x Abu Dhabi, UAESaturday 20 January 2018

Five of the great FA Cup finals

From Bolton's triumph in 1923 to Liverpool's penalties win in 2006, five of the best FA Cup finals.

1923 Bolton v West Ham The first final at Wembley Stadium was marked by more than 200,000 people storming the 127,000 capacity venue, spilling onto the pitch. The kick-off was delayed by 45 minutes so the pitch could be cleared for the supporters to see Bolton play West Ham. The match is remembered as the "White Horse Final" in honour of the horse, ridden by PC George Scorey, who managed to clear the crowd. Bolton won 2-0.

1953 Blackpool v Bolton It is a marker of how well Stanley Matthews played in the 4-3 win for Blackpool that Stan Mortensen scored a hat-trick yet it was the wing wizard who was credited with inspiring Blackpool to recover from 3-1 down to lift the trophy. The game is remembered as the "Matthews Final". 1973 Sunderland v Leeds No one gave Sunderland, the second division strugglers, a hope of beating Leeds at Wembley - but Jim Montgomery, the Sunderland keeper, had other ideas. He produced a series of outstanding saves, the highlight of which was a double stop to deny Trevor Cherry and Peter Lorimer, to protect Ian Porterfield's 31st-minute goal.

1981 Tottenham v Manchester City (replay) Spurs' Ricky Villa lit up a damp night with arguably the greatest FA Cup final goal, weaving past Tony Caton, twice, and Ray Ranson before sliding the winner past Joe Corrigan. 2006 Liverpool v West Ham Liverpool fans take umbrage at the suggestion they are a two-man team but four years ago they were inspired to victory by a career-defining solo display from Steven Gerrard at the Millennium Stadium in Cardiff. He smashed in a dipping strike to make it 2-2 and then, after the Reds fell behind again, scored a stunning equaliser deep into injury. Liverpool won the final on penalties.