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The 2009–10 FA Cup (known as The FA Cup sponsored by E.ON for sponsorship reasons) was the 129th season of the world's oldest football knockout competition; the FA Cup. As in the previous year, 762 clubs were accepted for the competition.[1] One club, Newcastle Blue Star, folded before the fixtures were released. As they were scheduled to enter the competition in the First Round Qualifying, their opponents in this round received a walkover.

2009–10 FA Cup
Country England
 Wales
Teams762
Defending championsChelsea
ChampionsChelsea (6th title)
Runners-upPortsmouth
Top goal scorer(s)John Carew (6 goals)

The competition commenced on 15 August 2009 with the Extra Preliminary Round and concluded on 15 May 2010 with the Final, held at Wembley Stadium. The final was contested by 2009 winners Chelsea and 2008 winners Portsmouth. Originally, the winners were to qualify for the play-off round of the 2010–11 UEFA Europa League. However, as Chelsea won the 2009–10 Premier League (and did not need the FA Cup winners' berth), and Portsmouth failed to apply for a UEFA licence for the 2010–11 season in time (making them ineligible to compete in UEFA competitions), the berth was given to Liverpool, the seventh-placed team in the Premier League. Chelsea won 1–0 in the final to retain the trophy.

TeamsEdit

CalendarEdit

The calendar for the 2009–10 FA Cup, as announced by The Football Association:[2]

Round Main date Number of fixtures Clubs New entries this round Prize money[3] Player of the Round
Extra Preliminary Round 15 August 2009 203 762 → 559 406: 357th–762nd £750
Preliminary Round 29 August 2009 167 559 → 392 131: 226th–356th £1,500
First Round Qualifying 12 September 2009 116 392 → 276 65: 161st–225th £3,000 Bobby Traynor (Kingstonian)[4]
Second Round Qualifying 26 September 2009 80 276 → 196 44: 117th–160th £4,500 Mark Danks (Northwich Victoria)[5]
Third Round Qualifying 10 October 2009 40 196 → 156 none £7,500 Adam Webster (Hinckley United)[6]
Fourth Round Qualifying 24 October 2009 32 156 → 124 24: 93rd–116th £12,500 Danny Kedwell (AFC Wimbledon)[7]
First Round Proper 7 November 2009 40 124 → 84 48: 45th–92nd £18,000 Richard Brodie (York City)[8]
Second Round Proper 28 November 2009 20 84 → 64 none £27,000

Leon Legge (Brentford)[9]

Third Round Proper 2 January 2010 32 64 → 32 44: 1st–44th £67,500 Jermaine Beckford (Leeds United)[10]
Fourth Round Proper 23 January 2010 16 32 → 16 none £90,000 Jermaine Beckford (Leeds United)[11]
Fifth Round Proper 13 February 2010 8 16 → 8 none £180,000 Gareth Bale (Tottenham Hotspur)[12]
Sixth Round Proper 6 March 2010 4 8 → 4 none £360,000 Frédéric Piquionne (Portsmouth)[13]
Semi-Finals 10–11 April 2010 2 4 → 2 none Winners: £900,000
Losers: £450,000
Didier Drogba (Chelsea)[14]
Final 15 May 2010 1 2 → 1 none Winner: £1,800,000
Loser: £900,000

Qualifying RoundsEdit

All of the teams that entered the competition, but were not members of the Premier League or The Football League, had to compete in the qualifying rounds.

First Round ProperEdit

Teams from Leagues One and Two entered at this stage, along with the winners from the Fourth Round Qualifying. The draw was made on 25 October 2009 with ties played in the week beginning 6 November 2009.

Lowestoft Town and Paulton Rovers of the eighth tier were the lowest ranked teams left in the competition at this stage, but both failed to make it through to the Second Round.

Second Round ProperEdit

Matches in the Second Round Proper took place on 28 and 29 November 2009 and involved the 40 winning teams from the First Round Proper.

Bath City and Staines Town from the Conference South, and Northwich Victoria from the Conference North (6th tier) were the lowest ranked teams left at this stage, but none made it through to the Third Round.

† – After extra time

Third Round ProperEdit

The draw for the Third Round took place on Sunday 29 November 2009 at Wembley Stadium. Premier League and Football League Championship teams entered at this stage, joining the winners from the Second Round and completing the entrants. The majority of fixtures took place on 2 and 3 January 2010, with snow postponing several matches until mid-January.

Barrow, Forest Green Rovers, Luton Town and York City from the Conference National (5th tier) were the only non-league teams left at this stage, but none made it through to the Fourth Round.

Manchester United were knocked out in the Third Round for the first time since they lost to Bournemouth in 1984, when they lost to third-tier rivals Leeds United. It was also Manchester United's first defeat to a lower league side since defeat at Bournemouth. They were joined by rivals and fellow 'Big Four' club Liverpool, who lost at home to second-flight Reading in a replay.

† – After extra time

Fourth Round ProperEdit

The draw for the Fourth Round took place on Sunday 3 January 2010 at Wembley Stadium. Fixtures took place over the weekend of 23 and 24 January 2010.[15]

Accrington Stanley and Notts County from League Two (4th tier) were the lowest ranked teams left at this stage; Accrington Stanley did not proceed further, whilst Notts County defeated Wigan Athletic in a replay at the DW Stadium.

Tie no Home team Score Away team Attendance
1 Southampton 2–1 Ipswich Town 20,446
2 Reading 1–0 Burnley 12,910
3 Derby County 1–0 Doncaster Rovers 11,316
4 Cardiff City 4–2 Leicester City 10,961
5 Stoke City 3–1 Arsenal 19,735
6 Notts County 2–2 Wigan Athletic 9,073
replay Wigan Athletic 0–2 Notts County 5,519
7 Scunthorpe United 2–4 Manchester City 8,861
8 West Bromwich Albion 4–2 Newcastle United 16,102
9 Everton 1–2 Birmingham City 30,875
10 Accrington Stanley 1–3 Fulham 3,712
11 Bolton Wanderers 2–0 Sheffield United 14,572
12 Portsmouth 2–1 Sunderland 10,315
13 Preston North End 0–2 Chelsea 23,119
14 Aston Villa 3–2 Brighton & Hove Albion 39,725
15 Wolverhampton Wanderers 2–2 Crystal Palace 14,449
replay Crystal Palace 3–1 Wolverhampton Wanderers 10,282
16 Tottenham Hotspur 2–2 Leeds United 35,750
replay Leeds United 1–3 Tottenham Hotspur 37,704

Fifth Round ProperEdit

The draw for the Fifth Round, conducted by Geoff Thomas and Stephanie Moore MBE, took place on Sunday 24 January 2010 at Wembley Stadium. Fixtures took place over the weekend of 13 and 14 February 2010.[16] Notts County from the Football League Two (4th tier) were the lowest-ranked team left at this stage, but they went out 4–0 to Premier League side Fulham.

Tie no Home team Score Away team Attendance
1 Crystal Palace 2–2 Aston Villa 20,486
replay Aston Villa 3–1 Crystal Palace 31,874
2 Manchester City 1–1 Stoke City 28,019
replay Stoke City 3–1 Manchester City 21,813
3 Derby County 1–2 Birmingham City 21,043
4 Bolton Wanderers 1–1 Tottenham Hotspur 13,596
replay Tottenham Hotspur 4–0 Bolton Wanderers 31,436
5 Chelsea 4–1 Cardiff City 40,827
6 Fulham 4–0 Notts County 16,132
7 Reading 2–2 West Bromwich Albion 18,008
replay West Bromwich Albion 2–3 Reading 13,985
8 Southampton 1–4 Portsmouth 31,385

† – After extra time

Sixth Round ProperEdit

The draw for the Sixth Round, conducted by former England striker Luther Blissett and TV presenter Tim Lovejoy, took place on 14 February 2010 at Football Association headquarters at Wembley Stadium. Fixtures took place over the weekend of 6 and 7 March 2010.[17] Reading from the Championship (2nd tier) were the lowest ranked team left at this stage.

Chelsea2–0Stoke City
Lampard   35'
Terry   67'
Report

Fulham0–0Tottenham Hotspur
Report

Reading2–4Aston Villa
Long   27'42' Report A. Young   47'
Carew   51'57'90+3' (pen.)
Attendance: 23,175
Referee: Mike Dean (Cheshire)

Portsmouth2–0Birmingham City
Piquionne   67'70' Report
Attendance: 20,456
Referee: Steve Bennett (Kent)

ReplayEdit

Tottenham Hotspur3–1Fulham
Bentley   47'
Pavlyuchenko   60'
Guðjohnsen   66'
Report Zamora   17'

Semi-finalsEdit

The draw for the semi-finals was conducted by David Ginola and Jason Cundy at Wembley Stadium on Sunday, 7 March 2010.[18] Both matches took place at Wembley Stadium over the weekend of 10 and 11 April.[19]

Aston Villa0–3Chelsea
Report Drogba   68'
Malouda   89'
Lampard   90+5'
Attendance: 81,869

Tottenham Hotspur0 – 2
(a.e.t.)
Portsmouth
Report Piquionne   99'
Boateng   117' (pen.)
Attendance: 84,602

FinalEdit

 
The Portsmouth end of Wembley Stadium following their sides defeat in the 2009-10 final
Chelsea1–0Portsmouth
Drogba   59' Report
Attendance: 88,335

Top scorersEdit

Media coverageEdit

In the United Kingdom, ITV were the sole network broadcasters for the season as subscription broadcasters Setanta Sports entered administration and ceased operations. The Football Association streamed select games live on its website for free.

International broadcasters

Country Broadcaster
  Albania Tring Sport
  Belgium Prime
  Canada Setanta Sports
  France France Télévisions
  Italy SKY Italia

ReferencesEdit

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