A piece of aged silverware represents the game at its simplest and, dare we say it, most romantic. Our collection brings you giants and giantkillers, long-forgotten clubs and euphoric crowds.
All the passion, glory and despair of decades of cup drama comes through in these newsreels, amateur films and local TV reports. Like the cup itself, it's a collection that embraces the unpredictable, the unlikely and the unforgettable.
Queens Visit to Newcastle 1954: FA Cup Returns 1955Queens Visit to Newcastle 1954: FA Cup Returns 1955
Home movie19545 minsSilent Location: Newcastle upon Tyne
Thousands cheer for the Magpies in the 50s when the FA Cup returns to Newcastle … and a new queen pays Tyneside a visit.
The Cup Action from the Third round of the F.A. CupThe Cup Action from the Third round of the F.A. Cup
FA Cup round-up: Cardiff City v Bristol City, Southampton v Liverpool and Brighton and Hove Albion v Manchester City.
Amateur film197310 mins Location: Sunderland
There’s a rapturous welcome from football fans to celebrate a fairy tale win as underdogs Sunderland return home with the FA Cup in 1973.
An appreciative crowd at Ewood Park witnesses Blackburn progress to the FA Cup 4th round with a 3-1 win against Tottenham.
Amateur film19494 minsSilent Location: Wolverhampton
A lovely colour film showing the 1949 FA Cup winners Wolves back in action at their Molineux ground soon after their championship win.
Sport19221 minsSilent Location: Selhurst
Eccentric goalkeeping, frantic tackling and one lost stadium feature in these brilliant highlights from two London derbies in the 1922 FA Cup
Non-Fiction19251 minsSilent Location: Sheffield
A jubilant crowd line the streets outside Sheffield Town Hall to greet Sheffield United after their 1925 FA Cup final victory.
Fourth round English Cup Newcastle United V Derby County March 11 1911Fourth round English Cup Newcastle United V Derby County March 11 1911
Sport19114 minsSilent Location: St James' Park
On a glorious spring day, a packed St James' Park welcomes Derby County for an FA Cup quarter-final against home side, and favourites, Newcastle.
Sport19143 minsSilent Location: Crystal Palace
King George V attends the FA Cup Final, the last to be played at Crystal Palace.
Stamford Bridge hosts the FA Cup Final between Tottenham Hotspur and Wolverhampton Wanderers.
Non-Fiction19235 minsSilent Location: Wembley Stadium
The 1923 FA Cup Final between Bolton Wanderers and West Ham was the first at Wembley Stadium. The headlines were not about the football but the crowd!
Non-Fiction19273 minsSilent Location: Wembley Stadium
Cardiff City Football Club takes on Arsenal in the 1927 FA Cup Final at Wembley. King George V and 100,000 spectators see Cardiff win 1-0.
Newcastle United FC Return with FA Cup in 1951 and 1952Newcastle United FC Return with FA Cup in 1951 and 1952
Home movie19517 minsSilent Location: Newcastle upon Tyne
Relive a golden era for Newcastle United FC as the triumphant team, including legend Jackie Milburn, return home twice with the FA Cup in the early 1950s.
Non-Fiction19271 minsSilent Location: Bournemouth
January 1927, fans at Dean Court scale heights to view Bournemouth & Boscombe Athletic at home to Liverpool in the FA Cup 3rd round.
Non-Fiction19291 minsSilent Location: Reading
The wintry conditions at Elm Park made play a bit challenging as Reading hosted Aston Villa in the fifth round of the FA Cup.
Sport19232 minsSilent Location: Shepherd's Bush
Goals from the 1923 FA Cup 4th round, featuring QPR v Sheffield Utd, Charlton Athletic v Bolton Wanderers & Tottenham Hotspur v Derby County.
A crowd of over 73,000 at Maine Road watch the 5th round Cup tie between Division Two's Manchester City and Stoke City.
Non-Fiction19281 minsSilent Location: Highbury
Heaving terraces and goalmouth action at Highbury for this FA Cup fourth round encounter between Arsenal and Everton.
Non-Fiction19291 minsSilent Location: Wigan
The short-lived minnows Wigan Borough F.C. take on the mighty Sheffield Wednesday in the third round of the FA Cup.
It's the FA Cup fifth round and arch-rivals Sheffield United and The Wednesday cross swords for Steel City bragging rights.
Non-Fiction19232 minsSilent Location: West Ham
Meet the West Ham team of 1923, about to contest the first FA Cup final to be held at Wembley Stadium.
Non-Fiction19231 minsSilent Location: Wembley Stadium
A lovely shot of Wembley Stadium mid-construction, with an aerial camera panning round the ground to show its half-built state.
Sport19301 minsSilent Location: West Ham
Top football footage from East London, where West Ham take on Leeds in an FA Cup fourth round encounter.
Cup Final: Aston Villa V Sunderland at the Crystal PalaceCup Final: Aston Villa V Sunderland at the Crystal Palace
Non-Fiction19135 minsSilent Location: Crystal Palace
121,919 spectators filled Crystal Palace as the league's two top teams, Aston Villa and Sunderland, met in the 1913 FA Cup final.
Arsenal run out comfortable winners against Second Division Stoke City at Highbury in the quarter-final of the 1928 FA Cup.
Amateur football club Corinthian FC took Millwall to a second replay in the FA Cup third round, before finally losing here at Stamford Bridge 5-1.
In their first match in the 1928-29 FA Cup, amateur side Corinthian FC prove their pedigree with a 5-0 win away to Norwich City.
Amateur film195814 minsSilent Location: Hereford
At a packed Edgar Street ground non-league Hereford United take on Sheffield Wednesday in a foggy and chilly cup tie.
A quick-fire round up of the FA Cup second round: West Brom v Corinthians, Crystal Palace v Notts County and West Ham v Leeds.
Non-Fiction19271 minsSilent Location: Cardiff/Caerdydd
A never-to-be-forgotten day for Cardiff City fans, when their football team return home with the FA Cup after a 1-0 win against Arsenal at Wembley on 23/4/1927.