Top Five: Best ever FA Cup Finals - featuring Leeds and Tottenham Hotspur

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Leeds, Sunderland, West Ham, Chelsea, Bolton and Tottenham have all been involved in memorable FA Cup Finals.

On this day in 1999, Manchester United secured the FA Cup with a 2-0 victory over Newcastle United.

It was the first piece of silverware for United that season, and it set them up for their historic treble of Premier League and Champions League.

Goals from Teddy Sheringham and Paul Scholes secured the victory over Ruud Gullit’s men, winning Alex Ferguson another piece of silverware to add to his memorable collection.

To celebrate the occasion of United’s history making victory, we take a look at five of the best FA Cup Finals.

Blackpool 4-3 Bolton Wanderers - 1953

Dubbed the Matthews Final due to Stanley Matthews' incredible performance at the age of 38-years-old, Blackpool came from 3-1 down after 55 minutes to claim a victory on 92 minutes. Often forgotten is that Stan Mortensen netted a hat-trick for Bolton, as his feat goes down behind Matthews’ impressive trickery.

Liverpool 3-3 West Ham United - 2006

Steven Gerrard’s heroics rescued Liverpool in the dying stages of the game, securing a 3-3 draw which set-up the Reds to win the penalty shootout. It was Gerrard’s long-range strike which will live long in the memory, with many channelling the 1953 final to name this one the ‘Gerrard Final’.

Sunderland 1-0 Leeds United - 1973

Remember for Jim Montgomery’s heroics for Sunderland in goal, his double-save goes down in history as one of the best ever. A second division side at that time, the Black Cats overcame Leeds, one of the biggest teams in the country, to claim victory through Montgomery’s saves, and Ian Porterfield’s winning goal.

Tottenham Hotspur 3-2 Manchester City - 1981

Ricky Villa scored one of the greatest goals in FA Cup history to lead Spurs to victory in the 1981 replay. The first game had ended 1-1, before Villa netted twice - along with Garth Crooks - to win the tie, with his incredible run through the City defence.

Chelsea 2-1 Leeds United - 1970

The Chelsea team who overcame Leeds lived up to their reputation as flamboyant entertainers, but they certainly channelled the ‘Dirty Leeds’ side of the 70’s. The first game at Wembley ended 2-2, before the replay was played at Old Trafford and won 2-1. The game was renowned for the hard tackling, which modern day referees believe would have seen the game end with six red cards and twenty yellows.

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