Leading Clubs

Tottenham Hotspur: 1901, 1921, 1961, 1962, 1967, 1981, 1982, 1991

Tottenham Hotspur first achieved FA Cup glory in 1901, when it defeated Sheffield United 3-1 in an FA Cup Final replay at Burnden Park. This win was the first of many over the next century, with the Spurs firmly establishing their place at English club football’s highest table with an impressive total of eight FA Cup winners’ titles.

The greatest era for Tottenham Hotspur was undoubtedly the 1960s, a decade in which it claimed the FA Cup on three occasions. Great players such as Terry Venables and Jimmy Greaves featured in the Spurs team over this decade. Player and manager Bill Nicholson is recognised as having established the club as a major player in English football during the 1960s.

Manchester United: 1909, 1948, 1963, 1977, 1983, 1985, 1990, 1994, 1996, 1999, 2004

Manchester United first made its presence in English football felt with an FA Cup victory in 1909. However, it was the post-war football era that saw the Red Devils come into their own. Starting with an FA Cup Final win in 1948, Manchester United gained momentum throughout the next few decades until it emerged in the 1990s as one of the richest, best supported and most successful clubs in world football.

The decade that Manchester United were FA Cup leaders is the 1990s. During this period, Manchester United were FA Cup winners on four occasions, with three of these victories representing Doubles. Its greatest moment was undoubtedly the 1998/1999 season when Manchester United won not only the Premier League and FA Cup, but also the UEFA Champion’s League.

Liverpool: 1965, 1974, 1986, 1989, 1992, 2001, 2006

It’s impossible to overlook Liverpool when considering great post-war FA Cup winners. Prior to the 1963/1964 football season, the Reds were relative minnows in English football, with appearances as losing FA Cup finalists in 1914 and 1950 as their only achievements.

The club’s fortunes changed radically in 1964, when Liverpool won its first FA Cup title. However, it’s the 1970s and 1980s that will be remembered as the Liverpool era by football lovers. A superb team featuring all-time FA Cup legends Ian Rush and John Aldridge appeared in six FA Cup Finals. Liverpool won the Cup on three of these occasions, with its 1986 FA Cup victory earning a Double.

With an FA Cup winners’ title in 1992 and two more added since 2000, Liverpool has shown just why it’s considered by some to be the greatest club in modern football history.