Ahead of this weekend's FA Cup final, we thought we would look back at the last decade and see which team's made their way surprisingly to the final.

This year's final sees Manchester City go up against unlikely finalists Wigan Athletic and as they fight for survival in the Premier League, they will be considered big underdogs for the trophy.

City were winners of this competition back in 2011 after they beat Stoke City 1-0 and they will be certain favourites to claim another FA Cup victory at Wembley come Saturday, but stranger things have happened in this cup and on the day, anything could happen.

So over the last 10 years, who else have been a surprise package in the FA Cup final, well we look into some of the finals no-one predicted.

2002/03 | Arsenal vs Southampton

I don't think anyone would have predicted this to be the FA Cup final back in May of 2003, but after knocking out; Tottenham, Milwall, Norwich City, Wolves and Watford, the Saints made their way to the final where they came up against a deadly-looking Arsenal side.

As for Arsenal, this was known as their glory days and on their way to the final they knocked out; Oxford, Farnborough, Manchester United, Chelsea and Sheffield United before beating Southampton 1-0 in the final thanks to a Robert Pires goal.

2003/04 | Manchester United vs Milwall

Just a year after the Arsenal/Southampton final, another strange showdown was set as Milwall looked to surprised Manchester United.

On their way to the final, Milwall saw off; Walsall, Telford, Burnley, Tranmere Rovers and then Sunderland, so not exactly a tough run to the final, but impressive nonetheless.

As for United, they steam-rolled to the final after knocking out; Aston Villa, Northampton, Manchester City, Fulham and then beat last year's winners Arsenal in the semi-finals.

It wasn't going to be a dream occasion for Milwall as they lost on the day 3-0 as a Ruud van Nistelrooy brace and a Ronaldo strike saw off the Lions.

2005/06 | Liverpool vs West Ham United

After a year absence due to an Arsenal/Manchester United final in the 04/05 season, it was the following season that saw the unlikely Hammers take centre stage in the FA Cup final, however the unlikely team fell to defeat once again, this time in an FA Cup thriller.

On-route to the final, West Ham saw off; Norwich City, Blackburn Rovers, Bolton Wanderers, Manchester City and then Middlesborough in the semi's, but they couldn't top the run off with the victory in the final.

Liverpool had to beat the likes of; Luton Town, Portsmouth, Manchester United, Birmingham and Chelsea in order to get to the final and then after a Steven Gerrard master-class they prevailed on penalties after a 3-3 thriller was played out. 

2007/08 | Portsmouth vs Cardiff City

Probably the weirdest FA Cup final there has ever been and definitely one of the most unpredictable ones as it was Pompey and Cardiff that took centre stage in the cup final after impressive runs saw them knock out giants like Manchester United.

In a year where the big-guns fell early, it was Portsmouth that made the most of their opportunity as they saw off Cardiff 1-0 thanks to a Nwankwo Kanu goal.

Portsmouth then featured in the 2009/10 final where they were sadly beaten 1-0 by Chelsea.


So when a smaller club has come up against one of the giants in football over the last decade, they have never been able to beat them in the FA Cup final, maybe Wigan Athletic can set that straight with a surprise victory over Roberto Mancini's men.


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