Massive underdogs Wimbledon beat Liverpool 1-0 to lift The Cup in 1988, just 11 years after being elected into the Football League. Beasant's penalty save from John Aldridge on the hour was the first in a Wembley final and as Dons' captain he became the first goalkeeper to receive The Cup - on this occasion from HRH The Princess of Wales.
Striker Tim's first claim to fame was playing cricket for Gibraltar. Then, in 1991, he scored a Third Round hat-trick for Isthmian League Woking as they caused a major Cup upset by beating Brian Talbot's West Bromwich Albion 4-2 at The Hawthorns. Albion were then in the Second Division. In the next round the non-Leaguers lost by the only goal at Everton.
Ooh-aah-Cantona! The Frenchman won The Cup twice in three years with Manchester United. In '94 he slammed home two spot-kicks inside seven minutes as Chelsea were overwhelmed 4-0. In '96 he scored the only goal of the Final with a volley through a crowd of players five minutes from time and then collected The Cup as United's captain.
Henry "Harry" Cusham is hardly a household name today but no player in history has scored more goals in The Cup. In a ten-year period, from 1877 to 1887, he scored 49. He got 48 in the Competition Proper and one in a Fourth Round Qualifying tie against Staveley. His biggest haul was six against Wednesbury Strollers in an 11-1 win.
Sir Alex Ferguson
No one can rival Sir Alex when it comes to winning The Cup as a manager. The first of five triumphs with Manchester United came in 1990 when Crystal Palace were beaten 1-0 in a replay after a 3-3 draw. It was Sir Alex's first trophy after nearly four years in the hot seat at Old Trafford. United were Cup winners again in 1994, 1996, 1999 and 2004.
Wimbledon, then a Southern League club, enjoyed a magnificent Cup run in the 1974-75 season. After surviving six rounds they won 1-0 at First Division Burnley and then achieved an astonishing 0-0 draw at Leeds. Guy was the Dons' 'keeper who kept clean sheets at Turf Moor and Elland Road and he even managed to save a Peter Lorimer penalty.
"Sparky" Hughes is the only player to have picked up four Cup winners' medals at Wembley and he did it with two different clubs. With Manchester United he was a winner in 1985, 1990 (scoring twice in the first match against Crystal Palace) and 1994 (scoring once against Chelsea, the club he later joined). He completed the set with the Blues in 1997.
Wimbledon weren't the only non-League side making Cup headlines in 1975. Kelly, the "Leatherhead Lip", netted the goal that beat Brighton at the Goldstone and took the Isthmian Leaguers through to a Fourth Round tie with First Division Leicester City. It was switched to Filbert Street and Kelly scored to make it 2-0 before the Foxes hit back to win.
The Hon Arthur Kinnaird
Kinnaird, later President of The FA, played for Wanderers and Old Etonians in the 1870s and '80s and appeared in no fewer than nine FA Cup Finals. No other player, ancient or modern, can match that. He won three times with Wanderers, scoring in the 1873 and 1878 Finals, and twice with Old Etonians. He was undoubtedly football's first superstar.
The Scottish striker had three years at Bournemouth from 1969 to 1972 before Manchester United came calling and twice made his mark on The Cup with scoring feats in the First Round. He netted six in the Cherries' 8-1 replay win against Oxford City in 1970 and topped it a year later with nine against hapless Margate, still a record for the Competition Proper.
Sir Stanley Matthews
The incomparable Matthews, the first player to be knighted for services to the game, had finished on the losing side for Blackpool in the 1948 and 1951 Finals and, at 38, must have thought he had missed his chance of a winners' medal. But the wizard of the dribble reached his third Final in Coronation Year and crossed for Bill Perry to score the late winner against Bolton.
"Monty" had 16 years with Sunderland but is remembered for one remarkable save. The Second Division underdogs were given little chance of beating a Leeds side packed with internationals in the 1973 Final and were holding onto a 1-0 lead as their opponents launched another frenzied attack. Montgomery's save from a Lorimer piledriver seemed to defy the laws of physics.
After more than half a century "Morty", Matthews' friend and team-mate at Blackpool, is still the last player to register a hat-trick in an FA Cup Final. Like Matthews he had been a runner-up in 1948 and 1951. The Seasiders were 3-1 down to Bolton in '53, Mortensen having scored, before the England centre-forward bagged two more, including one from a free-kick, to make it 3-3.
Like Montgomery, Mutch is remembered for one incident in an FA Cup Final. In 1938 Preston clashed with Huddersfield, with the whole Final televised live for the first time, and the only goal of the game was a penalty scored in the last minute of extra-time. Mutch was himself upended and, still dazed, blasted his spot-kick against the underside of the bar and over the line.
Radford's name entered Cup folklore after he scored with a spectacular long-range effort during Southern League Hereford's Third Round replay with First Division Newcastle in 1972. It took the teams into an extra half-hour, during which Ricky George slid home the winner for the non-Leaguers. Radford's weaving celebratory run remains one of The Cup's most enduring images.
Preston North End's Scottish striker scored 19 FA Cup goals in one season (1887-88) and it remains a record for the competition. The 26-0 win against Hyde in the First Round is still The Cup's biggest and Ross weighed in with eight goals. He also grabbed six as they saw off Bolton 9-1 in the Fourth Round but didn't score in the Final at Kennington Oval, which Preston lost to West Brom.
Liverpool's legendary marksman has scored more FA Cup Final goals than any other player. He notched a brace as they beat Everton 3-1 in the first all-Merseyside Final in 1986 and returned from a short spell in Italy to score twice against the same opposition three years later. His fifth Cup Final goal was the Reds' second against Sunderland in 1992.
The former German POW earned hero status after playing for the last fifteen minutes of Manchester City's 1956 Final against Birmingham City with what turned out to be a broken neck. With City 3-1 up (the final score) he made a typically brave save at Peter Murphy's feet and was clearly in great pain. Later examination in hospital showed the extent of the injury.
The bearded Villa, a World Cup winner with Argentina in 1978, experienced two contrasting FA Cup Final matches for Tottenham against Manchester City in 1981. He was substituted in the first after failing to make an impact but was outstanding in the replay five days later, scoring twice as Spurs won 3-2. His second, sliding the ball in after a mazy dribble, is still talked about.
A year after becoming the youngest player in a World Cup, the precocious Irishman made his mark on The FA Cup, becoming its youngest scorer in a Final. He was 18 years and 19 days old when he contributed Manchester United's second goal to their 4-0 replay victory over Brighton in 1983. Two years later his extra-time curler beat Everton and won The Cup again.