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Carli Lloyd resumes her domination at Wembley, helps Man City win FA Cup

City are establishing themselves as a dominant force in English women’s football (Wembley Stadium/Twitter) Back in 2012, Carli Lloyd made her mark at Wembley when she scored both goals in the U.S.’s 2–1 win over Japan in the Olympic gold medal match. On Saturday, she returned to Wembley with Manchester City to face Birmingham in the …

When Tottenham did the Double

This day in football history On 6 May 1961, Tottenham Hotspur completed their Double by winning the FA Cup with a 2–0 victory over Leicester City. Spurs were the first team to win the FA Cup and the League in the same season since Aston Villa did it in 1897. Tottenham had already won the league in …

When Bert Trautmann won the FA Cup with a broken neck

This day in football history 8Trautmann (center) after the match On 5 May 1956, Manchester City defeated Birmingham City 3–1 in the FA Cup final before a crowd of over 100,000 at London’s Wembley Stadium. It was a remarkable win, considering that the Man City goalkeeper, Bert Trautmann, played the last 17 minutes with a broken neck. Although …

When Aston Villa won the FA Cup, then lost it

This day in football history On 20 April 1895, Aston Villa scored what was at the time the fastest goal in FA Cup final history to beat West Bromwich Albion 1–0 before a crowd of 42,560 at London’s Crystal Palace. Because many of those attendees were slow entering the stadium, they missed the record-setting goal. There …

ICYMI: An absurd opening goal for an absurd game

Only a fat man eating a pie could overshadow Lucas Perez’s opening goal in Sutton v Arsenal (Arsenal/Twitter) Perhaps the most seen moment of Monday’s FA Cup match between Arsenal and Sutton, thanks to the magic of social media and the general plebian appeal of Sutton reserve goalie Wayne Shaw, was Shaw eating a pie on …

The Magic of the FA Cup vs. the Reversion to the Mean

A battle between upsets and expectations in the world’s oldest football competition (Millwall/Twitter) If you’re a Millwall fan, you’re likely proud that, as the chant goes, no one likes you, and if you’re a Millwall fan in proximity to The Den, you’re breathing easier after a long, protracted battle over the future of the Millwall …

When Liverpool suffered their worst cup defeat

This day in football history (Worcester City/Twitter) On 15 January 1959, Southern League side Worcester City staged one of the biggest upsets in FA Cup history by beating Liverpool 2–1 at St. George’s Lane in the third round. At the time, Liverpool were atop the Second Division table, three levels above non-league strugglers Worcester City. City, …