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The most successful clubs in FA Cup history
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Paige Simmonds

Plenty of teams have written themselves into the history books by winning football's oldest trophy over the years. 

But what fanbase can boast that they have lifted the FA Cup more than anybody else?

LiveScore run through the six most successful teams in the competition's storied history.

6. Aston Villa (seven wins, four-time runners-up)

Aston Villa's last FA Cup triumph came over 60 years ago but the Villans remain one of the competition's most successful sides.

The Birmingham outfit have not won this side of the 21st century, having last come out on top in 1957 by beating Manchester United at Wembley. 

Villa's six other wins all came between 1887 and 1920 having been one of English football's original powerhouses.

They did reach two finals in the 2000s but lost to holders Arsenal in 2015 and Chelsea in 2000.

3= Liverpool (eight wins, seven-time runners-up)

For all their success in domestic and European football, Liverpool's FA Cup record is somewhat underwhelming.

Jurgen Klopp's side ended a 16-year wait for the prestigious trophy in 2022 however, winning a penalty shootout against Chelsea.

That was the Reds' eighth success, while they have also fallen at the final hurdle on seven occasions.

3= Chelsea (eight wins, eight-time runners-up)

Chelsea's last FA Cup victory came in 2018
Chelsea's last FA Cup victory came in 2018

At the start of the 1996-97 season, Chelsea's FA Cup record stood as one-time champions and three-time beaten finalists.

But the Blues won two more before incredibly coming out on top five times in 11 years between 2007 and 2018, largely thanks to a certain Roman Abramovich.

They last won the competition in 2018 — beating Manchester United 1-0 in the final — but lost their last three appearances in the showpiece in 2020, 2021 and 2022.

3= Tottenham (eight wins, one-time runners-up)

Tottenham celebrate a victory over Nottingham Forest in the 1991 FA Cup final
Tottenham celebrate a victory over Nottingham Forest in the 1991 FA Cup final

London rivals Tottenham do not have Chelsea's recent dominance in the FA Cup but boast a brilliant haul of eight trophies from nine finals, with their only defeat a 3-2 loss to Coventry in 1987.

Spurs first took home the famous Cup in 1901 and enjoyed back-to-back victories in both the early 60s and 80s.

They last went all the way in 1991 and will be desperate for another triumph to end their current trophy drought.

2. Manchester United (12 wins, eight-time runners-up)

United unsurprisingly feature high up in this list but for once do not come out on top.

Legendary boss Alex Ferguson accounted for five of their 12 triumphs, with two coming from another iconic figure in Matt Busby.

The Red Devils last won in 2016 and have been beaten in three of their last four finals.

1. Arsenal (14 wins, seven-time runners-up)

Arsenal are the most successful side in FA Cup history
Arsenal are the most successful side in FA Cup history

Reaching a staggering 21 finals, Arsenal are the undisputed kings of football's longest-running competition.

Their first visit to the showpiece in 1927 resulted in a controversial defeat to Cardiff — still the only time the FA Cup has left England.

The Gunners enjoyed regular victories down the years but it was under Arsene Wenger, the competition's most successful manager with seven triumphs, that they really took off.

Arsenal have won the trophy four times in the past nine years and will hope to continue their love affair in future.


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