2007–08 FA Cup
The 2007–08 FA Cup (known as The FA Cup sponsored by E.ON for sponsorship reasons) was the 127th season of the world's oldest football knockout competition, the FA Cup. A record 731 clubs' entries were accepted for the competition.
The FA Cup on the roof terrace of Portsmouth's Spinnaker Tower on 12 May 2008
|Country|| England |
|Champions||Portsmouth (2nd title)|
|Top goal scorer(s)||Craig Mackail-Smith |
The competition culminated with the final held at Wembley Stadium, London on 17 May 2008. The match was contested by Portsmouth and Cardiff City, with Portsmouth taking the title 1–0, Nwankwo Kanu scoring the winning goal.
|Round||Date||Matches||Clubs||New entries this round||Prize money||Player of the Round|
|Extra Preliminary Round||18 August 2007||171||729 → 558||342: 388th–729th||£500||none|
|Preliminary Round||1 September 2007||166||558 → 392||161: 227th–387th||£1,000||none|
|First Round Qualifying||15 September 2007||116||392 → 276||66: 161st–226th||£2,250||Jack Pitcher (Gloucester City)|
|Second Round Qualifying||29 September 2007||80||276 → 196||44: 117th–160th||£3,750||Matt Townley (Team Bath)|
|Third Round Qualifying||13 October 2007||40||196 → 156||none||£5,000||Andy Forbes (Eastleigh)|
|Fourth Round Qualifying||27 October 2007||32||156 → 124||24: 93rd–116th||£10,000||Craig Farrell (York City)|
|First Round Proper||10 November 2007||40||124 → 84||48: 45th–92nd||£16,000||Stuart Beavon (Weymouth)|
|Second Round Proper||1 December 2007||20||84 → 64||none||£24,000||Craig Mackail-Smith (Peterborough United)|
|Third Round Proper||5 January 2008||32||64 → 32||44: 1st–44th||£40,000||Michael Mifsud (Coventry City)|
|Fourth Round Proper||26 January 2008||16||32 → 16||none||£60,000||Alfie Potter (Havant & Waterlooville)|
|Fifth Round Proper||16 February 2008||8||16 → 8||none||£120,000||Luke Steele (Barnsley)|
|Sixth Round Proper||8 March 2008||4||8 → 4||none||£300,000||Kayode Odejayi (Barnsley)|
|Semi Finals||5 April 2008||2||4 → 2||none||£900,000||Joe Ledley (Cardiff City)|
|Final||17 May 2008||1||2 → 1||none||£1,000,000||Nwankwo Kanu (Portsmouth F.C.)|
First Round ProperEdit
This round is the first in which Football League teams from League One and League Two compete with non-league teams.
- Ties were played over the weekend of 10 November and 11 November 2007.
- Leeds United, now a third-tier side, made their earliest ever entry to the FA Cup and suffered a surprise 1–0 home defeat to Hereford United in the replay that followed a goalless draw.
Second Round ProperEdit
- The draw was made on 11 November 2007.
- Ties were played over the weekend of 1 December 2007.
Third Round ProperEdit
This round marks the first time Championship and Premier League (top-flight) teams play. Matches were played on the weekend of Saturday, 5 January 2008. The draw was made on 2 December 2007 at 15:15 GMT by Kevin Beattie and Sammy Nelson, adjudicated by Sir Trevor Brooking.
Involved in the Third Round draw for the first time ever were Havant & Waterlooville and Chasetown. Chasetown are the lowest-ranked team ever to have reached this stage of the FA Cup. The draw itself produced few major ties, with the exception of Chelsea drawing their West London rivals, Queens Park Rangers, and Aston Villa drawing Manchester United as their Third Round opponents for the fourth time in seven seasons, and the second time in successive years.
Fourth Round ProperEdit
The draw for the Fourth Round Proper was held at 13:30 GMT on Monday, 7 January 2008. The event was hosted by Sir Trevor Brooking, with Alan Cork and John Aldridge making the draw. Fourth Round matches were played on the weekend of 26 January 2008. For the first time since 1957, there were no replays for the Fourth Round as all ties were settled at the first game.
This was Havant & Waterlooville's first fourth round appearance. They lost 5 – 2 to Liverpool at Anfield. After Havant's elimination, Bristol Rovers became the lowest ranked team left in the Cup. They play in League One with fellow Fifth Round qualifiers Huddersfield Town.
The BBC's Match of the Day broadcast live matches from two stadia that it had never broadcast live matches before; from Field Mill, Mansfield for Mansfield Town's match with Middlesbrough and from the JJB Stadium, Wigan for Wigan's match with defending champions Chelsea.
|Tie no||Home team||Score||Away team||Attendance|
|3||Oldham Athletic||0–1||Huddersfield Town||12,749|
|5||Liverpool||5–2||Havant & Waterlooville||42,566|
|8||Derby County||1–4||Preston North End||17,344|
|9||Manchester United||3–1||Tottenham Hotspur||75,369|
|12||Hereford United||1–2||Cardiff City||6,885|
|13||Peterborough United||0–3||West Bromwich Albion||12,701|
|15||Sheffield United||2–1||Manchester City||20,800|
Fifth Round ProperEdit
The draw for the Fifth Round Proper was held at 13:25 GMT on Monday, 28 January 2008. Sir Trevor Brooking hosted the event held at FA premises at Soho Square, where he was joined by Jimmy Case and Ray Wilkins, who conducted the draw. The matches were held over the weekend of 16 February 2008.
Sixth Round ProperEdit
For the second round in a row, the only all-Premier League tie of the round involved Manchester United, who were defeated at home by Portsmouth. Barnsley, who had already knocked out Liverpool in the previous round, produced a similar result in the Sixth Round, beating Chelsea 1 – 0 at Oakwell. West Bromwich Albion defeated Bristol Rovers away at the Memorial Stadium, whilst Cardiff City caused a third shock of the weekend by beating Premier League team Middlesbrough. There were no Quarter-Final Replays. The Sixth Round matches were played on the weekend of 8 March 2008.
|Report||Muntari 78' (pen.)|
The draw for the Semi-finals was held on 10 March 2008 at 13:25 GMT at Soho Square with Bryan Robson making the draw. Both semi-finals were played at Wembley Stadium and held on 5 April and 6 April 2008. There was only one club from the top flight (Portsmouth) in the draw for the first time since 1908.
|West Bromwich Albion||0–1||Portsmouth|
The final was held at Wembley Stadium on 17 May 2008, and Portsmouth's 1–0 victory gave them their first major trophy for 58 years and their first FA Cup for 69 years. It was also the first time that the winning team's manager (Harry Redknapp) was an Englishman since Joe Royle guided Everton to FA Cup glory 13 years earlier as well as being the first time a club from outside the Big Four of English football won the Cup since the aforementioned Everton side in 1995.
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- "Team Bath star wins FA Cup award". BBC Sport. 11 October 2007. Retrieved 3 January 2008.
- "Eastleigh hero wins FA Cup award". BBC Sport. 23 October 2007. Retrieved 3 January 2008.
- "York striker claims FA Cup award". BBC Sport. 12 November 2007. Retrieved 3 January 2008.
- "Terras striker wins FA Cup award". BBC Sport. 21 November 2007. Retrieved 3 January 2008.
- "Mackail-Smith scoops FA Cup award". BBC Sport. 10 December 2007. Archived from the original on 27 December 2007. Retrieved 3 January 2008.
- "Coventry hero earns FA Cup award". BBC Sport. 14 January 2008. Archived from the original on 15 January 2008. Retrieved 14 January 2008.
- "Havant's Potter wins FA Cup award". BBC Sport. 4 February 2008. Archived from the original on 31 January 2008. Retrieved 5 February 2008.
- "Barnsley keeper wins FA Cup award". BBC Sport. 27 February 2008. Archived from the original on 25 February 2008. Retrieved 27 February 2008.
- "Odejayi takes vote". TheFA.Com. 18 March 2008. Retrieved 20 March 2008.
- "Ledley takes the vote". TheFA.com. 14 April 2008. Archived from the original on 15 April 2008. Retrieved 15 April 2008.
- "Fourth Round draw". TheFA.com. 7 January 2008. Retrieved 26 January 2008.
- "No draws!". TheFA.com. 28 January 2008. Archived from the original on 30 January 2008. Retrieved 28 January 2008.
- "Fifth Round draw details". TheFA.com. 25 January 2008. Retrieved 26 January 2008.
- "Sixth Round draw". TheFA.com. 15 February 2008. Retrieved 16 February 2008.
- "Semi-Final draw". TheFA.com. 8 March 2008. Archived from the original on 12 March 2008. Retrieved 9 March 2008.
- "The Magic of The FA Cup". TheFA.com. 9 March 2008. Retrieved 9 March 2008.