FA Cup 1999/2000 - Winners Chelsea
The 1999/2000 FA Cup was a monumental year in the history of the tournament as it was the last year the final would be played at Wembley before the massive reconstruction work began. This was also the year that Manchester United decided to play in 2000 FIFA Club World Championship and did not enter a team into the FA Cup, this caused a shortfall in the amount of teams entered and a "lucky loser" from the second round was selected to play in their place, this slot was given to Darlington FC, who ended up losing their third-round tie 2–1 to Aston Villa. The 2000 cup final took place at the old Wembley on the 20th May 2000 and the teams involved were Chelsea and Aston Villa
The Lead Up to the Final
Aston Villa went through Darlington in the third round beating them 2-1, followed by beating Southampton 1-0 in the fourth round. A tough fifth round tie saw Aston Villa narrowly beat Leads 3-2, in the sixth round Villa beat Everton 2-1, a nail biting semi final ended in a draw; after going into extra time no more goals were forthcoming, Aston Villa ended up beating Bolton 4-1 on penalties.
Chelsea's route to the final was a lot easier than Villa's. for their third round tie they beat Hull City 6-1, then it was the turn of former European Cup winners Nottingham Forest who were beaten 2-0. A harder fought game was the fifth round tie against Leicester City who Chelsea beat by 2-1, this led to the sixth round drubbing of Gillingham who were beaten 5-0. The semi final was against Newcastle United who Chelsea beat 2-1.
How They Lined Up
Both teams were Premiership (The old division One) veterans and neither side were strangers to Wembley or the FA Cup Final, Chelsea had won it twice before and had been runners up on three occasions, Aston Villa however had won it seven times and had been runners up twice.
This was a pre billionaire team line up for Chelsea and was during their phase of only have one or two English players in their lineup, most notable was Dennis Wise who captained this side.
- Ed De Goey
- Mario Melchiot
- Marcel Desailly
- Frank Leboeuf
- Celestine Babayaro
- Gustavo Poyet
- Dennis Wise (Captain)
- Didier Deschamps
- Roberto Di Matteo
- Gianfranco Zola
- George Weah
- Tore Andre Flo (sub 88)
- Jody Morris (sub 89)
Subs not used
- Claudio Cudicini
- John Terry
- Jon Harley
During the 90's Villa had suffered the loss of three managers and inconsistent league positioning, there were hopes that a win here would have been a catalyst to bigger and better things.
- David James
- Mark Delaney
- Ugo Ehiogu
- Gareth Southgate
- Gareth Barry
- Alan Wright
- George Boateng
- Paul Merson (Captain)
- Ian Taylor
- Benni Carbone
- Dion Dublin
- Steve Stone (sub 79)
- Julian Joachim (sub 79)
- Lee Hendrie (sub 88)
Subs not used
- Walter Samuel
- Peter Enkelman
FA Cup Final 2000 Result
The match was witnessed by 79,000 fans who saw Chelsea beat Aston Villa by 1 goal to nil, it was scored in the 73rd minute by Roberto Di Matteo (who three years ago had scored the quickest goal in an FA Cup final). Chelsea then went on to win the FA Charity Shield (know called the Community Shield) beating Manchester United by two goals to nil.
Chelsea 1 – 0 Aston Villa
Di Matteo 73'
Referee: Graham Poll (Hertfordshire)
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