2013–14 FA Cup

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2013–14 FA Cup
Country  England
Teams 737
Champions Arsenal (11th title)
Runners-up Hull City
Top goal scorer(s) Britt Assombalonga
Sam Clucas
Joe Garner
(5 goals each)

The 2013–14 FA Cup was the 133rd season of the FA Cup, the main domestic cup competition in English football, and the oldest football knock-out competition in the world. It was sponsored by Budweiser for a third consecutive season.[1] 737 clubs[2] from England and Wales entered the competition, beginning with the Extra Preliminary Round on 16 August.[3] For the first time ever in the history of the FA Cup, a team from Guernsey entered the competition, Guernsey F.C.,[4] who made it to the Second Round Qualifying.

The defending champions were Championship side Wigan Athletic, who beat Manchester City 1–0 with an injury time winner by Ben Watson in the 2013 Final.[5] Wigan were the first team to win the FA Cup and to be relegated in the same season. It was also the first time that they had won the FA Cup in their history. They entered the competition in the Third Round Proper alongside all the Premier League and Championship teams, advancing all the way to the semi-finals and an eventual loss in a penalty shootout to Arsenal, the eventual cup winners.

On 17 May 2014, Arsenal won the final at Wembley Stadium, defeating Hull City 3–2 after an extra time winner from Aaron Ramsey. This was the 11th win in the FA Cup for the Gunners making it a tied record together with Manchester United.[6]

As the winners of the FA Cup, Arsenal were entitled to play in the 2014–15 UEFA Europa League group stage. However, Arsenal had already qualified for the 2014–15 UEFA Champions League after finishing fourth in the 2013–14 Premier League so therefore Hull City took the Europa League place as the FA Cup runners-up. Since Hull City did not win the Cup, they did not qualify for the group stage (as the Cup winner would do). Instead they qualified for the third qualifying round and the other English teams already qualified for Europa League, Everton and Tottenham Hotspur, moved up one round to the 2014–15 UEFA Europa League group stage and 2014-15 UEFA Europa League play-off round respectively.


Round Clubs
Winners from
previous round
New entries
this round
Leagues entering at this round Scheduled
playing date
Extra Preliminary Round 737 370 0 370 Levels 9 and 10 in football league pyramid 16–18 August 2013
Preliminary Round 552 320 185 135 Northern Premier League Division One North
Northern Premier League Division One South
Southern Football League Division One Central
Southern Football League Division One South & West
Isthmian League Division One North
Isthmian League Division One South
31 August 2013
First Round Qualifying 392 232 160 72 Northern Premier League Premier Division
Southern Football League Premier Division
Isthmian League Premier Division
14 September 2013
Second Round Qualifying 276 160 116 44 Conference North
Conference South
28 September 2013
Third Round Qualifying 196 80 80 0 none 12 October 2013
Fourth Round Qualifying 156 64 40 24 Conference National 26 October 2013
First Round Proper 124 80 32 48 Football League One
Football League Two
9 November 2013
Second Round Proper 84 40 40 0 none 7 December 2013
Third Round Proper 64 64 20 44 Premier League
Football League Championship
4 January 2014
Fourth Round Proper 32 32 32 none none 25 January 2014
Fifth Round Proper 16 16 16 none none 15 February 2014
Sixth Round Proper 8 8 8 none none 8 March 2014
Semi-Finals 4 4 4 none none 12–13 April 2014
Final 2 2 2 none none 17 May 2014

Prize fund

Round No. of Clubs
receive fund
Prize fund
per club[7]
Extra Preliminary Round 185 £1,500
Preliminary Round 160 £1,925
First Round Qualifying 116 £3,000
Second Round Qualifying 80 £4,500
Third Round Qualifying 40 £7,500
Fourth Round Qualifying 32 £12,500
First Round 40 £18,000
Second Round 20 £27,000
Third Round 32 £67,500
Fourth Round 16 £90,000
Fifth Round 8 £180,000
Sixth Round 4 £360,000
Semi-Final losers 2 £450,000
Semi-Final winners 2 £900,000
Final runners-up 1 £900,000
Final winner 1 £1,800,000
Total £15,133,500

Qualifying rounds

All of the teams entering the competition that are not members of either the Premier League or the Football League had to compete in the qualifying rounds to win a place in the competition proper. The qualifying rounds decide which 32 non-league teams play in the First Round Proper.

First Round Proper

The First Round draw took place on Sunday 27 October at 1.35pm.[8] A total of 80 teams will compete, 32 of which having progressed from the fourth qualifying round and 48 clubs from the Football League.[9] The 48 Football League clubs that will enter the First Round Proper comprise Football League One and Football League Two. The lowest ranked sides in this round were Daventry Town and Shortwood United; they are the only level 8 teams left in the competition.

Second Round Proper

The Second Round draw took place on Sunday 10 November at 4.10pm.[10] A total of 40 teams will compete, all of which having progressed from the First Round Proper.[11] The lowest ranked side to qualify for this round is Stourbridge. They are the only level 7 team left in the competition.

  1. ^ Match was abandoned in second half due to waterlogged pitch and was due to be replayed on 4 January 2014.[12] However, on 3 January a pitch inspection postponed this match further to 8 January 2014.[13]

Third Round Proper

The Third Round draw took place on Sunday, 8 December at 16:10.[14] A total of 64 teams competed, 20 of which had progressed from the Second Round Proper along with 44 clubs from the Premier League and Football League Championship.[15] The lowest ranked sides that qualified for this round were Kidderminster Harriers, Macclesfield Town and Grimsby Town; they were the only level 5 teams left in the competition.

Fourth Round Proper

The Fourth Round draw took place on Sunday 5 January 2014, live on ITV at 14:00.[16] Kidderminster Harriers were the lowest ranked team to qualify for this round. They were the only non-league / level 5 team left in the competition.

Fifth Round Proper

The Fifth Round draw took place at Wembley Stadium on Sunday 26 January 2014.[17] A total of 16 teams compete, all of which has progressed from the Fourth Round Proper.[18] The lowest ranked side qualified for this round are Sheffield United.[19] They are the only level 3 team in the Fifth Round.

Sixth Round Proper

The draw for the Sixth Round took place on Sunday 16 February 2014.[20] The lowest ranked side qualified for this round is Sheffield United. They are the only level 3 team in the Sixth Round.


The draw for the Semi-Finals took place at Wembley Stadium, London on Sunday 9 March 2014.[21] A total of four teams compete, all of which have progressed from the Sixth Round Proper.[22] The lowest ranked team qualified for this round is Sheffield United. They are the only level 3 team in the Semi-Finals. The matches were delayed by 7 minutes to mark the 25th anniversary of the Hillsborough Disaster, which took place on 15 April 1989 in an FA Cup semi-final match between Nottingham Forest and Liverpool, claiming 96 lives.

12 April 2014
17:07 BST
Wigan Athletic (2) 1–1 (a.e.t.) Arsenal (1)
Gómez Goal 63' (pen.) Report Mertesacker Goal 82'
Caldwell Penalty missed
Collison Penalty missed
Beausejour Penalty scored
McArthur Penalty scored
2–4 Penalty scored Arteta
Penalty scored Källström
Penalty scored Giroud
Penalty scored Cazorla
Wembley Stadium, London
Attendance: 82,185
Referee: Michael Oliver

13 April 2014
16:07 BST
Hull City (1) 5–3 Sheffield United (3)
Sagbo Goal 42'
Fryatt Goal 49'
Huddlestone Goal 54'
Quinn Goal 67'
Meyler Goal 90'
Report Baxter Goal 19'
Scougall Goal 44'
Murphy Goal 90'
Wembley Stadium, London
Attendance: 71,820
Referee: Andre Marriner


17 May 2014
17:00 BST
Arsenal (1) 3–2 (a.e.t.) Hull City (1)
Cazorla Goal 17'
Koscielny Goal 71'
Ramsey Goal 109'
Report Chester Goal 4'
Davies Goal 8'
Wembley Stadium, London
Attendance: 89,345[23]
Referee: Lee Probert

Top scorers

As of 13 April 2014 [24]
Rank Player Club Goals
1 Democratic Republic of the Congo Britt Assombalonga Peterborough United 5
England Sam Clucas Mansfield Town
England Joe Garner Preston North End
4 Argentina Sergio Agüero Manchester City 4
England Jay Emmanuel-Thomas Bristol City
England Matty Fryatt Hull City
England Jamie Paterson Nottingham Forest
England Chris Porter Sheffield United
England Reuben Reid Plymouth Argyle
Ivory Coast François Zoko Stevenage

Broadcasting rights

The domestic broadcasting rights for the competition were held by the free-to-air channel ITV and the new subscription channel BT Sport.[25] ITV has held the rights since 2008–09,[26] while BT Sport bought ESPN's remaining FA Cup rights in February 2013.[27] The FA Cup Final must be broadcast live on UK terrestrial television under the Ofcom code of protected sporting events.[28]

These matches were broadcast live on UK television:[citation needed]

Round BT Sport ITV
First Round Proper Wimbledon v Coventry City
Shortwood United v Port Vale
Brackley Town v Gillingham (replay)
Gateshead v Oxford United (replay)
Bishop's Stortford v Northampton Town
Second Round Proper Cambridge United v Sheffield United
Wrexham v Oxford United
Mansfield Town v Oldham Athletic (replay)
Crawley Town v Bristol Rovers (replay)
Tamworth v Bristol City
Third Round Proper Blackburn Rovers v Manchester City
Derby County v Chelsea
Manchester United v Swansea City
Fulham v Norwich City (replay)
Arsenal v Tottenham Hotspur
Nottingham Forest v West Ham United
Manchester City v Blackburn Rovers (replay)
Fourth Round Proper Arsenal v Coventry City
Stevenage v Everton
Sheffield United v Fulham
Preston North End v Nottingham Forest (replay)
AFC Bournemouth v Liverpool
Chelsea v Stoke City
Fulham v Sheffield United (replay)
Fifth Round Proper Sunderland v Southampton
Arsenal v Liverpool
Brighton & Hove Albion v Hull City
Manchester City v Chelsea
Everton v Swansea City
Hull City v Brighton & Hove Albion (replay)
Sixth Round Proper Sheffield United v Charlton Athletic
Manchester City v Wigan Athletic
Arsenal v Everton
Hull City v Sunderland
Semi-Finals Hull City v Sheffield United Wigan Athletic v Arsenal
Final Arsenal v Hull City


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