2000–01 FA Cup

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2000–01 FA Cup
Country England
Defending championsChelsea
ChampionsLiverpool (6th title)
Top goal scorer(s)Sylvain Wiltord
Robert Earnshaw
(6 goals)

The 2000–01 FA Cup (known as The FA Cup sponsored by AXA for sponsorship reasons) was the 120th season of the world's oldest knockout football competition, the FA Cup. The competition was won by Liverpool, who came from 1–0 behind against Arsenal to eventually win 2–1 in the final. The final was played outside England for the first time, at the Millennium Stadium in Cardiff, because Wembley Stadium was being knocked down to be replaced with a new stadium.

First round proper

Tie no Home team Score Away team
1 Blackpool 3–1 Telford United
2 Chester City 1–1 Plymouth Argyle
replay Plymouth Argyle 1–2 Chester City
3 Chesterfield 0–1 Bristol City
4 Darlington 6–1 AFC Sudbury
5 AFC Bournemouth 2–0 Swansea City
6 Barnet 2–1 Hampton & Richmond Borough
7 Barrow 0–2 Leyton Orient
8 Bury 1–1 Northwich Victoria
replay Northwich Victoria 1–0 Bury
9 Canvey Island 4–4 Port Vale
replay Port Vale 1–2 Canvey Island
10 Yeovil Town 5–1 Colchester United
11 Reading 4–0 Grays Athletic
12 Walsall 4–0 Exeter City
13 Macclesfield Town 0–1 Oxford United
14 Lincoln City 4–0 Bracknell Town
15 Luton Town 1–0 Rushden & Diamonds
16 Swindon Town 4–1 Ilkeston Town
17 Wrexham 0–1 Rotherham United
18 Hednesford Town 2–4 Oldham Athletic
19 Wycombe Wanderers 3–0 Harrow Borough
20 Kidderminster Harriers 0–0 Burton Albion
replay Burton Albion 2–4 Kidderminster Harriers
21 Brentford 1–3 Kingstonian
22 Northampton Town 4–0 Frickley Athletic
23 Leigh RMI 0–3 Millwall
24 Carlisle United 5–1 Woking
25 Scunthorpe United 3–1 Hartlepool United
26 Mansfield Town 1–1 Peterborough United
replay Peterborough United 4–0 Mansfield Town
27 Cardiff City 5–1 Bristol Rovers
28 Halifax Town 0–2 Gateshead
29 Cheltenham Town 4–1 Shrewsbury Town
30 Torquay United 1–1 Southend United
replay Southend United 2–1 Torquay United
31 Kettering Town 0–0 Hull City
replay Hull City 0–1 Kettering Town
32 Stoke City 0–0 Nuneaton Borough
replay Nuneaton Borough 1–0 Stoke City
33 Wigan Athletic 3–1 Dorchester Town
34 Gravesend & Northfleet 1–2 Notts County
35 Cambridge United 2–1 Rochdale
36 Radcliffe Borough 1–4 York City
37 Forest Green Rovers 0–3 Morecambe
38 Dagenham & Redbridge 3–1 Hayes
39 Aldershot Town 2–6 Brighton & Hove Albion
40 Havant & Waterooville 1–2 Southport

Second round proper

Tie no Home team Score Away team
1 Blackpool 0–1 Yeovil Town
2 Chester City 3–2 Oxford United
3 Darlington 0–0 Luton Town
replay Luton Town 2–0 Darlington
4 AFC Bournemouth 3–0 Nuneaton Borough
5 Bristol City 3–1 Kettering Town
6 Walsall 2–1 Barnet
7 Northwich Victoria 3–3 Leyton Orient
replay Leyton Orient 3–2 Northwich Victoria
8 Lincoln City 0–1 Dagenham & Redbridge
9 Swindon Town 5–0 Gateshead
10 Kidderminster Harriers 0–2 Carlisle United
11 Millwall 0–0 Wycombe Wanderers
replay Wycombe Wanderers 2–1 Millwall
12 Southend United 2–1 Canvey Island
13 Scunthorpe United 2–1 Brighton & Hove Albion
14 Cardiff City 3–1 Cheltenham Town
15 Southport 1–2 Kingstonian
16 Morecambe 2–1 Cambridge United
17 York City 2–2 Reading
replay Reading 1–3 York City
18 Rotherham United 1–0 Northampton Town
19 Wigan Athletic 1–1 Notts County
replay Notts County 2–1 Wigan Athletic
20 Peterborough United 1–1 Oldham Athletic
replay Oldham Athletic 0–1 Peterborough United

Third round proper

The draw for the 3rd round of the FA Cup was taken on Sunday 10 December 2000.

Fourth round proper

Matches played the weekend of 27 January, with replays during the week of 6 February.

Fifth round proper

Matches played weekend of 15 February, with replays on 20 February and 7 March.

The biggest surprises of the round saw Tranmere Rovers complete one of the greatest FA Cup comebacks ever when they beat Southampton 4–3 in a replay after they had been trailing 3–0 at half time. (with 36-year-old former Southampton striker Paul Rideout scoring a hat-trick for Tranmere), while Wycombe Wanderers reached the quarter-finals for the first time in their history with a penalty shoot-out win over Wimbledon that follow two 2–2 draws.

Sixth round proper

Matches were played on 10 & 11 March.

The most significant result of the round was Premier League side Leicester City's 2–1 home defeat to Division Two underdogs Wycombe Wanderers, who had only been in the Football League for eight seasons.

Blackburn Rovers and Tranmere Rovers, the last remaining Division One sides in the competition, were eliminated at this stage by Arsenal and Liverpool respectively.

Arsenal3–0Blackburn Rovers
Wiltord Goal 2'
Adams Goal 5'
Pires Goal 36'
Attendance: 36,304
Referee: Jeff Winter

Leicester City1–2Wycombe Wanderers
Izzet Goal 68' Report McCarthy Goal 50'
Essandoh Goal 90'
Attendance: 21,969
Referee: Steve Bennett

Tranmere Rovers2–4Liverpool
Yates Goal 47'
Allison Goal 58'
Report Murphy Goal 12'
Owen Goal 27'
Gerrard Goal 52'
Fowler Goal 82' (pen.)
Attendance: 16,342
Referee: Alan Wiley

West Ham United2–3Tottenham Hotspur
Pearce Goal 43'
Todorov Goal 72'
Report Rebrov Goal 31', Goal 57'
Doherty Goal 62'
Attendance: 26,048
Referee: Andy D'Urso


Unlike earlier rounds, matches were played on neutral grounds on Sunday, 8 April 2001.

Arsenal2 – 1Tottenham Hotspur
Vieira Goal 33'
Pires Goal 74'
Report Doherty Goal 14'
Attendance: 63,541

Wycombe Wanderers1 – 2Liverpool
Ryan Goal 88' Report Heskey Goal 78'
Fowler Goal 83'
Attendance: 40,037
Referee: Paul Durkin (Dorset)


A 72nd-minute goal by Freddie Ljungberg looked to have won the trophy for Arsenal and ended their three-year trophy drought, but two late goals from Michael Owen gave the trophy to a Liverpool side who had already won the League Cup and would then go on to win the UEFA Cup as well. This success made Liverpool only the second side to win the FA Cup and League Cup in the same season - the first being Arsenal in 1993. This was the beginning of a streak in which Arsenal reached the final four times out of five, winning three of those.

Liverpool2 – 1Arsenal
Owen Goal 83'88' (Report) Ljungberg Goal 72'

Media coverage

In the United Kingdom, ITV were the free to air broadcasters for the fourth consecutive and final season before the BBC regained it while Sky Sports were the subscription broadcasters for the thirteenth consecutive season.[citation needed]

The matches shown live on ITV Sport were: Newcastle United 1-1 Aston Villa (R3); Manchester United 0–1 West Ham United (R4); Liverpool 4–2 Manchester City (R5); Tranmere Rovers 2–4 Liverpool (QF); Wycombe Wanderers 1–2 Liverpool (SF); Liverpool 2–1 Arsenal (Final).


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