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2004–05 FA Cup

2004–05 FA Cup

The 2004–05 FA Cup was the 124th season of the world's oldest football competition, the FA Cup. The competition began on 28 August 2004, with the lowest-ranked of the entrants competing in the Extra Preliminary Round. For England's top 44 clubs, from the 2004–05 Premier League and 2004–05 Football League Championship, the FA Cup began at the Third Round in January.

Ties were all single-legged and took place at the stadium of the club drawn first. If scores were level at the end of a match, the match was replayed at the away club's stadium, usually in the middle of the following week. If the scores are still level, extra-time and penalties (if necessary) are used to determine a winner. From the semi-finals onwards, the ties take place at a neutral stadium, and there are no replays. That is to say, extra-time and penalties are played if necessary to determine a winner in a single match.

The new Wembley Stadium was still at least a year away from being ready for use, so the final was staged at the Millennium Stadium, Cardiff on 21 May 2005. The FA Cup Final was won by Arsenal on penalties after a goalless draw with holders Manchester United, the first time that the FA Cup Final had been decided on penalties.

2004–05 FA Cup
Defending championsManchester United
ChampionsArsenal (10th title)
Runners-upManchester United
Top goal scorer(s)Cristiano Ronaldo
Peter Crouch
Jermain Defoe
(4 goals)
← 2003–04
2005–06 →


RoundDateMatchesClubsPrize money
Extra Preliminary Round28 August 200473661 → 588£500
Preliminary Round4 September 2004182588 → 406£1,000
First Qualifying Round18 September 2004124406 → 282£2,250
Second Qualifying Round2 October 200484282 → 198£3,750
Third Qualifying Round16 October 200442198 → 156£5,000
Fourth Qualifying Round30 October 200432156 → 124£10,000
First Round Proper13 November 200440124 → 84£16,000
Second Round Proper4 December 20042084 → 64£24,000
Third Round Proper8 January 20053264 → 32£40,000
Fourth Round Proper29 January 20051632 → 16£60,000
Fifth Round Proper19 February 2005816 → 8£120,000
Sixth Round Proper23 March 200548 → 4£300,000
Semi-finals16 April 200524 → 2£900,000
Final21 May 200512 → 1£1,000,000

First round proper

This round is the first in which Football League teams from League One and League Two compete with non-league teams.

  • Ties were played over the weekend of 13 November and 14 November 2004.

Tie noHome teamScoreAway teamAttendance
1Blackpool3 – 0Tamworth4,796
2Darlington3 – 3Yeovil Town3,698
replayYeovil Town1 – 0Darlington5,365
3Barnet1 – 2Bath City2,147
4Bristol City1 – 1Brentford10,000
replayBrentford1 – 1Bristol City3,706
Brentford won on penalties
5Bury5 – 2Vauxhall Motors2,566
6Histon2 – 0Shrewsbury Town2,843
7Rochdale2 – 1Oxford United2,333
8Notts County2 – 1Woking4,562
9Stafford Rangers0 – 2Chester City2,492
10Swindon Town4 – 1Sheffield Wednesday6,160
11Stockport County3 – 1Huddersfield Town3,479
12Wycombe Wanderers1 – 0Coalville Town2,816
13Bristol Rovers1 – 1Carlisle5,658
replayCarlisle United1 – 0Bristol Rovers4,813
14Northampton Town1 – 0Barnsley4,876
15Bradford City0 – 1Rushden & Diamonds4,171
16Hull City3 – 2Morecambe10,129
17Southend United0 – 3Luton Town6,683
18Exeter City1 – 0Grimsby Town3,378
19Scunthorpe United2 – 0Chesterfield4,869
20Mansfield Town1 – 1Colchester United3,202
replayColchester United4 – 1Mansfield Town2,492
21Alfreton Town1 – 1Macclesfield Town2,251
replayMacclesfield Town2 – 0Alfreton Town1,783
22Port Vale3 – 1Kidderminster Harriers4,141
23Halifax Town3 – 1Cambridge United2,368
24Cheltenham Town1 – 3Swansea City4,551
25Southport1 – 3Hereford United2,045
26Hayes0 – 4Wrexham1,751
27Tiverton Town1 – 3Doncaster Rovers1,618
28Boston United5 – 2Hornchurch2,437
29Peterborough United2 – 1Tranmere Rovers2,940
30Leyton Orient3 – 1Dagenham & Redbridge4,155
31Slough Town2 – 1Walsall2,023
32Cambridge City2 – 1Leigh RMI930
33Forest Green Rovers1 – 1Bournemouth1,837
replayBournemouth3 – 1Forest Green Rovers5,489
34Hartlepool United3 – 0Lincoln City4,533
35Billericay Town0 – 1Stevenage Borough1,804
36Yeading2 – 1Halesowen Town524
37Aldershot Town4 – 0Canvey Island2,600
38Hinckley United2 – 0Torquay United2,129
39Thurrock0 – 1Oldham Athletic1,156
40Milton Keynes Dons1 – 0Lancaster City2,065

Second round proper

  • Ties were played over the weekend of 4 December 2004.

Tie noHome teamScoreAway teamAttendance
1Blackpool1 – 0Port Vale4,669
2Bournemouth2 – 1Carlisle United5,815
3Histon1 – 3Yeovil Town2,564
4Swindon Town1 – 1Notts County5,768
replayNotts County2 – 0Swindon Town3,770
5Stockport County0 – 0Swansea City2,680
replaySwansea City2 – 1Stockport County5,572
6Wycombe Wanderers0 – 3Luton Town4,767
7Northampton Town1 – 0Bury4415
8Hull City4 – 0Macclesfield Town9,831
9Oldham Athletic4 – 0Leyton Orient4,657
10Exeter City2 – 1Doncaster Rovers4,797
11Scunthorpe United2 – 0Wrexham5,698
12Halifax Town1 – 3Chester City4,497
13Hereford United2 – 3Boston United3,601
14Peterborough United2 – 0Bath City4,187
15Slough Town1 – 3Yeading2,418
16Cambridge City0 – 1Milton Keynes Dons2,000
17Hartlepool United5 – 1Aldershot Town4,556
18Stevenage Borough0 – 2Rochdale2,700
19Rushden & Diamonds2 – 5Colchester United3,077
20Hinckley United0 – 0Brentford2,661
replayBrentford2 – 1Hinckley United4,002

Third round proper

This round marks the first time Championship and Premier League (top-flight) teams play. Matches were played on the weekend of Saturday, 8 January 2005.

One of the surprise results of this round came at Old Trafford where holders Manchester United were held to a 0-0 home draw against Conference National side Exeter City, although United won the replay 2-0.

United's neighbours City suffered humiliation at the hands of League One strugglers Oldham Athletic, who defeated them 1-0 at Boundary Park.

Tie noHome teamScoreAway teamAttendance
1Arsenal2 – 1Stoke City36,579
2Notts County1 – 2Middlesbrough13,671
3Manchester United0 – 0Exeter City67,551
replayExeter City0 – 2Manchester United9,033
4Plymouth Argyle1 – 3Everton20,112
5Leicester City2 – 2Blackpool16,750
replayBlackpool0 – 1Leicester City6,938
6Derby County2 – 1Wigan Athletic14,457
7Sunderland2 – 1Crystal Palace17,536
8Wolverhampton Wanderers2 – 0Millwall12,566
9Yeading0 – 2Newcastle United10,824
10Hull City0 – 2Colchester United14,027
11Tottenham Hotspur2 – 1Brighton & Hove Albion36,094
12Reading1 – 1Swansea City13,642
replaySwansea City0 – 1Reading7,354
13Birmingham City3 – 0Leeds United25,159
14Hartlepool United0 – 0Boston United5,342
replayBoston United0 – 1Hartlepool United3,653
15Milton Keynes Dons0 – 2Peterborough United4,407
16Oldham Athletic1 – 0Manchester City13,171
17Chelsea3 – 1Scunthorpe United40,019
18Cardiff City1 – 1Blackburn Rovers14,145
replayBlackburn3 – 2Cardiff City9,140
19Charlton Athletic4 – 1Rochdale13,955
20West Ham United1 – 0Norwich City23,389
21Sheffield United3 – 1Aston Villa14,003
22Preston North End0 – 2West Bromwich Albion13,005
23Rotherham United0 – 3Yeovil Town5,397
24Burnley1 – 0Liverpool19,033
25Bournemouth2 – 1Chester City7,653
26Coventry City3 – 0Crewe Alexandra7,629
27Watford1 – 1Fulham14,896
replayFulham2 – 0Watford11,306
28Ipswich Town1 – 3Bolton Wanderers20,080
29Portsmouth1 – 0Gillingham14,252
30Northampton Town1 – 3Southampton7,183
31Queens Park Rangers0 – 3Nottingham Forest11,140
32Luton0 – 2Brentford6,681

Fourth round proper

Ties played during the weekend of 29 January 2005

Tie noHome teamScoreAway teamAttendance
1Derby County1 – 1Fulham22,040
replayFulham4 – 2Derby County15,528
2Manchester United3 – 0Middlesbrough67,251
3Blackburn Rovers3 – 0Colchester United10,634
4Chelsea2 – 0Birmingham City40,379
5West Ham United1 – 1Sheffield United25,449
replaySheffield United1 – 1West Ham United15,067
Sheffield United won on penalties
6Oldham Athletic0 – 1Bolton Wanderers12,029
7Arsenal2 – 0Wolverhampton Wanderers37,135
8Everton3 – 0Sunderland33,186
9Nottingham Forest1 – 0Peterborough16,774
10Brentford0 – 0Hartlepool8,967
replayHartlepool0 – 1Brentford7,580
11Reading1 – 2Leicester City14,825
12Burnley2 – 0Bournemouth9,944
13Southampton2 – 1Portsmouth29,453
14West Bromwich Albion1 – 1Tottenham Hotspur22,441
replayTottenham Hotspur3 – 1West Bromwich Albion27,860
15Newcastle United3 – 1Coventry City44,044
16Charlton Athletic3 – 2Yeovil Town22,873

Fifth round proper

Matches played weekend of 19 February 2005 - replays played week commencing 28 February 2005.

The only non-Premiership side to win in this round were Leicester City, who triumphed 2-1 at Premier League side Charlton Athletic.

Tie noHome teamScoreAway teamAttendance
1Bolton Wanderers1 – 0Fulham16,151
2Tottenham Hotspur1 – 1Nottingham Forest35,640
replayNottingham Forest0 – 3Tottenham Hotspur28,062
3Everton0 – 2Manchester United38,664
4Charlton Athletic1 – 2Leicester City23,719
5Burnley0 – 0Blackburn Rovers21,468
replayBlackburn Rovers2 – 1Burnley28,691
6Southampton2 – 2Brentford24,741
replayBrentford1 – 3Southampton11,720
7Newcastle United1 – 0Chelsea45,740
8Arsenal1 – 1Sheffield United36,891
replaySheffield United0 – 0Arsenal27,595
Arsenal win 4-2 on penalties

Sixth round proper

Matches played on the weekend of Saturday, 12 March 2005.

Leicester City, the only remaining non-Premiership side in the competition, lost 1-0 to Blackburn Rovers.


  • Matches played on the weekend of Saturday, 16 April 2005.

  • Both ties were played at neutral venues


The 2005 FA Cup Final was contested between Manchester United and Arsenal at the Millennium Stadium in Cardiff. Manchester United dominated the game but failed to take any of their opportunities and ultimately they went on to lose in the first FA Cup Final penalty shoot-out. Paul Scholes had his kick saved by Jens Lehmann, leaving Patrick Vieira with the opportunity to win the Cup for the Gunners.

Top scorers

1PortugalCristiano RonaldoManchester United4
EnglandPeter CrouchSouthampton
EnglandJermain DefoeTottenham Hotspur
4NigeriaShola AmeobiNewcastle United3
WalesRobert EarnshawWest Bromwich Albion
EnglandBryan HughesCharlton Athletic
Republic of IrelandRobbie KeaneTottenham Hotspur
ScotlandAndy LiddellSheffield United
NorwayMorten PedersenBlackburn Rovers
EnglandWayne RooneyManchester United
EnglandPaul ScholesManchester United
NetherlandsRobin van PersieArsenal

Media coverage

In the United Kingdom, the BBC were the free to air broadcasters for the fourth consecutive season while Sky Sports were the subscription broadcasters for the seventeenth consecutive season.


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