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The 2000 FA Cup Final was the 119th final of the FA Cup, and the 72nd (excluding replays) and last to be played at the old Wembley Stadium. It took place on 20 May 2000 and was contested between Chelsea and Aston Villa, the latter making its first FA Cup Final appearance since winning it in 1957.

2000 FA Cup Final
Old Wembley Stadium (external view).jpg
Event 1999–2000 FA Cup
Date 20 May 2000
Venue Wembley Stadium, London
Man of the Match Dennis Wise[1] (Chelsea)
Referee Graham Poll[2] (Hertfordshire)
Attendance 78,217[2]

Chelsea won 1–0 to secure their second FA Cup in four years, and their third in all. The goal was scored midway through the second half by Roberto Di Matteo, who had also scored in the 1997 final.

Wembley Stadium closed five months later, and was subsequently rebuilt. The FA Cup Final was played at the Millennium Stadium, Cardiff for the next six years, before returning to Wembley in 2007.


Road to WembleyEdit



Following a poor quality first half in which few chances were created, the match was brighter in the second, with Chelsea generally having the better of the play. George Weah missed several chances and Dennis Wise had a goal disallowed for offside, while Villa's Gareth Southgate headed wide. On 73 minutes, Roberto Di Matteo scored what proved to be the winning goal, capitalising on an error from Villa goalkeeper David James to put the ball in the net from close range. James came roaring off his line to deal with Zola's free-kick from the left, he fumbled the ball against Gareth Southgate's chest with Di Matteo blasting the rebound into the roof of the net. Villa could not get back in the match, their best chance falling to Benito Carbone, but his tame shot did not test Ed de Goey in goal.

Match detailsEdit

20 May 2000
15:00 BST
Chelsea 1–0 Aston Villa
Di Matteo   73' Report
Wembley Stadium, London
Attendance: 78,217[2]
Referee: Graham Poll[2] (Hertfordshire)
Aston Villa
GK 1   Ed de Goey
DF 15   Mario Melchiot   18'
DF 6   Marcel Desailly
DF 5   Frank Leboeuf
DF 3   Celestine Babayaro
MF 8   Gus Poyet  
MF 11   Dennis Wise (c)   28'
MF 7   Didier Deschamps
MF 16   Roberto Di Matteo
FW 25   Gianfranco Zola   89'
FW 31   George Weah   88'
GK 23   Carlo Cudicini
DF 26   John Terry
MF 34   Jon Harley
MF 20   Jody Morris   89'
FW 19   Tore André Flo   88'
  Gianluca Vialli
GK 1   David James
DF 24   Mark Delaney
DF 5   Ugo Ehiogu
DF 4   Gareth Southgate (c)
DF 15   Gareth Barry   16'
DF 3   Alan Wright   88'
MF 6   George Boateng  
MF 10   Paul Merson
MF 7   Ian Taylor   79'
MF 18   Benito Carbone   79'
FW 9   Dion Dublin
GK 39   Peter Enckelman
DF 31   Jlloyd Samuel
MF 26   Steve Stone   79'
MF 17   Lee Hendrie   88'
FW 12   Julian Joachim   79'
  John Gregory

Man of the match

Match rules

  • 90 minutes.
  • 30 minutes of extra-time if necessary.
  • Penalty shootout if scores still level.
  • Five named substitutes
  • Maximum of 3 substitutions.


Chelsea Aston Villa
Goal attempts 5 11
Corner kicks 2 3
Fouls committed 17 14
Offsides 5 2
Yellow cards 3 2
Red cards 0 0

Source: The People[1]


  1. ^ a b c Bates, Steve (21 May 2000). "VIALLI'S SO DI-LIGHTED; Chelsea 1 Aston Villa 0". The People. Retrieved 10 May 2012. 
  2. ^ a b c d Malam, Colin (21 May 2000). "Chelsea 1 Aston Villa 0". The Telegraph. Archived from the original on 24 October 2007. Retrieved 10 May 2012. 

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