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1999–2000 FA Cup

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1999–2000 FA Cup

1999–00 FA Cup
Country  England
Champions Chelsea
Runners-up Aston Villa
Top goal scorer(s) Gustavo Poyet
(6 goals)

The FA Cup 1999–2000 was the 119th staging of the world's oldest cup competition, the Football Association Cup or FA Cup. Both the semi-finals and final of the competition were played at Wembley Stadium for the last time before reconstruction work began. The competition culminated with the FA Cup Final between Chelsea and Aston Villa. The game was won by a goal from Chelsea's Roberto Di Matteo, giving them a 1-0 victory.

The previous season's winners, Manchester United, withdrew from the 1999–2000 competition due to their participation in the 2000 FIFA Club World Championship in South America, to take place in early 2000,[1] thus becoming the first FA Cup winners not to defend their title. Despite this being at the request of the Football Association (FA), they received criticism from journalists and television pundits.[2] To keep the competition running smoothly, the FA chose to draw one team from among those lower-division teams defeated in the second round to progress as "lucky losers" to the third.[3] Darlington were the team drawn.[4]

The main competition started in November 1999 for clubs from the Football League and Premiership. For details on the preliminary and qualifying rounds of the FA Cup see FA Cup Archives.


Round Date Matches Clubs New entries this round Prize money
Preliminary Round 21 August 1999 166 558 → 392 161: 227th–387th £1,000
First Round Qualifying 4 September 1999 116 392 → 276 66: 161st–226th £2,250
Second Round Qualifying 18 September 1999 80 276 → 196 44: 117th–160th £3,750
Third Round Qualifying 2 October 1999 40 196 → 156 none £5,000
Fourth Round Qualifying 16 October 1999 32 156 → 124 24: 93rd–116th £10,000
First Round Proper 30 October 1999 40 124 → 84 48: 45th–92nd £16,000
Second Round Proper 19 October 1999 20 84 → 64 none £24,000
Third Round Proper 10 December 1999 32 64 → 32 43: 2nd–44th[1] £40,000
Fourth Round Proper 8 January 2000 16 32 → 16 none £60,000
Fifth Round Proper 29 January 2000 8 16 → 8 none £120,000
Sixth Round Proper 19 February 2000 4 8 → 4 none £300,000
Semi Finals 2 April 2000 2 4 → 2 none £900,000
Final 20 May 2000 1 2 → 1 none £1,000,000

^ Manchester United, who were the winners the previous season, did not enter.

First round proper

This round is the first in which teams from the First Division and Second Division compete with non-league teams.

  • Ties were played over the weekend of 30 and 31 October 1999.
  • Replays were played on 8, 9 and 10 November 1999.

‡ - Oxford City's replay with Wycombe Wanderers was abandoned after extra time due to a fire within the stadium. The score was 1–1.[5]

Second round proper

  • Ties were played over the weekend of 20 and 21 November 1999.
  • Replays were played on 30 November 1999.

Third round proper

This round marked the first time First Division and Premier League (top-flight) teams played.

  • Matches were played on the weekend of 11 and 12 December 1999.
  • Replays were played on 21 and 22 December 1999.

Fourth round proper

  • Ties played on weekend of 8 and 9 2000.
  • Replays played on 18 and 19 January 2000.

Fifth round proper

  • Ties played on weekend of 29 and 30 January 2000.
  • The shock result of the round came when Division Two Gillingham (who had yet to play in the top two divisions) defeated Premier League side Sheffield Wednesday 3-1.

Sixth round proper

19 February 2000
Bolton 1 – 0 Charlton
Guðjohnsen Report
Reebok Stadium, Bolton
Attendance: 20,131
Referee: Graham Poll

20 February 2000
Everton 1 – 2 Aston Villa
Moore Goal 20' Report Stone Goal 16'
Carbone Goal 45'
Goodison Park, Everton
Attendance: 35,331
Referee: Dermot Gallagher

20 February 2000
Tranmere 2 – 3 Newcastle United
Allison Goal 45'
Jones Goal 76'
Report Speed Goal 27'
Domi Goal 36'
Ferguson Goal 58'
Prenton Park, Birkenhead
Attendance: 15,776
Referee: Steve Dunn

20 February 2000
Chelsea 5 – 0 Gillingham
Flo Goal 16'
Terry Goal 49'
Weah Goal 50'
Zola Goal 85' (pen.)
Morris Goal 88'
Stamford Bridge, Chelsea, West London
Attendance: 34,205
Referee: Paul Durkin

Semi finals

Aston Villa booked their first FA Cup final appearance since 1957 by beating Bolton Wanderers on penalties after a goalless draw, while Chelsea reached their first final after just three years with a narrow 2-1 win over Newcastle United (who had been finalists in the previous two seasons).

2 April 2000
Aston Villa 0 – 0 Bolton
Wembley Stadium, London
Attendance: 62,828
Referee: David Elleray
  • Aston Villa win 4-1 on penalties. Steve Stone, Lee Hendrie, Gareth Barry Dion Dublin all scored for Aston Villa. Dean Holdsworth scored for Bolton.

9 April 2000
Chelsea 2 – 1 Newcastle United
Poyet Goal 17'72' Report Rob Lee Goal 66'
Wembley Stadium, London
Attendance: 73,876
Referee: Dermot Gallagher


Main article: 2000 FA Cup Final

The 2000 FA Cup Final was contested between Chelsea and Aston Villa at Wembley Stadium, with Chelsea coming out 1-0 winners. Roberto Di Matteo scored the winning goal 17 minutes from the end, three years after he had opened the scoring within the first minute of Chelsea's last FA Cup final win. This was Villa's first FA Cup final for 43 years.

20 May 2000
15:00 BST
Chelsea 1 – 0 Aston Villa
Di Matteo Goal 73' (Report)
Wembley, London
Attendance: 72,500
Referee: Graham Poll (Hertfordshire)
Aston Villa


External links

  • The FA website
  • BBC FA Cup page
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