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Live Reporting

Michael Emons

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  1. A city united

    Liverpool 3-2 Everton (FA Cup final, 20 May 1989)

    What happened? A total of 97 Liverpool fans died as a result of the injuries suffered during the Hillsborough disaster at the FA Cup semi-final in 1989.

    Some people said the final shouldn't have taken place - but it did a month later as Liverpool took on city rivals Everton.

    Why is it remembered? It was a match where football was not important and the city of Liverpool came together as one. Fans from both sides sat together and the whole crowd at Wembley Stadium sang Liverpool's anthem of You'll Never Walk Alone. Liverpool eventually won the match 3-2 after extra time.

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  2. Montgomery's double save helps Sunderland overcome Leeds

    Sunderland 1-0 Leeds United (FA Cup final, 5 May 1973)

    Image caption: Jimmy Montgomery saved from Trevor Cherry (on floor) and then Peter Lorimer (number seven)

    What happened? Reigning FA Cup holders Leeds took on Second Division Sunderland. But in one of the biggest final surprises, Sunderland became the first second-tier team since 1931 to win the competition.

    Why is it remembered? Two reasons. Ian Porterfield scored the only goal, but at the other end Sunderland goalkeeper Jimmy Montgomery produced a sensational double save to keep out Trevor Cherry's header and a wonderful reflex stop to push Peter Lorimer's rebound effort on to the bar.

  3. One of the greatest semi-finals

    Crystal Palace 4-3 Liverpool (FA Cup semi-final, 8 April 1990)

    What happened? Crystal Palace had been humiliated 9-0 by Liverpool earlier on in the season, with the Reds on their way to winning the league title. Liverpool held a 1-0 lead at half-time in the semi-final at Villa Park.

    Why is it remembered? Palace equalised within a minute of the second half, then went ahead, Liverpool then thought they had won it with two goals in the final 10 minutes before an 87th-minute equaliser.

    Palace hit the bar in the last minute before it went to extra time when Alan Pardew (yes, that Alan Pardew) headed in a winner.

    Enjoy all the goals from a crazy afternoon of football in the video below.

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    Video caption: FA Cup archive: Crystal Palace 4-3 Liverpool
  4. Sutton eliminate former winners

    Sutton United 2-1 Coventry City (FA Cup third round, 7 January 1989)

    Image caption: Sutton's goalscorers Tony Rains and Matthew Hanlon

    What happened? Coventry City won the FA Cup in 1987, but a year and a half later were on the receiving end of one of the biggest cup shocks. Still a top-flight side, the Sky Blues lost 2-1 at Sutton United of the Conference (now National League).

    Why is it remembered? Tony Rains and Matthew Hanlon got the goals for Sutton and it would be another 24 years until a non-league team put out a top-flight side again.

  5. The Matthews (or Mortensen) Final

    Blackpool 4-3 Bolton Wanderers (FA Cup final, 2 May 1953)

    What happened? Blackpool fought back from 3-1 behind to recover and beat Bolton Wanderers 4-3. Blackpool's Stan Mortensen scored a hat-trick to become the only player to ever score a cup final treble at the original Wembley Stadium.

    Why is it remembered? It is known as The Matthews Final as Stanley Matthews, at the age of 38, finally got a winners' medal after losing in the 1948 and 1951 finals. Matthews played a part in the build-up in a couple of his side's goals and his cross was met by Bill Perry, who scored an injury-time winner.

  6. Is Gascoigne going to have a crack? He is you know...

    Tottenham 3-1 Arsenal (FA Cup semi-final, 14 April 1991)

    What happened? A north London derby between Tottenham and Arsenal at Wembley Stadium was always going to be special - and it certainly was in 1991. Paul Gascoigne gave Spurs an early lead and two goals from Gary Lineker, either side of one from Arsenal's Alan Smith, secured a 3-1 victory for Tottenham.

    Why is it remembered? We've all dreamed of pinging one in the top corner from 35 yards out at Wembley. That is exactly what Gascoigne did after there appeared to be no danger when he lined up a long-range free-kick.

    Barry Davies' incredible commentary went as follows..."Is Gascoigne going to have a crack? He is you know... Oh, I say. Brilliant. That is schoolboy's own stuff. Oh, I bet even he can't believe it. Is there anything left from this man to surprise us. That was one of the finest free-kicks this stadium has ever seen."

    Watch it again and again and again and again with our video below.

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    Video caption: FA Cup archive: Tottenham 3-1 Arsenal, 1991
  7. Ronnie Radford's wonder strike

    Hereford United 2-1 Newcastle United (FA Cup third round replay, 5 February 1972)

    What happened? Hereford United, then of the Southern League, had to enter the competition in the fourth qualifying round and then drew 2-2 away at top-flight Newcastle in the third round proper. In the replay, Malcolm MacDonald scored for Newcastle in the 82nd minute, before Ronnie Radford's long-range effort three minutes later made it 1-1. Then, in extra time, substitute Ricky George snatched a winner for the underdogs.

    Why is it remembered? You knew it wouldn't be long before you saw Radford's wonder strike from 35 yards - it is one of the most iconic goals of the FA Cup. The muddy pitch, the one-two, the sweet strike, the pitch invasion, the arms above the head outstretched in celebration, the commentary from a young John Motson in his first season for the BBC. Incredible.

    Just in case you've never seen it, here is Radford's goal to enjoy in all its glory.

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    Video caption: Ronnie Radford's famous FA Cup goal for Hereford against Newcastle
  8. And still Ricky Villa

    Tottenham 3-2 Manchester City (FA Cup final replay, 14 May 1981)

    What happened? The 1981 FA Cup final ended in a 1-1 draw as Manchester City's Tommy Hutchison scored at both ends before the two sides met again in the replay the following Thursday. Spurs went ahead, Manchester City scored twice, Garth Crooks equalised for Tottenham, then Ricky Villa picked up possession...

    Why is it remembered? A truly remarkable goal from Argentine Villa, who had already scored his side's opener, but this time he went on a slalom run past a number of City defenders and shot past Joe Corrigan. What a way to win the FA Cup.

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    Video caption: Ricky Villa's amazing run wins the FA Cup for Tottenham in 1981
  9. 'The Crazy Gang have beaten the Culture Club'

    Liverpool 0-1 Wimbledon (FA Cup final, 14 May 1988)

    Image caption: Wimbledon's Lawrie Sanchez glanced in a header for the only goal of the 1988 FA Cup final

    What happened? Liverpool cruised to the league title in the 1987-88 season and were massive favourites going into the 1988 FA Cup final against Wimbledon. But if the Reds thought it was easy, they had another thing coming. Vinnie Jones' hard - and late - challenge inside the opening 30 seconds on Liverpool enforcer Steve McMahon showed Liverpool they were not going to have a quiet day.

    Why is it remembered? Lawrie Sanchez's header gave Wimbledon, known as the Crazy Gang, a first-half lead, although Liverpool had a glorious chance to equalise when they were awarded a second-half penalty. But John Aldridge became the first player to fail to convert a cup-final spot-kick when Dave Beasant pushed away his effort. "The Crazy Gang have beaten the Culture Club" was commentator John Motson's memorable quote at the end.

    Image caption: Wimbledon's Dave Beasant became the first goalkeeper to save a penalty in an FA Cup final when he kept out John Aldridge's effort
  10. Gerrard's glorious goal

    Liverpool 3-3 West Ham (FA Cup final, 13 May 2006)

    What happened? The 2006 FA Cup final was the last one played at the Millennium Stadium in Cardiff before it returned to a redeveloped Wembley - and what a way to bow out. West Ham, aiming to win the cup for the first time since 1980, were 2-0 up after 28 mins, goals from Djibril Cisse and Steven Gerrard made it all square, before Paul Konchesky put the Hammers back ahead. Then, with injury time just set to start, the ball fell to Gerrard...

    Why is it remembered? One of the best long-range strikes you could ever wish to see from the Liverpool skipper to make it 3-3. "Every part of my body was aching, it just fell to me and I just hit it as hard as I could," said Gerrard. "I caught it with as sweet a connection that I ever had in my career."

    But the drama was not over as there were no goals in extra time, so on to penalties with Liverpool winning it 3-1 in a shootout to lift the cup.

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    Video caption: FA Cup Archive: Liverpool 3-3 West Ham (2006)
  11. Giggs breaks Arsenal hearts

    Manchester United 2-1 Arsenal (FA Cup semi-final replay, 14 April 1999)

    What happened? Arsenal and Manchester United could not be separated when they met in the 1999 semi-final at Villa Park on 11 April as the Premier League's then top two played out a goalless draw. But three days later, the last FA Cup semi-final replay produced a night of high drama.

    Goals from United's David Beckham and Arsenal's Dennis Bergkamp - who also saw a late penalty saved - either side of half-time had the tie poised at 1-1. Then in extra time, Patrick Vieira gave the ball away...

    Why is it remembered? Enter Ryan Giggs and the Welsh winger took on the entire Arsenal defence, jinking past four defenders before smashing the ball past a helpless David Seaman before some crazy topless celebrations. Absolutely incredible.

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    Video caption: Ryan Giggs v Arsenal: Is this the greatest FA Cup moment ever?
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