2005–06 FA Cup

2005–06 FA Cup
Country  England
Teams 674
Champions Liverpool (7th title)
Runners-up West Ham United
Top goal scorer(s) Yakubu Ayegbeni
Steven Gerrard
(4 goals)

The FA Cup 2005-06 was the 125th staging of the world's oldest football competition, the Football Association Challenge Cup, or FA Cup.

The competition began on August 20, 2005, with the lowest-ranked of the 674 entrants competing in the Extra Preliminary round. For England's top 44 clubs, the FA Cup began in the Third Round in January.

For information on the matches played from the Extra Preliminary Round to the Fourth Round Qualifying, see 2005–06 FA Cup Qualifying Rounds.

Ties are all single-legged and take place at the stadium of the club drawn first. If scores are level at the end of a match, it is replayed at the away club's stadium, usually 10 days later. If the scores are still level, extra-time and penalties (if necessary) are used to determine a winner. However, from the semi-finals onwards, the ties take place at a neutral stadium, and there are no replays. That is to say, extra-time and penalties are played if necessary to determine a winner in a single match.

At the special request of England national team manager Sven-Göran Eriksson, the quarter-finals (i.e., 6th Round Proper) were held on weeknights (they would normally take place at weekends). This action was made to ensure that the season finishes as early as possible, allowing players a full month's rest before the 2006 World Cup finals.

The semi-finals were staged at neutral venues and, like the final, would not be replayed in the event of a draw.

The Football Association had hoped to stage the final at the newly rebuilt Wembley Stadium, London on May 13, 2006, but due to the uncertainty of the new stadium being completed in time, the Millennium Stadium in Cardiff hosted the final, which was contested between Liverpool and West Ham United.


Round Date Matches Clubs Byes Prize money
Extra Preliminary Round Saturday 20 August 2005 86 674 → 588 none £500
Preliminary Round Saturday 27 August 2005 182 588 → 406 278: 225th-502nd £1,000
First Round Qualifying Saturday 10 September 2005 124 406 → 282 66: 159th-224th £2,250
Second Round Qualifying Saturday 24 September 2005 84 282 → 198 44: 115th-158th £3,750
Third Round Qualifying Saturday 8 October 2005 42 198 → 156 none £5,000
Fourth Round Qualifying Saturday 22 October 2005 32 156 → 124 22: 93rd-114th £10,000
First Round Proper Saturday 5 November 2005 40 124 → 84 48: 45th-92nd £16,000
Second Round Proper Saturday 3 December 2005 20 84 → 64 none £24,000
Third Round Proper Saturday 7 January 2006 32 64 → 32 44: 1st-44th £40,000
Fourth Round Proper Saturday 28 January 2006 16 32 → 16 none £60,000
Fifth Round Proper Saturday 18 February 2006 8 16 → 8 none £120,000
Sixth Round Proper Wednesday 22 March 2006 4 8 → 4 none £300,000
Semi-finals Saturday 22 April 2006 2 4 → 2 none £900,000
Final Saturday 13 May 2006 1 2 → 1 none £1,000,000


The results listed below start at the first round proper, where the 32 non-league clubs to have made it through the preliminary rounds meet the 24 clubs from League Two and the 24 clubs from League One.

First round proper

For the qualifying rounds, see 2005–06 FA Cup Qualifying Rounds.

All ties took place on the weekend of Saturday, 5 November 2005. Replays, played in the week of 14 November 2005, are shown in italics. Ties are shown in order of the draw.

Tie no Home team Score Away team Attendance
1Nottingham Forest1–1Weymouth10,305
replayWeymouth0–2Nottingham Forest6,500
Woking won 1–0 after extra time
3Bristol City0–2Notts County4,221
4Burnham1–3Aldershot Town1,623
6Eastbourne Borough1–1Oxford United3,770
replayOxford United3–0Eastbourne Borough4,396
7Merthyr Tydfil1–2Walsall3,046
8Hartlepool United2–1Dagenham & Redbridge3,655
9Bradford City2–1Tranmere Rovers6,116
10Barnet0–1Southend United3,545
11Peterborough United0–0Burton Albion3,857
replayBurton Albion1–0Peterborough United2,511
12Cheltenham Town1–0Carlisle United2,405
13Histon4–0Hednesford Town1,080
14York City0–3Grays Athletic3,586
15Swindon Town2–2Boston United3,814
replayBoston United4–1Swindon Town2,467
16Chasetown1–1Oldham Athletic1,997
replayOldham Athletic4–0Chasetown7,235
18Chester City2–1Folkestone Invicta2,503
19Kettering Town1–3Stevenage Borough4,548
20Nuneaton Borough2–0Ramsgate2,153
21Huddersfield Town4–1Welling United5,578
22Cambridge City0–1Hereford United1,116
23Port Vale2–1Wrexham5,046
24Halifax Town1–1Rushden & Diamonds2,303
replayRushden & Diamonds0–0Halifax Town2,133
0–0 after extra time — Rushden & Diamonds won 5–4 on penalties
26Torquay United1–1Harrogate Town2,079
replayHarrogate Town0–0Torquay United3,317
0–0 after extra time — Torquay United won 6–5 on penalties
27Doncaster Rovers4–1Blackpool4,332
28Shrewsbury Town4–1Braintree Town2,969
29Bury2–2Scunthorpe United2,940
replayScunthorpe United0–0Bury4,006
Scunthorpe United won 1–0 after extra time
30Morecambe1–3Northwich Victoria2,166
32Stockport County2–0Swansea City2,978
33Macclesfield Town1–1Yeovil Town1,943
replayYeovil Town4–0Macclesfield Town4,456
34Chippenham Town1–1Worcester City
replayWorcester City1–0Chippenham Town4,006
35Wycombe Wanderers1–3Northampton Town3,974
36Grimsby Town1–2Bristol Rovers2,680
37Rotherham United3–4Mansfield Town4,089
38Colchester United9–1Leamington3,513
39Lincoln City1–1Milton Keynes Dons3,508
replayMilton Keynes Dons2–1Lincoln City4,029
40Leyton Orient2–1Chesterfield3,554
replayChesterfield1–2Leyton Orient4,895

Second round proper

The 40 clubs to have made it through the First Round, play off to reduce the number of remaining clubs to 20.

All ties took place between Friday December 2, 2005 and Sunday December 4, 2005. Replays took place on December 13. Ties are shown in order of the draw.

Tie no Home team Score Away team Attendance
1Walsall2 – 0Yeovil Town4,580
2Woking0 – 0Northwich Victoria2,462
replayNorthwich Victoria2 – 1Woking2,302
3Burton Albion4 – 1Burscough4,499
4Aldershot Town0 – 1Scunthorpe United3,584
5Shrewsbury Town1 – 2Colchester United3,695
6Hartlepool United1 – 2Tamworth3,786
7Cheltenham Town1 – 1Oxford United4,592
replayOxford United1 – 2Cheltenham Town3,455
8Mansfield Town3 – 0Grays Athletic2,992
9Hereford United0 – 2Stockport County3,620
10Stevenage Borough2 – 2Northampton Town3,937
replayNorthampton Town2 – 0Stevenage Borough4,407
11Port Vale1 – 1Bristol Rovers4,483
replayBristol Rovers0 – 1Port Vale5,623
12Boston United1 – 2Doncaster Rovers3,995
13Rushden & Diamonds0 – 1Leyton Orient3,245
14Nuneaton Borough2 – 2Histon3,366
replayHiston1 – 2Nuneaton Borough3,077
15Oldham Athletic1 – 1Brentford4,365
replayBrentford1 – 0Oldham Athletic3,146
16Southend United1 – 2Milton Keynes Dons5,267
17Worcester City0 – 1Huddersfield Town4,163
18Torquay United2 – 1Notts County2,407
19Barnsley1 – 1Bradford City7,051
replayBradford City3 – 5Barnsley4,738
20Chester City3 – 0Nottingham Forest4,732

Third round proper

The 20 clubs to have made it through Round Two meet the 24 clubs from the Football League Championship and the 20 Premier League clubs, including holders Arsenal.

All ties took place on Saturday January 7 and January 8, 2006. Replays took place January 17 and January 18, and are shown in italics. Ties are shown in order of the draw.

One of the most significant games of the round, if not the entire competition, was the goalless draw between Premier League giants Manchester United and Conference National underdogs Burton Albion in the first match at the Pirelli Stadium. However, United were in no mood for humiliation in the replay at Old Trafford, crushing Burton Albion 5-0.


Tie no Home team Score Away team Attendance
1West Bromwich Albion1–1Reading19,197
replayReading2–2West Bromwich Albion16,737
Reading win 3-2 after extra time
2Fulham1–2Leyton Orient13,394
3Brighton & Hove Albion0–1Coventry City6,734
4Wolverhampton Wanderers1–0Plymouth Argyle11,041
5Port Vale2–1Doncaster Rovers4,923
6Sheffield Wednesday2–4Charlton Athletic14,851
7Torquay United0–0Birmingham City5,974
replayBirmingham City2–0Torquay United24,650
8Manchester City3–1Scunthorpe United27,779
9Newcastle United1–0Mansfield Town41,459
10Luton Town3–5Liverpool10,170
11Preston North End2–1Crewe Alexandra8,380
12Stoke City0–0Tamworth9,366
replayTamworth1–1Stoke City3,812
1-1 after extra time, Stoke win 5 – 4 on penalties
13Derby County2–1Burnley12,713
14Southampton4–3Milton Keynes Dons15,908
15Blackburn Rovers3–0Queens Park Rangers12,705
16Arsenal2–1Cardiff City36,552
17Stockport County2–3Brentford4,078
18Norwich City1–2West Ham United23,968
19Ipswich Town0–1Portsmouth15,593
20Wigan Athletic1–1Leeds United10,980
replayLeeds United2–2Wigan Athletic15,243
3-3 after extra time, Wigan win 4 – 2 on penalties
21Sunderland3–0Northwich Victoria19,329
22Chelsea2–1Huddersfield Town41,650
23Cheltenham Town2–2Chester City4,741
replayChester City0–1Cheltenham Town5,096
24Leicester City3–2Tottenham Hotspur19,844
25Watford0–3Bolton Wanderers13,239
26Sheffield United1–2Colchester United11,820
27Nuneaton Borough1–1Middlesbrough6,000
replayMiddlesbrough5–2Nuneaton Borough26,255
28Hull City0–1Aston Villa17,051
30Burton Albion0–0Manchester United6,191
replayManchester United5–0Burton Albion53,564
31Crystal Palace4–1Northampton Town10,391

Fourth Round Proper

The 32 clubs to have made it through Round Three.

All ties took place on Saturday January 28, 2006 and Sunday January 29. Replays took place on February 7 and February 8, and are shown in italics. Ties are shown in order of the draw.

Tie no Home team Score Away team Attendance
1Stoke City2–1Walsall8,834
2Cheltenham Town0–2Newcastle United7,022
3Coventry City1–1Middlesbrough28,120
replayMiddlesbrough1–0Coventry City14,131
4Reading1–1Birmingham City23,762
replayBirmingham City2–1Reading16,644
6Leicester City0–1Southampton20,427
7Bolton Wanderers1–0Arsenal13,326
8Aston Villa3–1Port Vale30,434
10Manchester City1–0Wigan Athletic30,811
12Preston North End1–1Crystal Palace9,489
replayCrystal Palace1–2Preston North End7,356
13West Ham United4–2Blackburn Rovers23,700
14Colchester United3–1Derby County5,933
15Charlton Athletic2–1Leyton Orient22,029
16Wolverhampton Wanderers0–3Manchester United28,333

Fifth Round Proper

All ties took place on Saturday February 18 and Sunday February 19, 2006. Replays are shown in italics, and took place on March 14 and March 15. Ties are shown in order of the draw.

Liverpool's 1-0 win over Manchester United ended their arch rivals' hopes of an FA Cup/League Cup double, as well as ending Liverpool's 85-year wait for a win over Manchester United in an FA Cup tie.

Tie no Home team Score Away team Attendance
1Preston North End0–2Middlesbrough19,877
2Newcastle United1–0Southampton40,975
3Aston Villa1–1Manchester City23,847
replayManchester City2–1Aston Villa33,006
4Chelsea3–1Colchester United41,810
5Charlton Athletic3–1Brentford22,098
6Liverpool1–0Manchester United44,039
7Bolton Wanderers0–0West Ham United17,120
replayWest Ham United2–1Bolton Wanderers24,685
8Stoke City0–1Birmingham City18,768

Sixth Round Proper

The most significant game of the round was undoubtedly Liverpool's 7-0 win at Birmingham City, one of the biggest ever scorelines in an FA Cup quarter-final tie.

This was also a rare occurrence of all eight quarter-finalists being members of the top flight.

22 March 2006
Chelsea 1 – 0 Newcastle United
Terry  3' Report
Stamford Bridge, London
Attendance: 42,279
Referee: Steve Bennett (Kent)

21 March 2006
Birmingham City 0 – 7 Liverpool
Report Hyypiä  1'
Crouch  4', 37'
Morientes  59'
Riise  69'
Tébily  76' (o.g.)
Cissé  88'
St Andrews, Birmingham
Attendance: 27,378
Referee: Rob Styles (Hampshire)



Chelsea's hopes of the league title and FA Cup double were ended as they lost 2-1 to Liverpool, while Middlesbrough's defeat to West Ham United ended their hopes of an FA Cup/UEFA Cup double.

West Ham's victory meant that they would be contesting their first FA Cup final for 26 years, with this victory coming just five days after the death of John Lyall, manager of the West Ham side that had won the cup that year.

Chelsea 1 – 2 Liverpool
Drogba  69' Report Riise  20'
García  52'
Old Trafford, Manchester
Attendance: 64,575


Main article: 2006 FA Cup Final

In one of the most thrilling FA Cup finals in modern times, an injury-time equaliser by Liverpool's Steven Gerrard forced a 3-3 draw, and his side went on to win the penalty shoot-out and secure the seventh FA Cup triumph of their history. West Ham's Alan Pardew was the first Englishman to manage an FA Cup finalist side since Aston Villa's John Gregory six years earlier.

West Ham

Top scorers

As of 13 May 2006 [1]
Rank Player Club Goals
1 Nigeria Yakubu Middlesbrough 4
England Steven Gerrard Liverpool
3 England Dean Ashton West Ham United 3
Czech Republic Milan Baroš Aston Villa
England Dudley Campbell Brentford
England Peter Crouch Liverpool
Guyana Neil Danns Colchester United
Finland Mikael Forssell Birmingham City
England Robbie Fowler Manchester City
Netherlands Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink Middlesbrough
England Kevin James Walsall
England Leroy Lita Reading
England Gez Murphy Nuneaton Town
England Kieran Richardson Manchester United
Norway John Arne Riise Liverpool

Player of the Round

From the First Round (Qualifying) onward, a panel including Sky Sports' Jeff Stelling and FA Chief Executive Brian Barwick nominated players for the award. The winners were voted by visitors of thefa.com.

The player with the most votes each round won £1000 worth of football equipment for a local school or club, as well as an engraved silver salver.

Round Player Club
First Round Qualifying Jamie Laidlaw Gosport Borough
Second Round Qualifying Paul Brayson Northwich Victoria
Third Round Qualifying Alex Rodman Leamington
Fourth Round Qualifying Stuart Tuck Eastbourne Borough
First Round Proper Paul Brayson Northwich Victoria
Second Round Proper Dave Mulligan Doncaster Rovers
Third Round Proper Gez Murphy Nuneaton Borough
Fourth Round Proper Ricardo Gardner Bolton Wanderers
Fifth Round Proper Jamie Carragher Liverpool
Sixth Round Proper Steven Gerrard Liverpool
Semi-Finals Luis García Liverpool

No vote was made for the final tie.

See also

Media coverage

In the United Kingdom, the BBC were the free to air broadcasters for the fifth consecutive season while Sky Sports were the subscription broadcasters for the eighteenth consecutive season.

Sources and external links


  1. "2005/2006 FA Cup Top Scorers". World Football. Retrieved 28 March 2016.
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