2011–12 FA Cup

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2011–12 FA Cup
Country England
Wales
Teams 763
Champions Chelsea (7th title)
Runners-up Liverpool
Matches played 920
Goals scored 3104 (3.37 per match)
Top goal scorer(s) Jermaine Beckford (6)

The 2011–12 FA Cup (also known as the 2011–12 FA Cup with Budweiser)[1] was the 131st season of the world's oldest football knock-out competition. The closing date for applications was 1 April 2011, and saw 825 clubs apply to enter.[2] On 8 July 2011, the FA announced that 763 clubs had been accepted, which remains, as of 2013-14, the record number of entrants.[3] The final was played on 5 May 2012 at Wembley Stadium. Chelsea won their 4th title in 6 years, and seventh overall, with a 2-1 victory over Liverpool.[4]

This is the first season that the tournament is sponsored by Budweiser. The defending champions, Manchester City, were defeated 3–2 by their rivals Manchester United in the Third Round.

The competition was overshadowed by the collapse of Bolton Wanderers midfielder Fabrice Muamba during their Sixth Round match with Tottenham Hotspur. Muamba went into cardiac arrest on the pitch and, following failed attempts to resuscitate him, was taken to the London Chest Hospital, where he went on to recover despite his heart stopping for over 75 minutes.[5] The match was subsequently abandoned. On 27 March the match was replayed, with Tottenham winning 3–1. Muamba attended the final to congratulate Chelsea.

The winners of the competition would have earned a place in the group stage of the 2012–13 UEFA Europa League.[6] However, since Chelsea went on to win the 2011–12 UEFA Champions League, they qualified for the 2012–13 UEFA Champions League as title holder. The FA Cup berth for European qualification was not exercised as runners-up Liverpool had already won that season's League Cup and Tottenham Hotspur, the fourth place finishers in the Premier League, lost their Champions League spot at the expense of sixth-placed Chelsea, as no association is allowed more than four entrants in the competition and so were compensated by UEFA with a place in the Europa League group stage.

Teams[edit]

Round Clubs
remaining
Clubs
involved
Winners from
previous round
New entries
this round
Leagues entering at this round
Extra Preliminary Round 763 408 none 408 Levels 9, 10 and 11 in football league pyramid1[7]
Preliminary Round 559 334 204 130 Northern Premier League Division One North2
Northern Premier League Division One South3

Southern Football League Division One Central
Southern Football League Division One South & West
Isthmian League Division One North
Isthmian League Division One South

First Round Qualifying 392 232 167 65 Northern Premier League Premier Division4
Southern Football League Premier Division
Isthmian League Premier Division
Second Round Qualifying 276 160 116 44 Conference North
Conference South
Third Round Qualifying 196 80 80 none none
Fourth Round Qualifying 156 64 40 24 Conference National
First Round Proper 124 80 32 48 Football League One
Football League Two
Second Round Proper 84 40 40 none none
Third Round Proper 64 64 20 44 Premier League
Football League Championship
Fourth Round Proper 32 32 32 none none
Fifth Round Proper 16 16 16 none none
Sixth Round Proper 8 8 8 none none
Semi-Finals 4 4 4 none none
Final 2 2 2 none none
Notes

1^ Only one team from level 11 competed this year: Friar Lane & Epworth who withdrew from the Extra Preliminary Round.
The following Northern Premier League teams are ineligible as they did not compete in FA competitions in 2010–11:
2^ Farsley
3^ Ilkeston
4^ Chester

Calendar[edit]

The calendar for the 2011–12 FA Cup, as announced by The Football Association:[8][9][10][11][12]

Round Main date Number of fixtures Clubs New entries this round Prize money
Extra Preliminary Round 20 August 2011 204 763 → 559 408: 356th–763rd £750
Preliminary Round 3 September 2011 167 559 → 392 130: 226th–355th £1,500
First Round Qualifying 17 September 2011 116 392 → 276 65: 161st–225th £3,000
Second Round Qualifying 1 October 2011 80 276 → 196 44: 117th–160th £4,500
Third Round Qualifying 15 October 2011 40 196 → 156 none £7,500
Fourth Round Qualifying 29 October 2011 32 156 → 124 24: 93rd–116th £12,500
First Round Proper 12 November 2011 40 124 → 84 48: 45th–92nd £18,000
Second Round Proper 3 December 2011 20 84 → 64 none £27,000
Third Round Proper 7 January 2012 32 64 → 32 44: 1st–44th £67,500
Fourth Round Proper 28 January 2012 16 32 → 16 none £90,000
Fifth Round Proper 18 February 2012 8 16 → 8 none £180,000
Sixth Round Proper 17 March 2012 4 8 → 4 none £360,000
Semi-Finals 14–15 April 2012 2 4 → 2 none Losers £450,000
Winners £900,000
Final 5 May 2012 1 2 → 1 none Runner-up £900,000
Winner £1,800,000

Qualifying rounds[edit]

All of the teams that entered the competition and were not members of the Premier League or the Football League had to compete in the qualifying rounds.

First round proper[edit]

Teams from Leagues One and Two entered at this stage, along with the winners from the fourth round qualifying. The draw was made on 30 October 2011 and ties were played on the weekend of 12–13 November 2011. Redbridge, from the 8th tier of English football, were the lowest ranked football team to make it through to the first round proper.

Second round proper[edit]

The winners of the First Round matches entered at this stage. The draw was made on 13 November 2011 with the ties played on the weekend of 3–4 December 2011.

Redbridge, from the 8th tier of English football, were the lowest ranked football team to make it to the Second Round Proper.

Third round proper[edit]

The winners of the second round matches played alongside all twenty teams from the Barclays Premier League and all twenty four teams from the Championship. The draw was made on 4 December 2011, with the ties scheduled to be played on 6, 7, 8, and 9 January 2012. Salisbury City, from the sixth tier, were the lowest ranked club in the Third Round Proper.

Fourth round proper[edit]

The winners of the third round played in this round. The draw was made on 8 January 2012, with the ties scheduled to be played on the weekend of 28–29 January 2012. The lowest ranked clubs that participated in this round were Crawley Town and Swindon Town, from the fourth tier.[19]

Fifth round proper[edit]

The winners of the fourth round matches progressed to this round. The draw was made live on ITV1 and ESPN on 29 January 2012, with the ties scheduled to be played on the weekend of 18–19 February 2012. Crawley Town were the lowest-ranked team in the fifth round for the second season running and the only club remaining from the fourth tier of the English league system.

Sixth round proper[edit]

The draw for the sixth round took place on 19 February 2012 following the match between Stevenage and Tottenham Hotspur.[22] Ties were played on the weekend of 17–18 March.[23] Leicester City were the lowest-ranked team in the sixth round, and were the only club remaining from the second tier of the English league system.

17 March 2012
12:45 GMT
Everton 1–1 Sunderland
Cahill Goal 24' Report Bardsley Goal 12'
Goodison Park, Liverpool
Attendance: 38,875
Referee: Andre Marriner

27 March 2012
20:00 BST
Replay
Sunderland 0–2 Everton
Report Jelavić Goal 24'
Vaughan Goal 57' (o.g.)
Stadium of Light, Sunderland
Attendance: 43,140
Referee: Lee Probert

17 March 2012
17:30 GMT
Tottenham Hotspur 1–1
(Abandoned)1
Bolton Wanderers
Walker Goal 12' Report Bale Goal 6' (o.g.)
White Hart Lane, London
Attendance: 29,130
Referee: Howard Webb

1 The match was abandoned after 41 minutes after Bolton's Fabrice Muamba suffered cardiac arrest on the pitch. He ultimately recovered after a month of recuperation at London Chest Hospital.[25][26][27]


27 March 2012
19:45 BST
Rematch
Tottenham Hotspur 3–1 Bolton Wanderers
Nelsen Goal 74'
Bale Goal 77'
Saha Goal 90+4'
Report Davies Goal 90'
White Hart Lane, London
Attendance: 30,718
Referee: Howard Webb

18 March 2012
14:05 GMT
Chelsea 5–2 Leicester City
Cahill Goal 12'
Kalou Goal 17'
Torres Goal 67'85'
Meireles Goal 90'
Report Beckford Goal 77'
Marshall Goal 88'
Stamford Bridge, London
Attendance: 38,276
Referee: Lee Probert

18 March 2012
16:00 GMT
Liverpool 2–1 Stoke City
Suárez Goal 23'
Downing Goal 57'
Report Crouch Goal 26'
Anfield, Liverpool
Attendance: 43,962
Referee: Kevin Friend

Semi-finals[edit]

Ties were played on the weekend of 14–15 April. All four semi-final teams were from the Premier League, and both semi-finals were local derbies, with a London derby between Tottenham Hotspur and Chelsea, and a Merseyside derby between Liverpool and Everton both played at Wembley Stadium.

14 April 2012
12:30 BST
Liverpool 2–1 Everton
Suárez Goal 62'
Carroll Goal 87'
Report Jelavić Goal 24'
Wembley Stadium, London
Attendance: 87,231
Referee: Howard Webb

15 April 2012
18:00 BST
Tottenham Hotspur 1–5 Chelsea
Bale Goal 56' Report Drogba Goal 43'
Mata Goal 49'
Ramires Goal 77'
Lampard Goal 80'
Malouda Goal 90+4'
Wembley Stadium, London
Attendance: 85,731
Referee: Martin Atkinson

Final[edit]

Main article: 2012 FA Cup Final
5 May 2012
17:15 BST
Chelsea 2–1 Liverpool
Ramires Goal 10'
Drogba Goal 52'
Report Carroll Goal 63'
Wembley Stadium, London
Attendance: 89,102
Referee: Phil Dowd

Top scorers[edit]

Correct as of 5 May 2012.[29]

Position Player Club Goals
1 England Jermaine Beckford Leicester City 6
2 Wales Ched Evans Sheffield United 5
England Matthew Tubbs Crawley Town
4 Spain Juan Mata Chelsea 4
England Adam Boyes[30] Barrow
England Darius Henderson Millwall
Northern Ireland Jeff Hughes Notts County
England Matthew Phillips Blackpool
Brazil Ramires Chelsea
England Andy Carroll Liverpool
10 Uruguay Luis Suárez Liverpool 3
England Jermain Defoe Tottenham Hotspur
United States Clint Dempsey Fulham
England Lewis Grabban Rotherham United
England Dean Bowditch Milton Keynes Dons
Barbados Jon Nurse Dagenham & Redbridge
England Jamie Vardy Fleetwood Town
England Andy Morrell Wrexham
England Stefan Brown AFC Totton

Media coverage[edit]

From the first round proper onwards, selected matches from the FA Cup are broadcast live both in the UK and Ireland by ESPN and ITV1 while S4C broadcast in Wales. ESPN broadcast 25 live games including the final while ITV1 broadcast 16 live games also including the final and the draws for the next round. S4C broadcast live coverage of selected matches involving a Welsh club, in Welsh.

These matches were broadcast live on television in the UK.

Round ESPN ITV (ITV1 unless otherwise stated) S4C
First round proper Newport County v Shrewsbury Town
Morecambe v Sheffield Wednesday
Stourbridge v Plymouth Argyle (replay)
Bath City v Dagenham & Redbridge (replay)
FC Halifax Town v Charlton Athletic Cambridge United v Wrexham
Second round proper Fleetwood Town v Yeovil Town
Sutton United v Notts County
Yeovil Town v Fleetwood Town (replay)
Macclesfield Town v Chelmsford City (replay)
AFC Totton v Bristol Rovers none
Third round proper Birmingham City v Wolverhampton Wanderers
Bristol Rovers v Aston Villa
Arsenal v Leeds United
Leicester City v Nottingham Forest (replay)
Wrexham v Brighton & Hove Albion (replay)
Manchester City v Manchester United
Peterborough United v Sunderland
Wolverhampton Wanderers v Birmingham City (replay)
Queens Park Rangers v Milton Keynes Dons (ITV4) (replay)
Wrexham v Brighton & Hove Albion (replay)
Fourth round proper Watford v Tottenham Hotspur[31]
Brighton & Hove Albion v Newcastle United[31]
Arsenal v Aston Villa[31]
Sheffield Wednesday v Blackpool (replay)[32]
Liverpool v Manchester United[31]
Sunderland v Middlesbrough[31]
Middlesbrough v Sunderland (replay)[32]
none
Fifth round proper Chelsea v Birmingham City[33]
Crawley Town v Stoke City[33]
Liverpool v Brighton & Hove Albion[33]
Tottenham Hotspur v Stevenage (replay)[34]
Sunderland v Arsenal[35]
Stevenage v Tottenham Hotspur[35]
Birmingham City v Chelsea (replay)[34]
none
Sixth round proper Tottenham Hotspur v Bolton Wanderers[25][26][36]
Chelsea v Leicester City[36]
Tottenham Hotspur v Bolton Wanderers (rematch)[37]
Everton v Sunderland[36]
Liverpool v Stoke City[36]
Sunderland v Everton (replay)[38]
none
Semi-finals Liverpool v Everton Tottenham Hotspur v Chelsea none
Final Liverpool v Chelsea none

References[edit]

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  2. ^ "FA Competition Application - Season 2011-12". The Football Association. 
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  6. ^ 2012/13 Access list Bert Kassies' Site
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  34. ^ a b "TV replays selected". The FA. 20 February 2012. Retrieved 28 March 2012. 
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