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FA Cup final: Chelsea could do the Double, joining only 11 teams ever to win both League and FA Cup

2017-05-27 10:36:32 | Author:Tom Bodell, Football Whispers | Source:THE Sun
Abstract:There have only been 11 double-winning teams previously with Manchester United and Arsenal leading the way on three apiece

IF CHELSEA pile on the misery for Arsenal by winning the FA Cup at Wembley on Saturday Antonio Conte’s side will join a select group who have completed the double.

There have only been 11 double-winning teams previously with Manchester United and Arsenal leading the way on three apiece.

   Chelsea could be one of only a select few teams to have won the league and cup double

But the Blues, having wrapped up the Premier League title with a seven-point margin, can make it two trophies with victory under the arch.

With that in mind we asked our friends at Football Whispers to recall each of the previous 11 sides.

Preston North End


Preston were a force at the end of the 19th Century and cemented their status by winning the first league and cup double during the first league season in England.

Powered by 22 goals in just 26 appearances from John Goodall, North End went unbeaten as they won the league before scooping the FA Cup without conceding a goal, beating Wolves 3-0 in the final.

   Villa were a giant in the late part of the 19th Century

Aston Villa


Villa were also a giant in the late part of the 19th Century and the Midlands outfit won the league title five times between 1894 and 1900.

The Villans became the second side to complete the double when they won Division One and beat Everton 3-2 in a thrilling FA Cup final which saw five first-half goals.

   Bill Nicholson’s iconic Spurs side won Division One and the FA Cup with a swagger

Tottenham Hotspur


English football had to wait until the 1960s for a third double-winner as Bill Nicholson’s iconic Spurs side won Division One and the FA Cup with a swagger.

Tottenham were victorious in their first 11 league games, and won a record 31 of 42 fixtures and 16 of 21 away games.

They finished eight points clear of Sheffield Wednesday before securing the FA Cup with a 2-0 win over Leicester City.

   Arsenal captain Frank McLintock proudly holds the FA Cup and League Championship trophy



The Gunners were hot on the tails of their North London rivals and won their first double a decade after Spurs.

Arsenal had the satisfaction of winning the league title at White Hart Lane and wrapped up the double five days later.

Charlie George scored the extra-time winner at Wembley as the Gunners overcame Liverpool 2-1 before falling to the turf in an iconic celebration.

   Steve McMahon, Kenny Dalglish, Steve Nicol, Craig Johnston and Jim Beglin celebrate



The dominant force in England during the 1970s and 1980s, Liverpool won their first domestic double under ‘King Kenny’ Dalglish who became the first and only player-manager to do so.

Division One was wrapped up with just six defeats, Liverpool finishing two points ahead of Everton. The FA Cup was lifted at the Toffees’ expense, too, with the Reds winning 3-1.

   Manchester United after their FA Cup Final victory over Chelsea in 1994

Manchester United


After an underwhelming start to his Old Trafford career, Sir Alex Ferguson delivered as the Red Devils ended a 26-year wait for the league title in 1993.

He went one better the following season, clinching the club’s first double. The Premier League was won ahead of Newcastle United, who held a 12-point lead before Kevin Keegan’s infamous ‘I would love it’ rant.

Eric Cantona’s goal proved the difference against Liverpool’s ‘Spice Boys’ in the FA Cup final.

   Arsenal’s players celebrate with trophy after winning the 1997-1998 FA Cup Final against Newcastle Utd



By 1997/98, Arsene Wenger’s French revolution was underway and ‘Le Professor’ enhanced his reputation with the Gunners’ first double since 1971.

Ten consecutive wins saw Arsenal breeze to the title with a 4-0 thrashing of Everton with two games to spare – memorable for skipper Tony Adams’ superb strike – before the FA Cup was hoisted following a 2-0 win over Newcastle United.

   Andy Cole and Dwight Yorke smoke a celebratory cigar in 1999

Manchester United


The most memorable double of all time, Ferguson’s Manchester United toppled Arsenal before winning English football’s only treble to date.

The first leg was complete when United finished top of the Premier League and, for the second time in as many years, Newcastle were downed 2-0 to clinch the FA Cup.

The Champions League completed the clean sweep, with United coming from behind to beat Bayern Munich in the final thanks to stoppage-time goals from Ole Gunnar Solskjaer and Teddy Sheringham.

   Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger and captain Tony Adams – how times have changed



Not to be out-done, Wenger’s men won their third double three years later to draw level with Manchester United and become the first club to win the FA Cup before sealing the title.

The Gunners overcame Chelsea 2-0 in the cup final – Ray Parlour and Freddie Ljungberg on target – before wrapping up the league title four days later with a 1-0 victory over Manchester United.

   Chelsea’s Captain John Terry in 2010 – can they do it again this weekend?



Carlo Ancelotti’s first season in England proved a memorable one as the Italian completed the double and oversaw a Chelsea side who became the first to score more than 100 league goals.

The Blues pipped Manchester United by a point and then beat Portsmouth 1-0 in the final at Wembley with Frank Lampard the match-winner.

Ancelotti was harshly sacked the following season for finishing runners-up in the Premier League.