2005–06 FA Cup
|Champions||Liverpool (7th title)|
|Runners-up||West Ham United|
|Top goal scorer(s)||Yakubu Ayegbeni
The competition began on August 20, 2005, with the lowest-ranked of the 674 entrants competing in the Extra Preliminary round. For England's 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 football 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 May 13, 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.
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.
|Manchester City||1 – 2||West Ham United|
|Musampa 84'||Ashton 40', 68'|
|Birmingham City||0 – 7||Liverpool|
Crouch 4', 37'
Tébily 76' (o.g.)
|Middlesbrough||4 – 2||Charlton Athletic|
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.
|Chelsea||1 – 2||Liverpool|
|Drogba 69'||Report||Riise 20'
Luis García 52'
|Middlesbrough||0 – 1||West Ham United|
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|
Gerrard 54', 90+1'
|(Report)||Carragher 21' (o.g.)
|3 – 1|| Zamora
Player of the Round
From the First Round (Qualifying) onward, a panel including Sky Sports' Jeff Stelling and FA Chief Executive Brian Barwick nominated players for the award. The winners were voted by visitors of thefa.com.
The player with the most votes each round won £1000 worth of football equipment for a local school or club, as well as an engraved silver salver.
|First Round Qualifying||Jamie Laidlaw||Gosport Borough|
|Second Round Qualifying||Paul Brayson||Northwich Victoria|
|Third Round Qualifying||Alex Rodman||Leamington|
|Fourth Round Qualifying||Stuart Tuck||Eastbourne Borough|
|First Round Proper||Paul Brayson||Northwich Victoria|
|Second Round Proper||Dave Mulligan||Doncaster Rovers|
|Third Round Proper||Gez Murphy||Nuneaton Borough|
|Fourth Round Proper||Ricardo Gardner||Bolton Wanderers|
|Fifth Round Proper||Jamie Carragher||Liverpool|
|Sixth Round Proper||Steven Gerrard||Liverpool|
No vote was made for the final tie.
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