Poll Reaction: Liverpool and West Ham served up best ever FA Cup


When Arsenal and Aston Villa step across the white line at Wembley Stadium this weekend they will do so knowing the 2006 final is the one to beat.

That is after Ladbrokes News readers voted the 2006 match, which ended 3-3 at full time and saw Liverpool win on penalties, voted the best FA Cup final of all time.

Looking ahead to this weekend’s grand finale we asked you to vote for the number one final and with a whopping 57 per cent of the votes the 2006 edition was the clear winner.

Proving that Liverpool rarely fail to entertain – or at least that the club has vocal online support – the Reds also secured second spot for their 2-1 win over Arsenal in 2001, with that Michael Owen-inspired victory gaining 15 per cent of the votes.

Third place was split between the 1990 final and the famous 1953 edition, with both games taking 10 per cent of the votes.

The 1990 game saw Crystal Palace and Manchester United play out a thrilling 3-3 draw after Palace manager Steve Coppell’s risking of the unfit Ian Wright paid off.

And the ’53 final, better known as the ‘Matthews Final’, saw Sir Stanley set up three goals as Blackpool fought from 3-1 down to beat Bolton 4-3.

And proving there are no real losers as far as the FA Cup final is concerned the remaining two matches were also split, with five per cent of the vote each.

Wimbledon’s Crazy Gang antics earned them a 1-0 win over the Culture Club – Liverpool – in 1988 and Arsenal  secured a 2-1 win over the same opponents in 1971.

However, while each of those victories is famous its own right, our readers clearly have a taste for goals!

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James Curtis

After studying for a degree in journalism and gaining his NCTJ, James contributed to a wide range of papers, online publications and broadcasters including the South London Press, Press Association and Sky Sports News before joining the Ladbrokes News team.