2019 FA Cup Final

The 2019 FA Cup Final was the 138th FA Cup Final, the final match of the 2018–19 FA Cup. It was played at Wembley Stadium in London, England, on 18 May 2019,[2] contested by Manchester City and Watford.[3] Manchester City won the match 6–0, with two goals each from Gabriel Jesus and Raheem Sterling, and one each from David Silva and man of the match Kevin De Bruyne,[4] in only the third time a team has scored six goals in an FA Cup Final. The margin of victory is the joint largest in an FA Cup Final, equalling Bury's 6–0 win over Derby County in 1903.[5] The win completed City a domestic treble, unprecedented for any English teams. Since Manchester City have already qualified for the 2019–20 UEFA Champions League, Wolverhampton Wanderers will enter the 2019–20 UEFA Europa League in the second qualifying round.

The match was the fourth time that the two teams had been drawn against each other – although the first, in the 1985–86 season, required two replays – and the first time in which they had played against each other later than the Fourth Round. Manchester City have won two of their previous meetings and Watford one. It was Manchester City's 11th appearance in the FA Cup final,[6] whereas it was only Watford's second.[7]

2019 FA Cup Final
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Wembley Stadium
Event2018–19 FA Cup
Manchester City Watford
6 0
Date18 May 2019
VenueWembley Stadium, London
Man of the MatchKevin De Bruyne (Manchester City)
RefereeKevin Friend (Leicestershire)[1]

Route to the final

Manchester City

Round Opposition Score
3rd Rotherham United (H) 7–0
4th Burnley (H) 5–0
5th Newport County (A) 4–1
QF Swansea City (A) 3–2
SF Brighton & Hove Albion (N) 1–0
Key: (H) = Home venue; (A) = Away venue; (N) = Neutral venue.

As a Premier League club, Manchester City started in the third round where they were drawn with Championship team Rotherham United at home. City won 7–0 from Raheem Sterling, Phil Foden, an own goal from Semi Ajayi, Gabriel Jesus, Riyad Mahrez, Nicolás Otamendi, and Leroy Sané.[8] In the fourth round, they drew fellow Premier League team Burnley at home where they won 5–0 due to goals from Jesus, Bernardo Silva, Kevin De Bruyne, an own goal from Kevin Long, and Sergio Agüero.[9] In the fifth round, they played League Two side Newport County away at Rodney Parade in Wales. City won 4–1 courtesy of Sané, two from Foden, and Mahrez.[10] In the quarter-finals, they drew Swansea City of the Championship away. Played at Liberty Stadium, they won 3–2 due to goals from Silva, an own goal from Kristoffer Nordfeldt and Agüero.[11] In the semi-finals at Wembley, they were drawn with Premier League side Brighton & Hove Albion and progressed to the final after a 1–0 win with a Jesus goal.[12]


Round Opposition Score
3rd Woking (A) 2–0
4th Newcastle United (A) 2–0
5th Queens Park Rangers (A) 1–0
QF Crystal Palace (H) 2–1
SF Wolverhampton Wanderers (N) 3–2 (a.e.t.)
Key: (H) = Home venue; (A) = Away venue; (N) = Neutral venue.

As a Premier League club, Watford also started in the third round. They were drawn away at National League South side Woking. At the Kingfield Stadium Watford won 2–0 with goals from Will Hughes and Troy Deeney.[13] In the next round they played fellow Premier League Newcastle United away. At St James' Park, Watford progressed following a 2–0 win with goals from Andre Gray and Isaac Success.[14] In the fifth round they played Football League Championship Queens Park Rangers away. At Loftus Road, Watford won 1–0 following an Étienne Capoue goal.[15] In the quarter finals they played fellow Premier League Crystal Palace at home. At their Vicarage Road, Watford won 2–1 with a goal each from Capoue and Gray.[16] At neutral Wembley stadium against fellow Premier League Wolverhampton Wanderers, they came from 2–0 down to win 3–2 after extra time to reach the final with two goals from Gerard Deulofeu and a penalty from Deeney.[17]


Manchester City earned their place in their second cup final of the season, after having already won the 2018–19 EFL Cup.[18] Watford qualified for their first FA Cup final since 1984 and having lost four semi-finals since 1987.[18]

Both clubs received an allocation of approximately 28,000 tickets. For adults, these were priced £45, £70, £115 and £145, with concessions in place. 14,000 tickets were distributed through the football family, which included volunteers representing County FAs, FA affiliated leagues, clubs and charities. Manchester City supporters were seated on the east side of the ground, and Watford's on the west.[19]


Team selection

Watford left-back José Holebas was sent off on the last day of the Premier League season in a 4–1 home defeat by West Ham United; the resulting one-match suspension would have ruled him out of the final. On 13 May, the red card was rescinded, clearing him for selection.[20] The final may also have been Watford goalkeeper Heurelho Gomes' last professional football match as he announced his retirement at the end of the season.[21]


Manchester City6–0Watford
Manchester City
GK 31 Brazil Ederson
RB 2 England Kyle Walker
CB 4 Belgium Vincent Kompany (c)
CB 14 France Aymeric Laporte
LB 35 Ukraine Oleksandr Zinchenko
RM 20 Portugal Bernardo Silva
CM 8 Germany İlkay Gündoğan Substituted off 73'
LM 21 Spain David Silva Yellow card 60' Substituted off 79'
RF 26 Algeria Riyad Mahrez Substituted off 55'
CF 33 Brazil Gabriel Jesus
LF 7 England Raheem Sterling
GK 49 Kosovo Arijanet Muric
DF 3 Brazil Danilo
DF 5 England John Stones Substituted in 79'
DF 30 Argentina Nicolás Otamendi
MF 17 Belgium Kevin De Bruyne Substituted in 55'
MF 19 Germany Leroy Sané Substituted in 73'
FW 10 Argentina Sergio Agüero
Spain Pep Guardiola
Man City vs Watford 2019-05-18
GK 1 Brazil Heurelho Gomes
RB 21 Spain Kiko Femenía Yellow card 80'
CB 6 Jamaica Adrian Mariappa
CB 15 Northern Ireland Craig Cathcart
LB 25 Greece José Holebas
RM 19 England Will Hughes Substituted off 73'
CM 16 France Abdoulaye Doucouré Yellow card 21'
CM 29 France Étienne Capoue
LM 37 Argentina Roberto Pereyra Substituted off 66'
CF 7 Spain Gerard Deulofeu Substituted off 66'
CF 9 England Troy Deeney (c)
GK 26 England Ben Foster
DF 2 Netherlands Daryl Janmaat
DF 11 Italy Adam Masina
DF 27 Belgium Christian Kabasele
MF 8 England Tom Cleverley Substituted in 73'
FW 10 Nigeria Isaac Success Substituted in 66'
FW 18 England Andre Gray Substituted in 66'
Spain Javi Gracia

Man of the Match:
Kevin De Bruyne (Manchester City)

Assistant referees:[1]
Constantine Hatzidakis (Kent)
Matthew Wilkes (West Midlands)
Fourth official:[1]
Graham Scott (Berks & Bucks)
Reserve assistant referee:[1]
Edward Smart (West Midlands)
Video assistant referee:[1]
Andre Marriner (Birmingham)
Assistant video assistant referee:[1]
Harry Lennard (Sussex)

Match rules[22]

  • 90 minutes
  • 30 minutes of extra time if necessary
  • Penalty shoot-out if scores still level
  • Seven named substitutes
  • Maximum of three substitutions, with a fourth allowed in extra time


Manchester City became the first English men's team to win a domestic treble, having already won the EFL Cup and Premier League that season.[23] They will play Liverpool, the Premier League runners-up, in the Community Shield in August.[24]

The day after the game, City captain Vincent Kompany said that the final would be his final game for the club as he would be leaving after 11 years.[25]


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Established in 1885, Bury were founder members of the Lancashire League in 1889, and were crowned champions in the 1890–91 and 1891–92 seasons, before being elected to the English Football League (EFL) in 1894. They won the Second Division title in 1894–95 and won their test match to secure promotion into the First Division. They remained in the top-flight for 17 seasons, winning the FA Cup in 1900 with a 4–0 victory over Southampton and again in 1903 with a 6–0 win over Derby County – this remains a record winning margin in an FA Cup final and has only been equalled once, by Manchester City against Watford in 2019. They were relegated to the Second Division at the end of the 1911–12 season, before securing promotion again in 1923–24. Bury lost their top-flight status in 1928–29 and have not since returned. They dropped into the third tier in 1956–57, before winning promotion as champions of the Third Division under the stewardship of Dave Russell in 1960–61. From 1967 to 1971 they were promoted once but, with three relegations found themselves in the Fourth Division for the first time.

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Watford ( (listen)) is a town and borough in Hertfordshire, South East England, 15 miles (24 km) northwest of central London.

The town developed on the River Colne on land belonging to St Albans Abbey until the 16th century. During the 12th century a charter was granted allowing a market, and the building of St Mary's Church began. The town grew partly due to travellers going to Berkhamsted Castle and the royal palace at Kings Langley. A mansion was built at Cassiobury in the 16th century. This was partly rebuilt in the 17th century and another country house was built at The Grove.

The Grand Junction Canal in 1798 and the London and Birmingham Railway in 1837 resulted in Watford's rapid growth, with paper-making mills such as John Dickinson at Croxley, influencing the development of printing in the town. Two brewers, Benskins and Sedgwicks, amalgamated and flourished in the town until their closure in the late 20th century. Hertfordshire County Council designates Watford to be a major sub-regional centre. Several head offices are based in Watford. Both the 2006 World Golf Championship and the 2013 Bilderberg Conference took place at The Grove.Watford became an urban district under the Local Government Act 1894 and a municipal borough by grant of a charter in 1922. The borough, which had 90,301 inhabitants at the time of the 2011 census, is separated from Greater London to the south by the parish of Watford Rural in the Three Rivers District. Watford Borough Council is the local authority with the Mayor of Watford as its head; one of only 18 directly elected mayors in England and Wales. Watford elects one MP for the Watford constituency. Prior to the establishment of this constituency in 1885, the area was part of the three-seat constituency of Hertfordshire.

Watford F.C.

Watford Football Club is an English professional football club in Watford, Hertfordshire, that plays in the Premier League, the top division of English football. Founded in 1898, after finishing the 1914–15 season as Southern League champions under the management of Harry Kent, Watford joined the Football League in 1920. The club played at several grounds in its early history, before moving to Vicarage Road in 1922.Graham Taylor's tenure as manager at the club between 1977 and 1987 saw Watford rise from the Fourth to the First Division. The team finished second in the First Division in 1982–83, competed in the UEFA Cup in 1983–84, and reached the 1984 FA Cup Final. Watford declined between 1987 and 1997, before Taylor returned as manager, leading the team to successive promotions from the renamed Second Division to the Premier League for one season in 1999–2000.

The club played in the top division of English football in 2006–07, under Aidy Boothroyd's management. Watford secured promotion in 2014–15, and have competed in the Premier League since 2015–16. Watford reached the 2019 FA Cup Final.

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