Manchester United and Arsenal are the most successful clubs in FA Cup history – and they will both hope to regain the outright record for the highest number of victories in 2016-17.
The previous three seasons have exemplified why the Red Devils and the Gunners are way out clear at the top of the list of most frequent FA Cup winners, because they have dominated the competition between them since 2014.
Arsenal triumphed in 2014 and 2015 to overhaul United’s total of successes by raising their own tally to 12, but in 2016 they were denied the chance to become only the third ever club to complete a successive FA Cup hat-trick – and the first for 130 years – when they lost their quarter-final at home to Watford.
Instead, it was United who went on to draw level again at the top of the chart when, in manager Louis van Gaal’s last match in charge before being replaced by Jose Mourinho, they triumphed 2-1 after extra time in the final against Crystal Palace at Wembley thanks to a Jesse Lingard goal.
The 2016-17 edition of the world’s oldest recognised football competition is the 136th in its illustrious history and began with the Extra Preliminary Round on August 6, with the final scheduled for Saturday May 27.
One significant difference for this season is that quarter-final replays have been scrapped to reduce fixture congestion and so the four matches between the final eight teams will be settled on the day, via extra time or penalties if required.
The winners of the 2016-17 FA Cup stand to collect £1.8million in prizemoney, with the runners-up receiving exactly half of that amount and the two losing semi-finalists a quarter, i.e. £450,000 each.
The fifth-round ties have been played and holders Manchester United beat a Championship club for the third successive round, adding Blackburn Rovers to the list with a 2-1 victory at Ewood Park to join Wigan Athletic and Reading who both lost 4-0 at Old Trafford. But next up for United is a much more difficult task away to Premier League leaders Chelsea, which means another return to Stamford Bridge for Jose Mourinho.
However, the biggest story of this season's FA Cup has been the progress of the non-League clubs and while Sutton United went down 2-0 to Arsenal in the fifth round, Lincoln City will get a chance to topple the Gunners at the Emirates Stadium having become the first team from outside the top four divisions since 1914 to reach the quarter-finals when they won 1-0 away to Premier League club Burnley.
Make sure you bookmark this page and check back when the draw for each round has been made, for we will bring you the full list of fixtures, dates and kick-off times as soon as they are available.
2016-17 FA Cup schedule (kick-off times GMT)
5th round replay
20:00 Manchester City v Huddersfield Town
Quarter-final draw (matches to be played March 11-12)
Arsenal v Lincoln City
Chelsea v Manchester United
Middlesbrough v Manchester City or Huddersfield Town
Tottenham Hotspur v Millwall
April 22-23 – Semi-finals
May 27 - Final