2006–07 FA Cup
The 2006–07 FA Cup (known as The FA Cup sponsored by E.ON for sponsorship reasons) was the 126th staging of the world's oldest football knockout competition; FA Cup. This season's edition was the first to be sponsored by E.ON.
|Champions||Chelsea (4th title)|
|Top goal scorer(s)||Frank Lampard (6 goals)|
The competition started on 18 August 2006 with the first of the record number of 687 teams entering in the Extra Preliminary Round and concluded on 19 May 2007 with the Final, held at the new Wembley Stadium.
For information on the matches played from the Extra Preliminary Round to the final Qualifying Round, see FA Cup 2006-07 Qualifying Rounds.
Chelsea claimed this season's FA Cup with a hard-fought 1–0 victory over Manchester United, with Didier Drogba scoring the winning goal in the dying minutes of extra-time. Manchester United had played against top-flight opponents in each round, as they had when they won the Cup in 1948.
|Extra Preliminary Round||19 August 2006||129||687 → 558||none||£500|
|Preliminary Round||2 September 2006||166||558 → 392||203: 227th–429th||£1,000|
|First Round Qualifying||16 September 2006||116||392 → 276||66: 161st–226th||£2,250|
|Second Round Qualifying||30 September 2006||80||276 → 196||44: 117th–160th||£3,750|
|Third Round Qualifying||14 October 2006||40||196 → 156||none||£5,000|
|Fourth Round Qualifying||28 October 2006||32||156 → 124||24: 93rd–116th||£10,000|
|First Round Proper||11 November 2006||40||124 → 84||48: 45th–92nd||£16,000|
|Second Round Proper||2 December 2006||20||84 → 64||none||£24,000|
|Third Round Proper||6 January 2007||32||64 → 32||44: 1st–44th||£40,000|
|Fourth Round Proper||27 January 2007||16||32 → 16||none||£60,000|
|Fifth Round Proper||17 February 2007||8||16 → 8||none||£120,000|
|Sixth Round Proper||10 March 2007||4||8 → 4||none||£300,000|
|Semi-finals||14 April 2007||2||4 → 2||none||£900,000|
|Final||19 May 2007||1||2 → 1||none||£1,000,000|
The results below detail the results from the First Round Proper onwards.
First round properEdit
Second round properEdit
As mentioned below, Bury defeated Chester City 3–1 at the Deva Stadium but it was soon revealed that Bury had fielded an ineligible player, resulting in them being expelled from the competition and Chester City being reinstated.
Third round properEdit
This round marks the entry of the top-flight teams to the competition. Matches were played on the weekend of Saturday, 6 January 2007. The draw was made on 3 December 2006 by Amir Khan and Ricky Hatton, adjudicated by Trevor Brooking, and televised live on BBC One. Replays were held in the week of 16 and 17 January, with the exception of the Luton – QPR replay, which was postponed due to a waterlogged pitch.
Fourth round properEdit
Matches played on weekend of Saturday, 27 January 2007. The draw was made on 8 January by Hope Powell and Faye White, adjudicated by Trevor Brooking, and televised live on BBC Two and Sky Sports News.
|Tie no||Home team||Score||Away team||Attendance|
|Arsenal win 3 – 1 after extra time|
|2||West Ham United||0–1||Watford||31,168|
|2 – 2 after extra time – Middlesbrough win 5 – 4 on penalties|
|5||Ipswich Town||1–0||Swansea City||16,635|
|6||Tottenham Hotspur||3–1||Southend United||33,406|
|9||Derby County||1–0||Bristol Rovers||25,033|
|11||Crystal Palace||0–2||Preston North End||8,422|
|Norwich City win 3 – 2 after extra time|
|14||Luton Town||0–4||Blackburn Rovers||5,887|
|15||Wolverhampton Wanderers||0–3||West Bromwich Albion||28,107|
Fifth round properEdit
Matches played on the weekend of Saturday, 17 February 2007. The draw took place on Monday, 29 January 2007 and was made by Darren Campbell and Roger Black, adjudicated by Trevor Brooking, and televised live on BBC Two and Sky Sports News.
|Tie no||Home team||Score||Away team||Attendance|
|3||Preston North End||1–3||Manchester City||18,890|
|4||Plymouth Argyle||2–0||Derby County||18,026|
|7||Middlesbrough||2–2||West Bromwich Albion||31,491|
|replay||West Bromwich Albion||1–1||Middlesbrough||24,925|
|1 – 1 after extra time – Middlesbrough win 5 – 4 on penalties|
Sixth round properEdit
Matches played on the weekend of Saturday, 10 March 2007. The draw for the round, also known as the quarter-finals, took place on Monday, 19 February 2007 at 1:30pm GMT. The draw was made by Steve McClaren and Terry Venables, adjudicated by Trevor Brooking and televised live on BBC Two. This was the last round in which matches were held on the home grounds of one of the teams. The only non-Premier League team to reach the quarter-finals this season were Plymouth Argyle.
Ronaldo 68' (pen.)
|Lampard 22', 71'
Essien 28' (o.g.)
|Blackburn Rovers||2–0||Manchester City|
|Ronaldo 76' (pen.)||(Report)|
Unlike earlier rounds, matches were played on neutral grounds on the weekend of Saturday, 14 April 2007. There would be no replays even if the matches were drawn; instead, extra time would decide winners immediately thereafter. Only if extra time did not decide the winners, a penalty shootout would decide winners. The draw for the semi-finals took place on Monday, 12 March 2007 at 1:30pm GMT. The draw was made by Ray Clemence, and adjudicated by Trevor Brooking.
|Bouazza 26'||(Report)||Rooney 7', 66'|
The 126th FA Cup Final was played at the new Wembley Stadium and it was the first FA Cup Final to be played in London since 2000. Similarly to the semi-finals, there would be no replay even if the match was drawn; instead, extra time would be used to decide the winners. If extra time failed to separate the two sides, the match would go to penalties. Chelsea's victory ended Manchester United's hopes of becoming the only English club to win the double four times (having previously won it in 1994, 1996 and 1999), and in doing so, completed their own cup-double.
|Chelsea||1 – 0 (a.e.t.)||Manchester United|
- As of 15 April 2007 
Player of the RoundEdit
In the United Kingdom, the BBC were the free to air broadcasters for the six consecutive season while Sky Sports were the subscription broadcasters for the nineteenth consecutive season.
- "FA Cup Final will be at Wembley". BBC Sport website. 27 March 2007. Archived from the original on 30 March 2007. Retrieved 27 March 2007.
- (played at Portsmouth)
- "Chester take Bury's FA Cup place". BBC News. 20 December 2006. Retrieved 22 April 2010.
- Bose, Mihir (16 October 2006). "Wembley to host 2007 FA Cup final". London: Daily Telegraph. Retrieved 22 April 2010.
- "Bennett chosen for Final". TheFA.com. Archived from the original on 9 April 2008. Retrieved 19 April 2007.
- "2006/2007 FA Cup Top Scorers". World Football. Retrieved 24 February 2016.
- Commons lands FA Cup player award
- Jevons claims FA Cup player award
- Puncheon nets FA Cup player award
- McAllister secures FA Cup award
- Federici is handed FA Cup award
- Lampard triumphs in FA Cup award
- Rooney takes the vote