2008 FA Cup Final

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2008 FA Cup Final
2008 FA Cup Final programme.jpg
Event2007–08 FA Cup
Date17 May 2008
VenueWembley Stadium, London
Man of the MatchNwankwo Kanu[1] (Portsmouth)
RefereeMike Dean (Cheshire)

The 2008 FA Cup Final was a football match held at Wembley Stadium on 17 May 2008 and was the final match of the 2007–08 FA Cup competition.[2] The match was the 127th FA Cup Final, and the second to be held at the new Wembley Stadium since its redevelopment. The match was contested by Portsmouth and Cardiff City, with Portsmouth winning 1–0. This was the first time that the two sides have ever met in the competition. Both teams were aiming to win the FA Cup for the second time, Cardiff having won it in 1927 and Portsmouth in 1939.[3] Had Cardiff won, they would have been the first club from outside the top division of English football to have won the competition since West Ham United in 1980. The match had an attendance of 89,874, a record which still stands as the largest ever for all football matches held at the new Wembley Stadium.[4]

For winning the competition, Portsmouth received £1 million in prize money,[5] as well as qualification to the 2008–09 UEFA Cup, their first foray into European football. It was suggested prior to the game that Cardiff City would not have been allowed to compete in the UEFA Cup had they beaten Portsmouth, as Football Association (FA) regulations previously meant Welsh clubs were ineligible for European competitions even if they won the FA Cup or League Cup, prompting UEFA to offer the possibility of Cardiff filling a wild-card slot in the UEFA Cup.[6] However, the FA later issued a statement saying they would give their permission for Cardiff to participate in the UEFA Cup as one of England's representatives in the competition.[7] As in the preceding few years, the players voted Player of the Round in every round from the First Qualifying Round to the Semi-finals were present and given VIP hospitality for themselves and a guest.[8]

The FA announced that, before the game began, the Welsh national anthem, "Hen Wlad Fy Nhadau", would be played, along with the traditional "God Save the Queen" and "Abide with Me".[7] The Welsh anthem was sung by Katherine Jenkins, while Lesley Garrett sang "God Save the Queen" and the two duetted on "Abide with Me".[9]

Route to the final

The FA Cup is English football's primary cup competition. Clubs in the Premier League and the Football League Championship enter the FA Cup in the third round and are drawn randomly out of a hat with the remaining clubs. If a match is drawn, a replay comes into force, ordinarily at the ground of the team who were away for the first game. As with league fixtures, FA Cup matches are subject to change in the event of games being selected for television coverage and this often can be influenced by clashes with other competitions.[10]

Cardiff City

Round Opposition Score
3rd Chasetown (h) 3–1
4th Hereford United (a) 1–2
5th Wolverhampton Wanderers (h) 2–0
6th Middlesbrough (a) 0–2
Semi-final Barnsley (n) 1–0
Key: (h) = Home venue; (a) = Away venue; (n) = Neutral venue.

Cardiff City entered the competition in the third round, receiving a bye as a Football League Championship club. Their opening match was a 3–1 home win against Southern League Division One Midlands side Chasetown. An own goal by defender Kevin McNaughton from a cross by Ben Steane gave Chasetown the lead in the 17th minute. Midfielder Peter Whittingham scored a first half injury time equaliser for Cardiff. Whittingham's teammate Aaron Ramsey (who was making his first appearance in a FA Cup match) put Cardiff ahead with a close-range header and winger Paul Parry hit the ball through Chasetown goalkeeper Lee Evans' legs to ensure progression to the fourth round.[11] Cardiff were drawn away to League Two side Hereford United at Edgar Street. McNaughton opened the scoreline with his first goal for Cardiff with a volley from the edge of the Hereford penalty area during first-half injury time. They extended their lead when striker Steven Thompson scored a penalty after McNaughton was felled by Clint Easton. Hereford scored in the 77th minute through striker Theo Robinson, but they were unable to achieve an equaliser and Cardiff won the match 2–1 to go through to the fifth round.[12] This was the first time since 1994 that Cardiff had progressed into the fifth round of the FA Cup.[13]

Cardiff City's fifth round match was home to fellow Championship club Wolverhampton Wanderers. Whittingham opened the scoreline for Cardiff after 90 seconds as he converted a flick-on from striker Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink. Hasselbaink extended Cardiff's advantage nine minutes later by side-stepping the ball into the top-left hand corner of the Wanderers goal net. Wanderers were unable to respond in the remainder of the match, despite centre forward Kevin Kyle taking advantage of a mistake by centre-back Glenn Loovens after the second half kicked off, only for Loovens to get back to clear off the line.[14] In the sixth round, Cardiff was drawn away to Premier League side Middlesbrough at the Riverside Stadium. An early goal by Whittingham and a second by defender Roger Johnson from a Whittingham free-kick in the 23rd minute was enough to take Cardiff into the semi-finals.[15] In the semi-final held at the Wembley Stadium against Barnsley, central midfielder Joe Ledley scored the winning goal from a volley off his left foot to help Cardiff reach their first FA Cup final since 1927.[16]


Round Opposition Score
3rd Ipswich Town (a) 0–1
4th Plymouth Argyle (h) 2–1
5th Preston North End (a) 0–1
6th Manchester United (a) 0–1
Semi-final West Bromwich Albion (n) 1–0
Key: (h) = Home venue; (a) = Away venue; (n) = Neutral venue.

Like Cardiff City, but as a Premier League club, Portsmouth received a bye into the third round. Their opening match was a 1–0 away win against Championship side Ipswich Town at Portman Road on 4 January 2008. Striker David Nugent, who started the match as a substitute, scored the winning goal in the 51st minute (and his first goal since September 2007), allowing Portsmouth to progress into the next round.[17] There, they were drawn against another Championship club Plymouth Argyle. The match held at Portsmouth's home ground, Fratton Park, saw the visitors take the lead early in the first half when striker Chris Clark scored his first goal for Plymouth, which came from a deflection off Hermann Hreiðarsson. Portsmouth responded with their recently signed midfielder Lassana Diarra converting a corner kick pass from midfielder Pedro Mendes in the 34th minute. A goal by Niko Kranjčar from an eight-yard pass from right back Glen Johnson gave Portsmouth a 2–1 victory and progression to the next round of the FA Cup.[18]

The club faced Preston North End away at Deepdale in the fifth round. In the final seconds of the match, Preston midfielder Darren Carter attempted to clear a corner kick from Kranjčar but struck the ball into his own net.[19] In the sixth round, Portsmouth were drawn away to fellow Premier League club Manchester United at Old Trafford. Portsmouth took a 1–0 victory after midfielder Sulley Muntari converted a penalty following a foul by United reserve goalkeeper Tomasz Kuszczak on striker Milan Baroš which prompted Kuszczak's dismissal, with the referee showing him a red card. This ended the chances of Manchester United replicating their success of the 1998–99 season.[20] Championship side West Bromwich Albion were the opposition in the semi-final, which was also held at the neutral Wembley Stadium, on 5 April 2008. Striker Nwankwo Kanu side-footed the winning goal of the match, which meant Portsmouth had secured a place in the final for the first time since 1939.[21]

Team news

The Wembley scoreboard at the final whistle.

Cardiff decided to leave veteran striker Robbie Fowler out of the squad as he had only just recovered from injury. Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink started on his own up-front, supported by winger Paul Parry. Aaron Ramsey became the second youngest player, at 17 years and 143 days, to appear in an FA Cup Final when he came off the bench to replace Peter Whittingham on the hour mark, only 24 days older than Curtis Weston was for Millwall in 2004.[22]

Jermain Defoe was cup-tied for Portsmouth, having played in the third and fourth rounds for Tottenham Hotspur in January. Consequently, Nwankwo Kanu played as a lone striker, with support from a five-man midfield of Niko Kranjčar, John Utaka, Pedro Mendes, Lassana Diarra and Sulley Muntari. Sol Campbell, Glen Johnson and David James were the only three English players in the starting line-up, with Campbell and former Arsenal teammate Kanu both looking to win the FA Cup for the third time, having won the competition twice with Arsenal.

Match details

Cardiff City Wales0–1England Portsmouth
Report Kanu Goal 37'
Attendance: 89,874
Cardiff City
GK 1 Finland Peter Enckelman
RB 2 Scotland Kevin McNaughton
CB 12 England Roger Johnson
CB 6 Netherlands Glenn Loovens
LB 3 Northern Ireland Tony Capaldi
RM 16 Wales Joe Ledley
CM 4 Scotland Gavin Rae Substituted off 86'
CM 10 Republic of Ireland Stephen McPhail (c)
LM 7 England Peter Whittingham Substituted off 61'
CF 36 Netherlands Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink Substituted off 70'
CF 11 Wales Paul Parry
GK 13 England Michael Oakes
DF 5 England Darren Purse
MF 18 England Trevor Sinclair Substituted in 86'
MF 30 Wales Aaron Ramsey Substituted in 61'
FW 20 Scotland Steven Thompson Substituted in 70'
England Dave Jones
Cardiff vs Portsmouth 2008-05-17.svg
GK 1 England David James
RB 5 England Glen Johnson
CB 23 England Sol Campbell (c)
CB 15 France Sylvain Distin
LB 7 Iceland Hermann Hreiðarsson Yellow card 45+1'
DM 6 France Lassana Diarra Yellow card 90+3'
RM 17 Nigeria John Utaka Substituted off 69'
CM 30 Portugal Pedro Mendes Substituted off 78'
CM 19 Croatia Niko Kranjčar Yellow card 54'
LM 11 Ghana Sulley Muntari
CF 27 Nigeria Nwankwo Kanu Substituted off 87'
GK 21 England Jamie Ashdown
DF 16 France Noé Pamarot
MF 8 Senegal Papa Bouba Diop Substituted in 78'
FW 9 Czech Republic Milan Baroš Substituted in 87'
FW 10 England David Nugent Substituted in 69'
England Harry Redknapp

Man of the match

Match officials

Match rules

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


Cardiff Portsmouth
Total shots 9 11
Shots on target 3 5
Ball possession 51% 49%
Corner kicks 7 6
Fouls committed 9 22
Offsides 2 4
Yellow cards 0 3
Red cards 0 0

Source: ESPN[24]

See also


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  3. ^ "Portsmouth 1–0 Cardiff". BBC News. 17 May 2008. Archived from the original on 17 January 2010. Retrieved 22 April 2010.
  4. ^ "Which Wembley records could Tottenham break this season?". Sky Sports. Retrieved 20 October 2018.
  5. ^ "FA Cup Payments to clubs". 25 June 2007. Archived from the original on 22 March 2008. Retrieved 5 January 2008.
  6. ^ "Uefa offers Cardiff Euro lifeline". BBC Sport. 7 April 2008. Retrieved 21 August 2017.
  7. ^ a b "FA approves Cardiff for Uefa Cup". BBC Sport. 24 April 2008. Retrieved 24 April 2008.
  8. ^ "Player of the Round". 25 September 2007. Archived from the original on 16 February 2008. Retrieved 5 January 2008.
  9. ^ "Today's Events". Cardiff City v Portsmouth – The FA Cup sponsored by e.on 2008 Final – Official Matchday Programme. Haymarket Network: 13. 17 May 2008.
  10. ^ "Rules of The FA Cup Challenge Cup". Archived from the original on 21 February 2004. Retrieved 9 September 2013.
  11. ^ "Chasetown 1-3 Cardiff". BBC Sport. BBC. 5 January 2008. Retrieved 31 August 2015.
  12. ^ Dulin, David (27 January 2008). "Hereford 1-2 Cardiff". BBC Sport. BBC. Retrieved 31 August 2015.
  13. ^ Morris, Michael (27 January 2008). "City in round 5 for first time in 14 years". Cardiff City Mad. Digital Sports Group. Retrieved 31 August 2015.
  14. ^ Dulin, David (16 February 2008). "Cardiff 2-0 Wolves". BBC Sport. BBC. Retrieved 31 August 2015.
  15. ^ Dulin, David (9 March 2008). "Middlesbrough 0-2 Cardiff". BBC Sport. BBC. Retrieved 31 August 2015.
  16. ^ Williams, Richard (7 April 2008). "Wheel of fortune turns for Cardiff as Odejayi fails to repeat heroics". The Guardian. Guardian Media Group. Retrieved 31 August 2015.
  17. ^ Lewis, Aimee (5 January 2008). "Ipswich 0-1 Portsmouth". BBC Sport. BBC. Retrieved 31 August 2015.
  18. ^ Holt, Sarah (26 January 2008). "Portsmouth 2-1 Plymouth". BBC Sport. BBC. Retrieved 31 August 2015.
  19. ^ Lewis, Aimee (17 February 2008). "Preston 0-1 Portsmouth". BBC Sport. BBC. Retrieved 31 August 2015.
  20. ^ McNulty, Phil (8 March 2008). "Man Utd 0-1 Portsmouth". BBC Sport. BBC. Retrieved 31 August 2015.
  21. ^ McKenzie, Andrew (5 April 2008). "West Brom 0-1 Portsmouth". BBC Sport. BBC. Retrieved 31 August 2015.
  22. ^ Cardiff resigned to losing Ramsay
  23. ^ "Dean gets Final spot". 7 April 2008. Archived from the original on 9 April 2008. Retrieved 8 April 2008.
  24. ^ "Portsmouth; FA Cup Winners 2008". ESPNsoccernet. ESPN Inc. 17 May 2008. Retrieved 6 May 2012.

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