2007–08 FA Cup
The FA Cup on the roof terrace of Portsmouth's Spinnaker Tower on 12 May 2008
|Top goal scorer(s)||Rickie Lambert
The 2007–08 FA Cup was the 127th season of the world's oldest football knockout competition, The Football Association Challenge Cup, or FA Cup for short. A record 731 clubs' entries were accepted for the competition.
The competition culminated with the FA Cup Final, held at Wembley Stadium, London on 17 May 2008. The match was contested by Portsmouth and Cardiff City, with Portsmouth taking the title 1 – 0, Nwankwo Kanu scoring the winning goal.
For information on the matches played from the Extra Preliminary Round to the Fourth Round Qualifying, see FA Cup 2007-08 Qualifying Rounds.
|Round||Date||Matches||Clubs||New entries this round||Prize money||Player of the Round|
|Extra Preliminary Round||18 August 2007||171||729 → 558||342: 388th–729th||£500||none|
|Preliminary Round||1 September 2007||166||558 → 392||161: 227th–387th||£1,000||none|
|First Round Qualifying||15 September 2007||116||392 → 276||66: 161st–226th||£2,250||Jack Pitcher (Gloucester City)|
|Second Round Qualifying||29 September 2007||80||276 → 196||44: 117th–160th||£3,750||Matt Townley (Team Bath)|
|Third Round Qualifying||13 October 2007||40||196 → 156||none||£5,000||Andy Forbes (Eastleigh)|
|Fourth Round Qualifying||27 October 2007||32||156 → 124||24: 93rd–116th||£10,000||Craig Farrell (York City)|
|First Round Proper||10 November 2007||40||124 → 84||48: 45th–92nd||£16,000||Stuart Beavon (Weymouth)|
|Second Round Proper||1 December 2007||20||84 → 64||none||£24,000||Craig Mackail-Smith (Peterborough United)|
|Third Round Proper||5 January 2008||32||64 → 32||44: 1st–44th||£40,000||Michael Mifsud (Coventry City)|
|Fourth Round Proper||26 January 2008||16||32 → 16||none||£60,000||Alfie Potter (Havant & Waterlooville)|
|Fifth Round Proper||16 February 2008||8||16 → 8||none||£120,000||Luke Steele (Barnsley)|
|Sixth Round Proper||8 March 2008||4||8 → 4||none||£300,000||Kayode Odejayi (Barnsley)|
|Semi Finals||5 April 2008||2||4 → 2||none||£900,000||Joe Ledley (Cardiff City)|
|Final||17 May 2008||1||2 → 1||none||£1,000,000||Nwankwo Kanu (Portsmouth F.C.)|
First Round Proper
This round is the first in which Football League teams from League One and League Two compete with non-league teams.
- Ties were played over the weekend of 10 November and 11 November 2007.
- Leeds United, now a third tier side, made their earliest ever entry to the FA Cup and suffered a surprise 1-0 home defeat to Hereford United in the replay that followed a goalless draw.
Second Round Proper
- The draw was made on 11 November 2007.
- Ties were played over the weekend of 1 December 2007.
Third Round Proper
This round marks the first time Championship and Premier League (top-flight) teams play. Matches were played on the weekend of Saturday, 5 January 2008. The draw was made on 2 December 2007 at 15:15 GMT by Kevin Beattie and Sammy Nelson, adjudicated by Sir Trevor Brooking.
Involved in the Third Round draw for the first time ever were Havant & Waterlooville and Chasetown. Chasetown are the lowest-ranked team ever to have reached this stage of the FA Cup. The draw itself produced few major ties, with the exception of Chelsea drawing their West London rivals, Queens Park Rangers, and Aston Villa drawing Manchester United as their Third Round opponents for the fourth time in seven seasons, and the second time in successive years.
Fourth Round Proper
The draw for the Fourth Round Proper was held at 13:30 GMT on Monday, 7 January 2008. The event was hosted by Sir Trevor Brooking, with Alan Cork and John Aldridge making the draw. Fourth Round matches were played on the weekend of 26 January 2008. For the first time since 1957, there were no replays for the Fourth Round as all ties were settled at the first game.
This was Havant & Waterlooville's first fourth round appearance. They lost 5 – 2 to Liverpool at Anfield. After Havant's elimination, Bristol Rovers became the lowest ranked team left in the Cup. They play in League One with fellow Fifth Round qualifiers Huddersfield Town.
The BBC's Match of the Day broadcast live matches from two stadia that it had never broadcast live matches before; from Field Mill, Mansfield for Mansfield Town's match with Middlesbrough and from the JJB Stadium, Wigan for Wigan's match with defending champions Chelsea.
|Tie no||Home team||Score||Away team||Attendance|
|1||Arsenal||3 – 0||Newcastle United||60,046|
|2||Coventry City||2 – 1||Millwall||17,268|
|3||Oldham Athletic||0 – 1||Huddersfield Town||12,749|
|4||Barnet||0 – 1||Bristol Rovers||5,190|
|5||Liverpool||5 – 2||Havant & Waterlooville||42,566|
|6||Southend United||0 – 1||Barnsley||7,212|
|7||Wigan Athletic||1 – 2||Chelsea||14,166|
|8||Derby County||1 – 4||Preston North End||17,344|
|9||Manchester United||3 – 1||Tottenham Hotspur||75,369|
|10||Portsmouth||2 – 1||Plymouth Argyle||19,612|
|11||Southampton||2 – 0||Bury||25,449|
|12||Hereford United||1 – 2||Cardiff City||6,885|
|13||Peterborough United||0 – 3||West Bromwich Albion||12,701|
|14||Mansfield Town||0 – 2||Middlesbrough||6,258|
|15||Sheffield United||2 – 1||Manchester City||20,800|
|16||Watford||1 – 4||Wolverhampton Wanderers||12,719|
Fifth Round Proper
The draw for the Fifth Round Proper was held at 13:25 GMT on Monday, 28 January 2008. Sir Trevor Brooking hosted the event held at FA premises at Soho Square, where he was joined by Jimmy Case and Ray Wilkins, who conducted the draw. The matches were held over the weekend of 16 February 2008.