Top 10 dramatic FA Cup final moments


10. Ian Rush double vs Everton, 1989

This clash, just a month after the tragic events surrounding the semi final at Hillsborough, was memorable for the return of Ian Rush from a spell at Juventus in Italy, and he picked up where he left off with two extra-time goals to win it for the Reds.

9. Patrick Vieira wins it for Arsenal, 2005

This game ticks a few boxes in the category marked 'history making'. It was the first final that went to penalties; it was the Frenchman's last ever kick of a ball for the Gunners, and it was, still to this day, the last time Arsene Wenger's side won a major trophy. Yikes. Made all the more memorable for the fact that Manchester United had completely dominated the game.

8. Ian Wright double vs Manchester United, 1990

His first game back from a broken leg that kept him out of the epic 4-3 semi-final win over Liverpool, Wright came off the bench to score twice for little Palace, including a brilliant first where he wriggles past Steve Bruce and Gary Pallister. Quite spectacular given most had predicted United would walk over the Eagles. It wasn't all fairytale though, the game finished 3-3 and Palace lost the replay 1-0, denying them their first ever piece of major domestic silverware.

7. Eric Cantona vs Liverpool, 1996

In the last few minutes of a game made more memorable by the Liverpool players' cream coloured suits worn before kick-off, the Frenchman slammed the ball home from the edge of the box after an (un)characteristic fumble from David James. It set records for Manchester United: first club to win the FA Cup nine times and the first to wrap up the double on two occasions, and continued Liverpool's barren domestic spell that would last for another five years.

6. Crazy Gang stun Liverpool, 1988

Before Vinnie Jones was a (rubbish) movie star and Dennis Wise bit cabbie's noses off, they were part of the aggressive but effective Wimbledon team that shocked the world by beating Division One champions Liverpool. Lawrie Sanchez got the goal in the first half of a game that also saw the first ever penalty save in an FA Cup final (Dave Beasant from John Aldridge) and the first goalkeeper (that man Beasant again ) to captain a team in the final. 

5. Andy Linighan wins it late for Arsenal, 1993

A tall, quiet, unassuming man (and now a plumber in Hertfordshire) Andy Linighan had his fair share of success; none more dramatic than his last minute extra-time replay winner for Arsenal against Sheffield Wednesday in 1993. The big man rose expertly above Mark Bright (perhaps fittingly since Bright had broken Linighan's nose earlier in the game) to nod home. It was the last final that went to a replay and is dubbed the 'longest' final - having been delayed for 30 minutes due to a crash on the M1.

4. Ricky Villa goal vs Manchester City, 1981

The mercurial Argentinean was handed the Wembley Goal of the Century award from the FA for this effort, dancing past 3,000 City defenders before slotting home. He had form too; he scored this humdinger in the semi-final against Wolves to send Spurs to Wembley. Boof!

3. Roberto Di Matteo scores after 45 second, 1997

The now Chelsea boss will surely be watching this video a few times to gee himself up for this weekend's final with Liverpool. Here he scored the quickest ever FA Cup final goal (which stood until Louis Saha scored after 25 seconds against the Blues in 2009). The Italian picked up the ball inside his own half before racing forward and smashing it in from 25-yards off the bar. Bellissimo!

2. Michael Owen late double vs Arsenal, 2001

Remember when Michael Owen used to score goals for fun and wasn't more well known for warming the Old Trafford bench, owning horses or tweeting rubbish? Back in 2001 he was one of the most feared strikers around and proved it with a dramatic late brace to turn the FA Cup final on its head against Arsenal. A volley six minutes from time was quickly followed up by an excellent left-foot strike, after outpacing Tony Adams and Lee Dixon (not a hard task, admittedly) in the final minute. Shame about the 'poor man's Lua Lua' front flip celebration, though.

1. Steven Gerrard goal v West Ham, 2006

"The fourth official has indicated four minutes of injury time" rang out over the tannoy as Liverpool trailed unfancied West Ham 3-2 in the 2006 FA Cup final and the ball bounced out of the box. Thankfully for Reds fans waiting there was Gerrard who smashed it on the half-volley from 30 yards and past Shaka Hislop. A spectacular goal for any occasion. Liverpool went on to win on penalties - their last trophy of the Noughties - and West Ham started their slow decent towards the Championship.