Queen's Park chose not to contest the 1871–72 replay match with Wanderers. The first edition of Football Association Challenge Cup (FA Cup) was held in the 1871-1872 season and was contested by twelve British teams (after three teams decided to withdraw). [1], The 1989 semi-final between Liverpool and Nottingham Forest at Hillsborough, Sheffield, turned into tragedy when 96 supporters were killed in the stands due to overcrowding. The highest attendance for an FA Cup semi-final is 88,141 for Everton's penalty win over Manchester United on 19 April 2009. In these days the stadiums were not build to hold that amount of people; therefore, many stood in rows at the field between the stands with bad overview of the action. Check out our exclusive Wallpapers for desktop and mobile today! Permission to use quotations from this article is granted subject to appropriate credit being given to www.arsenal.com as the source. This menu is keyboard accessible. And before that it was Kennington Oval (with one exception in 1873 when the final took place at Lillie Bridge). Now find out which club is number two in the rankings! T oday's final is the 136th edition of the FA Cup since the first kicked off in 1871, and the competition is the oldest in world football.. 2014-15 FA Cup Semi-Finals: Date: Fixture: Saturday, April 18/Sunday, April 19: Bradford City or Reading vs. Arsenal: Saturday, April 18/Sunday, April 19 1989 In the semi-final between Liverpool and Nottingham at the Hillsborough stadium, 96 died in a crush of people. Everton have appeared in 25 FA Cup semi-finals. The last FA Cup semi-final replay, in 1999, saw Manchester United take on Arsenal at Villa Park. Match abandoned at half time due to a crush in the crowd and dark conditions. Preston North End ran out 4-1 winners over West Brom eight years later but also went on to lose in the Final, 3-1 to Sunderland. The first of these was back in 1929. [15] It was the fourth semi-final to be played at the new Wembley Stadium. Goals from Gianfranco Zola and Mark Hughes gave the Blues a 3-0 win and they went on to beat Middlesbrough 2-0 in the Final. A few teams from Northern Ireland also participated in the 19th century. In the beginning, the FA Cup also included Scottish and Welsh clubs. Since 2008, all semi-finals have been held at Wembley. T he FA Cup (Football Association Challenge Cup) is the oldest existing football competition. Queen's Park again decided not to contest a semi-final, so Oxford University advanced automatically.[11]. 1872 The first final is played between Wanderers and Royal Engineers. Fan's kit hub - win a bruised banana shirt! On that occasion Liverpool drew 1-1 with Portsmouth, who have featured in a quarter of all Highbury Semi-Finals, and went through on penalties after a 0-0 draw in the replay. Stadium Tour – Open - £5 off + free photo with FA Cup. Queen's Park once again withdrew from the FA Cup at the semi-final stage. Highbury staged four Semis in four years from 1981 to 84 with Tottenham, QPR, Brighton and Everton victorious, but the Gunners didn't host another neutral Cup tie until 1992. However, the move was opposed by traditionalists and drew criticism from some supporters' groups. 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From 2016 to 2017, a fourth substitute was allowed in semi-final matches if the game went into extra time. It is the oldest among all tournaments as well as all leagues that still exist today. In theory, an unlimited number of games could be played to obtain a winner. Before Wembley came to be the choice for the final, Crystal Palace was for many years (1895-1914) the venue for the final. Prior to the 1992 semi-finals, the only semi-final played under different rules to this was the rearranged 1989 semi-final between Liverpool and Nottingham Forest, for which it had been declared in advance that the game would be decided by extra time and penalties if necessary due to the Hillsborough Stadium disaster. In 1999 it was decided that the semi-finals should be decided in one game, with extra time and penalties if the score was level after 90 minutes. Copyright 2020 The Arsenal Football Club plc. The most recent FA Cup Semi-Final to be staged at Highbury was an all-London affair between Chelsea and Wimbledon. Liverpool were granted a special dispensation to avoid playing their 2012 semi-final match against Everton on the 23rd anniversary of the disaster. Seasons in which appearance made (items in bold are winning appearances) Arsenal: 30:

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