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The 2009 FA Cup Final was the 128th final of the world's oldest domestic football cup competition, the FA Cup. The final was played at Wembley Stadiummarker in London on 30 May 2009 and marked the third time that the final has been staged at the stadium since it was rebuilt. The match was contested by Chelsea, who beat Arsenal 2–1 in their semi-final, and Everton who beat Manchester United 4–2 on penalties after a 0–0 draw after extra time. After Louis Saha opened the scoring after just 25 seconds, the fastest ever goal in an FA Cup Final, Didier Drogba equalised in the 21st minute before Frank Lampard scored the winner with 19 minutes left to play to give Chelsea their fifth FA Cup success.


Chelsea went into the match as four-time FA Cup winners, having previously won in 1970, 1997, 2000 and 2007, while Everton had won the competition five times previously, having won in 1906, 1933, 1966, 1984 and 1995. Coincidentally, both teams' most recent titles came in the FA Cup, both teams beating Manchester United in the final; Everton in 1995 and Chelsea in 2007.

The two teams drew 0–0 in both League meetings this season, at Goodison Parkmarker in December and at Stamford Bridgemarker in April. Prior to the 2009 final, the two teams had never met in the FA Cup Final; their most recent meeting in the FA Cup came in the Fourth Round of the 2005–06 competition, when Chelsea won 4–1 in a replay at Stamford Bridgemarker after a 1–1 draw at Goodison Parkmarker. In 154 matches between the two sides in all competitions, Chelsea had recorded 60 wins, Everton had won 48, and 46 matches finished as draws. Before the 2009 final, Everton had not beaten Chelsea in 22 matches; their last victory was a 2–1 league win at Goodison Park in November 2000.



Everton and Chelsea were each allocated 25,109 tickets for the final. Having sold over 32,000 for their semi-final win over Manchester United, Everton were unhappy and disappointed with this allocation. The match was Everton's first FA Cup final in 14 years and Everton chief executive Robert Elstone predicted that the club could have sold in excess of 70,000 tickets for this game. Chelsea also said that the size of their allocation meant that it was unlikely that there would be sufficient tickets for all of their hospitality and non-hospitality season ticket holders.

Club Wembley ten-year season ticket holders were also guaranteed a ticket for the match. After those tickets were allocated, 70% of the remaining tickets were distributed amongst the clubs that had competed in the 2008–09 competition, with the other 30% given to those involved in grassroots football and the "football family".


Since both finalists' first-choice kits are predominantly blue, a coin was tossed in order to determine which team would have the first choice of kit. Everton won the toss and chose to wear their traditional blue kit, meaning that Chelsea would wear their all-yellow third-choice kit. Chelsea were nevertheless given the "home" dressing room, i.e. that used by the England national team.

Match ball

The official match ball of the 2009 FA Cup Final was the Umbro Dynamis. The Dynamis uses a 20-panel configuration, as opposed to a more traditional 32-panel design, which allegedly makes the ball faster. The surface of the ball is made from a Teijin microfibre material. The Dynamis was also used in the 2008 final, but the 2009 version has a gold colourway.

Opening ceremony

The traditional FA Cup Final song, Abide With Me, was performed by the London Community Gospel Choir. The trophy was then brought out onto the field, followed by the two teams, before the Chief Guest of the final – former Secretary General of the United Nations Kofi Annan – was introduced to the managers and players of both teams, as well as the match officials. The introductions were immediately followed by the singing of the national anthem, God Save the Queen, sung by Britain's Got Talent 2008 finalist, 13-year-old Faryl Smith, making her the youngest performer of the national anthem at the FA Cup final.



First half

Louis Saha scored just 25 seconds into the match for the Toffees, the fastest goal in FA Cup Final history. The previous fastest goal was by Bob Chatt of Aston Villa 30 seconds into the 1895 final. Tony Hibbert received a yellow card for tripping Florent Malouda in the eighth minute. Didier Drogba levelled the match for Chelsea in the 21st minute with a header set up by a left-wing cross from Malouda.

Second half

Tony Hibbert was replaced by Lars Jacobsen for Everton to begin the second half, and two minutes in, Toffees captain Phil Neville was booked. Chelsea replaced Michael Essien with Michael Ballack in the 61st minute, followed two minutes later by a yellow card for Mikel John Obi. Frank Lampard scored the winning goal for Chelsea in the 72nd minute with a left foot shot. Five minutes later, a shot from Malouda appeared to crash down off the bar and over the line, but it was not given. Everton replaced Saha with James Vaughan at that point. Dan Gosling was the last sub for Everton in the 81st minute, replacing Leon Osman. Lampard got a yellow card in the 84th minute, while in the fourth minute of added time, Leighton Baines of Everton was booked.


GK 1 Petr Čech
RB 17 José Bosingwa
CB 33 Alex
CB 26 John Terry (c)
LB 3 Ashley Cole
DM 12 Mikel John Obi
CM 5 Michael Essien
CM 8 Frank Lampard
RW 39 Nicolas Anelka
LW 15 Florent Malouda
CF 11 Didier Drogba
GK 40 Hilário
DF 2 Branislav Ivanović
DF 35 Juliano Belletti
DF 42 Michael Mancienne
MF 13 Michael Ballack
FW 9 Franco Di Santo
FW 21 Salomon Kalou
Guus Hiddink
GK 24 Tim Howard
RB 2 Tony Hibbert
CB 4 Joseph Yobo
CB 5 Joleon Lescott
LB 3 Leighton Baines
RM 21 Leon Osman
DM 18 Phil Neville (c)
LM 20 Steven Pienaar
AM 17 Tim Cahill
CF 25 Marouane Fellaini
CF 9 Louis Saha
GK 1 Carlo Nash
DF 15 Lars Jacobsen
MF 8 Segundo Castillo
MF 26 Jack Rodwell
MF 32 Dan Gosling
FW 14 James Vaughan
FW 37 Jose Baxter
David Moyes
  • 90 minutes.
  • 30 minutes of extra-time if necessary.
  • Penalty shoot-out if scores still level.
  • Seven named substitutes.
  • Maximum of three substitutions.


Chelsea Everton
Goals scored 2 1
Total shots 12 6
Shots on target 4 2
Ball possession 58% 42%
Corner kicks 5 1
Fouls committed 12 17
Offsides 2 3
Yellow cards 2 3
Red cards 0 0


  • Louis Saha scored the fastest ever FA Cup Final goal when he drove home with just 25 seconds on the clock to put Everton ahead.
  • Ashley Cole collected his fifth FA Cup winners' medal, and became the first man to win the cup five times since the 19th century.
  • Everton's defeat meant that they finished as FA Cup runners-up for the eighth time, more than any other club.

Route to the final

Chelsea Round Everton
Southend United [L1]

Kalou 31' Third Round Macclesfield Town [L2]

Osman 43'
Southend United [L1]

Ballack 45', Kalou 60', Anelka 78', Lampard 90' Replay
Ipswich Town [C]

Ballack 16', 59', Lampard 85' Fourth Round Liverpool [PL]

Lescott 27'
Replay Liverpool [PL]

Gosling 118'
Watford [C]

Anelka 75', 77', 90' Fifth Round Aston Villa [PL]

Rodwell 4', Arteta 24' (pen.), Cahill 76'
Coventry City [C]

Drogba 15', Alex 72' Sixth Round Middlesbrough [PL]

Fellaini 50', Saha 56'
Arsenal [PL]
Wembley Stadiummarker, Londonmarker

Malouda 33', Drogba 84' Semi-finals Manchester United [PL]
Wembley Stadiummarker, Londonmarker
0–0 (4–2 p)


  1. Everton 0-0 Chelsea
  2. Chelsea 0-0 Everton

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