FA Cup Online Betting
The origins of the F.A. cup lie in a Football Association meeting held in London in July 1871. Association Secretary, Charles Alcock, proposed that it would be desirable to establish a Challenge Cup connected with the Association, open to all clubs in the Association. The first F.A. Cup, in the 1871-72 season, had a grand total of fifteen entries. Wanderers, consisting of ex-public school and university players, won the first final at Kennington Oval, 1-0 against Royal Engineers. The attendance figure for the match was somewhere in the region of two thousand.
In January 1922, the Duke of York, (later King George VI), cut the first turf, marking the commencement of the construction of Wembley Stadium. It was completed in less than twelve months. The 1923 F.A. Cup Final (Bolton Wanderers v. West Ham United) was the first football match at the new stadium. It attracted a huge crowd, estimated to be in excess of two hundred thousand spectators. Obviously, a crowd of this size greatly exceeded the stadium's capacity.
F.A. Cup Records
Most F.A. Cup Wins by a Team
Manchester United 11, Arsenal 10, Tottenham 8.
Most F.A. Cup Wins by a Player
Charles Wollaston (Wanderers), Arthur Kinnaird (Wanderers & Old Etonians) and Jimmy Forrest (Blackburn Rovers), 5 wins each.
Mark Hughes (Manchester United & Chelsea), Ryan Giggs (Manchester United), Roy Keane (Manchester United), David Seaman (Arsenal), Ray Parlour (Arsenal) and Ashley Cole (Arsenal & Chelsea), 4 wins each.
Fastest Goal in an F.A. Cup Final
Roberto DiMatteo, 42 seconds for Chelsea v. Middlesborough in 1997.
F.A. Cup Trivia
42 different clubs have won the F.A. Cup.
Kettering Town is the highest-scoring team in F.A. Cup history, amassing some 820 goals between 1888 and 2007.
Leicester City has made four F.A. Cup final appearances and lost them all.
Prior to their promotion to the Football League, Yeovil Town won more F.A. Cup games against league opposition than any other non-league team.
Part of the "romance" of the F.A. Cup is its long history of low-division and non-league teams becoming "giant-killers" by defeating much higher-ranked opponents. Possibly the most remarkable result in F.A. Cup history occurred in 1969. Mansfield were drawn against a First Division West Ham United side containing three of the 1966 World Cup winning England team, namely Geoff Hurst, Bobby Moore and Martin Peters. Mansfield won 3-0. Non-league teams have also produced some shock results, including Blyth Spartans' win over Stoke City (Second Division) in 1978 and Sutton United's defeat of First Division Coventry City in 1989.
The F.A. Cup has established itself as one of the greatest sporting "institutions." Despite being in existence for some one hundred and thirty five years, it still generates fabulous interest all over the world. The history and tradition of the F.A. Cup, the pageantry of the Cup Final, along with the good-natured rivalry of opposing Cup Final supporters, has, particularly through the medium of television, become familiar to millions of people worldwide.
Betting on the F.A. Cup
Most online betting sites already have prices on the outright winners of the 2007-2008 F.A. Cup. Current prices are:
7/2 Manchester United, 4/1 Arsenal, Chelsea, Liverpool, 16/1 Portsmouth, Manchester City, 28/1 Tottenham, Newcastle, 40/1 BAR.
Each-way terms are 1/2 the odds a place 1, 2.
One or two online bettors are offering prices on the top 2008 F.A. cup goalscorer:
8/13 C. Mackail-Smith, 20/1 F. Torres, 25/1 E. Adebayor, 28/1 BAR
Betting on Individual Matches
Be aware of the fact that online betting prices for individual matches are generally based on 90 minutes play. Each "match" becomes a 3-horse race, as a price for the draw is also included. Since the F.A. Cup is a knockout competition "to qualify for the next round," prices are also available, covering the possibilities of extra time and penalties. However, this must be specified when placing the bet.
Other bets available on individual matches include:
- Correct Score
- First / Last Goalscorer
- "Double Result"
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