FA Cup Final
Saturday May 30th. 12.30pm kick off.
with a purchase of an Full Irish Breakfast
Join us to watch the prestigious FA Cup Final between the mighty Aston Villa and Arsenal at St James Gate Pub in Maplewood NJ.
The 2015 FA Cup Final will be the 134th final of the FA Cup, the world’s oldest football cup competition. The match will be contested between Arsenal and Aston Villa at Wembley Stadium in London, England. The match will be played on 30 May 2015 and will be the final match of the 2014–15 FA Cup.
Following a change in UEFA rules, this is the first season where runners-up in cup competitions do not enter the UEFA Europa League if the winners have already qualified for Europe. Therefore if Aston Villa win, they will enter the 2015–16 UEFA Europa League at the group stage. But if the winners are Arsenal (who have already qualified for the Champions League by finishing third in the Premier League), the remaining Europa League place will go not to them or Aston Villa, but to Southampton, the highest placing Premier League team which has not qualified for any European competition.
The winners will play against Chelsea, winners of the 2014–15 Premier League, in the 2015 FA Community Shield.
Arsenal will be playing a record 19th FA Cup final, surpassing Manchester United. They have previously won 11, a joint record with United, most recently the previous season’s final against Hull. Their most recent defeat in the final was in 2001, losing 1–2 to Liverpool.
It will be Aston Villa’s 11th final, of which they have previously won seven, most recently in 1957 with a 2–1 win over Manchester United. Their most recent final was a 0–1 defeat to Chelsea in 2000.
Arsenal and Aston Villa played twice during the league season, both games resulting in Arsenal victories. On 20 September 2014, they won 3–0 at Villa Park with three goals in under four minutes of the first half, from Mesut Özil, Danny Welbeck and an own goal from Aly Cissokho off a shot from Kieran Gibbs. At the Emirates Stadium on 1 February 2015, Arsenal triumphed 5–0 with goals by Olivier Giroud, Özil, Theo Walcott, a penalty kick by Santi Cazorla after goalkeeper Brad Guzan fouled Chuba Akpom, and Héctor Bellerín.