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FA Launches Campaign for FA Cup 150 years

  • Launch film honours the Emirates FA Cup as a 150yearold idea made for today and
    features twotime winner Ian Wright
  • Projections of key historical moments from the competition displayed up and down the
    country, highlighting its journeys of hope, opportunity and impacts
  • The FA will continue to celebrate the 150th anniversary throughout the season, culminating in the Final at Wembley Stadium connected by EE on Saturday 14 May 2022

Ahead of the First Round of this season’s Emirates FA Cup, The FA has today launched a campaign to
celebrate the 150th anniversary of the world’s longestrunning knockout football competition.

The FA Challenge Cup was established 150 years ago, with the first matches taking place on 11
November 1871 following a proposal by the then Secretary of the Association, Charles W. Alcock, with a
vision to bring hope, opportunity and equality to football.

To kickoff the seasonlong campaign celebrating the competition’s 150th anniversary, The FA has
unveiled a film which features twotime winner Ian Wright and showcases how Alcock’s founding values
are just as relevant and important today.

The film has been released across The Emirates FA Cup’s digital channels and brings to life the rich
history and traditions of the competition, while highlighting the impact that it continues to provide at all
levels of the football pyramid. No other competition offers amateur or semiprofessional players a
chance to take on the world’s best and provide a financial and emotional lift to clubs and communities
in the process.

Supporting the film will be a series of largescale image projections up and down the country. Key
figures and moments through the years have been displayed on landmarks that best depict the
competition’s values alongside scripted lines from the film. These projection sites are:

  • The Oval, London Charles W. Alcock features on the playing surface at the venue of the very
    first Final which was contested by Wanderers and Royal Engineers on 16 March 1872
  • Trulife Factory, Sheffield Jamie Vardy became the first person to play in every possible round
    when he lifted the trophy with Leicester City last season and is celebrated at his place of work
    when he appeared in it for the first time with Stocksbridge Park Steels in 2007
  • Coventry Transport Museum Cyrille Regis, a pioneer for players of black heritage, lights up the
    home of the opentop trophy tour bus which transported him and his Coventry City teammates
    through the streets of the city after they won the competition in 1987
  • LNER Stadium, Lincoln the home of Lincoln City, who became the first nonleague team in 103 years to make the Quarter Finals when they faced Arsenal in 2017, securing their financial futureand funding a new training ground complex
  • Marine Travel Arena, Merseyside the 3,000 capacity ground ‘hosted’ 32,000 virtual ticketholders due to the Coronavirus pandemic when Marine AFC faced Tottenham Hotspur in the Third Round of last season’s competition. The fixture represented the biggest gap in leagueplaces [161] between teams facing each other in competition’s history and created a lasting legacy for both the club and local community

Mark Bullingham, The FA’s CEO, said: “The Emirates FA Cup may be 150 years old but it’s a competition
that has never felt more relevant as it continues to lift the clubs, communities and supporters of more
than 700 teams that take part each year. The competition has transformed the fortunes of many clubs
and individuals over 15 decades and this campaign will highlight some of these lifechanging stories.

“Over £25 million in broadcast fees and prize money will be distributed this season, which should help
clubs across the country to tackle some of the issues that they face as we move out of the pandemic.
We will continue to celebrate the competition throughout its historic season and look forward to seeing
clubs across the country create even more memories through to the Final in May.

The Emirates FA Cup continues this weekend with the lowestranked side left in the competition, AFC
Sudbury, kickingoff the First Round against their local rivals Colchester United on Friday 5 November.
The game will be broadcast live on BBC Two from 19:55 and be followed by
five further ties across the
weekend that have been selected for live television coverage by the BBC and ITV. The return of ITV as a
host broadcaster means that the competition will be completely freetoair for the first time since 2015.

The 150th anniversary of the competition will continue to be recognised and celebrated by The FA
throughout the season, culminating in the Final at Wembley on Saturday 14 May 2022.

The film can be viewed
here and more details about the competition can be found on

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