2002 FA Cup Final

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2002 FA Cup Final
2002 FA Cup Final programme.jpg
The match programme cover.
Event 2001–02 FA Cup
Date 4 May 2002
Venue Millennium Stadium, Cardiff
Man of the Match Fredrik Ljungberg (Arsenal)1
Referee Mike Riley (West Yorkshire)
Attendance 73,963

The 2002 FA Cup Final was the final match of the 2001–02 FA Cup competition. It was an all-London affair between Arsenal and Chelsea at the Millennium Stadium on 4 May 2002. Arsenal won 2–0, with goals by Ray Parlour and Freddie Ljungberg.

Chelsea were led onto the field by Roberto Di Matteo, who had been forced to retire from football earlier in the season due to a serious injury.

Ljungberg, having also scored in the 2001 final, became the first man to score goals in successive FA Cup Finals since Tottenham Hotspur's Bobby Smith, who scored in 1961 and 1962.

The match took place with one week remaining in the Premier League calendar for the 2001–02 season. Arsenal were in first position, but still needed a point from their final two games to secure the championship, which they achieved in their next match with victory over second-placed Manchester United. Chelsea had to win their remaining fixture to confirm the position of fifth they held at the start of the match; they lost again and finished in sixth. In the league fixtures between the two clubs, Arsenal had the upper hand, with a 1–1 draw at Chelsea's Stamford Bridge on 8 September 2001 and a 2–1 win at Highbury on Boxing Day.

Arsenal's subsequent Premier League title triumph saw them equal Manchester United's record of three doubles.

The match is remembered for Chelsea fan Tim Lovejoy's famous quote "It's alright, it's only Ray Parlour", who seconds later put the ball in the top corner from 25 yards. Lovejoy had been doing the Sky Sports fanzone commentary with Arsenal fan Bradley Walsh when he spoke the famous last words.

Match details

4 May 2002
15:00 BST
Arsenal 2–0 Chelsea
Parlour Goal 70'
Ljungberg Goal 80'
Millennium Stadium, Cardiff
Attendance: 73,963
Referee: Mike Riley (West Yorkshire)
GK 1 David Seaman
RB 12 Lauren
CB 23 Sol Campbell
CB 6 Tony Adams (c)
LB 3 Ashley Cole
RM 11 Sylvain Wiltord Substituted off 89'
CM 15 Ray Parlour
CM 4 Patrick Vieira Booked 26'
LM 8 Fredrik Ljungberg
SS 10 Dennis Bergkamp Substituted off 72'
CF 14 Thierry Henry Booked 75' Substituted off 81'
GK 24 Richard Wright
DF 2 Lee Dixon
DF 5 Martin Keown Substituted in 89'
MF 17 Edu Substituted in 72'
FW 25 Nwankwo Kanu Substituted in 81'
Arsène Wenger
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GK 23 Carlo Cudicini
RB 15 Mario Melchiot Substituted off 76'
CB 13 William Gallas
CB 6 Marcel Desailly (c)
LB 3 Celestine Babayaro Substituted off 45'
RM 30 Jesper Grønkjær
CM 8 Frank Lampard
CM 17 Emmanuel Petit
LM 14 Graeme Le Saux Booked 2'
CF 22 Eiður Guðjohnsen Booked 91'
CF 9 Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink Substituted off 68'
GK 1 Ed de Goey
DF 26 John Terry Booked 75' Substituted in 45'
MF 10 Slaviša Jokanović
MF 11 Boudewijn Zenden Substituted in 76'
FW 25 Gianfranco Zola Substituted in 68'
Claudio Ranieri

Man of the match

Match officials

Match rules

  • 90 minutes.
  • 30 minutes of extra-time if necessary.
  • Penalty shoot-out if scores still level.
  • Five named substitutes.
  • Maximum of three substitutions.


  1. ^ Paul, Wilson (5 May 2002). "Man of the match". The Observer (Guardian News and Media). Retrieved 11 January 2012. 

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