Ahead of the 2015/16 FA Cup semi-final between on Manchester United and Crystal Palace at Wembley on Saturday, we take a look at the players with the most FA Cup winners medals in history!
Patrick Vieira – Arsenal (1998, 2002, 2003, 2005), Manchester City (2011)
The only non-British player on this list, Patrick Vieira is widely regarded as one of the finest central midfielders to play in the Premier League. After winning the FA Cup 4 times with Arsenal, Vieira moved to Italy where he spent a season with Juventus, then the next three and a half with Inter Milan. He returned to England, joining Manchester City in 2009, and two years later he was being presented with his fifth winners medals, placing him in this list of players with the most FA Cup winners medals.
James Forrest – Blackburn Rovers (1884, 1885, 1886, 1890, 1891)
James Forrest claims his place on the list of players with the most FA Cup winners medals by managing to win the competition five times in seven years with his home-town club, Blackburn Rovers.
Arthur Kinnaird – The Wanderers (1873, 1877, 1878), Old Etonians (1879, 1882)
Lord Arthur Kinnaird played in a record nine FA Cup finals, however that is not the reason why he makes our list of players with the most FA Cup winners medals. He became a principal of the FA soon after his career finished, and aside from his record number of finals and incredible amount of FA Cup wins, he is famous for playing in every position, even playing as goalkeeper in an FA Cup final for The Wanderers, where he scored an own goal after stepping over the goal line.
Charles Wollaston – The Wanderers (1872, 1873, 1876, 1877, 1878)
Charles Wollaston was, in fact, the first ever player to win 5 FA Cup winners medals, and so he finds himself among those with the most FA Cup winners medals in history. He played in the inaugural FA Cup final in 1872, and scored in the second final a year later.
Ashley Cole – Arsenal (2002, 2003, 2005), Chelsea (2007, 2009, 2010, 2012)
Love him or hate him, Ashley Cole has the most FA Cup winners medals in the history of football; he is also the only player except for Patrick Vieira to have won 5 FA Cup winners medals since the 19th century. However, Cole bettered the Frenchman by winning the competition a further two times with Chelsea.
In the absence of long-term captain Vincent Kompany, Belgium have announced that Eden Hazard is to be The Red Devils’ captain for the Euro 2016 tournament in France this summer.
Despite having a dreadful season, the 25-year-old will see himself leading out his country when they play their first match in Lyon against Italy on 13th June. The Chelsea winger only managed to score 4 goals in the Premier League this season, with the first of them coming April. However, clearly Belgium manager Marc Wilmots has deemed him the most suitable candidate for the role; perhaps somewhat due to his bright ending to the season.
Speaking about his recent appointment, Hazard told VooSport: “I am not much of a talker, but it’s clear whenever I am on the field, I try to take the lead, with or without the armband.” He went on to say that he will “always try to be a leader on the pitch“… clearly the man who cost Chelsea £30m is keen to try and prove his worth to the world this summer.
Chelsea have offered iconic captain John Terry a one year contract extension.
Terry, who has been at Stamford Bridge since 1998 revealed in January that, despite his contract running out at the end of the season, there had been no new offer an extension from the club. Today, however, the Blues have announced that they have offered the ex England captain a contract extension.
After 483 appearances for the clubs, many fans were upset over the fact that Chelsea had not offered him a new contract, as he has always been an ever-present in the first team. Gary Cahill echoed this sentiment stating that losing the 35-year-old was going to be a “blow” for the club.
It must be made clear that despite being offered the deal, there is no guarantee that Terry will sign it; although it is most likely that he will as Terry has made clear his love for the club numerous times throughout his career. After being sent off in the match with Sunderland, it was revealed that Terry would miss the rest of the season through suspension, thus missing an emotional farewell at Stamford Bridge, this could be a contributing factor to Terry continuing his career at Chelsea.
Speaking earlier this week, Terry claimed that he wants to carry on playing football for a few more years, and hopes that those years are at Chelsea, again claiming his love for the club.
Many people have felt aggrieved that they cannot watch the Champions League and Europa League finals due to not having a subscription to BT Sport. Having to pay for even more sports channels on top of a Sky Sports subscription turned a lot of people off of BT Sport, despite them having the rights to every Champions League and Europa League game this season, as well some Premier League and FA Cup games.
Today, the sport broadcasting giant has announced that the finals of European club football’s most prestigious tournaments will be streamed for free on Youtube.
The Champions League final is set to be one of the biggest in recent years, with Real Madrid facing off against local rivals Atletico Madrid; with the bragging rights of the city at stake, it is sure to be a fiery affair. The Europa League too is set to be a very interesting match up between Jurgen Klopp’s rejuvenated Liverpool side, and Sevilla who are looking to become the first team to win the trophy for three years running.
Whatever your opinion is of BT Sport, it must be said that they are being very generous in allowing the general public to stream the match via Youtube instead of pushing their own business. Perhaps Sky should take a leaf out of BT’s book and give something back to their customers every once in a while.