The Football Association Challenge Cup, sometimes known as the FA Cup, was first held in 1871. It is the oldest cup competition in football history. The FA Cup is a men’s football knockout competition held annually in England, with the final held at Wembley Stadium in London. The name was changed to Emirates FA Cup in 2015.
The cup winner advances to the Community Shield final, where they will face the English Premier League champion, and is also automatically qualified for the UEFA Europa League. It has been announced that Leicester City is the current cup holders, having defeated Chelsea FC 1-0 in the 2020/2021 season final, thanks to a goal from Tieleman.
Since the competition began, forty-four (44) different clubs have won the cup. Arsenal FC holds the record for most wins (14), with the first coming in 1930. Manchester United came in second in 1909, with a total of twelve (12) wins. Cardiff City is the only non-English team to have won the cup, while Rochdale is one of the few clubs to have never won it.
Cardiff City, the only non-English team to win the FA Cup, wins their 12th FA Cup in 2016.
Only four (4) clubs have won the cup consecutively on many occasions out of the forty-four (44) that have won it. Wanderers (1872, 1873, and 1875 to 1877), Arsenal (2003, 2004 and 2014, 2015), Blackburn Rovers (1884 to 1886 and 1890, 1891), and Tottenham Hotspur (1884 to 1886 and 1890, 1891) are among the clubs (1961, 1962 and 1981, 1982).
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But it was won by Wanderers from 1875 to 1877, and Blackburn Rovers from 1884 to 1886. This means that Bolton Wanderers and Blackburn Rovers are the only two (2) clubs to have won it three (3) times in a row.
No other club has won the cup three times in a row since 1886. Arsenal FC may have won it the most times, but it has never won it three times in a row.