Sports News.

Tie no Home team Score Away team Attendance
1Chelsea4–0Norwich City41,537
2Watford1–0Ipswich Town17,016
3Preston North End1–3Manchester City18,890
4Plymouth Argyle2–0Derby County18,026
5Manchester United1–1Reading70,608
replayReading2–3Manchester United23,821
6Arsenal0–0Blackburn Rovers56,761
replayBlackburn Rovers1–0Arsenal18,882
7Middlesbrough2–2West Bromwich Albion31,491
replayWest Bromwich Albion1–1Middlesbrough24,925
1 – 1 after extra time – Middlesbrough win 5 – 4 on penalties
8Fulham0–4Tottenham Hotspur18,655

Sixth round proper

Matches played on the weekend of Saturday, 10 March 2007. The draw for the round, also known as the quarter-finals, took place on Monday, 19 February 2007 at 1:30pm GMT. The draw was made by Steve McClaren and Terry Venables, adjudicated by Trevor Brooking and televised live on BBC Two. This was the last round in which matches were held on the home grounds of one of the teams. The only non-Premier League team to reach the quarter-finals this season were Plymouth Argyle.

10 March 2007
17:30
Middlesbrough 2–2 Manchester United Riverside Stadium, Middlesbrough
Attendance: 33,308
Referee: Rob Styles (Hampshire)
Cattermole Soccerball 44'
Boateng Soccerball 47'
(Report) Rooney Soccerball 23'
Ronaldo Soccerball 68' (pen.)
11 March 2007
12:45
Chelsea 3–3 Tottenham Hotspur Stamford Bridge, London
Attendance: 41,517
Referee: Mike Riley (West Yorkshire)
Lampard Soccerball 22'71'
Kalou Soccerball 86'
(Report) Berbatov Soccerball 5'
Essien Soccerball 28' (o.g.)
Ghaly Soccerball 36'
11 March 2007
16:00
Blackburn Rovers 2–0 Manchester City Ewood Park, Blackburn
Attendance: 27,743
Referee: Mike Dean (Cheshire)
Mokoena Soccerball 28'
Derbyshire Soccerball 90'
(Report)
11 March 2007
18:00
Plymouth Argyle 0–1 Watford Home Park, Plymouth
Attendance: 20,652
Referee: Chris Foy (Merseyside)
(Report) Bouazza Soccerball 21'

Replays

19 March 2007
20:00
Manchester United 1–0 Middlesbrough Old Trafford, Manchester
Attendance: 71,325
Referee: Mike Dean (Cheshire)
Ronaldo Soccerball 76' (pen.) (Report)
19 March 2007
20:05
Tottenham Hotspur 1–2 Chelsea White Hart Lane, London
Attendance: 35,519
Referee: Martin Atkinson (West Yorkshire)
Keane Soccerball 76' (pen.) (Report) Shevchenko Soccerball 54'
Wright-Phillips Soccerball 61'

Semi-finals

Unlike earlier rounds, matches were played on neutral grounds on the weekend of Saturday, 14 April 2007. There would be no replays even if the matches were drawn; instead, extra time would decide winners immediately thereafter. Only if extra time did not decide the winners, a penalty shootout would decide winners. The draw for the semi-finals took place on Monday, 12 March 2007 at 1:30pm GMT. The draw was made by Ray Clemence, and adjudicated by Trevor Brooking.

14 April 2007
17:30
Watford 1–4 Manchester United Villa Park, Birmingham
Attendance: 37,425
Referee: Howard Webb (Sheffield & Hallamshire)
Bouazza Soccerball 26' (Report) Rooney Soccerball 7'66'
Ronaldo Soccerball 28'
Richardson Soccerball 82'
15 April 2007
16:00
Blackburn Rovers 1 – 2
(a.e.t.)
Chelsea Old Trafford, Manchester
Attendance: 50,559
Referee: Alan Wiley (Staffordshire)
Roberts Soccerball 64' (Report) Lampard Soccerball 16'
Ballack Soccerball 109'

Final

Main article: 2007 FA Cup Final

The 126th FA Cup Final was played at the new Wembley Stadium and it was the first FA Cup Final to be played in London since 2000. Similarly to the semi-finals, there would be no replay even if the match was drawn; instead, extra time would be used to decide the winners. If extra time failed to separate the two sides, the match would go to penalties. Chelsea's victory ended Manchester United's hopes of becoming the only English club to win the double four times (having previously won it in 1994, 1996 and 1999), and in doing so, completed their own cup-double.

19 May 2007
15:00
Chelsea 1 – 0 (a.e.t.) Manchester United Wembley Stadium, London
Attendance: 89,826
Referee: Steve Bennett (Kent)
Drogba Soccerball 116' (Report)
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  • Assistant Referees:
    • Peter Kirkup (Northamptonshire)
    • Dave Bryan (Lincolnshire)
  • Fourth official: Howard Webb (Sheffield] & Hallamshire)

Player of the Round

RoundPlayerClub
1QMatt LewisHalesowen Town
2QGary McPheeNuneaton Borough
3QByron BubbA.F.C. Wimbledon
4QPaul BoothLewes
1Kris CommonsNottingham Forest
2Phil JevonsBristol City
3Jason PuncheonBarnet
4Jamie McAllisterBristol City
5Adam FedericiReading
6Frank LampardChelsea
Semi-finalsWayne RooneyManchester United
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