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Which clubs have won the most FA Cups?

After defeating Chelsea on penalties in Saturday’s FA Cup final, Liverpool have moved up the list of the competition’s most successful clubs.

LONDON, ENGLAND - MAY 14: Jordan Henderson of Liverpool raises the trophy during The FA Cup Final match between Chelsea and Liverpool at Wembley Stadium on May 14, 2022 in London, England. (Photo by Charlotte Wilson/Offside/Offside via Getty Images)
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Liverpool beat Chelsea to go joint-third on the list of the FA Cup’s most successful clubs on Saturday, as Kostas Tsimikas’ decisive penalty saw the Reds win the tournament for the eighth time in their history.

After a goalless Wembley final went to penalties, Mason Mount’s spot-kick miss for Chelsea proved crucial, allowing Tsimikas to secure a 6-5 shootout win for Jürgen Klopp’s men.

Klopp is the first ever German coach to win the FA Cup.

Tsimikas celebrates his winning penalty for Liverpool in Saturday's FA Cup final.
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Tsimikas celebrates his winning penalty for Liverpool in Saturday's FA Cup final.Robin JonesGetty

Liverpool equal Chelsea, Tottenham FA Cup hauls

Liverpool have now drawn level with Chelsea and Tottenham Hotspur in the all-time FA Cup standings, with only Arsenal and Manchester United ahead of the trio. The Gunners are the English domestic cup’s most decorated club, having lifted the trophy 14 times.

Their domination of the competition has been particularly pronounced since the turn of the millennium: half of their FA Cup wins have come since then. Indeed, their most recent triumph, in 2020, was their fourth in seven years.

United are two behind Arsenal, their last FA Cup success coming in 2016.

FA Cup’s five most successful clubs

PositionClubFA Cup winsLast win
2.Manchester United122016
3.Tottenham Hotspur81991

Some of FA Cup’s most successful clubs haven’t won it in a while...

Below the FA Cup’s top five, the next-most frequent winners are Aston Villa, who have gone all the way in the tournament seven times, but not since 1957. In the 65 years that have followed, Villa have only been back to the final twice, most recently in 2015 - when they were thumped 4-0 by Arsenal.

Current Premier League champions Manchester City have six FA Cups, as do Newcastle United and Blackburn Rovers. While City’s last final win came in 2019 - a 6-0 thrashing of Watford that is the joint-biggest margin of victory in the fixture - Newcastle and Blackburn are, like Villa, on long barren runs in the competition.

Newcastle haven’t won the FA Cup since 1955; Blackburn, since way back in 1928.

Chelsea make unwanted FA Cup final history

Chelsea may already be among the competition’s kings, but their haul of FA Cups would be even greater were it not for a terrible recent run of results in the final.

The Blues’ defeat to Liverpool was their fourth loss in five FA Cup final appearances since 2017, and their third in a row. The West Londoners are the first club since Newcastle to lose three consecutive appearances in the showpiece game - and are the first ever to do so in successive years.


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