2000 FA Cup final

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
2000 FA Cup FInal programme.jpg
Match programme cover
Event1999–2000 FA Cup
Date20 May 2000
VenueWembley Stadium, London
Man of the MatchDennis Wise[1] (Chelsea)
RefereeGraham Poll[2] (Hertfordshire)

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.


Chelsea1–0Aston Villa
Di Matteo   73' Report
Aston Villa
GK 1   Ed de Goey
RB 15   Mario Melchiot   18'
CB 6   Marcel Desailly
CB 5   Frank Leboeuf
LB 3   Celestine Babayaro
DM 7   Didier Deschamps
CM 16   Roberto Di Matteo
CM 11   Dennis Wise (c)   28'
AM 8   Gus Poyet  
CF 25   Gianfranco Zola   89'
CF 31   George Weah   88'
GK 23   Carlo Cudicini
CB 26   John Terry
LB 34   Jon Harley
CM 20   Jody Morris   89'
CF 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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