2012–13 FA Cup

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2012–13 FA Cup
Country  England
Teams 758
Champions Wigan Athletic (1st title)
Runners-up Manchester City
Top goal scorer(s) Danny Hylton (8)

The 2012–13 FA Cup was the 132nd season of the FA Cup, the main domestic cup competition in English football, and the oldest football knock-out competition in the world. It was sponsored by Budweiser for a second consecutive season.[1]

A total of 833 clubs applied to enter,[2] with 758 clubs being accepted into the competition.[3] The preliminary rounds commenced on 11 August 2012, with the first round proper played on 3 November 2012. The final was played on 11 May 2013 at Wembley Stadium in London between Manchester City and Wigan Athletic, with Wigan Athletic winning 1–0.[4][5]

As a result, Wigan Athletic participated in the group stage of the following season's UEFA Europa League. Chelsea were the defending champions, having beaten Liverpool 2–1 in last season's final, but were eliminated in the semi finals by Manchester City.

Three days after winning the cup, Wigan made history by becoming the first side to win the cup and get relegated in the same season, after they lost 4–1 to Arsenal, which sealed their relegation to the Football League Championship.


Round Clubs
Winners from
previous round
New entries
this round
Leagues entering at this round
Extra preliminary round 758 400 none 400 Levels 9 and 10 in football league pyramid
Preliminary round 558 332 200 132 Northern Premier League Division One North
Northern Premier League Division One South

Southern Football League Division One Central
Southern Football League Division One South & West
Isthmian League Division One North
Isthmian League Division One South

First round qualifying 392 232 166 66 Northern Premier League Premier Division
Southern Football League Premier Division
Isthmian League Premier Division
Second round qualifying 276 160 116 44 Conference North
Conference South
Third round qualifying 196 80 80 none none
Fourth round qualifying 156 64 40 24 Conference National
First round proper 124 80 32 48 Football League One
Football League Two
Second round proper 84 40 40 none none
Third round proper 64 64 20 44 Premier League
Football League Championship
Fourth round proper 32 32 32 none none
Fifth round proper 16 16 16 none none
Sixth round proper 8 8 8 none none
Semi-finals 4 4 4 none none
Final 2 2 2 none none


The schedule for the 2012–13 FA Cup, as announced by the Football Association, is as follows:[6][7][8]

Round Main date Number of fixtures Clubs New entries this round Prize money
Extra preliminary round 11 August 2012 200 758 → 558 400: 359th–758th £1,000
Preliminary round 25 August 2012 166 558 → 392 132: 227th–358th £1,750
First round qualifying 8 September 2012 116 392 → 276 66: 161st–226th £3,000
Second round qualifying 22 September 2012 80 276 → 196 44: 117th–160th £4,500
Third round qualifying 6 October 2012 40 196 → 156 none £7,500
Fourth round qualifying 20 October 2012 32 156 → 124 24: 93rd–116th £12,500
First round proper 3 November 2012 40 124 → 84 48: 45th–92nd £18,000
Second round proper 1 December 2012 20 84 → 64 none £27,000
Third round proper 5 January 2013 32 64 → 32 44: 1st–44th £67,500
Fourth round proper 26 January 2013 16 32 → 16 none £90,000
Fifth round proper 16 February 2013 8 16 → 8 none £180,000
Sixth round proper 9–10 March 2013 4 8 → 4 none £360,000
Semi-finals 13–14 April 2013 2 4 → 2 none £900,000
Final 11 May 2013 1 2 → 1 none Runner-up £900,000
Winner £1,800,000

Qualifying rounds

All of the teams entering the competition that are not members of either the Premier League or the Football League had to compete in the qualifying rounds to win a place in the competition proper.

First round proper

Teams from League One and League Two entered at this stage, along with the winners from the fourth round qualifying.

The draw was made on 21 October 2012 with ties to be played on 2–4 November 2012. Yate Town and Slough Town were the lowest-ranked teams left in the competition, both competing in level 8 of the English football league system.

Second round proper

The draw for this round was made on 4 November 2012 with the ties played on the weekend of 1–2 December 2012.

Hastings United, from the seventh tier of English football, were the lowest-ranked team in the second round proper.

Bradford City were disqualified from this season's competition for fielding Curtis Good, who was ineligible to play, in a 1–1 draw against Brentford.[9] As a result, it was presumed that Brentford won by walkover, but Bradford eventually made a successful appeal to the FA against expulsion and were reinstated and fined £1,000 instead allowing a replay to go ahead.[10] Brentford would eventually dump Bradford City out of the cup after winning that replay.

Third round proper

Teams from the Premier League and Football League Championship entered at this stage, along with the winners from the second round.[11]

The draw for the third round was made on 2 December 2012, with the ties played on the weekend of 5–6 January 2013.[12]

Luton Town's Alex Lawless won the player of the round award.[13] The results were as follows:

  1. Alex Lawless, Luton Town
  2. Danny Hylton, Aldershot Town
  3. Matthew Barnes-Homer, Macclesfield Town
  4. Liam Bridcutt, Brighton & Hove Albion
  5. Andrea Orlandi, Brighton & Hove Albion

Hastings United remained the lowest-ranked football team in the third round proper, and the last remaining team ranked in tier(7).

Fourth round proper

The draw for the fourth round took place on 6 January 2013, with Macclesfield Town and Luton Town, both from the Conference National (5) remaining as the lowest-placed teams still in the competition.[14]

Fifth round proper

The draw for the fifth round took place on 27 January 2013, with Luton Town from the Conference National (5) remaining as the lowest-ranked team still in the Cup.[15]

Sixth round proper

The draw for the quarter-finals took place on 17 February 2013, with Barnsley, Millwall and Blackburn Rovers all from the Championship remaining as the lowest-ranked teams.[16]


The draw for the semi-finals took place on 10 March 2013, with Millwall from the Championship (2) remaining as the lowest-placed team still in the Cup. The draw was carried out by Edgar Davids and Graeme Le Saux at Wembley Stadium in London.[17][18]

13 April 2013
Millwall (2) 0–2 Wigan Athletic (1)
Report Maloney Goal 25'
McManaman Goal 78'
Wembley Stadium, London
Attendance: 62,335
Referee: Michael Oliver

14 April 2013
Chelsea (1) 1–2 Manchester City (1)
Ba Goal 66' Report Nasri Goal 35'
Agüero Goal 47'
Wembley Stadium, London
Attendance: 85,621
Referee: Chris Foy


Prior to kick off as Manchester City had already qualified for the 2013–14 UEFA Champions League, therefore Wigan Athletic had already secured a place in 2013–14 UEFA Europa League, regardless of whether they won or lost.

11 May 2013
17:15 BST
Manchester City (1) 0–1 Wigan Athletic (1)
Report Watson Goal 90+1'
Wembley Stadium, London
Attendance: 86,254
Referee: Andre Marriner

Top scorers

As of 14 April 2013 [19]
Rank Player Club Goals
1 England Danny Hylton Aldershot Town 8
2 Argentina Carlos Tevez Manchester City 5
3 Senegal Demba Ba Chelsea 4
Republic of Ireland Barry Corr Southend United
England Dean Cox Leyton Orient
England Clayton Donaldson Brentford
England Will Hatfield Accrington Stanley
Mexico Javier Hernández Manchester United
Republic of Ireland Dave Mooney Leyton Orient
England Scott Rendell Luton Town
England Matt Smith Oldham Athletic
England Marvin Sordell Bolton Wanderers

Broadcasting rights

The domestic broadcasting rights for the competition were held by the free-to-air channel ITV and the subscription channel ESPN.[20] ITV has held the rights since 2007–08,[21] while ESPN gained FA Cup coverage from the 2010–11 season following the collapse of Setanta in the UK.[22] Under the Ofcom code of protected sporting events, the FA Cup Final must be broadcast live on UK terrestrial television.[23]

These matches were broadcast live on UK television:

First round proper Cambridge City vs Milton Keynes Dons
Dorchester Town vs Plymouth Argyle
Wimbledon vs York City (replay)
Altrincham vs Burton Albion (replay)
Braintree Town vs Tranmere Rovers (ITV4)2
Second round proper Alfreton Town vs Leyton Orient
Cheltenham Town vs Hereford United
Mansfield Town vs Lincoln City (replay)
Hastings United vs Harrogate Town (replay)
Milton Keynes Dons vs Wimbledon
Third round proper Swansea City vs Arsenal
Mansfield Town vs Liverpool
Cheltenham Town vs Everton
Arsenal vs Swansea City (replay)
Brighton & Hove Albion vs Newcastle United
West Ham United vs Manchester United
Manchester United vs West Ham United (replay)
Fourth round proper Manchester United vs Fulham
Brentford vs Chelsea
Leeds United vs Tottenham Hotspur
Leicester City vs Huddersfield Town (replay)
Stoke City vs Manchester City
Oldham Athletic vs Liverpool
Chelsea vs Brentford (replay)
Fifth round proper Luton Town vs Millwall
Manchester City vs Leeds United
Manchester United vs Reading
Oldham Athletic vs Everton
Huddersfield Town vs Wigan Athletic
Everton v Oldham Athletic (replay)
Sixth round proper Manchester City vs Barnsley
Millwall vs Blackburn Rovers
Blackburn Rovers vs Millwall (replay)
Everton vs Wigan Athletic
Manchester United vs Chelsea
Chelsea vs Manchester United (replay)
Semi-finals Wigan Athletic vs Millwall Chelsea vs Manchester City
Final Wigan Athletic v Manchester City

1ITV unless stated otherwise
2Braintree Town vs. Tranmere Rovers was originally scheduled to be on ITV but because the game was postponed it was moved to ITV4


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