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1 The 134th final of the FA Cup was played between Arsenal FC and Aston Villa FC. How many times previously had the two sides met in the final?
Answer: Never

Despite both clubs playing in a combined 28 finals between them, they never played against each other. The finals referred to in the other three alternate answers were:
1912 1-0 Barnsley v WBA
1930 2-0 Arsenal v Huddersfield Town
1946 4-1 Derby County v Charlton Athletic
1964 3-2 West Ham United beat Preston North End
1973 1-0 Sunderland v Leeds United
1988 1-0 Wimbledon v Liverpool.
  From Quiz: 2015 FA Cup Final Arsenal v Aston Villa
2 On 18th January 2005 (3rd Round): Liverpool's Djimi Traore scored a comical own goal to knock Liverpool out the FA Cup; against which team?
Answer: Burnley

Burnley! After defeating Liverpool at Turf Moor they went on to beat Bournemouth 2-0 (at Turf Moor) and drew Blackburn Rovers in the 5th round (again at home at Turf Moor). The two rival Lancashire teams drew 0-0 and the game had to be replayed. Blackburn Rovers won the replay at Ewood Park 2-1, ending Burnley's FA Cup campaign.
    Your options: [ Cardiff City ] [ Bradford ] [ Barnsley ] [ Burnley ]
  From Quiz: FA Cup Giant Killers
3 Charlton Athletic played in the first two finals after the war, in 1946 and 1947. On both occasions, an event occurred which was unique in Cup Final history at that time. What was it?
Answer: The ball burst in both matches

The ball burst in both finals, an event which has not happened in any other final. The reason mostly attributed to this was the poor quality of materials available for manufacture of sports goods after the years of wartime hardship. It is unlikely that, even in the event of it happening today, it would cause any problem. In 1946 and 47, only one ball was available. Today, up to twenty balls can be used in a major match, all checked out beforehand. This is intended to prevent delays at restarts when the ball may be booted out of the ground by over-vigorous defenders.
    Your options: [ Both matches finished goalless ] [ Both matches were played away from Wembley Stadium due to bomb damage caused during the Blitz ] [ The referee retired injured in both matches ] [ The ball burst in both matches ]
  From Quiz: FA Cup Finals : Post WWII
4 Which country did defender Mark Lawrenson play for during his international career?
Answer: Republic of Ireland

Mark Lawrenson had 73 games for home town club Preston North End (1974-77) before his transfer to Brighton & Hove Albion (1977-81). He left the Seagulls in 1981 and then had seven successful seasons with Liverpool. Although born in England, because of his ancestry, Mark chose to play for the Republic of Ireland where he gained 39 caps. He had one season at Barnet (88-89) before retiring from playing. He has since worked in the media.
    Your options: [ Scotland ] [ England ] [ Northern Ireland ] [ Republic of Ireland ]
  From Quiz: FA Cup Final Team: 1985-86
5 Which team was the first to win the FA Cup at the Cardiff Millennium Stadium?
Answer: Liverpool

Liverpool beat Arsenal 2-1 in the 2001 final, courtesy of two Michael Owen goals within the last ten minutes.
    Your options: [ Manchester United ] [ Arsenal ] [ Liverpool ] [ Bradford City ]
  From Quiz: FA Cup
6 What was unique about the 2001 FA Cup final?
Answer: It was the first to be played outside of England

The Millenium Stadium in Cardiff, Wales, hosted the match. The FA Cup Final had been played in England from 1872 to 2000 (and at Wembley Stadium from 1923 to 2000). Wembley was demolished after the May 2000 cup final.
  From Quiz: FA Cup Finals
7 In 1970, the FA Cup Final between Chelsea and Leeds United went to a replay for the first time in 58 years! The first game was at Wembley, but which stadium hosted the replay?
Answer: Old Trafford

After a 2-2 draw at Wembley, Chelsea beat Leeds 2-1 after extra time thanks to a headed goal by David Webb.
    Your options: [ Wembley also ] [ Old Trafford ] [ Anfield ] [ Highbury ]
  From Quiz: 1970s FA Cup Finals
8 What was the name of the company who became the first sponsors of the FA cup?
Answer: Littlewoods

Littlewoods sponsored the FA Cup from 1994 to 1995 and from 1997 to 1998.
  From Quiz: The FAmous Cup
9 The first ever FA Cup competition was held in 1872. How many entrants were there?
Answer: 15

In comparison to this, in the 2005-06 season, over 600 football clubs took part.
  From Quiz: The FA Cup
10 What is the only Football League club to have played F.A.Cup ties in all four Home countries?
Answer: Nottingham Forest

This is a feat that is highly unlikely ever to be repeated. In 1885, Forest played Queens Park in a semi-final reply in Edinburgh. The game ending in a 3-0 win for the Scots. In 1889 they played at Linfield, Ireland in the first round, although officially the match was classed as a walk-over for Forest. And in 1922 they were beaten 4-1 at Cardiff in the third round of the competition.
  From Quiz: Strange World of FA Cup
11 The Cup final of 2003 was won by a single goal. Who scored?
Answer: Robert Pires

French star Robert Pires converted the only goal of the game at Cardiff giving Arsenal victory over Southampton. It was Arsenal's ninth success in the competition, and their second in succession.
  From Quiz: FA Cup Finals
12 In what year was the first F.A. Cup final?
Answer: 1872

It was won by Wanderers 1-0 vs. Royal Engineers, at Kennington Oval on 16th March 1872.
  From Quiz: History Of The FA Cup
13 Which club lost successive finals in the 1980s?
Answer: Everton

Everton lost against Manchester United in 1985, 1-0 after extra time, and again in 1986, this time losing to arch rivals Liverpool 3-1.
    Your options: [ Everton ] [ Leeds United ] [ Tottenham Hotspur ] [ Nottingham Forest ]
  From Quiz: FA Cup Facts
14 1976 Southampton 1 Manchester United 0
Answer: Bobby Stokes
    Your options: [ Peter Osgood ] [ Bobby Stokes ] [ Mick Channon ] [ Phil Boyer ]
  From Quiz: FA Cup Final Scorers
15 Who were the winners of the 1980 F.A Cup ?
Answer: West Ham United

The score was 1-0, Trevor Brooking scored the decisive goal.
  From Quiz: FA Cup: Winners And Losers
16 In the 2011 FA Cup campaign League One's Notts County played Manchester City away in the 4th Round. Which premiership side did they beat to get there?
Answer: Sunderland

Sunderland lost 1-2 at home! Notts County beat the Black Cats at the Stadium of Light, but lost 5-0 away to Manchester City (replay after 1-1 draw at home), who ended up beating Stoke City in the FA Cup Final at Wembley.
    Your options: [ Stoke City ] [ Wigan Athletic ] [ Newcastle United ] [ Sunderland ]
  From Quiz: FA Cup Giant Killers
17 Who signed Irishman Jim Beglin from Liverpool in 1989?
Answer: Leeds United

Defender Jim Beglin had 64 appearances for Liverpool (1983-89) before his June 1989 transfer to Leeds United. After 19 games for Leeds, Jim had short loan spells at Plymouth Argyle and Blackburn Rovers. He gained 15 caps for the Republic of Ireland, the home of his first club Shamrock Rovers. Since his early retirement due to injury, Beglin has worked in the media as a soccer pundit.

  From Quiz: FA Cup Final Team: 1985-86
18 Which team lost in successive FA Cup finals in the 1990s?
Answer: Newcastle United

Newcastle United were beaten by double winning Arsenal in the 1998 final, and then in the following year by treble winning Manchester United.
    Your options: [ Chelsea ] [ Everton ] [ Newcastle United ] [ Liverpool ]
  From Quiz: FA Cup
19 Who scored the only goal of the 2003 FA Cup Final?
Answer: Robert Pires

Arsenal beat Southampton 1-0. They were defending titleholders, having beaten Chelsea 2-0 in May 2002.
  From Quiz: FA Cup Finals
20 The final of 1971 also went into extra where all three goals were scored as Arsenal came from behind to beat Liverpool. The scorer of the Gunners equaliser is still debated to this day. Which two players both claimed the goal?
Answer: Eddie Kelly and George Graham

Sub Eddie Kelly is in the record books as the official scorer, however whether George Graham actually got the final touch is still an unanswered question to many.
    Your options: [ Charlie George and George Graham ] [ Eddie Kelly and George Graham ] [ Eddie Kelly and Charlie George ] [ Ray Kennedy and Eddie Kelly ]
  From Quiz: 1970s FA Cup Finals
21 In 1972, the shock of the 3rd round was the exit of Newcastle United. Which non-league club dumped them out?
Answer: Hereford United

Hereford won 2-1 after extra time with Ricky George coming on as sub and scoring the winner. The game is best remembered with Ronny Radford scoring a 30-yard screamer.
    Your options: [ Runcorn ] [ Yeovil Town ] [ Hereford United ] [ Kidderminster ]
  From Quiz: The FAmous Cup
22 Who won the FA Cup in 1898?
Answer: Nottingham Forest

Nottingham Forest won the competition for the first time in their soon to be illustrious history, beating Derby County by three goals to one.
  From Quiz: The FA Cup
23 Bob Thomson appeared in the 1915 FA Cup Final. What was unusual about that appearance.
Answer: He only had one eye

Bob played for Chelsea against Sheffield United in the Londoner's first Cup Final appearance. It turned out to be an unhappy baptism as they went down 3-0. New signing Vivian Woodward was supposed to play in Thomson's place for the final, but as Woodward hadn't played all season for Chelsea and Thomson was a regular, he stepped aside to allow Bob to play in the match. Now that is a gentleman!
    Your options: [ He was the first player to score an own goal in a Cup Final ] [ He only had one eye ] [ He was the first player to score from the penalty spot in a Cup Final ] [ He was the first goalkeeper to wear gloves ]
  From Quiz: Strange World of FA Cup
24 1991 saw the infamous Gazza challenge, but which player scored a sensational free kick for the eventual losers that year?
Answer: Stuart Pearce

Pearce struck a venomous free kick into the roof of the goal for Nottingham Forest against Tottenham Hotspur. The London club, however, came out 2-1 winners and the game was remembered for an appalling challenge by Spurs midfielder Paul Gascoigne on Forest defender Gary Charles. Paul Stewart equalised the free kick before an own goal by Des Walker gave Tottenham their eighth success.
    Your options: [ Steve Stone ] [ Gary Lineker ] [ Stuart Pearce ] [ David Howells ]
  From Quiz: FA Cup Finals
25 A non-English team won the F.A. Cup for the first time in what year?
Answer: 1927

It was Cardiff City who did the deed. They beat Arsenal 1-0 and took the trophy out of England, to Wales.
  From Quiz: History Of The FA Cup
26 Which FA Cup was sponsored for the first time?
Answer: 1995

After years of discussion and debate, the Football Association finally allowed the FA Cup to be commercially sponsored. In the 1994-95 season, the competition became known as the 'FA Cup sponsored by Littlewoods pools'.
    Your options: [ 1995 ] [ 1994 ] [ 1993 ] [ 1992 ]
  From Quiz: FA Cup Facts
27 1977 Manchester United 2 Liverpool 1
Answer: Jimmy Case

Jimmy Greenhoff, Stuart Pearson (Man Utd), Jimmy Case (Liverpool)
    Your options: [ Sammy Mcllroy ] [ Jimmy Case ] [ Kevin Keegan ] [ Lou Macari ]
  From Quiz: FA Cup Final Scorers
28 Who scored the opening goal in the 1987 F.A Cup final ?
Answer: Clive Allen

He scored after three minutes but went on to be on the losing side as Tottenham Hotspur crashed 3-2.
  From Quiz: FA Cup: Winners And Losers
29 On 3rd January 2010 a third round clash between Premiership side Manchester United and League One side Leeds United saw the Red Devils lose 0-1. Who was the only goal scorer?
Answer: Jermaine Beckford

Jermaine Beckford! Beckford was the only Englishmen in the list of four alternate answers. Beckford moved to the Premiership at the end of the 2009-10 season, whenhe signed fro Everton.
  From Quiz: FA Cup Giant Killers
30 Which club did Kevin Ratcliffe join after leaving Everton in 1991?
Answer: Dundee

Central defender Kevin Ratcliffe joined Everton as an apprentice in 1977 and made his debut in 1980. He went on to play 348 games for the team, many as club captain. His 1991 transfer to Dundee (4 games) was followed by short spells at Cardiff City, Nottingham Forest, and Derby County. In 1994, he was appointed player-manager of Chester City. He was made full-time manager of the club in 1995, a position he held until 1999. A very speedy defender, Kevin gained 59 caps playing for Wales where he later worked in the media.
    Your options: [ Cardiff City ] [ Chester City ] [ Derby County ] [ Dundee ]
  From Quiz: FA Cup Final Team: 1985-86
31 Who was the first person to win the FA Cup as a player and then later on as a manager?
Answer: Stan Seymour

Seymour won the cup as a player with Newcastle United in 1924. He then later managed the Magpies to FA Cup success in 1951 and 1952. Bob Stokoe has also won the Cup as a player and then later on as a manager. However, he was after Seymour. He won it as a player with Newcastle Uniited in 1955. Ironically, he later won it as a manager with Newcastle's rivals Sunderland in 1973.
  From Quiz: FA Cup
32 Who scored the final goal of the match, in the 2006 FA Cup final, to send the match into extra time?
Answer: Steven Gerrard

Gerrard scored to tie the match at 3-3. No goals were scored in extra time. Liverpool beat West Ham United 3-1 on penalties.
  From Quiz: FA Cup Finals
33 Favourites Liverpool comfortably beat Sunderland in the 1992 Final. Among the Sunderland players in the starting line up was Paul Bracewell who set a new, unwanted, record after the game. What was his achievement?
Answer: The first player to play in four FA Cup Finals and not win any

Bracewell's record is somewhat of a quirk of fate as he had previously lost whilst with a superb Everton side in 1985, 1986 and 1989. Liverpool's win in 1992 rarely looked in danger as goals from Michael Thomas and Ian Rush, his fifth in FA Cup Finals (also a record), secured an easy 2-0 win.
  From Quiz: FA Cup Finals
34 1982 saw a David v Goliath clash with Tottenham Hotspur winning for the second year in a row, beating Queens Park Rangers, although only after a replay. Which Spurs player scored in both the original game and the replay?
Answer: Glenn Hoddle

The first game ended 1-1 with both goals coming in extra time. Hoddle put Spurs ahead only for Terry Fenwick to equalise. The replay was not a classic with Spurs winning 1-0 thanks to Hoddle's early penalty.
    Your options: [ Glenn Hoddle ] [ Garth Crooks ] [ Steve Archibald ] [ Tony Galvin ]
  From Quiz: 1980s FA Cup Finals
35 In 1972, Leeds United won the Cup for the first time, beating Arsenal 1-0. Which anniversary did the final commemorate?
Answer: 100 years since the first FA Cup Final

The first winners in 1872 were The Wanderers who beat Royal Engineers 1-0 at Kennington Oval. The 100th Final wasn't played until 1981, the gap being down to the two World Wars of the 20th century.
    Your options: [ The 100th FA Cup Final ] [ 100 years since the first FA Cup Final ] [ The 100th Final played at Wembley ] [ 100 Years since Arsenal first won the cup ]
  From Quiz: 1970s FA Cup Finals
36 Man Utd beat Arsenal in the 1999 FA Cup Semi Final after extra time, but who missed a 90-minute penalty to seal the tie?
Answer: Dennis Bergkamp

Peter Schmeichel saved the 90th minute penalty from Berkamp and Man Utd won 2-1 after extra time with a wonder goal winner from Ryan Giggs.
  From Quiz: The FAmous Cup
37 Tottenham Hotspur won the FA Cup in 1991. How many FA Cup final wins did this make for Spurs?
Answer: 8

Their first FA Cup final win came in 1901 where they initially drew 2-2 with Sheffield United. Tottenham secured victory in the replay, winning 3-1.
    Your options: [ 8 ] [ 6 ] [ 7 ] [ 9 ]
  From Quiz: The FA Cup
38 During the 1971 and 1974 FA Cup Finals, Liverpool had two university graduates in their line-ups. Which two where they?
Answer: Steve Heighway & Brian Hall

Steve Heighway studied Economics whilst Brain Hall gained a Bachelor of Science from the University of Manchester. Heighway scored for Liverpool in both finals, Hall didn't.
    Your options: [ Kevin Keegan & John Toshack ] [ Steve Heighway & Brian Hall ] [ Tommy Smith & Ian Callaghan ] [ Ray Clemence & Emlyn Hughes ]
  From Quiz: Strange World of FA Cup
39 Chelsea won the cup in 1997 with a goal inside the first minute of the game, making it the fastest Cup Final goal in history. Who scored?
Answer: Roberto Di Matteo

42 seconds is all it took for Di Matteo to cement his name in history. It had stood at 45 seconds with previous holder Jackie Milburn's goal in the 1955 cup final. Eddie Newton later added a second as Chelsea beat Middlesbrough 2-0.
  From Quiz: FA Cup Finals
40 Which university was the first to win the FA Cup?
Answer: Oxford University

They won the Cup in 1874, 2-0 v Royal Engineers.
    Your options: [ Bath University ] [ Cambridge University ] [ Oxford University ] [ Hull University ]
  From Quiz: History Of The FA Cup
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