2009–10 FA Cup
|Champions||Chelsea (6th title)|
|Top goal scorer(s)||John Carew (6 goals)|
The 2009–10 FA Cup (known as The FA Cup sponsored by E.ON for sponsorship reasons) was the 129th season of the world's oldest football knockout competition; the FA Cup. As in the previous year, 762 clubs were accepted for the competition. One club, Newcastle Blue Star, folded before the fixtures were released. As they were scheduled to enter the competition in the First Round Qualifying, their opponents in this round received a walkover.
The competition commenced on 15 August 2009 with the Extra Preliminary Round and concluded on 15 May 2010 with the Final, held at Wembley Stadium. The final was contested by 2009 winners Chelsea and 2008 winners Portsmouth. Originally, the winners were to qualify for the play-off round of the 2010–11 UEFA Europa League. However, as Chelsea won the 2009–10 Premier League (and did not need the FA Cup winners' berth), and Portsmouth failed to apply for a UEFA licence for the 2010–11 season in time (making them ineligible to compete in UEFA competitions), the berth was given to Liverpool, the seventh-placed team in the Premier League. Chelsea won 1–0 in the final to retain the trophy.
|Leagues entering at this round|
|Extra Preliminary Round||762||406||none||406||Levels 9 and 10 in football league pyramid|
|Preliminary Round||559||334||203||131||Northern Premier League Division One North|
Northern Premier League Division One South
|First Round Qualifying||392||232||167||65||Northern Premier League Premier Division|
Southern Football League Premier Division
Isthmian League Premier Division
|Second Round Qualifying||276||160||116||44||Conference North|
|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|
|Round||Main date||Number of fixtures||Clubs||New entries this round||Prize money||Player of the Round|
|Extra Preliminary Round||15 August 2009||203||762 → 559||406: 357th–762nd||£750|
|Preliminary Round||29 August 2009||167||559 → 392||131: 226th–356th||£1,500|
|First Round Qualifying||12 September 2009||116||392 → 276||65: 161st–225th||£3,000||Bobby Traynor (Kingstonian)|
|Second Round Qualifying||26 September 2009||80||276 → 196||44: 117th–160th||£4,500||Mark Danks (Northwich Victoria)|
|Third Round Qualifying||10 October 2009||40||196 → 156||none||£7,500||Adam Webster (Hinckley United)|
|Fourth Round Qualifying||24 October 2009||32||156 → 124||24: 93rd–116th||£12,500||Danny Kedwell (AFC Wimbledon)|
|First Round Proper||7 November 2009||40||124 → 84||48: 45th–92nd||£18,000||Richard Brodie (York City)|
|Second Round Proper||28 November 2009||20||84 → 64||none||£27,000|
|Third Round Proper||2 January 2010||32||64 → 32||44: 1st–44th||£67,500||Jermaine Beckford (Leeds United)|
|Fourth Round Proper||23 January 2010||16||32 → 16||none||£90,000||Jermaine Beckford (Leeds United)|
|Fifth Round Proper||13 February 2010||8||16 → 8||none||£180,000||Gareth Bale (Tottenham Hotspur)|
|Sixth Round Proper||6 March 2010||4||8 → 4||none||£360,000||Frédéric Piquionne (Portsmouth)|
|Semi-Finals||10–11 April 2010||2||4 → 2||none||Winners: £900,000
|Didier Drogba (Chelsea)|
|Final||15 May 2010||1||2 → 1||none||Winner: £1,800,000
First Round Proper
Teams from Leagues One and Two entered at this stage, along with the winners from the Fourth Round Qualifying. The draw was made on 25 October 2009 with ties played in the week beginning 6 November 2009.
Second Round Proper
Matches in the Second Round Proper took place on 28 and 29 November 2009 and involved the 40 winning teams from the First Round Proper.
Bath City and Staines Town from the Conference South, and Northwich Victoria from the Conference North (6th tier) were the lowest ranked teams left at this stage, but none made it through to the Third Round.
† – After extra time
Third Round Proper
The draw for the Third Round took place on Sunday 29 November 2009 at Wembley Stadium. Premier League and Football League Championship teams entered at this stage, joining the winners from the Second Round and completing the entrants. The majority of fixtures took place on 2 and 3 January 2010, with snow postponing several matches until mid-January.
Manchester United were knocked out in the Third Round for the first time since they lost to Bournemouth in 1984, when they lost to third-tier rivals Leeds United. It was also Manchester United's first defeat to a lower league side since defeat at Bournemouth. They were joined by rivals and fellow 'Big Four' club Liverpool, who lost at home to second-flight Reading in a replay.
† – After extra time
Fourth Round Proper
The draw for the Fourth Round took place on Sunday 3 January 2010 at Wembley Stadium. Fixtures took place over the weekend of 23 and 24 January 2010.
Accrington Stanley and Notts County from League Two (4th tier) were the lowest ranked teams left at this stage; Accrington Stanley did not proceed further, whilst Notts County defeated Wigan Athletic in a replay at the DW Stadium.
|Tie no||Home team||Score||Away team||Attendance|
|3||Derby County||1–0||Doncaster Rovers||11,316|
|4||Cardiff City||4–2||Leicester City||10,961|
|6||Notts County||2–2||Wigan Athletic||9,073|
|replay||Wigan Athletic||0–2||Notts County||5,519|
|7||Scunthorpe United||2–4||Manchester City||8,861|
|8||West Bromwich Albion||4–2||Newcastle United||16,102|
|11||Bolton Wanderers||2–0||Sheffield United||14,572|
|13||Preston North End||0–2||Chelsea||23,119|
|14||Aston Villa||3–2||Brighton & Hove Albion||39,725|
|15||Wolverhampton Wanderers||2–2||Crystal Palace||14,449|
|replay||Crystal Palace||3–1||Wolverhampton Wanderers||10,282|
|16||Tottenham Hotspur||2–2||Leeds United||35,750|
|replay||Leeds United||1–3||Tottenham Hotspur||37,704|
Fifth Round Proper
The draw for the Fifth Round, conducted by Geoff Thomas and Stephanie Moore MBE, took place on Sunday 24 January 2010 at Wembley Stadium. Fixtures took place over the weekend of 13 and 14 February 2010. Notts County from the Football League Two (4th tier) were the lowest-ranked team left at this stage, but they went out 4–0 to Premier League side Fulham.
|Tie no||Home team||Score||Away team||Attendance|
|1||Crystal Palace||2–2||Aston Villa||20,486|
|replay||Aston Villa||3–1||Crystal Palace||31,874|
|2||Manchester City||1–1||Stoke City||28,019|
|replay||Stoke City||3–1†||Manchester City||21,813|
|3||Derby County||1–2||Birmingham City||21,043|
|4||Bolton Wanderers||1–1||Tottenham Hotspur||13,596|
|replay||Tottenham Hotspur||4–0||Bolton Wanderers||31,436|
|7||Reading||2–2||West Bromwich Albion||18,008|
|replay||West Bromwich Albion||2–3†||Reading||13,985|
† – After extra time
Sixth Round Proper
The draw for the Sixth Round, conducted by former England striker Luther Blissett and TV presenter Tim Lovejoy, took place on 14 February 2010 at Football Association headquarters at Wembley Stadium. Fixtures took place over the weekend of 6 and 7 March 2010. Reading from the Championship (2nd tier) were the lowest ranked team left at this stage.
|Long 27', 42'||Report||A. Young 47'
Carew 51', 57', 90+3' (pen.)
|Piquionne 67', 70'||Report|
The draw for the semi-finals was conducted by David Ginola and Jason Cundy at Wembley Stadium on Sunday, 7 March 2010. Both matches took place at Wembley Stadium over the weekend of 10 and 11 April.
|Tottenham Hotspur||0 – 2|
Boateng 117' (pen.)
|1||John Carew||Aston Villa||6|
|2||Jermaine Beckford||Leeds United||5|
|Jermain Defoe||Tottenham Hotspur|
|4||Ricardo Fuller||Stoke City||4|
|Chris Martin||Norwich City|
|Roman Pavlyuchenko||Tottenham Hotspur|
In the United Kingdom, ITV were the sole network broadcasters for the season as subscription broadcasters Setanta Sports entered administration and ceased operations. The Football Association streamed select games live on its website for free.
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