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Summary

  1. Best 10 FA Cup final goals of the last 50 years
  2. Gerrard for Liverpool (2006) is No 1
  3. Villa for Spurs (1981) is No 2
  4. Di Matteo for Chelsea (1997) is No 3
  5. Arsenal v Aston Villa in FA Cup final on Saturday
  6. What's your favourite FA Cup final goal? #bbcfootball

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By Neil Johnston

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That's it folks. Thanks for your company. I hope you have enjoyed our top 10 FA Cup final goals of the last 50 years. Who knows, someone from Arsenal or Aston Villa might be on next year's list. Until next time...

Goals that didn't make the list? John Motson mentions Jimmy Case's goal for Liverpool against Manchester United in the 1977 FA Cup final.

"Impossible for Liverpool to replace Gerrard"

BBC Radio 5 live

Former England international Jimmy Armfield: "It's virtually impossible at the moment for Liverpool to replace Steven Gerrard. He is one of these great players."

John Motson

BBC Match of the Day commentator

"It's a generational vote because a lot of people voting don't remember the 1970s. What I would say about it is that it was a very fitting way to say goodbye to the Cup final at Cardiff."

Question: "Is it the best ever FA Cup final goal?

Shaka Hislop: "I cannot think of a better goal."

"It was amazing"

Jimmy Armfield on BBC 5 Radio live: "It was an amazing goal - one you would wonder about. Liverpool fans will never forget that moment because West ham fans must have thought that they had done enough. When it flew into the goal I thought that Liverpool would go on to win."

"He couldn't have hit it any better"

BBC Radio 5 live

West Ham goalkeeper Shaka Hislop on being beaten by Steven Gerrard's wonder strike: "You don't expect him to hit it from that distance if he is carrying an injury. But he hit it first-time and I don't think he could have hit it any better.

"He absolutely smashed this half-volley. I saw him coming onto it but there were a lot of players between him and me and he hit it so well it was in the back of the net almost before I could react.

"I have watched the FA Cup since I was a little boy and I can't think of a goal that was better than that or one that was more meaningful."

"I felt special"

Steven Gerrard on his goal: "It was a big sense of achievement. When that went in I felt like most special and important player in the world."

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Not everyone is happy.

Paul Mulligan: Noooooooo! Ricky Villa at number 2 on the greatest Fa Cup Final goals list is a travesty. Much better than Gerrards 40 yd punt!

Gareth Murray: Pointless poll as sad L'pool fans have been campaigning on the net to get all of them to vote for Gerrard's goal.

Number 1

2006 - Steven Gerrard for Liverpool v West Ham

Steven Gerrard
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The most recent goal on this list comes in arguably the greatest FA Cup final of all time.

With West Ham leading 3-2 entering injury time, a headed clearance lands at the feet of Steven Gerrard who, despite hobbling with cramp, thumps a first-time shot from 35 yards past Shaka Hislop into the bottom corner.

The Reds win on penalties, with Gerrard successfully converting his spot-kick. No wonder Liverpool fans fondly remember it as the 'Gerrard final'.

Watch the goal here.

Number one? Steven Gerrard.

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Not everyone is happy.

Paul Mulligan: Noooooooo! Ricky Villa at number two on the greatest FA Cup Final goals list is a travesty. Much better than Steven Gerrard's 40 yd punt!

BBC Radio 5 live

"One of the tragedies of Ricky Villa's winner was Steve MacKenzie's goal for Manchester City," Micky Hazard, who was at Spurs at the time.

"MacKenzie's was a great goal but it got lost and hardly got a mention."

"It will never be bettered"

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Former Tottenham player Micky Hazard: "In one second it felt like Ricky had beaten three or four men and at the very end of it he almost lost control of the ball.

"But strangely enough it acted as a dummy as the keeper started to spread himself so it worked in Ricky's favour. It was an unbelievable goal.

"Having been taken off in the original game and being in a fit of depression for a few days, to then produce a goal of such incredible quality is a credit to Ricky.

"We've obviously seen that goal 200, 300, 400 times...it's played over and over again and it will probably never be bettered."

"One of the great Wembley goals"

John Motson

BBC Match of the Day commentator

"It was the first Wembley replay. It was a sunlit evening, the 100th Cup final, and it was 2-2. Ricky Villa went on this run and the ball ended up in the back of the net. Tottenham fans are still dining out on it. It's one of the great Wembley goals."

Chas & Dave

Chas and Dave
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"Ossie's Dream (Spurs Are On Their Way To Wembley)" released by Tottenham and Chas & Dave in 1981 to celebrate the club reaching the 1981 FA Cup final reached number 5 in the UK singles chart.

The title refers to the club's former Argentine player Osvaldo Ardiles but it was his compatriot Ricky Villa who stole the headlines with a sublime finish to sink Manchester City in the replay.

"It changed my life"

BBC Radio 5 live

"I remember getting the ball and my first instinct was to attack," Villa told BBC Radio 5 live about his winner. "As soon as I ran towards the goal I forgot about everyone around me.

"I lost control of the ball just a little before the goal but I shot and I was lucky before I scored. Sometimes you need a little luck and this is what happened.

"It changed my life in the English league."

Number 2

1981 - Ricky Villa for Tottenham v Manchester City

Ricky Villa
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Ricky Villa was left distraught after being substituted five days earlier as Tottenham and Manchester City drew 1-1.

In the replay Kevin Reeves gives City the lead after Steve MacKenzie's stunning volley cancelled out Villa's opener - only for Garth Crooks to make it 2-2.

Then came one of the iconic moments in FA Cup history.

The Wembley clock showed 76 minutes when Villa dribbled his way brilliantly through the City defence and turned the ball past onrushing keeper Joe Corrigan to make it 3-2. Truly outstanding.

Watch the goal here.

Number two? Chas & Dave loved him.

Where are they now?

Roberto Di Matteo

Roberto Di Matteo
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Roberto Di Matteo went on to win the FA Cup again with Chelsea in 2000. He also won a League Cup, Uefa Cup Winners' Cup, Super Cup and Community Shield at Stamford Bridge before going on to take charge at Chelsea after stints at MK Dons and West Brom.

Right now the 44-year-old is seeking a new job after

resigning as manager of Schalke in Germany.

"Cantona quit the day after"

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Sunday Mirror's Andy Dunn: "I remember the weekend of the 1997 FA Cup final very well because Eric Cantona quit football the day after the final."

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Jim: Context is important- Whiteside's is the best, not only for the great pass from a young Hughes, and them being down 10 men against the Champions and CWC winners , but Southall was practically unbeatable at the time ,and the only way Norman could beat him was to curl it in the one spit bit even Whiteside could see ,and I don't even like Man Utd!

Number 3

1997 - Roberto Di Matteo for Chelsea v Middlesbrough

Roberto Di Matteo scores for Chelsea in the 1997 FA Cup final against Middlesbrough
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The fastest ever goal in an FA Cup final at the time.

Middlesbrough kick-off but Italy international Roberto Di Matteo picks up the ball in his own half 35 seconds into the game. Seven seconds later it is in the back of the net following a 30-yard strike which flies in off the crossbar.

Chelsea go on to win 2-0 for their first major trophy in 27 years. Louis Saha scored an even quicker goal for Everton against the Stamford Bridge club in 2009.

Watch the goal here.

Number three? He's just resigned as a manager!

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G13NNH: Only one goal that could be No 1, Ricky Villa for the mighty Spurs!

"First Cup final professional foul"

John Motson

BBC Match of the Day commentator

"I can still see referee Peter Willis ordering Kevin Moran off the pitch in the 1985 Cup final. It was the first example of the so called professional foul in the Cup final."

"I still get asked about it often"

BBC Radio 5 live

Former Manchester United player Norman Whiteside: "That is the best commentary ever. Joking apart, some people have had the audacity to ask if it was a cross. I was only 20 so still very young - it is always a dream when you're kicking a ball around in the street - and for me it all worked out.

"From memory it wasn't a great game of football, but all of a sudden when Kevin Moran got sent-off, we looked at each other and upped the ante and hopefully it came good. I still get asked about it pretty often."

BBC Radio 5 live

Norman Whiteside is live on BBC Radio 5 live. He is gushing over Peter Jones' commentary of his goal that settled the 1985 FA Cup final.

Number 4

1985 - Norman Whiteside for Manchester United v Everton

Norman Whiteside in action for Manchester United against Everton in the 1985 FA Cup final
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Paul Hardcastle was at the top of the UK Singles chart with '19' but it was a Northern Irish 20-year-old who was the toast of Wembley.

Manchester United are down to 10 men after Kevin Moran's red card against the holders and favourites Everton.

In extra time, Whiteside dribbles in off the right flank before performing a step-over and curling a perfect arcing shot around defender Pat van den Hauwe, past Neville Southall and into the far corner for the only goal of the game.

United had their sixth FA Cup triumph in the bag.

Watch the goal here.

Norman Whiteside (left) celebrates helping win the 1985 FA Cup final for Manchester United
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Simon: We're at number 6 of the best fa cup goals and there is a theme appearing. They are mostly historic moments that the older generation can relate to. Its sad to say it but the cup finals of the last 15 years or so do not jog the nations conscious.

Only four left now. Has your favourite FA Cup final goal of the last 50 years still not been mentioned?

BBC Radio 5 live

Former England international Jimmy Armfield: "You have to have one or two soldiers in your camp and he was one. The thing I remember about Ray Parlour's goal was he had people around him. He had opportunities to pass but he put it in the net himself. That will live with him."

Number 5

2002 - Ray Parlour for Arsenal v Chelsea

Ray Parlour scores for Arsenal in the 2002 FA Cup final against Chelsea
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Arsenal's England midfielder Ray Parlour has not scored in the Premier League all season so Chelsea can have been excused for not worrying too much about his run forward at the Millennium Stadium.

Sylvain Wiltord plays the ball to Parlour 45 yards out and as he runs towards goal, the Blues defence backs off, only to see the 'Romford Pele' curl past Carlo Cudicini from 25 yards out.

Ljungberg scores in his second final in a row as the Gunners go on to win 2-0 to secure the double.

Watch Parlour's goal here.

Ray Parlour scores for Arsenal in the 2002 FA Cup final against Chelsea
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Number five helped settle an all-London final.

"Celebration big talking point"

BBC Radio 5 live

Sunday Mirror's Andy Dunn: "Arsenal against Liverpool in 1971 was the first FA Cup final that I remember. I was six and my dad was a big Liverpool fan. At the time the celebration was as much a talking point as the goal."

"Charlie only had one thought - to shoot"

"Former England international Jimmy Armfield: "If Charlie got within 25 yards of goal he only had one thought - to shoot."

"Cheeky lad"

BBC Radio 5 live

Former Arsenal goalkeeper Bob Wilson: "Charlie George was a cheeky lad and still is a cheeky lad. When I was becoming a teacher Charlie was there in his final year. Everyone called me sir. Charlie called me Bob!"

Number 6

1971 - Charlie George for Arsenal v Liverpool

Charlie George (centre)
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Bertie Mee's Arsenal already have the league title in the bag when they head to Wembley for the 1971 FA Cup final.

And thanks to long-haired midfielder Charlie George, who scores an extra-time winner, the Gunners are able to celebrate the double.

After a goalless 90 minutes, Liverpool lead through Steve Heighway but Eddie Kelly levels things up.

With less than 10 minutes remaining, a visibly drained George smashes a superb 20-yard shot past Liverpool keeper Ray Clemence before collapsing to the ground with his arms outstretched in celebration.

Watch the goal here.

We're going all the way back to 1971 for number six.

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Paul Mulligan: I'm a slightly biased Spurs fan but the legendary Ricky Villa has to win the greatest FA Cup final goal debate. One of a kind.

Wait for it Paul, wait for it.