2000 FA Cup Final

2000 FA Cup Final
Event 1999–2000 FA Cup
Date 20 May 2000
Venue Wembley Stadium, London
Man of the Match Dennis Wise[1] (Chelsea)
Referee Graham Poll[2] (Hertfordshire)
Attendance 78,217[2]

The 2000 FA Cup Final was the 119th final of the FA Cup, and the 72nd (excluding replays) and last to be played at the old Wembley Stadium. It took place on 20 May 2000 and was contested between Chelsea and Aston Villa, the latter making its first FA Cup Final appearance since winning it in 1957.

Chelsea won 1–0 to secure their second FA Cup in four years, and their third in all. The goal was scored midway through the second half by Roberto Di Matteo, who had also scored in the 1997 final.

Wembley Stadium closed five months later, and was subsequently rebuilt. The FA Cup Final was played at the Millennium Stadium, Cardiff for the next six years, before returning to Wembley in 2007.

Road to Wembley

Third RoundHull City1–6Chelsea
Fourth RoundChelsea2–0Nottingham Forest
Fifth RoundChelsea2–1Leicester City
Sixth RoundChelsea5–0Gillingham
Semi-FinalNewcastle United1–2Chelsea
(at Wembley Stadium)

Aston Villa
Third RoundAston Villa2–1Darlington
Fourth RoundAston Villa1–0Southampton
Fifth RoundAston Villa3–2Leeds United
Sixth RoundEverton1–2Aston Villa
Semi-FinalBolton Wanderers0–0Aston Villa
(at Wembley Stadium)
Aston Villa won 4–1 on penalties



Following a poor quality first half in which few chances were created, the match was brighter in the second, with Chelsea generally having the better of the play. George Weah missed several chances and Dennis Wise had a goal disallowed for offside, while Villa's Gareth Southgate headed wide. On 73 minutes, Roberto Di Matteo scored what proved to be the winning goal, capitalising on an error from Villa goalkeeper David James to put the ball in the net from close range. James came roaring off his line to deal with Zola's free-kick from the left, he fumbled the ball against Gareth Southgate's chest with Di Matteo blasting the rebound into the roof of the net. Villa could not get back in the match, their best chance falling to Benito Carbone, but his tame shot did not test Ed de Goey in goal.

Match details

20 May 2000
15:00 BST
Chelsea 1–0 Aston Villa
Di Matteo  73' Report
Aston Villa
GK 1Netherlands Ed de Goey
DF 15Netherlands Mario Melchiot  18'
DF 6France Marcel Desailly
DF 5France Frank Leboeuf
DF 3Nigeria Celestine Babayaro
MF 8Uruguay Gus Poyet
MF 11England Dennis Wise (c)  28'
MF 7France Didier Deschamps
MF 16Italy Roberto Di Matteo
FW 25Italy Gianfranco Zola  89'
FW 31Liberia George Weah  88'
GK 23Italy Carlo Cudicini
DF 26England John Terry
MF 34England Jon Harley
MF 20England Jody Morris  89'
FW 19Norway Tore André Flo  88'
Italy Gianluca Vialli
GK 1England David James
DF 24Wales Mark Delaney
DF 5England Ugo Ehiogu
DF 4England Gareth Southgate (c)
DF 15England Gareth Barry  16'
DF 3England Alan Wright  88'
MF 6 Netherlands George Boateng
MF 10England Paul Merson
MF 7 England Ian Taylor  79'
MF 18Italy Benito Carbone  79'
FW 9 England Dion Dublin
GK 39Finland Peter Enckelman
DF 31England Jlloyd Samuel
MF 26England Steve Stone  79'
MF 17England Lee Hendrie  88'
FW 12England Julian Joachim  79'
England John Gregory

Man of the match

Match rules

  • 90 minutes.
  • 30 minutes of extra-time if necessary.
  • Penalty shootout if scores still level.
  • Five named substitutes
  • Maximum of 3 substitutions.


Chelsea Aston Villa
Goal attempts 5 11
Corner kicks 2 3
Fouls committed 17 14
Offsides 5 2
Yellow cards 3 2
Red cards 0 0

Source: The People[1]


  1. 1 2 3 Bates, Steve (21 May 2000). "VIALLI'S SO DI-LIGHTED; Chelsea 1 Aston Villa 0". The People. Retrieved 10 May 2012.
  2. 1 2 3 4 Malam, Colin (21 May 2000). "Chelsea 1 Aston Villa 0". The Telegraph. Archived from the original on 24 October 2007. Retrieved 10 May 2012.

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