The 1995–96 FA Cup (known as The FA Cup sponsored by Littlewoods for sponsorship reasons) was the 115th staging of the FA Cup. The competition was won outright by Manchester United, who won the final through a goal from Eric Cantona five minutes from the end of the game. It gave Manchester United a league and cup double after they secured their third league title in four years. It was also United's third straight FA Cup Final.
The tournament began with teams from non-league football competing in preliminary and qualifying rounds in order to make it to the competition proper. Details of the qualifying tournament and all the rounds through to the final are available at FA Cup archives. Teams from Divisions 1-3 entered at the First Round, while Premiership teams entered in the Third Round.
|1995–96 FA Cup|
|Champions||Manchester United |
|Round||Initial Matches||New Entries||Clubs|
|Preliminary Round||Saturday --- August 1995||342||575 → 404|
|First Round Qualifying||Saturday 9 September 1995||117||404 → 260|
|Second Round Qualifying||Saturday 23 September 1995||none||260 → 188|
|Third Round Qualifying||Saturday 7 October 1995||none||188 → 152|
|Fourth Round Qualifying||Saturday 21 October 1995||20||152 → 124|
|First Round Proper||Saturday 11 November 1995||52||124 → 84|
|Second Round Proper||Saturday 2 December 1995||none||84 → 64|
|Third Round Proper||Saturday 6 January 1996||44||64 → 32|
|Fourth Round Proper||Saturday 27 January 1996||none||32 → 16|
|Fifth Round Proper||Saturday 17 February 1996||none||16 → 8|
|Sixth Round Proper||Saturday 9 March 1996||none||8 → 4|
|Semi-Finals||Sunday 31 March 1996||none||4 → 2|
|Final||Saturday 11 May 1996||none||2 → 1|
The First Round featured those non-league teams who had come through the qualifying rounds and the teams from the third and fourth tiers of the English football league system. The matches were played on 11 November 1995. There were ten replays, with two ties requiring a penalty shootout to settle them. Fulham's 7-0 victory over Swansea City was an FA Cup record margin of victory against a team from a higher division.
|Tie no||Home team||Score||Away team||Attendance|
|1||Blackpool||2–1||Chester City||11 November 1995|
|2||Bournemouth||0–0||Bristol City||11 November 1995|
|Replay||Bristol City||0–1||Bournemouth||21 November 1995|
|3||Barnet||2–2||Woking||11 November 1995|
|Replay||Woking||2–1||Barnet||21 November 1995|
|4||Barrow||2–1||Nuneaton Borough||11 November 1995|
|5||Burnley||1–3||Walsall||10 November 1995|
|6||Bury||0–2||Blyth Spartans||11 November 1995|
|7||Canvey Island||2–2||Brighton & Hove Albion||12 November 1995|
|Replay||Brighton & Hove Albion||4–1||Canvey Island||21 November 1995|
|8||Rochdale||5–3||Rotherham United||11 November 1995|
|9||Northwich Victoria||1–3||Scunthorpe United||11 November 1995|
|10||Swindon Town||4–1||Cambridge United||11 November 1995|
|11||Scarborough||0–2||Chesterfield||11 November 1995|
|12||Shrewsbury Town||11–2||Marine||11 November 1995|
|13||Stockport County||5–0||Lincoln City||11 November 1995|
|14||Wycombe Wanderers||1–1||Gillingham||13 November 1995|
|Replay||Gillingham||1–0||Wycombe Wanderers||21 November 1995|
|15||Kidderminster Harriers||2–2||Sutton United||11 November 1995|
|Replay||Sutton United||1–1||Kidderminster Harriers||21 November 1995|
|Sutton United won 3–1 on penalties|
|16||Fulham||7–0||Swansea City||11 November 1995|
|17||Brentford||1–1||Farnborough Town||11 November 1995|
|Replay||Farnborough Town||0–4||Brentford||22 November 1995|
|18||Northampton Town||1–0||Hayes||11 November 1995|
|19||Bradford City||4–3||Burton Albion||11 November 1995|
|20||Hull City||0–0||Wrexham||11 November 1995|
|Replay||Wrexham||0–0||Hull City||21 November 1995|
|Wrexham won 3–1 on penalties|
|21||Carlisle United||1–2||Preston North End||11 November 1995|
|22||Spennymoor United||0–1||Colwyn Bay||11 November 1995|
|23||Hitchin Town||2–1||Bristol Rovers||11 November 1995|
|24||Altrincham||0–2||Crewe Alexandra||22 November 1995|
|25||Exeter City||0–1||Peterborough United||11 November 1995|
|26||Bognor Regis Town||1–1||Ashford Town||11 November 1995|
|Replay||Ashford Town||0–1||Bognor Regis Town||21 November 1995|
|27||Mansfield Town||4–2||Doncaster Rovers||11 November 1995|
|28||Kingstonian||5–1||Wisbech Town||11 November 1995|
|29||Runcorn||1–1||Wigan Athletic||11 November 1995|
|Replay||Wigan Athletic||4–2||Runcorn||21 November 1995|
|30||Torquay United||1–0||Leyton Orient||11 November 1995|
|31||York City||0–1||Notts County||12 November 1995|
|32||Hereford United||2–1||Stevenage Borough||11 November 1995|
|33||Newport (IOW)||1–1||Enfield||11 November 1995|
|Replay||Enfield||2–1||Newport (IOW)||21 November 1995|
|34||Gravesend & Northfleet||2–0||Colchester United||11 November 1995|
|35||Slough Town||0–2||Plymouth Argyle||11 November 1995|
|36||Cinderford Town||2–1||Bromsgrove Rovers||11 November 1995|
|37||Oxford United||9–1||Dorchester Town||11 November 1995|
|38||Telford United||2–1||Witton Albion||11 November 1995|
|39||Hartlepool United||2–4||Darlington||11 November 1995|
|40||Rushden & Diamonds||1–3||Cardiff City||11 November 1995|
The second round of the competition featured the winners of the first round ties. The matches were played on 2 December 1995, with six replays and one penalty shootout required.
|Tie no||Home team||Score||Away team||Attendance|
|1||Enfield||1–1||Woking||2 December 1995|
|Replay||Woking||2–1||Enfield||12 December 1995|
|2||Blackpool||2–0||Colwyn Bay||2 December 1995|
|3||Bournemouth||0–1||Brentford||2 December 1995|
|4||Barrow||0–4||Wigan Athletic||2 December 1995|
|5||Rochdale||2–2||Darlington||2 December 1995|
|Replay||Darlington||0–1||Rochdale||12 December 1995|
|6||Gillingham||3–0||Hitchin Town||2 December 1995|
|7||Crewe Alexandra||2–0||Mansfield Town||2 December 1995|
|8||Swindon Town||2–0||Cardiff City||2 December 1995|
|9||Wrexham||3–2||Chesterfield||2 December 1995|
|10||Stockport County||2–0||Blyth Spartans||2 December 1995|
|11||Fulham||0–0||Brighton & Hove Albion||2 December 1995|
|Replay||Brighton & Hove Albion||0–0||Fulham||14 December 1995|
|Fulham won 4–1 on penalties|
|12||Bradford City||2–1||Preston North End||2 December 1995|
|13||Scunthorpe United||1–1||Shrewsbury Town||2 December 1995|
|Replay||Shrewsbury Town||2–1||Scunthorpe United||12 December 1995|
|14||Kingstonian||1–2||Plymouth Argyle||3 December 1995|
|15||Torquay United||1–1||Walsall||2 December 1995|
|Replay||Walsall||8–4||Torquay United||12 December 1995|
|16||Hereford United||2–0||Sutton United||2 December 1995|
|17||Peterborough United||4–0||Bognor Regis Town||2 December 1995|
|18||Cinderford Town||1–1||Gravesend & Northfleet||2 December 1995|
|Replay||Gravesend & Northfleet||3–0||Cinderford Town||14 December 1995|
|19||Oxford United||2–0||Northampton Town||2 December 1995|
|20||Telford United||0–2||Notts County||2 December 1995|
The third round of the season's FA Cup was scheduled for 6 January and marked the point at which the teams in the two highest divisions in the English league system, the Premier League and the Football League First Division (now known as the Football League Championship). There were fourteen replays, with only one of these games going to penalties to settle it.
|Tie no||Home team||Score||Away team||Attendance|
|2||Southampton||3–0||Portsmouth||7 January 1996|
|3||Watford||1–1||Wimbledon||6 January 1996|
|Replay||Wimbledon||1–0||Watford||17 January 1996|
|4||Reading||3–1||Gillingham||6 January 1996|
|5||Walsall||1–0||Wigan Athletic||6 January 1996|
|6||Leicester City||0–0||Manchester City||6 January 1996|
|Replay||Manchester City||5–0||Leicester City||17 January 1996|
|7||Notts County||1–2||Middlesbrough||6 January 1996|
|8||Aston Villa||3–0||Gravesend & Northfleet||6 January 1996|
|9||Grimsby Town||7–1||Luton Town||6 January 1996|
|10||Crewe Alexandra||4–3||West Bromwich Albion||6 January 1996|
|11||Derby County||2–4||Leeds United||7 January 1996|
|12||Everton||2–2||Stockport County||7 January 1996|
|Replay||Stockport County||2–3||Everton||17 January 1996|
|13||Swindon Town||2–0||Woking||6 January 1996|
|14||Ipswich Town||0–0||Blackburn Rovers||6 January 1996|
|Replay||Blackburn Rovers||0–1||Ipswich Town||16 January 1996|
|15||Tranmere Rovers||0–2||Queens Park Rangers||6 January 1996|
|16||Fulham||1–1||Shrewsbury Town||6 January 1996|
|Replay||Shrewsbury Town||2–1||Fulham||16 January 1996|
|17||Barnsley||0–0||Oldham Athletic||6 January 1996|
|Replay||Oldham Athletic||2–1||Barnsley||23 January 1996|
|18||West Ham United||2–0||Southend United||6 January 1996|
|19||Manchester United||2–2||Sunderland||6 January 1996|
|Replay||Sunderland||1–2||Manchester United||16 January 1996|
|20||Norwich City||1–2||Brentford||6 January 1996|
|21||Plymouth Argyle||1–3||Coventry City||6 January 1996|
|22||Bradford City||0–3||Bolton Wanderers||6 January 1996|
|23||Millwall||3–3||Oxford United||6 January 1996|
|Replay||Oxford United||1–0||Millwall||16 January 1996|
|24||Crystal Palace||0–0||Port Vale||6 January 1996|
|Replay||Port Vale||4–3||Crystal Palace||16 January 1996|
|25||Chelsea||1–1||Newcastle United||7 January 1996|
|Replay||Newcastle United||2–2||Chelsea||17 January 1996|
|Chelsea won 4–2 on penalties|
|26||Huddersfield Town||2–1||Blackpool||6 January 1996|
|27||Charlton Athletic||2–0||Sheffield Wednesday||6 January 1996|
|28||Arsenal||1–1||Sheffield United||6 January 1996|
|Replay||Sheffield United||1–0||Arsenal||17 January 1996|
|29||Hereford United||1–1||Tottenham Hotspur||6 January 1996|
|Replay||Tottenham Hotspur||5–1||Hereford United||17 January 1996|
|30||Stoke City||1–1||Nottingham Forest||6 January 1996|
|Replay||Nottingham Forest||2–0||Stoke City||17 January 1996|
|31||Peterborough United||1–0||Wrexham||6 January 1996|
|32||Birmingham City||1–1||Wolverhampton Wanderers||6 January 1996|
|Replay||Wolverhampton Wanderers||2–1||Birmingham City||17 January 1996|
The Fourth Round ties were played with the thirty-two winners of the previous round. The matches were originally scheduled for Saturday, 27 January, although only four matches were played that weekend, and only two of these matches resulted in a victory for one side. There were seven replays but no penalty shootouts.
|Tie no||Home team||Score||Away team||Attendance|
|1||Southampton||1–1||Crewe Alexandra||7 February 1996|
|Replay||Crewe Alexandra||2–3||Southampton||13 February 1996|
|2||Reading||0–3||Manchester United||27 January 1996|
|3||Nottingham Forest||1–1||Oxford United||7 February 1996|
|Replay||Oxford United||0–3||Nottingham Forest||13 February 1996|
|4||Bolton Wanderers||0–1||Leeds United||14 February 1996|
|5||Middlesbrough||0–0||Wimbledon||7 February 1996|
|Replay||Wimbledon||1–0||Middlesbrough||13 February 1996|
|6||Everton||2–2||Port Vale||27 January 1996|
|Replay||Port Vale||2–1||Everton||14 February 1996|
|7||Swindon Town||1–0||Oldham Athletic||12 February 1996|
|9||Sheffield United||0–1||Aston Villa||28 January 1996|
|10||Ipswich Town||1–0||Walsall||13 February 1996|
|11||Tottenham Hotspur||1–1||Wolverhampton Wanderers||27 January 1996|
|Replay||Wolverhampton Wanderers||0–2||Tottenham Hotspur||7 February 1996|
|12||Queens Park Rangers||1–2||Chelsea||29 January 1996|
|13||Coventry City||2–2||Manchester City||7 February 1996|
|Replay||Manchester City||2–1||Coventry City||14 February 1996|
|14||West Ham United||1–1||Grimsby Town||7 February 1996|
|Replay||Grimsby Town||3–0||West Ham United||14 February 1996|
|15||Huddersfield Town||2–0||Peterborough United||6 February 1996|
|16||Charlton Athletic||3–2||Brentford||7 February 1996|
The Fifth Round matches were scheduled for 17 February. There were five replays and one penalty shootout.
|Tie no||Home team||Score||Away team||Attendance|
|2||Nottingham Forest||2–2||Tottenham Hotspur||28 February 1996|
|Replay||Tottenham Hotspur||1–1||Nottingham Forest||9 March 1996|
|Nottingham Forest won 3–1 on penalties|
|3||Grimsby Town||0–0||Chelsea||21 February 1996|
|Replay||Chelsea||4–1||Grimsby Town||28 February 1996|
|4||Swindon Town||1–1||Southampton||17 February 1996|
|Replay||Southampton||2–0||Swindon Town||28 February 1996|
|5||Ipswich Town||1–3||Aston Villa||17 February 1996|
|6||Manchester United||2–1||Manchester City||18 February 1996|
|7||Huddersfield Town||2–2||Wimbledon||17 February 1996|
|Replay||Wimbledon||3–1||Huddersfield Town||28 February 1996|
|8||Leeds United||0–0||Port Vale||21 February 1996|
|Replay||Port Vale||1–2||Leeds United||27 February 1996|
The four quarter-final ties were scheduled to be played on the weekend of 9 and 10 March 1996. There were two replays, between Liverpool and Leeds and Wimbledon & Chelsea. These were played on 20 March 1996.
This was a rare occurrence of all eight quarter-finals being from the top division.
|Chelsea||2 – 2||Wimbledon|
|Leeds United||0 – 0||Liverpool|
|Manchester United||2 – 0||Southampton|
|Nottingham Forest||0 – 1||Aston Villa|
|Wimbledon||1 – 3||Chelsea|
|Liverpool||3 – 0||Leeds United|
|McManaman 57', 73'
The semi final ties were played at neutral venues on 31 March 1996. Manchester United and Liverpool beat Chelsea and Aston Villa respectively to reach the final. At this stage, Manchester United were top of the league and looking good bets for a unique second double two years after their first one, while Liverpool were hopeful of a similar triumph as they were third in the league and still in with a slim chance of a second double 10 years after their first one.
Just weeks before accepting the role as England manager, Glenn Hoddle watched his Chelsea side throw away their chances of major trophy late in the season for the third year running, one year after losing in the UEFA Cup Winners' Cup semi-finals and two years after losing the FA Cup final.
Aston Villa's defeat ended their hopes of emulating Arsenal's 1993 triumph of an FA Cup/League Cup double, as they had lifted the League Cup the previous weekend.
|Manchester United||2 – 1||Chelsea|
|Liverpool||3 – 0||Aston Villa|
|Fowler 16', 86'
A late goal from Eric Cantona, United's top scorer and the FWA Player of the Year just a year after being vilified for the assault on a spectator which saw him banned from football for eight months, saw a United side featuring some of the Premier League's youngest players clinch a 1-0 win over Liverpool to become the first team to win the double twice, two years after their first double.
|Manchester United||1 – 0||Liverpool|
The matches shown live on the BBC were: Chelsea 1–1 Newcastle United (R3); Sheffield United 0–1 Aston Villa (R4); Manchester United 2–1 Manchester City (R5); Leeds United 0–0 Liverpool (QF); Manchester United 2–1 Chelsea (SF) and Manchester United 1–0 Liverpool (Final).
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