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Ok this is long...I advise just to read the Villa stuff, the Chelsea stuff is rubbish and boring..they don't count :)

StatPack - By Max Wadsworth

FA CUP FINAL

579 clubs started off this season on the road to Wembley. It's now down to 2.

The preliminary round began on August 21, 1999 - the day Chelsea beat Villa 1-0 at Stamford Bridge in the Premiership.

26,000 tickets have been allocated to each set of supporters.

Today's game will go into extra-time and penalties if required. Last year's final could also have done so, if required.

No major English Cup final has ever been decided by a penalty shoot-out.

The 119th final, and the 72nd and last at the present Wembley (the first one was back in 1923 - Bolton v West Ham).

Of the 76 previous FA Cup finals played at Wembley (including replays), 17 have gone into extra-time.

However, none of the last 6 finals have gone into extra-time. The last was back in the 1993 replay between Arsenal and Sheff Wed.

There have been a total of 7,350 minutes (122.5 hours, or just over 5 days) of FA Cup final football played at the stadium.

A total of 214 goals have been scored in the 76 FA Cup finals played at Wembley (including replays). This is an average of 2.81 goals per game.

The principal FA Cup winners at Wembley have been:
Man Utd - 9 wins.
Arsenal - 7 wins.
Tottenham - 6 wins.
Liverpool - 5 wins.
Newcastle - 5 wins.
Bolton - 4 wins.
Everton - 4 wins.

The principal FA Cup final appearances at Wembley (including replays) have been:
Man Utd - 16 appearances.
Arsenal - 14 appearances.
Liverpool - 10 appearances.
Tottenham - 9 appearances.
Everton - 8 appearances.
Man City - 8 appearances.
Newcastle - 8 appearances.

Biggest Wembley FA Cup final wins:
4-0 (Man Utd v Brighton, 1983 replay)
4-0 (Man Utd v Chelsea, 1994)

Highest Wembley FA Cup final aggregate score: 7 (Blackpool 4 Bolton 3, 1953)

Missed FA Cup final penalties at Wembley: John Aldridge (Liverpool v Wimbledon, 1988) and Gary Lineker (Tottenham v Forest, 1991)

Fastest FA Cup final goal at Wembley: 42 seconds (Roberto Di Matteo, Chelsea v Boro, 1997)

FA Cup final hat-tricks at Wembley: Stan Mortensen (for Blackpool v Bolton, 1953)

FA Cup final sendings-off at Wembley: Kevin Moran (Man Utd v Everton, 1985)

There has never been a goalless draw in an FA Cup final at Wembley.

ASTON VILLA v CHELSEA


HEAD TO HEAD (IN FA CUP)
Played 7
Aston Villa won 5
Chelsea won 1
Drawn 1

Chelsea's only win was in their most recent FA Cup meeting. It came in the 3rd round in January 1987. They drew 2-2 at Villa Park, and Chelsea won the replay 2-1 at Stamford Bridge - Gordon Durie and a Micky Hazard penalty the Blues scorers. Andy Gray came on as a sub for Villa in both games.

The meeting before that came in the 4th round in January 1960. Villa won 2-1 at Stamford Bridge - Peter McParland and Bobby Thomson their scorers. They went on to lose to Wolves in the semi-final.

They met the year before that, in January 1959, again in the 4th round at Stamford Bridge. Same result, with Villa's goals coming from Gerry Hitchens and Billy Myerscough. They went on to lose to Forest in the semi-final.

They also met in the 5th round in 1946. Villa won 1-0 at Stamford Bridge and 1-0 at Villa Park.

Their first FA Cup meeting was back in March 1920 in a semi-final played at Bramall Lane. Villa won 3-1 with two goals from Billy Walker and one from Harold Edgley. They went on to beat Huddersfield 1-0 in the final (played at Stamford Bridge).

We saw their last Cup meeting live on Sky. Chelsea won 4-1 at Stamford Bridge in the Coca-Cola Cup 3rd round in October 1998. Vialli netted a hat-trick, with Flo scoring the other. Wise was sent off for stamping on Darren Byfield.

HEAD TO HEAD (IN ALL COMPS)

Played 116
Aston Villa won 49
Chelsea won 42
Drawn 25

Chelsea are unbeaten in the last 5 meetings (won 4, drawn 1).

Villa's last win was in March 1998 - a 1-0 win at Stamford Bridge in the Premiership (Joachim with the winner). It was Gregory's first Premiership away game in charge of Villa. Both managers took charge of their clubs in February 1998.

That win is Villa's only one in the last 9 meetings, with Chelsea winning 6 in that time.

The two Premiership meetings this season ended in a 1-0 win for Chelsea at Stamford Bridge (an Ehiogu own goal) and a 0-0 draw at Villa Park.

Villa have failed to score in the last 3 meetings. They have failed to score more than one goal in any of the last 9 meetings, scoring only 4 goals in those 9 meetings.

There have been only 3 draws in the last 19 meetings.

ASTON VILLA

RECORD IN FA CUP

Winners (7 times) 1887, 1895, 1897, 1905, 1913, 1920, 1957.
Runners-up (twice) 1892, 1924.

The last time they appeared in the final was in 1957. In that year the following happened:


Harold MacMillan became Prime Minister after Anthony Eden resigned.
Alec Guinness won the Best Actor award at the Oscars for his role in the Bridge over the River Kwai, which also picked up the Best Film award.
Jack Nicklaus played the first of his 154 successive major championships for which he was eligible.
Nick Faldo and Seve Ballesteros were both born.
Lennon and McCartney first performed together in Liverpool.
Buddy Holly recorded "That'll Be the Day" and Jerry Lee Lewis recorded "Great Balls of Fire".
Elvis Presley has one of the biggest UK hits of the year with 'All shook up'.
The USSR launch the first satellite into orbit, 'the Sputnik'
Stirling Moss wins the British Grand Prix.
Humphrey Bogart, US actor, dies.
Parking meters are introduced in London.
This is their 10th final, but their first for 43 years and only their 3rd at Wembley. Only 6 clubs have been in more finals.

Only 1 of their 7 FA Cup wins have come at Wembley, when they beat Man Utd 2-1 in the 1957 final.

The 1887 win was at Kennington Oval. The 1985, 1897, 1905 and 1913 wins were at Crystal Palace. The 1920 win came at Stamford Bridge.

They have an impressive record in the final. They have won 7 of their previous 9.

If you include other major cup competitions, they have won 13 of their total of 17 major cup finals.

Their 7 wins is joint 3rd highest in the all-time list (with Arsenal) behind Man Utd (10) and Tottenham (8).

6 of their 7 wins came in the first 45 seasons of the competition. They have now gone 43 years without winning it.

Their last drawn FA Cup game was that 2-2 draw at Fratton Park in January 1998. They have gone 10 FA Cup games without a draw (won 8, drawn 2). This is if you include the semi-final shoot-out win over Bolton as a win.

In their last final appearance at Wembley they won the 1996 League Cup, beating Leeds 3-0. Gregory was assistant to Brian Little that day.

RECORD AT WEMBLEY

They have lost only 2 of their 9 games at Wembley in their history, and are unbeaten in their last 6 there.


Their games have been:
1924 FA Cup final Newcastle 2-0 Villa
1957 FA Cup final Villa 2-1 Man Utd
1971 League Cup final Tottenham 2-0 Villa
1975 League Cup final Villa 1-0 Norwich
1977 League Cup final Villa 0-0 Everton
1981 Charity Shield Villa 2-2 Tottenham
1994 League Cup final Villa 3-1 Man Utd
1996 League Cup final Villa 3-0 Leeds
2000 FA Cup semi-final Villa 0-0 Bolton
- won 4-1 on pens

THIS SEASON

Finished 6th in the Premiership - 7pts behind 5th-placed Chelsea. This will be good enough for an Intertoto Cup place for next season if they lose today. .

They have lost only 1 (to Man Utd) of their last 9 games, winning 5 in that time.

If you go further back they have lost only 3 of their last 29 games, winning 16 in that time.

However, they have not won any of their last 4 games (drawn 3, lost 1).

Before this run they had won only 1 of their previous 8 games.

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