2000 FA Cup Final

The 2000 FA Cup Final was the 119th final of the FA Cup, and the 72nd (excluding replays) and last to be played at the old Wembley Stadium. It took place on 20 May 2000 and was contested between Chelsea and Aston Villa, the latter making its first FA Cup Final appearance since winning it in 1957.

Chelsea won 1–0 to secure their second FA Cup in four years, and their third in all. The goal was scored midway through the second half by Roberto Di Matteo, who had also scored in the 1997 final.

Wembley Stadium closed five months later, and was subsequently rebuilt. The FA Cup Final was played at the Millennium Stadium, Cardiff for the next six years, before returning to Wembley in 2007.

2000 FA Cup Final
Old Wembley Stadium (external view)
Event1999–2000 FA Cup
Chelsea Aston Villa
1 0
Date20 May 2000
VenueWembley Stadium, London
Man of the MatchDennis Wise[1] (Chelsea)
RefereeGraham Poll[2] (Hertfordshire)

Road to Wembley

Third Round Hull City 1–6 Chelsea
Fourth Round Chelsea 2–0 Nottingham Forest
Fifth Round Chelsea 2–1 Leicester City
Sixth Round Chelsea 5–0 Gillingham
Semi-Final Newcastle United 1–2 Chelsea
(at Wembley Stadium)
Aston Villa
Third Round Aston Villa 2–1 Darlington
Fourth Round Aston Villa 1–0 Southampton
Fifth Round Aston Villa 3–2 Leeds United
Sixth Round Everton 1–2 Aston Villa
Semi-Final Bolton Wanderers 0–0 Aston Villa
(at Wembley Stadium)
Aston Villa won 4–1 on penalties



Following a poor quality first half in which few chances were created, the match was brighter in the second, with Chelsea generally having the better of the play. George Weah missed several chances and Dennis Wise had a goal disallowed for offside, while Villa's Gareth Southgate headed wide. On 73 minutes, Roberto Di Matteo scored what proved to be the winning goal, capitalising on an error from Villa goalkeeper David James to put the ball in the net from close range. James came roaring off his line to deal with Zola's free-kick from the left, he fumbled the ball against Gareth Southgate's chest with Di Matteo blasting the rebound into the roof of the net. Villa could not get back in the match, their best chance falling to Benito Carbone, but his tame shot did not test Ed de Goey in goal.

Match details

Chelsea1–0Aston Villa
Di Matteo Goal 73' Report
Aston Villa
GK 1 Netherlands Ed de Goey
RB 15 Netherlands Mario Melchiot Yellow card 18'
CB 6 France Marcel Desailly
CB 5 France Frank Leboeuf
LB 3 Nigeria Celestine Babayaro
DM 7 France Didier Deschamps
CM 16 Italy Roberto Di Matteo
CM 11 England Dennis Wise (c) Yellow card 28'
AM 8 Uruguay Gus Poyet Yellow card
CF 25 Italy Gianfranco Zola Substituted off 89'
CF 31 Liberia George Weah Substituted off 88'
GK 23 Italy Carlo Cudicini
CB 26 England John Terry
LB 34 England Jon Harley
CM 20 England Jody Morris Substituted in 89'
CF 19 Norway Tore André Flo Substituted in 88'
Italy Gianluca Vialli
GK 1 England David James
DF 24 Wales Mark Delaney
DF 5 England Ugo Ehiogu
DF 4 England Gareth Southgate (c)
DF 15 England Gareth Barry Yellow card 16'
DF 3 England Alan Wright Substituted off 88'
MF 6 Netherlands George Boateng Yellow card
MF 10 England Paul Merson
MF 7 England Ian Taylor Substituted off 79'
MF 18 Italy Benito Carbone Substituted off 79'
FW 9 England Dion Dublin
GK 39 Finland Peter Enckelman
DF 31 England Jlloyd Samuel
MF 26 England Steve Stone Substituted in 79'
MF 17 England Lee Hendrie Substituted in 88'
FW 12 England Julian Joachim Substituted in 79'
England John Gregory

Man of the match

Match rules

  • 90 minutes.
  • 30 minutes of extra-time if necessary.
  • Penalty shootout if scores still level.
  • Five named substitutes
  • Maximum of 3 substitutions.


Chelsea Aston Villa
Goal attempts 5 11
Corner kicks 2 3
Fouls committed 17 14
Offsides 5 2
Yellow cards 3 2
Red cards 0 0

Source: The People[1]


  1. ^ a b c Bates, Steve (21 May 2000). "VIALLI'S SO DI-LIGHTED; Chelsea 1 Aston Villa 0". The People. Retrieved 10 May 2012.
  2. ^ a b c d Malam, Colin (21 May 2000). "Chelsea 1 Aston Villa 0". The Telegraph. Archived from the original on 24 October 2007. Retrieved 10 May 2012.

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1999–2000 FA Cup

The 1999–2000 FA Cup (known as The FA Cup sponsored by AXA for sponsorship reasons) was the 119th staging of the FA Cup. Both the semi-finals and final of the competition were played at Wembley Stadium for the last time before reconstruction work began. The competition culminated with the final between Chelsea and Aston Villa. The game was won by a goal from Chelsea's Roberto Di Matteo, giving them a 1–0 victory.

The title holders Manchester United, withdrew from the 1999–2000 competition due to their participation in the 2000 FIFA Club World Championship in South America, to take place in early 2000, thus becoming the first FA Cup winners not to defend their title. Despite this being at the request of the Football Association (FA), they received criticism from journalists and television pundits. To keep the competition running smoothly, the FA chose to draw one team from among those lower-division teams defeated in the second round to progress as "lucky losers" to the third. Darlington were the team drawn.The main competition started in November 1999 for clubs from the Football League and Premiership.

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