2014–15 FA Cup

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2014–15 FA Cup
Football Association Challenge Cup
Dates16 August 2014 – 30 May 2015
Defending championsArsenal
ChampionsArsenal (12th title)
Runners-upAston Villa
Matches played154
Attendance2,099,192 (13,631 per match)
Top goal scorer(s)Saido Berahino
Paul Gallagher
Jon Stead
(5 goals each)
(Note: All statistics do not include qualifying play-offs)

The 2014–15 FA Cup, also called the 2014–15 FA Challenge Cup,[1] was the 134th occurrence of the FA Cup, the main domestic cup in English football and the oldest knockout competition in the world.[2] It was the first season when the BBC and BT Sport hosted televised matches, seven years after the BBC lost the rights to ITV.[3] The 2014–15 season's Cup also marked the first time that 3G (third generation) artificial pitches were allowed in all rounds of the competition, designed to lower costs for maintenance.[4] After Queens Park Rangers (the first English artificial pitch, from 1981 to 1988), Luton Town, Oldham Athletic and Preston North End trialled artificial pitches in the 1980s, they were made illegal in 1995.[4]

The defending champions were Premier League side Arsenal, after they beat Hull City 3–2 in the previous final on 17 May 2014.[5]

The semi-finals took place at Wembley Stadium, as they have since 2008, to offset the cost of the new stadium, despite protestations from some supporters.[6] The stadium also hosted the final.

The winner of the FA Cup earns automatic qualification to the 2015–16 UEFA Europa League group stages. However, as Arsenal qualified for the UEFA Champions League via their league position, Southampton, the highest placed team in the 2014–15 Premier League not already Europe-qualified took this Europa League place. In a change to Europa League rules, qualifying slots for national cup winners no longer pass to the runners-up if the winners have already qualified through their league.[7]

Arsenal retained the trophy, beating Aston Villa 4–0 in the final.[8]

Notably, EFL Championship side Reading F.C. reached the semi-finals, for only the second time in their history.


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

Prize fund

Round No. of Clubs
receive fund
Prize fund
per club[9]
Extra Preliminary Round winners 184 £1,500
Preliminary Round winners 160 £1,925
First Round Qualifying winners 116 £3,000
Second Round Qualifying winners 80 £4,500
Third Round Qualifying winners 40 £7,500
Fourth Round Qualifying winners 32 £12,500
First Round Proper winners 40 £18,000
Second Round Proper winners 20 £27,000
Third Round Proper winners 32 £67,500
Fourth Round Proper winners 16 £90,000
Fifth Round Proper winners 8 £180,000
Sixth Round winners 4 £360,000
Semi-Final losers 2 £450,000
Semi-Final winners 2 £900,000
Final runners-up 1 £900,000
Final winner 1 £1,800,000
Total £15,132,000

Qualifying rounds

All of the competing teams that are not members of either the Premier League or the Football League had to compete in the qualifying rounds to win a place in the First Round Proper.[1]

First Round Proper

The First Round draw took place on Monday 27 October at 7pm at St George's Park. A total of 80 teams competed, 32 of which had progressed from the Fourth Qualifying Round and 48 from League One and League Two of the Football League. The lowest ranked sides in this round were Norton United and Warrington Town, both of whom compete at level 8 of English football.

Second Round Proper

The Second Round draw took place on Monday 10 November at 7pm at the National Football Museum. A total of 40 teams competed, all of which had progressed from the First Round. The lowest ranked side in this round is Warrington Town, who compete at level 8 of English football. Chesterfield initially faced expulsion from the tournament after fielding an ineligible player,[10] but were required to play their second round fixture against Milton Keynes Dons again.[11]

Scunthorpe United's penalty win over Worcester City set a new competition record for most penalty kicks taken with 32.[12]

Third Round Proper

The Third Round draw took place on Monday 8 December at 7 pm at The Deep in Hull and broadcast live on BBC Two.[14] A total of 64 teams competed, 20 of which had progressed from the Second Round and 44 clubs from the Premier League and Football League Championship. The lowest ranked side in this round was Blyth Spartans, who compete at level 7 of English football.

Fourth Round Proper

The Fourth Round draw took place on Monday 5 January 2015 at 7:30 pm in the clubhouse of AFC Wimbledon at Kingsmeadow, Kingston upon Thames and was broadcast live on BBC One.[15][16][17] In the draw the title holders Arsenal drew a trip to Brighton against Brighton & Hove Albion while the lowest ranked side in this round, Cambridge United (who compete at level 4 of English football) drew Premier League club Manchester United.[18] A total of 32 teams competed, all of which had progressed from the third round.

Fifth Round Proper

The Fifth Round draw took place on Monday 26 January 2015 at 7:20 pm on The One Show, which was broadcast live on BBC One, and the matches took place between 14 and 16 February 2015.[20] In the draw, title holders Arsenal drew Middlesbrough (who eliminated Manchester City in fourth round) and Bradford City (who eliminated Chelsea in fourth round) were rewarded a home tie against Sunderland.[21] The lowest ranked sides in this round were Bradford City and Preston North End (who compete at level 3 of English football)

Sixth Round Proper

The Sixth Round draw took place on Monday 16 February 2015 at 7:35 pm on BBC One,[22] and the regular matches were played between 7 and 9 March. The lowest ranked side in this round were Bradford City (who compete at level 3 of English football).[23]


The Semi-finals draw took place on Monday 9 March 2015 at approx 9:45 pm in Old Trafford, Manchester and was broadcast on BBC One after the match between Manchester United and Arsenal.[24] In the draw, title holders Arsenal drew Reading, while Aston Villa drew Liverpool.[25] The matches were played at Wembley Stadium on 18 and 19 April 2015.[26] The lowest ranked side in this round were Reading (who compete at level 2 of English football).[27]

Reading (2)1–2 (a.e.t.)Arsenal (1)
McCleary Goal 54' Report Sánchez Goal 40'105+1'
Attendance: 84,081

Aston Villa (1)2–1Liverpool (1)
Benteke Goal 36'
Delph Goal 54'
Report Coutinho Goal 30'
Attendance: 85,416


Arsenal (1)4–0Aston Villa (1)
Walcott Goal 40'
Sánchez Goal 50'
Mertesacker Goal 62'
Giroud Goal 90+3'
Attendance: 89,283
Referee: Jonathan Moss

Top scorers

As of 30 May 2015 [28]
Rank Player Club Goals
1 England Saido Berahino West Bromwich Albion 5
Scotland Paul Gallagher Preston North End
England Jon Stead Bradford City
4 England Robert Dale Blyth Spartans 4
Chile Alexis Sánchez Arsenal
6 22 players 3

Broadcasting rights

The domestic broadcasting rights for the competition are held by the BBC and subscription channel BT Sport. The BBC regained the rights from ITV after six years, while BT Sport extended its existing deal carried over from obtaining ESPN's rights in February 2013.[29] The FA Cup Final must be broadcast live on UK terrestrial television under the Ofcom code of protected sporting events.[30]

These matches were broadcast live on UK television:

Round BT Sport BBC
First Round Proper[31][32] Halifax Town v Bradford City
Havant & Waterlooville v Preston North End
Aldershot Town v Portsmouth (Replay)
Maidstone United v Stevenage (Replay)
Warrington Town v Exeter City
Second Round Proper[33][34] Gateshead v Warrington Town
Colchester United v Peterborough United
Chester v Barnsley (Replay)
Worcester City v Scunthorpe United (Replay)
Hartlepool United v Blyth Spartans
Wrexham[35] v Maidstone United (BBC Wales)
Third Round Proper[36] Dover Athletic v Crystal Palace
Yeovil Town v Manchester United
Everton v West Ham United
West Ham United v Everton (Replay)
Arsenal v Hull City
Wimbledon v Liverpool
Cardiff City v Colchester United [37] (BBC Wales)
Ipswich Town v Southampton (Replay)
Fourth Round Proper[38] Liverpool v Bolton Wanderers
Brighton and Hove Albion v Arsenal
Rochdale v Stoke City
Manchester United v Cambridge United (Replay)

Cambridge United v Manchester United
Blackburn Rovers v Swansea City (BBC Wales)
Bristol City v West Ham United
Bolton Wanderers v Liverpool (Replay)[39]

Fifth Round Proper[40] West Bromwich Albion v West Ham United
Crystal Palace v Liverpool
Arsenal v Middlesbrough

Aston Villa v Leicester City
Preston North End v Manchester United

Sixth Round Proper[41] Bradford City v Reading
Liverpool v Blackburn Rovers
Blackburn Rovers v Liverpool (Replay)[42]
Aston Villa v West Bromwich Albion
Manchester United v Arsenal
Reading v Bradford City (Replay)[43]
Semi-Finals[44] Aston Villa v Liverpool[45] Reading v Arsenal[46]
Final Arsenal v Aston Villa

Welsh language channel S4C broadcast the first round proper match between Wrexham and Woking. This was the only FA Cup match of the season that S4C broadcast.[47]

International broadcasters

Country Broadcaster
 Albania Tring Sport
 Belgium Sporting Telenet
 Brazil ESPN Brasil
 Canada Sportsnet World
 Denmark SBS Discovery Channel (Kanal 5, 6'eren, 7'eren)
 France beIN Sport
 India Star Sports
 Italy Fox Sports
   Nepal Star Sports
 Netherlands Fox Sports
 Norway TV2
 Sweden TV10
 United States Fox Sports
 Latvia Viasat sport Baltic


  1. ^ On 15 December, the Football Association ordered that the match be replayed, due to Chesterfield fielding an ineligible player.
  2. ^ West Ham were fined £71,000 for fielding Diafra Sakho after he had been withdrawn from the Senegal squad for the 2015 African Cup of Nations. However, they were allowed to remain in the competition.[19]


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