FA Cup Final 2015 – Arsenal v Aston Villa


good night

GB at 2015-05-30 19:50:40

Thank you for your company today, I hope you can join me again tomorrow for the MLS at 10 pm

Bye for now

full time summary

GB at 2015-05-30 19:44:24

Going back to my pre-match notes about the fact that the Rugby Football Union’s attitude towards the appointment for their showcase final each season being their best referee, it would unfortunately appear that this was not the case for the Football Association today.


No one likes criticising another official, but the facts were there for everyone to see today near to the end with two penalty call going begging – and maybe even a DOGSO if not a yellow card at least for the first one.


As the saying goes, it is not over until the fat lady sings and whilst Jon Moss was looking comfortable in the second half, then he let himself down by not making the big calls on the big day. As I said in my blog he may have got away with one but because there was a second one – who knows what a difference that would have made at the time. In the end, the 4th Arsenal goal probably got him out of jail!


On a positive note, he continued to read the game well in the second half as he did in the first and was getting into some good positions, as he was not afraid to leave his diagonal to get close to the play. But for me he just relaxed a little too early which may have led to him not being as close as he would have liked when those penalty calls came along. His fitness was deceiving as he put some great sprints in at times, but he may just have peaked too soon.


To put it into perspective, Jonathon Moss did not have a dreadful game by any means, but those doggy penalty calls near the end to add to a less than convincing consistency with some of the offences which did not get punished with a yellow card in the first half, I am sure he will be a bit disappointed when he watches this one back. A game lasts for a full 90 minutes plus time added on and this just goes to show how important it is to be switched on for the whole game.


As for the Assistants, no one will be talking about them tonight. Some excellent off side calls and some really good technique on display.


So I would have to say the referee did not make that many mistakes overall, certainly not enough that everyone will be talking about him tomorrow either, but he just did not quite get over the line with his head held as high as he would have liked.

full time

GB at 2015-05-30 19:22:26

My final summary will follow in a few minutes.


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GB at 2015-05-30 19:22:01

Full Time

Arsenal 4 – 0 Aston Villa



GB at 2015-05-30 19:21:03

GOAL! Olivier Giroud (A 12)

Arsenal 4 – 0 Aston Villa


GB at 2015-05-30 19:19:45

this is a good example of how important it is to stay fully concentrating for the whole game


GB at 2015-05-30 19:18:17

minimum of 3 added minutes


GB at 2015-05-30 19:17:32

I just had the feeling he took his foot off the pedal too early and stopped getting as close to the play as he did before. He certainly looks like there is not much left in the tank now


GB at 2015-05-30 19:16:24

with one penalty shout that got away at  3-0 the referee may have got the benefit of the doubt but with the second one as well he will be talked about after the game now


GB at 2015-05-30 19:14:55

I have seen them given for that!


GB at 2015-05-30 19:14:11

that looked like another fair shout for a penalty for Villa


GB at 2015-05-30 19:12:10

tempo is rising a little now and just as I said earlier I did think there was more work to be done by the officials to close this one out


GB at 2015-05-30 19:10:21

Yellow Card Gabriel Agbonlahor (AV 11)


obviously stemmed from frustration at getting nothing when he was brought down


GB at 2015-05-30 19:09:26

then would it have been a yellow or red card? what do you think?


GB at 2015-05-30 19:08:49

well that looked like a free kick to me and it would have been a penalty as the offence happened on the line. The lines include the areas they mark


GB at 2015-05-30 19:06:09

another really good example of JM reading the game and squeezing the play over to the assistant’s diagonal – the skill is know when you need to do this


GB at 2015-05-30 19:03:18

JM just making sure he had the last word with the Arsenal player then after that holding offence – good communication


GB at 2015-05-30 19:00:44

JM allowing himself a smile there. OK Jon, but don’t get over confident please.


GB at 2015-05-30 18:58:23

Both Assistants have shown why they were appointed to this game today – first class performances by both of them so far. Another great off side call


GB at 2015-05-30 18:57:16

JM seems to have found another gear and the longer the game goes on he seems to look calm and happy with how things are going


GB at 2015-05-30 18:55:25

Jon Moss had a call to make there on the edge of the Villa penalty area and was right there to make his judgment


GB at 2015-05-30 18:54:36

25 minutes to go and already the officials need to be thinking of closing this one out. No need for any heroics now. Just stay focussed and  keep up with play


GB at 2015-05-30 18:51:19

When you see the replay of that gaol there had to be a penalty if he had not scored as an Arsenal player had his shirt pulled right over his head


GB at 2015-05-30 18:50:18

GOAL!Per Mertesacker (A 4)

Arsenal 3 – 0 Aston Villa


GB at 2015-05-30 18:49:08

 Christopher @CMcLaughlin14

Well said – my thoughts exactly


“I made a comment earlier about black kit but didn’t even think about it being the same as the officials. You’d have… 1/2 – 2/2… thought the officials would have made him change, considering the huge game this is, watched around the world.”



GB at 2015-05-30 18:46:47

there is still a lot of refereeing to be done in this game as the Aston Villa players start to look disillusioned. The good thing is that as 4 of them already have yellow cards they may just keep calm as I am sure they won’t want to be sent off in a final


GB at 2015-05-30 18:44:17

I know it is a long way into the game for me to point this out – but I am very surprised to see the Arsenal goalkeeper wearing all black like the officials? – comments on Twitter please ……..


GB at 2015-05-30 18:43:14

good call off side by DE



GB at 2015-05-30 18:41:37

they can show that goal as many times as they like and I am sure will be showing it for years!


GB at 2015-05-30 18:39:54

its a long way back for Villa now so the officials need to stay aware of things like that off the ball challenge

Ashley Westwood (AV 15) gets Yellow Card which really needed to be shown to maintain a tight grip on this game



GB at 2015-05-30 18:37:40

GOAL!  Alexis Sánchez (A 17)

Arsenal 2 – 0 Aston Villa



GB at 2015-05-30 18:36:53

that was much more like in Jon – a real sprint with bags of energy!


GB at 2015-05-30 18:35:52

SB gets off the mark early again in this half with a routine off side


GB at 2015-05-30 18:35:20

good shot there of the referee keeping his eyes on the ball in the goalkeepers hands – I really like to see that. Far too many referees run away with their back to the goalkeeper which can cause them problems


GB at 2015-05-30 18:32:28

second half underway

half time flash back

GB at 2015-05-30 18:29:49

When Jon Moss let that first challenge get away which should have been punished with a yellow card, I had a flash back to 1991.


Back in the 1991 Cup Final between Tottenham Hotspur and Nottingham Forrest, the referee Roger Milford got it wrong by not being strong enough with one of the world’s best players at the time. Paul Gascoigne was so pumped up for this match that he almost ended his involvement in the first few minutes. In winning the ball out on the right touchline, he followed through with his foot up and caught Garry Parker in the chest. Referee Roger Milford let him off with a lecture when at least a yellow card was required for the challenge, but the quiet word from the referee failed to calm Gascoigne, who scythed down Gary Charles a few minutes later as the Forest defender ran across the face of the Spurs penalty area. Forest were awarded a free kick on the edge of the box but once again Gascoigne was let off without further punishment from the referee. Before play resumed, Gascoigne received extensive treatment on his knee before standing up to join the defensive wall.


Gascoigne paid for his rash challenge, which many Forest fans and almost every referee in the country thought deserved a red card, when Stuart Pearce smashed home the subsequent free kick to give Forest the lead. He (Gascoigne) had to leave the field on a stretcher shortly after the match restarted, as he could not put any weight on his leg. It was later revealed that he had torn his cruciate ligaments which ultimately ended his career in his prime.

half time

GB at 2015-05-30 18:27:37

Keith Hackett’s blogs this week have covered a variety of subjects. First up was a frank assessment of the current FA Coaching system in England, followed by some considered opinions on the current succession planning (or lack of it?) by the PGMOL, as they ponder who to promote into the top flight for next season. The breaking news on Wednesday of the arrests of some high ranking FIFA officials prompted a piece on the importance that this alleged corruption is clamped down on severely, and finally this week, the big man gives us a glimpse into the past and reflects upon the 1981 FA Cup Final between Spurs and Man City, which he had the honour to be appointed to conduct. All these blogs, are still available now at Hackett’s Blog


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half time summary

GB at 2015-05-30 18:26:51

I am sure that the average supporter will be thinking that the referee has done OK so far – let a bit go, but stepped in when required. My problem with that is there is a whiff on inconsistency being shown. It is well known that referees do not want to be remembered in a cup final, but you still need to do what needs to be done to raise your profile when required in order to keep control.


There were at least 2 Villa players who were very fortunate not to receive yellow cards in that first half – Fabian Delph (AV 16) did get one for his 2nd pull back, but it jus stood out to show he was lucky first time. These few that got away made me feel that Jonathon was refereeing the occasion rather than the game.


Having said all that, he has got away with it just so far.


Fitness wise, Jon looks very slow off the mark for me, although he is reading the game play well and making sure he is close to the major decisions.


Teamwork has been good. Sound off-side from each assistant and a good example near the end when Simon Bennett did not flag for hold near him as that was the type of challenge the referee has been hold back on to try to keep the game moving and look for an advantage. When Assistants mirror the referee’s tolerance level it increases the level of teamwork.

half time

GB at 2015-05-30 18:18:29

In this week’s edition of The Ref Show the team reflect on this year’s last games in the Premier League and also on who deserves to be mentioned in despatches for services rendered throughout the 2014/15 season. There was also an opportunity to reflect on the standard of officiating generally throughout the season and to express the panel’s views on the prospects for improvements in the evaluation and coaching systems for next year.


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GB at 2015-05-30 18:17:41

Half Time


Arsenal 1 – 0 Aston Villa


GB at 2015-05-30 18:15:57

minimum of 2 added minutes


GB at 2015-05-30 18:15:33

SB doing well not to intervene then with that tussle in the corner as it showed he is on referee’s wavelength


GB at 2015-05-30 18:13:52

JM could not have been any closer to that last free kick – that type of positioning usually stops dissent – but not that time by Delph


GB at 2015-05-30 18:12:40

The goal came at a good time for the game and the officials – just changes the tempo a little


GB at 2015-05-30 18:10:37

GOAL! Theo Walcott (A 14)

Arsenal 1 – 0 Aston Villa


GB at 2015-05-30 18:09:48

Yellow Card Fabian Delph (AV 16)


didn’t get away with that holding that time


GB at 2015-05-30 18:07:34

SB showing the regular signal to indicate a player returned from an off side position. such actions and communication by Assistants is encouraged as good practice


GB at 2015-05-30 18:05:59

JM seems to be happy when he stops play as it gives him a chance for a breather!


GB at 2015-05-30 18:04:02

Yellow Card Alan Hutton (AV 21)


That was another stand out reckless challenge – it also shows what happens when referee is inconsistent so players take a chance


GB at 2015-05-30 18:01:33

two hand ball calls – one given one not – what do you think?


GB at 2015-05-30 18:00:53

another mandatory yellow card for holding gets away

A caution for unsporting behaviour must be issued when a player holds an opponent to prevent him gaining possession of the ball or taking up an advantageous position


GB at 2015-05-30 17:59:39

note how the referee is squeezing the play towards his assistant not staying too wide on his diagonal


GB at 2015-05-30 17:58:02

good to see the referee showing a turn of pace in that last attack


GB at 2015-05-30 17:56:42

good off side call again – edge of the penalty area line would have helped SB there


GB at 2015-05-30 17:56:08

JM keeps up the high foul count and will probably not want to raise his profile any higher than this in the first half


GB at 2015-05-30 17:54:52

good positioning there by JM nice and close to that free kick after play broke from the Aston Villa penalty area

GB at 2015-05-30 17:53:06

great to see Twitter hotting up and most seem to be of same opinion as me – sorry about missing words Christopher!


GB at 2015-05-30 17:51:02

2nd ten minute slot gone and the officials can’t relax in this game at all


GB at 2015-05-30 17:49:22

good to see JM have the confidence to play advantage there considering how the challenges are going in


GB at 2015-05-30 17:47:51

great shot of how to signal a throw-in there by DE held for just the right amount of time and snapped down sharply


GB at 2015-05-30 17:46:20

looks like we have a really game on our hands already. Credit due to JM for not letting the second bad challenge get away


GB at 2015-05-30 17:45:11

Yellow Card Tom Cleverley (AV 8)


reckless challenge gets what it deserves but has the referee been consistent? Did he miss that early opportunity to stamp his authority on the game?


GB at 2015-05-30 17:44:04

setting your tolerance level is even more important in a big game like this so we will see if JM regrets not showing a yellow card just now and also how much influence the player has on the game from now on. Now he knows has another chance


GB at 2015-05-30 17:41:38

I have a feeling that one might come back and bite him on the behind. Referees normally like to make their first yellow card a good one in a cup final and that was surely it


GB at 2015-05-30 17:40:10

10 minutes gone and I know there is still a long way to go but for me the referee already seems to be conserving his energy!


GB at 2015-05-30 17:39:10

notice the players are getting clever now and letting go of the shirt just before the ball is put back into play


GB at 2015-05-30 17:38:15

our first chance to see how much grappling there will be at corners today.


GB at 2015-05-30 17:37:27

JM is happy to let a few strong challenges go in the centre following those earlier free kicks


GB at 2015-05-30 17:36:30

very close off side there for DE but a good call – both assistants will be happy with that now


GB at 2015-05-30 17:34:44

good to see DE monitoring the players feet at that last throw-in – basic good lining


GB at 2015-05-30 17:32:58

SB will feel more relaxed already with his first off side out of the way


GB at 2015-05-30 17:32:26

2 free kicks in a minute – JM doing the right thing to pick up these early fouls


GB at 2015-05-30 17:31:46

nice straight forward free kick for JM to get started with


GB at 2015-05-30 17:30:36

AR1: Darren England (DE) is patrolling the touchline in front of the technical areas.


GB at 2015-05-30 17:30:10

Arsenal  won the toss and decided to change ends so it will be  Aston Villa to kick off.


Good luck to all the officials and may the ball run kindly for you!


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GB at 2015-05-30 17:27:37

Last weekend’s 3 play-off finals each seemed to pass off with hardly a whiff of controversy surrounding any of the match officials, so let’s hope that today’s team can keep the average up.


GB at 2015-05-30 17:24:37

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GB at 2015-05-30 17:22:40

Not long to go now as the players and officials  leave the tunnel


GB at 2015-05-30 17:21:44

In his autobiography published in 2004, David Elleray wrote the following whilst referring to his 1994 cup final appointment,

“Whatever else anyone might claim, it is the biggest match of your career as you only referee the final once, you are desperate not to make a mess of it. People are often surprised to learn that you can only do it once but I thoroughly approve of the principle. It is such a special occasion that […] it would never be as good the second time round. I strongly believe that no one should have all the big games and those who have shown themselves capable of refereeing at the highest level should receive the highest accolade of doing the Cup Final.”

Well David, I certainly hope that no one does “make a mess of it” today, but if they do, you won’t have to look very far for whom to blame ……

As for the once only tradition, I personally agree with that one, however, those who follow the funny shape ball have a different point of view. Wayne Barnes, who is taking change of the Rugby Premiership Final this season, is the boss for the 6th time in the last 8 seasons.  Rather than pass it around to whoever is available, the RFU award their top game to the best referee each season.


GB at 2015-05-30 17:20:23

Reserve Assistant Referee: Harry Lennard (HL)

Harry Lennard makes up the team as the Reserve Assistant Referee, which is a position which has never been called into use yet in the FA Cup Final. That said, Reserve Assistant Referees were first appointed in 2010 and they could have done with one in 2006 for Liverpool v West Ham game, when the original assistant referee Peter Kirkup woke up with a stye in his eye on the morning of the match, which affected his vision. He was replaced by Premier League Select Group Assistant Referee (and FIFA Referee), Ceri Richards from South Wales, as the final was due to be played at the millennium Stadium in Cardiff. Can you imagine how that phone call must have gone when someone rings-up and asks “what are you doing this afternoon? – Fancy running the line in the Cup Final ….?” I am led to believe that Ceri though it was a joke to start with – I don’t blame him! Peter Kirkup was appointed to the final the following year.


GB at 2015-05-30 17:18:52

4th Official: Craig Pawson (CP)

Craig Pawson finishes the season which saw him gain promotion to the FIFA Referees List with the honour of being Jon Moss’s wing man in the Technical Areas.


There is much more to this appointment than just holding up the board, but the one thing he is not responsible for is timekeeping, as this is the sole responsibility of the match referee.


Here is the full list of duties which the 4th Official is responsible for:


  • He assists the referee at all times:


  • Prior to the start of the competition, the organiser states clearly whether, if the referee is unable to continue, the fourth official takes over as the referee or whether the senior assistant referee takes over as referee with the fourth official becoming an assistant referee.


  • The fourth official assists with any administrative duties before, during and after the match, as required by the referee.


  • He is responsible for assisting with substitution procedures during the match.


  • He has the authority to check the equipment of substitutes before they enter the field of play. If their equipment does not comply with the Laws of the Game, he informs the referee.


  • He supervises the replacement balls, where required. If the match ball has to be replaced during a match, he provides another ball, on the instruction of the referee, thus keeping the delay to a minimum.


  • He assists the referee to control the match in accordance with the Laws of the Game. The referee, however, retains the authority to decide on all points connected with play.


  • After the match, the fourth official must submit a report to the appropriate authorities on any misconduct or other incident that occurred out of the view of the referee and the assistant referees. The fourth official must advise the referee and his assistants of any report being made.


  • He has the authority to inform the referee of irresponsible behaviour by any occupant of the technical area.


GB at 2015-05-30 17:17:11

Today’s Assistants:


AR1: Darren England (DE)

Darren England made his first appearance in the Premier League back in 2011 having made it to the Football League list in 2009. He obtained his FIFA badge in 2013 and has 32 international appointments under his belt including 5 games at last year’s U19 EURO finals in Hungary. He has worked with today’s referee on just 4 Premier League games this season.


Darren may find himself doing the odd line in Europe next season as he maintains his Assistant Referee’s FIFA badge until the end of the calendar year, but this will be his last domestic run out as an Assistant as he has just been promoted to the National List of Referees for next season, so he will be taking charge of Football League games from August.  Congratulations come from everyone here and we wish Darren all the best in the middle!


AR2: Simon Bennett (SB)

Simon’s first season on the Premier League was 2011/12 and he quickly stood out from the pack sufficiently enough to be selected for the FIFA list at the beginning of 2013. He has officiated in 20 Premier League fixtures this season, including 5 appearances with today’s referee. Since his elevation to the Select Group he has officiated in 79 Premier League matches in this country as well as 15 international fixtures in different competitions since January 2013.


GB at 2015-05-30 17:14:51

Today’s officials are:

Referee:  Johnathon Moss (JM)

AR1: Darren England (DE)

AR2: Simon Bennett (SB)

4th Official: Craig Pawson (CP)

Reserve AR: Harry Lennard (HL)



So Johnathon Moss gets to cash in the dream ticket today and conduct the game which is generally accepted as the pinnacle of a referee’s career in England. The 44-year-old from West Riding, who continues to teach one day a week as an executive head at Beech Hill School in Halifax, has been a professional referee since 2011.


Moss refereed his first game at the age of 18 but continued to play to a reasonable standard with Sunderland’s youth team, plus spells with Connecticut State University in the US and Millwall until he was 29, when he made the decision to pack his shin pads away and concentrate on whistling full time at weekends. The refereeing fraternity is packed with officials who often regret not starting their refereeing career earlier because they kept on playing too long. Although Jon is a shining example of what can still be achieved when you join the party late, my advice to any budding young referees out there who are still playing is to make the jump as soon as possible, as the rewards at the top of the refereeing pyramid are well worth it these days.


Jon is one of the few top flight referees who still does the odd game of “grassroots” football when he has a free Sunday, but today will be a far cry from that. He is no stranger to Wembley, having been involved in the Community Shield and the Conference and Championship play-off finals in the past.


This season he has refereed a creditable 30 Premier League games (joint second in the table with Anthony Taylor behind Martin Atkinson), which have included both Arsenal and Aston Villa two apiece. These games have produced 114 Yellow Cards and 14 Red Cards.


You Are The Ref wishes Jon Moss and his team all the very best this afternoon and hopes that they all put in some great performances worthy of the occasion.

Starting line-ups

GB at 2015-05-30 17:13:39

Here are todays starting line-ups:




Wojciech Szcz?sny (A 1)

Per Mertesacker (A 4)

Laurent Koscielny (A 6)

Mesut Özil (A 11)

Theo Walcott (A 14)

Aaron Ramsey (A 16)

Alexis Sánchez (A 17)

Nacho Monreal (A 18)

Santi Cazorla (A 19)

Francis Coquelin (A 34)

Héctor Bellerín (A 39)


Kieran Gibbs (A 3)

Gabriel Paulista (A 5)

Jack Wilshere (A 10)

Olivier Giroud (A 12)

David Ospina (A 13)

Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain (A 15)

Mathieu Flamini (A 20)



Aston Villa

Shay Given (AV 31)

Ron Vlaar (AV 4)

Jores Okore (AV 5)

Tom Cleverley (AV 8)

Ashley Westwood (AV 15)

Fabian Delph (AV 16)

Kieran Richardson (AV 18)

Christian Benteke (AV 20)

Alan Hutton (AV 21)

Charles N’Zogbia (AV 28)

Jack Grealish (AV 40)


Brad Guzan (AV 1)

Nathan Baker (AV 2)

Leandro Bacuna (AV 7)

S Sinclair (AV 9)

Gabriel Agbonlahor (AV 11)

Joe Cole (AV 12)

Carlos Sánchez (AV 24)


GB at 2015-05-30 17:10:42

Arsenal are hoping to make this the 11th occasion that a team has successfully achieved back-to-back FA Cup wins having already done this before in the 2001/02 and 2002/03 seasons. The other teams who have managed to do this are: Wanderers and Blackburn Rovers (three times each Tottenham Hotspur (twice) and Newcastle United (once). Arsenal also creep one in front of Manchester United today as the team with the most appearances in the final at 19, with 11 wins.


Aston Villa also have a respectable FA Cup heritage with 10 final appearances including 7 wins, although you have to go back to 1957 for the last time they were Champions, and 2000 for their last runner’s up spot.


Arsenal are in front of the FA Cup head-to-head clashes between today’s two clubs:

Arsenal Wins


Aston Villa Wins






GB at 2015-05-30 17:08:52

Goal-line technology will obviously be used today for only the 2nd time in the Final, having proved so valuable in Arsenal’s Semi-Final here.


I wonder if we will see more technology being used at Wembley in the next 10 years?



GB at 2015-05-30 17:05:21

Two players have been sent off in the FA Cup final, but there has only ever been one red card shown!


The 1985 Cup Final was the first to involve a player being sent off, when Referee Peter Willis dismissed Kevin Moran (Man Utd), for what was referred to as a “professional foul” in those days, before the law was later refined to clarify the offence as Denying and Obvious Goalscoring Opportunity (DOGSO).


In the 2005 Cup Final, Referee Rob Styles dismissed Jose Antonio Reyes (Arsenal) for a 2nd Yellow Card in last minute of extra time.


Red & Yellow cards were first used in England in 1976, but The FA decided to do away with them in 1981 as there was a train of thought that “demonstrative referees” were contributing to the excessive violence on the terraces. By 1987, FIFA said that England was out of step and should reintroduce cards for the 1987-88 season. As a result, this often causes a lot of arguments as to who received the first Red Card in an FA Cup Final; Kevin Moran was the first player to be sent off, but Red and Yellow Cards were not used in that final, so the answer is that Jose Reyes was shown the first Red Card!



GB at 2015-05-30 17:02:54

The pinnacle of England’s historic competition, usually heralds a glorious day and a wonderful occasion which anyone who has grown up loving football, from all 4 corners of the globe, enjoys sitting back to watch. There were 736 clubs accepted for entry into this season’s competition, which started with the extra preliminary round back on the 16th August 2014 (which means it all starts again in about 10 weeks’ time!)


Whatever happens this afternoon, there must be a winner. Until 1993, if the final could not be decided after extra time, the match would be replayed, which occurred a total of six times. Traditionally the same match officials took charge of any replays in all rounds (including the final), until the mid 90’s, when re-appointments were introduced. In 1993, the current system which ensures that the final will be decided ‘on the day’, was implemented, putting an end to FA Cup Final replays. This means that a draw at the end of normal time plus 30 minutes of extra time will lead to a penalty shootout to determine the winner of the competition. Only two FA Cup Finals have been decided by a penalty shootout;

2005 Arsenal v Manchester United 0 – 0 a.e.t  – then Arsenal won 5 – 4 on penalties


2006 Liverpool v West Ham United 3 – 3 a.e.t – then Liverpool won 3 – 1 on penalties


GB at 2015-05-30 17:01:07

30 minutes to go before KO and welcome to live minute by minute RefCam coverage of the 2015 FA Challenge Cup Final between Arsenal and Aston Villa.

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