THE LIST: The greatest finals in the history of Wembley Stadium
25 May 2009 08:22
What is your greatest ever Wembley cup final?
The countdown is on to this year's FA Cup final between Chelsea and Everton at Wembley. But what is the best final to ever take place at the famous venue? This week Sportsmail has picked the top 50 finals to be staged there - and you can tell us your favourite right here.
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As part of our build-up to the FA Cup final between Everton and Chelsea on Saturday, Sportsmail brings you the greatest ever Wembley matches.
Our team of experts have picked their favourites from majorcompetitions including World Cup finals, European tournaments, theLeague Cup, the FA Vase and Football League Trophy.
Play-off finals and the Charity Shield were not included as they are one-off events and not full-blown knock-out competitions.
But do you agree with our panel's choices? Let us know by leaving your comments below.
50 Wimborne Town 5 Guiseley 3 (1992 FA Vase)
Wimborne had never ventured beyond the third round of the FA Vase until1991-92, but went all the way to Wembley in a fairytale cup run. TheWessex League side went a goal down after 14 minutes but fought to win5-3 in this thriller.
49 Chelsea 2 Middlesbrough 0 (1997 FA Cup)
It took Roberto Di Matteo just 42 seconds to give Chelsea the lead at Wembley. Eddie Newton added a second seven minutes from time as the Blues won their first FA Cup for 27 years.
48 Aston Villa 2 Manchester United 1 (1957 FA Cup final)
Peter McFarland was the hero for Aston Villa as they overcame Matt Busby's exceptional Manchester United side. It was Villa's seventh FA Cup triumph - a record at the time - but they have been unable to add to the tally in the 52 years since.
47 Preston North End 1 Huddersfield Town 0 (1938 FA Cup)
Talk about late, late drama. This final - the first to be broadcast on TV - was heading towards a replay when Preston were awarded a spot-kick in the 119th minute. George Mutch tucked away the winner - moments after commentator Thomas Woodrooffe had said that 'if there's a goal scored now, I'll eat my hat'.
46 Aston Villa 3 Manchester United 1 (1994 League Cup)
Aston Villa denied Manchester United a shot at the domestic treble through a Dalian Atkinson goal and a brace from Dean Saunders. Mark Hughes got United's consolation goal and the Red Devils went on to do a League and FA Cup double.
45 Bolton 4 Torquay 1 (1989 Sherpa Van Trophy)
Goals from Julian Darby, Dean Crombie, Trevor Morgan and Jeff Chandler gave Phil Neal's Bolton an emphatic win over Torquay United. Guess who lifted the trophy for the Trotters? Hull City boss Phil Brown.
44 Manchester United 4 Chelsea 0 (1994 FA Cup)
In the days before Chelsea became a real force in England, they came up against Fergie's rampant Manchester United. And despite keeping them out for an hour, the Blues eventually succumbed - with Eric Cantona's two penalties in seven minutes sending United on their way.
43 Manchester United 1 Everton 0 (1985 FA Cup)
Kevin Moran became the first player to be sent off in the FA Cup final when he saw red for a professional foul on Everton's Peter Reid. But Manchester United held on and a Norman Whiteside winner deep into extra-time gave the Red Devils victory and denied the Toffees a domestic cup double.
42 Barcelona 1 Sampdoria 0 (1992 European Cup)
A Ronald Koeman free-kick gave Barcelona an extra-time win against Sampdoria in front of 70,827 at Wembley.
41 Southampton 1 Manchester United 0 (1976 FA Cup)
An 83rd minute goal from Bobby Stokes was enough to give Southampton victory in the FA Cup Final of 1976. The Saints, then in the Second Division, beat First Division Manchester United to win their first major trophy.