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FA Cup 2017-18 fixtures and schedule

Jon Wilde 15 Dec 2017
  • The 2017-18 FA Cup runs from August 5 to May 19
  • Get all the fixture details and schedule dates here
The FA Cup trophy on display outside Anfield (credit: Getty Images)

Arsenal are the most successful club in FA Cup history and will aim to lift the trophy for a fourth time in five seasons in 2017-18, with the final scheduled for May 19 - the same day as the Royal Wedding of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle.

The Gunners regained the outright record for the highest number of FA Cup victories in 2016-17, taking their total to 13 when they won 2-1 against Premier League champions Chelsea in the final at Wembley Stadium.

Alexis Sanchez gave Arsenal an early lead and after Diego Costa had equalised, Aaron Ramsey put Arsene Wenger’s side back in front virtually straight from the kick-off as the Welsh midfielder netted the FA Cup winning goal for the second time in three years.

Ramsey had also scored the clincher in extra time against Hull City in 2014, while Sanchez made it two FA Cup Final goals in as many appearances after notching his team’s second in their 4-0 rout of Aston Villa in 2015.

Wenger, who in the summer signed a two-year contract extension to remain in charge of Arsenal, is now the most successful FA Cup manager in history with his seven triumphs putting him one ahead of Aston Villa’s George Ramsay (1887-1920).

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger holds the FA Cup trophy (Getty Images)
As winners of the 2016-17 FA Cup, Arsenal collected £1.8million in prizemoney, with runners-up Chelsea receiving exactly half of that amount and the two losing semi-finalists, Manchester City and Tottenham Hotspur, a quarter, i.e. £450,000 each.

The 2017-18 edition of the world’s oldest recognised football competition is the 137th in its illustrious history and began with the Extra Preliminary Round on Saturday August 5.

History could be made later in the competition because 2016-17 was the first season when quarter-final replays were scrapped to reduce fixture congestion, but extra time and penalties were not required as all four ties were settled in 90 minutes.

The biggest story of last season's FA Cup before the semi-finals was the progress of the non-League clubs and Arsenal saw off the last two of them, following up their 2-0 victory away to Sutton United with a 5-0 home triumph against Lincoln City - who became 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.

2017-18 FA Cup fixture schedule (all kick-off times GMT)

2nd round replays

Tuesday December 19

19:45 Carlisle United v Gillingham

3rd round

Friday January 5

19:55 Liverpool v Everton
20:00 Manchester United v Derby County

Saturday January 6 

12:45 Fleetwood Town v Leicester City
13:00 Middlesbrough v Sunderland
15:00 Aston Villa v Peterborough United
15:00 Birmingham City v Burton Albion
15:00 Blackburn Rovers v Hull City
15:00 Bolton Wanderers v Huddersfield Town
15:00 Bournemouth v Wigan Athletic
15:00 Brentford v Notts County
15:00 Cardiff City v Mansfield Town
15:00 Coventry City v Stoke City
15:00 Doncaster Rovers v Rochdale
15:00 Exeter City v West Bromwich Albion
15:00 Fulham v Southampton
15:00 Gillingham or Carlisle United v Sheffield Wednesday
15:00 Ipswich Town v Sheffield United
15:00 Manchester City v Burnley
15:00 Millwall v Barnsley
15:00 Newcastle United v Luton Town
15:00 QPR v MK Dons
15:00 Stevenage v Reading
15:00 Watford v Bristol City
15:00 Wolves v Swansea City
15:00 Wycombe Wanderers v Preston North End
15:00 Yeovil Town v Bradford City
17:30 Norwich City v Chelsea

Sunday January 7

12:00 Newport County v Leeds United
14:00 Shrewsbury Town v West Ham United
15:00 Tottenham Hotspur v AFC Wimbledon
16:00 Nottingham Forest v Arsenal

Monday January 8

19:45 Brighton v Crystal Palace

January 27 - 4th round
February 17 - 5th round
March 17 - Quarter-finals
April 21-22 - Semi-finals
May 19 - Final

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FA Cup 2017-18 fixtures and schedule

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