As of March 2016, 43 there have been 43 different FA Cup winners since the tournament first began in the 1871-72 season.
Whilst no non-league team has ever emerged victorious, this high number of champions shows just how exciting and unpredictable a competition it really is.
Here are the winners of the FA Cup throughout its long history:
1929-30, 1935-36, 1949-50, 1970-71, 1978-79, 1992-93, 1997-98, 2001-02, 2002-03, 2004-05, 2013-14, 2014-15
Arsenal equalled Manchester United’s record of 11 FA Cup wins in 2013-14 and broke it in 2014-15.
Manchester United (11)
1908-09, 1947-48, 1962-63, 1976-77, 1982-83, 1984-85, 1989-90, 1993-94, 1995-96, 1998-99, 2003-04
In 1993-94 and 1995-96, Manchester United also won the Premier League as well as the FA Cup, hitting the record books as the first team to record two doubles in its history.
In 1999, United made history again by winning the historic treble of the Premier League, FA Cup and UEFA Champions League in the same year.
Tottenham Hotspur (8)
1900-01, 1920-21, 1960-61, 1961-62, 1966-67, 1980-81, 1981-82, 1990-91
Tottenham Hotspur became famous for FA Cup victories in years ending in the number one – watch out for them in the 2020-21 season…
1964-65, 1973-74, 1985-86, 1988-89, 1991-92, 2000-01, 2005-06
Liverpool is the second most successful club in English football behind Manchester United. Their 60 major honours include five UEFA Champions League titles, eight Football League Cups, three UEFA Cups, three UEFA Super Cups and 18 league titles, in addition to their seven FA Cup wins.
1969-70, 1996-97, 1999-2000, 2006-07, 2008-09, 2009-10, 2011-12
Chelsea’s win against Leeds in 1970 is notable for two reasons: the level of brutality during the tie, and for being the first Wembley final to go to a replay.
Aston Villa (7)
1886-87, 1894-95, 1896-97, 1904-05, 1912-13, 1919-20, 1956-57
Aston Villa is the fifth most successful club in the history of English football.
Villa have won a total of 24 major titles, including their seven FA Cup wins. They are also one of just five English clubs to have won the UEFA Champions League.
Newcastle United (6)
1909-10, 1923-24, 1931-32, 1950-51, 1951-52, 1954-55
Newcastle’s most successful period was between 1904 and 1910, when they won three league titles, in addition to their first FA Cup win.
Blackburn Rovers (6)
1883-84, 1884-85, 1885-86, 1889-90, 1890-91, 1927-28
Blackburn Rovers were awarded a specially-commissioned silver shield after they were crowned FA Cup winners three years in a row.
1905-06, 1932-33, 1965-66, 1983-84, 1994-95
Having won the FA Cup in 1984, Everton won the Cup Winners’ Cup the following year. The Toffees’ last trophy win to date is the FA Cup in 1995.
West Bromwich Albion (5)
1889-88, 1891-92, 1930-31, 1953-54, 1967-68
West Brom have also won the league title once (1919-20), but the FA Cup has been the club’s greatest source of success.
Manchester City (5)
1903-04, 1933-34, 1955-56, 1968-69, 2010-11
Manchester City became FA Cup winners in 1969, right in the middle of one the most successful periods in the club’s history.
City had won the league title the season before (1967-68) and the Football League Cup the year after in 1969-70. As FA Cup winners in 1969, they went on to win the UEFA Cup Winners’ Cup in 1969-70.
1871-72, 1872-73, 1875-76, 1876-77, 1877-78
Wanderers FC was formed in 1859 by former pupils of the leading public schools in England. The club’s fortunes declined rapidly following their three straight FA Cup wins and it folded in 1884.
Wolverhampton Wanderers (4)
1892-93, 1907-08, 1948-49, 1959-60
Wolves’ last FA Cup win in 1960 marked the end of a decade of success, during which they also won the league title three times.
Bolton Wanderers (4)
1922-23, 1925-26, 1928-29, 1957-58
When Bolton Wanderers became FA Cup winners for the first time in 1923, it was their first major trophy. This match was also the very first FA Cup Final held at Wembley Stadium.
The 1923 Final is known as the White Horse Final, due to the sight of a policeman on a white horse trying to control members of a 300,000 strong crowd before the match.
Sheffield United (4)
1898-99, 1901-02, 1914-15, 1924-25
Sheffield United’s most successful period was between 1895 and 1925. The Blades were crowned FA Cup winners four times during this period, and also won their only league title to date in the 1897-98 season.
Sheffield Wednesday (3)
1895-96, 1906-07, 1934-35
Sheffield Wednesday is third oldest club in England, known as ‘The Wednesday’ at the time of their first two FA Cup wins.
West Ham United (3)
1963-64, 1974-75, 1979-80
The FA Cup is the Hammers’ only major domestic trophy. As FA Cup winners in 1964, they went on to win the Cup Winners’ Cup the following year.
Preston North End (2)
By winning the FA Cup in 1889, Preston North End became the first club in history to win a league and cup double. Preston didn’t concede a single goal during their 1889 Cup run.
Old Etonians (2)
Old Etonians’ two FA Cup wins shows the dominance of public schools in the early history of the modern game.
The club now plays in the Arthurian League, which is strictly for teams of ex-public school boys.
Portsmouth’s FA Cup run in 2008 saw them overcome eventual Premier and Champions League winners, Manchester United, in the quarter final.
Sunderland were in the second tier of English football when they won the FA Cup in 1973. What’s more remarkable is that they beat reigning champions (and the major force in English football at the time), Leeds United, in the final.
Nottingham Forest (2)
The 1959 FA Cup Final is notable for the Forest fans singing the theme to popular TV show, “Robin Hood”.
This is thought to be the first time that popular TV culture had made its way on to the terraces during an FA Cup Final.
Bury’s 6-0 win over Derby County in 1900 remains the highest-ever winning margin in an FA Cup Final.
Huddersfield Town (1)
Huddersfield Town’s FA Cup victory in 1922 was the club’s first major trophy, and the start of a period of real success.
Over the course of the next four years, the Terriers would also win the league title three times in a row.
Southampton’s 1-0 win over Manchester United in the 1976 FA Cup Final is considered one of the biggest upsets in the history of the competition.
United had finished third in the top tier, whereas Southampton had ended the season in sixth-place in the second tier.
Leeds United (1)
Under manager, Don Revie, Leeds were in the midst of the most successful period in their history when they won the FA Cup.
After two previous near misses during the Revie era, Leeds finally brought the Cup home to Elland Road in 1972. They were runners-up again the following year.
Derby County (1)
Derby beat Charlton Athletic 4-1 after extra-time. The 1946 FA Cup Final was the first since 1939, when the competition was suspended because of World War Two.
Royal Engineers (1)
As well as becoming FA Cup winners in 1875, Royal Engineers were also runners-up in four of the first eight seasons of the competition.
Oxford University (1)
Oxford University became FA Cup winners in a 2-0 win over the Royal Engineers.
Blackpool’s FA Cup 4-3 win over Bolton Wanderers in 1953 is now known as “the Matthews Final”, for the performance of the Seasiders’ Stanley Matthews. At 38, Matthews was said to have had the “game of his life”.
Blackpool came from 3-1 down to win. The 1953 FA Cup Final remains the only one to feature a hat-trick to date.
Cardiff City (1)
Cardiff City’s 1927 FA Cup win is the only time that the trophy has left the hands of English clubs.
Burnley’s 1-0 win over Liverpool was remarkable only for being the last FA Cup Final at Crystal Palace, as well as being the Clarets’ only FA Cup victory to date.
Charlton Athletic (1)
After being runners-up the previous year, Charlton became FA Cup winners for the first and only time in 1947.
The ball burst during the Final for the second year in a row, owing to the poor quality of leather that was available during the post-war period.
The 1912 tie between Barnsley and West Brom was the third FA Cup Final in a row to go to a replay.
Barnsley won the second match 1-0 after a goalless draw in the first.
Notts County (1)
Notts County’s 4-1 win over Bolton Wanderers in 1894 made them the first team outside of the top flight to be crowned winners of the FA Cup.
Clapham Rovers (1)
Clapham Rovers were one of 15 teams to play in the very first FA Cup during the 1871-72 season, but it took another few years to win it, with a 1-0 win over Oxford University.
The club dissolved in 1911.
Wigan Athletic (1)
Wigan’s 1-0 win over Manchester City in 2013 was bittersweet. They became the first-ever team to win the FA Cup and succumb to relegation from the top flight in the same season.
Dubbed “the Crazy Gang”, unfashionable Wimbledon went into the 1988 FA Cup Final as outright underdogs as they faced league champions, Liverpool.
Their 1-0 win over the Reds remains one of the biggest shocks in the history of the competition.
Coventry City (1)
Coventry won their only major trophy to date with a 3-2 win over Spurs in the 1987 FA Cup Final. Spurs were strong favourites after making it to their third final in seven years.
Victory was sealed for Coventry by an own goal from Gary Mabbutt in extra time.
Ipswich Town (1)
Bobby Robson’s Ipswich Town went into the 1978 FA Cup Final as underdogs against Arsenal. Despite this, they dominated the match and duly won it 1-0.
Bradford City (1)
The 1911 FA Cup is Bradford City’s only major trophy to date. Bradford were the first team to lift the then new trophy, which was the first to incorporate the familiar design still in use today.
Blackburn Olympic (1)
Blackburn Olympic’s 2-1 win over Old Etonians in 1883 is seen as a watershed moment in football history.
This is because it was the first time that a working class team overcame a team derived from public schools in an FA Cup Final.
Old Carthusians (1)
This was Old Carthusians’ first time in an FA Cup Final and Old Etonians’ fourth. The latter were expected to win with some ease. Despite this, Old Carthusians won the match by a convincing three goals to nil.
Football has seen many changes, not least the shift from being the preserve of public school boys, to being dominated by the working classes in later years.
This has been demonstrated perfectly by the hugely varied roster of champions in the FA Cup.
While some successful clubs have disappeared, the top five most successful in the FA Cup’s long history remain at the top of English football today. These modern clubs are clearly here to stay and will no doubt add to their impressive array of trophies in the future.
However, the FA Cup has had its fair of shocks along the way, and there are no doubt many more to come.