FA Cup

Top five teams with most FA Cup final appearances in history

April 19 2022
most FA Cup final appearances

The prestigious competition has a long history with several major clubs achieving consistent success.

The FA Cup is one of the oldest cup competitions in the world. It is the biggest domestic cup competition for football teams in the United Kingdom. For many years, plenty of Premier League teams have won the competition, despite recent assumptions of the tournament becoming less important for the top clubs. The reality is, the FA Cup holds a very special place in the UK’s football atmosphere.

It gives the chance to lower tier football clubs to compete against top tier teams. Quintessential FA Cup days are all about an underdog team beating a Premier League side against all odds. Having said that, the Premier League teams have dominated the competition. The ongoing edition will see Chelsea and Liverpool clash in the final, amidst a lot of anticipation. 

Looking at the history of the competition, these two teams have reached the final on numerous occasions. But, are they the most successful teams in the tournament’s history? The answer lies in the following list of five teams with the most FA Cup final appearances:

5. Newcastle United & Everton – 13

Newcastle United and Everton both have 13 final appearances in the FA Cup. It is interesting to note that both teams are currently lingering in the lower places in the Premier League. However, both clubs are major institutions with a rich history in English football.

While Newcastle United have won the competition six times, Everton have five wins under their belt. It might take a few more years before either of these two clubs reach another final or win an FA Cup edition, given their current struggles.

4. Liverpool – 15

The Reds last won the FA Cup in 2006 (Courtesy: Anfield Independent)

Liverpool have reached the final of the FA Cup on 15 occasions. The Reds are one of the most successful teams in English football. They have also won the UEFA Champions League six times, most for any English outfit.

When it comes to winning the FA Cup, Liverpool are up there amongst the best. The Merseyside outfit have won the competition a total of seven times. Their last triumph came back in 2006 and their last final appearance was in 2012.

3. Chelsea – 16

Chelsea will be standing in Liverpool’s way on 14th May 2022 in the FA Cup final. The Blues confirmed their 16th final appearance by beating Crystal Palace to setup a mouth-watering clash with Jurgen Klopp’s men. Thomas Tuchel’s side reached the final last year as well, but lost the title to Leicester City.

Chelsea will be hoping to get their hands on silverware after getting eliminated from the UEFA Champions League by Real Madrid. The Premier League is most likely going either Liverpool or Manchester City’s way too. Winning the FA Cup comes with a huge incentive for the London-based club, who have won it eight times before.

2. Manchester United – 21

Manchester United beat Crystal Palace to win the 2016 FA Cup (Courtesy: CNN)

Manchester United may be struggling to live up to their reputation today, but the club remain one of the most successful teams in England. The Red Devils have reached the final of the FA Cup 20 times. They are one of only two teams to reach the final on 20 or more occasions. Furthermore, MUFC have won it 12 times, also the second-best tally in the history of the competition.

Manchester United’s last final appearance was in 2018 when the club lost to Chelsea. The last FA Cup triumph for the club came during the 2015-16 campaign, when they beat Crystal Palace by 2-1 in the final after extra-time. The Red Devils are in the FA Cup yet again this time in the 2022-23 season.

1. Arsenal – 21

Arsenal are the most successful team when it comes to the FA Cup. The Gunners have reached the final on 21 occasions. They have also won it 14 times, which is the most by any team. Their last final appearance was in the 2019-20 edition, when they became champions by beating Chelsea.

The London-based club beat their city rivals 2-1 under the leadership of former player Mikel Arteta. However, this year, the Gunners were eliminated in the third round by Nottingham Forest, who play in the second tier of English football. 

**This article was last updated on 24 April 2023.

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