2011–12 FA Cup

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2011–12 FA Cup
Country England
Defending championsManchester City
ChampionsChelsea (7th title)
Matches played152
Attendance2,013,407 (13,246 per match)
Top goal scorer(s)Jermaine Beckford (6)

The 2011–12 FA Cup (also known as The FA Cup with Budweiser for sponsorship reasons)[1] was the 131st season of the world's oldest football knock-out competition, the FA Cup. The closing date for applications was 1 April 2011, and saw 825 clubs apply to enter.[2] On 8 July 2011, the FA announced that 763 clubs had been accepted, which remains, as of 2016-17, the record number of entrants.[3] The final was played on 5 May 2012 at Wembley Stadium. Chelsea won their 4th title in 6 years, and seventh overall, with a 2-1 victory over Liverpool.[4]

This is the first season that the tournament is sponsored by Budweiser. The defending champions, Manchester City, were defeated 3–2 by their rivals Manchester United in the Third Round.

The competition was overshadowed by the collapse of Bolton Wanderers midfielder Fabrice Muamba during their Sixth Round match with Tottenham Hotspur. Muamba went into cardiac arrest on the pitch and, following failed attempts to resuscitate him, was taken to the London Chest Hospital, where he went on to recover despite his heart stopping for over 75 minutes.[5] The match was subsequently abandoned. On 27 March the match was replayed, with Tottenham winning 3–1. Muamba attended the final to congratulate Chelsea.

The winners of the competition would have earned a place in the group stage of the 2012–13 UEFA Europa League.[6] However, since Chelsea went on to win the 2011–12 UEFA Champions League, they qualified for the 2012–13 UEFA Champions League as the title holders. The FA Cup berth for European qualification was not exercised as runners-up Liverpool had already won that season's League Cup and Tottenham Hotspur, the fourth-place finishers in the Premier League, lost their Champions League spot at the expense of sixth-placed Chelsea, as no association was allowed more than four entrants in the competition at the time and so were compensated by UEFA with a place in the Europa League group stage.


Round Clubs
Winners from
previous round
New entries
this round
Leagues entering
at this round
First Round Proper 124 80 32 48 EFL League One
EFL League Two
Second Round Proper 84 40 40 none none
Third Round Proper 64 64 20 44 Premier League
EFL Championship
Fourth Round Proper 32 32 32 none none
Fifth Round Proper 16 16 16 none none
Quarter-finals 8 8 8 none none
Semi-finals 4 4 4 none none
Final 2 2 2 none none


The calendar for the 2011–12 FA Cup, as announced by The Football Association:[7][8][9][10][11]

Round Main date Number of fixtures Clubs New entries this round Prize money
Extra Preliminary Round 20 August 2011 204 763 → 559 408: 356th–763rd £750
Preliminary Round 3 September 2011 167 559 → 392 130: 226th–355th £1,500
First Round Qualifying 17 September 2011 116 392 → 276 65: 161st–225th £3,000
Second Round Qualifying 1 October 2011 80 276 → 196 44: 117th–160th £4,500
Third Round Qualifying 15 October 2011 40 196 → 156 none £7,500
Fourth Round Qualifying 29 October 2011 32 156 → 124 24: 93rd–116th £12,500
First Round Proper 12 November 2011 40 124 → 84 48: 45th–92nd £18,000
Second Round Proper 3 December 2011 20 84 → 64 none £27,000
Third Round Proper 7 January 2012 32 64 → 32 44: 1st–44th £67,500
Fourth Round Proper 28 January 2012 16 32 → 16 none £90,000
Fifth Round Proper 18 February 2012 8 16 → 8 none £180,000
Sixth Round Proper 17 March 2012 4 8 → 4 none £360,000
Semi-finals 14–15 April 2012 2 4 → 2 none Losers £450,000
Winners £900,000
Final 5 May 2012 1 2 → 1 none Runner-up £900,000
Winner £1,800,000

Qualifying rounds

All of the teams that entered the competition and were not members of the Premier League or the Football League had to compete in the qualifying rounds.

First round proper

Teams from Leagues One and Two entered at this stage, along with the winners from the fourth round qualifying. The draw was made on 30 October 2011 and ties were played on the weekend of 12–13 November 2011. Redbridge, from the 8th tier of English football, were the lowest ranked football team to make it through to the first round proper.

Second round proper

The winners of the First Round matches advanced to this stage. The draw was made on 13 November 2011 with the ties played on the weekend of 3–4 December 2011.

Redbridge, from the 8th tier of English football, were the lowest ranked football team to make it to the Second Round Proper.

Third round proper

The winners of the second round matches played alongside all twenty teams from the Barclays Premier League and all twenty four teams from the Championship. The draw was made on 4 December 2011, with the ties scheduled to be played on 6, 7, 8, and 9 January 2012. Salisbury City, from the sixth tier, were the lowest ranked club in the Third Round Proper.

Fourth round proper

The winners of the third round played in this round. The draw was made on 8 January 2012, with the ties scheduled to be played on the weekend of 28–29 January 2012. The lowest ranked clubs that participated in this round were Crawley Town and Swindon Town, from the fourth tier.[18]

Fifth round proper

The winners of the fourth round matches progressed to this round. The draw was made live on ITV1 and ESPN on 29 January 2012, with the ties scheduled to be played on the weekend of 18–19 February 2012. Crawley Town were the lowest-ranked team in the fifth round for the second season running and the only club remaining from the fourth tier of the English league system.

Sixth round proper

The draw for the sixth round took place on 19 February 2012 following the match between Stevenage and Tottenham Hotspur.[21] Ties were played on the weekend of 17–18 March.[22] Leicester City were the lowest-ranked team in the sixth round, and were the only club remaining from the second tier of the English league system.

  1. ^ The match was abandoned after 41 minutes after Bolton's Fabrice Muamba suffered cardiac arrest on the pitch. He ultimately recovered after a month of recuperation at London Chest Hospital.[24][25][26]


Ties were played on the weekend of 14–15 April. All four semi-final teams were from the Premier League, and both semi-finals were local derbies, with a London derby between Tottenham Hotspur and Chelsea, and a Merseyside derby between Liverpool and Everton both played at Wembley Stadium.

Liverpool (1)2–1Everton (1)
Suárez Goal 62'
Carroll Goal 87'
Report Jelavić Goal 24'
Attendance: 87,231
Referee: Howard Webb

Tottenham Hotspur (1)1–5Chelsea (1)
Bale Goal 56' Report Drogba Goal 43'
Mata Goal 49'
Ramires Goal 77'
Lampard Goal 80'
Malouda Goal 90+4'
Attendance: 85,731


Chelsea (1)2–1Liverpool (1)
Ramires Goal 11'
Drogba Goal 52'
Report Carroll Goal 64'
Attendance: 89,102
Referee: Phil Dowd

Top scorers

Correct as of 5 May 2012.[28]

Position Player Club Goals
1 England Jermaine Beckford Leicester City 6
2 Wales Ched Evans Sheffield United 5
England Matt Tubbs Crawley Town
4 Spain Juan Mata Chelsea 4
England Adam Boyes[29] Barrow
England Darius Henderson Millwall
Northern Ireland Jeff Hughes Notts County
England Matthew Phillips Blackpool
Brazil Ramires Chelsea
England Andy Carroll Liverpool
10 Uruguay Luis Suárez Liverpool 3
England Jermain Defoe Tottenham Hotspur
United States Clint Dempsey Fulham
England Lewis Grabban Rotherham United
England Dean Bowditch Milton Keynes Dons
Barbados Jon Nurse Dagenham & Redbridge
England Jamie Vardy Fleetwood Town
England Andy Morrell Wrexham
England Stefan Brown AFC Totton

Media coverage

From the first round proper onwards, selected matches from the FA Cup are broadcast live both in the UK and Ireland by ESPN and ITV, while S4C broadcast in Wales. ESPN broadcast 25 live games including the final while ITV broadcast 17 live games also including the final and the draws for the next round. S4C, in Welsh.

These matches were broadcast live on television in the UK.

Round ESPN ITV (ITV1 unless otherwise stated) S4C
First round proper Newport County v Shrewsbury Town
Morecambe v Sheffield Wednesday
Stourbridge v Plymouth Argyle (replay)
Bath City v Dagenham & Redbridge (replay)
FC Halifax Town v Charlton Athletic Wrexham v Cambridge United
Second round proper Fleetwood Town v Yeovil Town
Sutton United v Notts County
Yeovil Town v Fleetwood Town (replay)
Macclesfield Town v Chelmsford City (replay)
AFC Totton v Bristol Rovers
Third round proper Birmingham City v Wolverhampton Wanderers
Bristol Rovers v Aston Villa
Arsenal v Leeds United
Leicester City v Nottingham Forest (replay)
Wrexham v Brighton & Hove Albion (replay)
Manchester City v Manchester United
Peterborough United v Sunderland
Wolverhampton Wanderers v Birmingham City (replay)
Queens Park Rangers v Milton Keynes Dons (ITV4) (replay)
Wrexham v Brighton & Hove Albion (replay)
Fourth round proper Watford v Tottenham Hotspur[30]
Brighton & Hove Albion v Newcastle United[30]
Arsenal v Aston Villa[30]
Sheffield Wednesday v Blackpool (replay)[31]
Liverpool v Manchester United[30]
Sunderland v Middlesbrough[30]
Middlesbrough v Sunderland (replay)[31]
Fifth round proper Chelsea v Birmingham City[32]
Crawley Town v Stoke City[32]
Liverpool v Brighton & Hove Albion[32]
Tottenham Hotspur v Stevenage (replay)[33]
Sunderland v Arsenal[34]
Stevenage v Tottenham Hotspur[34]
Birmingham City v Chelsea (replay)[33]
Sixth round proper Tottenham Hotspur v Bolton Wanderers[24][25][35]
Chelsea v Leicester City[35]
Tottenham Hotspur v Bolton Wanderers (rematch)[36]
Everton v Sunderland[35]
Liverpool v Stoke City[35]
Sunderland v Everton (replay)[37]
Semi-finals Liverpool v Everton Tottenham Hotspur v Chelsea
Final Liverpool v Chelsea

Welsh language channel S4C broadcast live coverage of selected matches involving a Welsh club, which were two Wrexham matches. Their first round proper match at Cambridge United and their third round proper replay at home to Brighton & Hove Albion. Those were the only FA Cup matches that S4C broadcast.

International broadcasters

Country Broadcaster
 Albania Tring Sport
 Belgium Prime
 Canada Sportsnet World
 France France Télévisions
 Italy SKY Italia
 Netherlands Eredivisie Live
 Russia Russia 2 & Sport-1


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  2. ^ "FA Competition Application - Season 2011-12". The Football Association.
  3. ^ "The FA Cup with Budweiser – Season 2011–2012 – List of 763 clubs accepted" (PDF). The Football Association.
  4. ^ "Didier Drogba seals FA Cup final win for Chelsea against Liverpool". Guardian UK. 5 May 2012. Retrieved 22 May 2012.
  5. ^ "Fabrice Muamba remains critically ill but stable after cardiac arrest". Guardian UK. 19 March 2012. Retrieved 22 May 2012.
  6. ^ 2012/13 Access list Bert Kassies' Site
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  11. ^ "The FA Cup with Budweiser – First Round Qualifying" (PDF). The Football Association.
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  14. ^ "Fleetwood Tie Live on ESPN". Yeovil Town Football Club. 15 November 2011. Retrieved 15 November 2011.
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  20. ^
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  23. ^
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  28. ^
  29. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 21 April 2013. Retrieved 4 November 2012.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
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  31. ^ a b "Second replay selected". The FA. 31 January 2012. Retrieved 28 March 2012.
  32. ^ a b c "ESPN ties selected". The FA. 1 February 2012. Retrieved 28 March 2012.
  33. ^ a b "TV replays selected". The FA. 20 February 2012. Retrieved 28 March 2012.
  34. ^ a b "Fifth Round ties decided". The FA. 31 January 2012. Retrieved 28 March 2012.
  35. ^ a b c d "ITV FA Cup ties confirmed". The FA. 24 February 2012. Retrieved 28 March 2012. (abandoned tie)
  36. ^ "Spurs-Bolton tie re-arranged". The FA. 21 March 2012. Retrieved 28 March 2012.
  37. ^ "Replay to be televised". The FA. 19 March 2012. Retrieved 28 March 2012.

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