Review the last year of FA competitions with 22 pictures for 2022

Friday 30 Dec 2022

As we are set to head into a new year, we look back on 2022 with pictures from another amazing 12 months of FA competitions.

From one of the world’s biggest clubs Liverpool winning the Emirates FA Cup to United Counties side Newport Pagnell Town claiming their first FA Vase, there have been countless moments to celebrate across the football pyramid.

They included the hugely successful FA Disability Cup, which had six impairment-specific cup finals across two days, with all of them broadcasted live on BT Sport.

So join us in looking back at the last year with 22 pictures from 2022.

1. If you ever needed an example that ‘Football is a Game for All’ then here it is, as a young girl and dog watch on as Fisher take on Sutton Common Rovers in the Emirates FA Cup extra preliminary round back in early August

2. No cup competition compares to the Emirates FA Cup when it comes to cup upsets and the 2021-22 season didn’t disappoint. One of the standout shocks from last season saw League One Cambridge United stun Premier League Newcastle United to reach the fourth round

3. Boreham Wood manager and former player Luke Garrad was left in tears after his side reached the fifth round of the Emirates FA Cup with victory over Bournemouth. Here is Tyrone Marsh celebrating with the fans after the final whistle

4. In the age of social media, we had to include a selfie. Here is Kidderminster Harriers’ Ashley Hemmings after the sixth-tier side knocked out Championship Reading in the third round of the Emirates FA Cup

5. The history of the FA Cup is full of final heroes and last season we had one of the least likely, as left-back Kostas Tsimikas scored the crucial penalty to gift Liverpool the trophy ahead of Chelsea

6. Jordan Henderson has won almost everything club football has to offer but it took until just before his 32nd birthday for him to lift the Emirates FA Cup for the first time and you can see what it means to the England midfielder in this picture

7. Liverpool may have lost the Champions League final less than 24 hours earlier, but the players were given a heroes reception when they had a parade after their FA Cup and League Cup double last season

8. The parade to celebrate Liverpool’s domestic cup double produced some incredible images, including this one with the Royal Liver Building in the background

9. Can you see? Ipswich Town fans hoping to catch a glimpse of the action in their Vitality Women's FA Cup quarter final with West Ham United

10. Emma Hayes, the serial winner, is still loving life in the Vitality Women’s FA Cup and added another to her collection with victory over Manchester City

11. She might be a global star but Sam Kerr always has time for her fans and here is one lucky supporter with the striker’s boot after the Final win over Manchester City

12. A record-breaking crowd watched Arsenal Women defeat Tottenham at the Emirates Stadium back in September

13. Sam Kerr is back again as she sits down with the Women’s Super League and Golden Boot award after another successful campaign in 2021-22

14. Down Under: West Ham and Australia goalkeeper Mackenzie Arnold helps team-mate Kate Longhurst back to her feet during the game with Reading back in April

15. The men’s side were not the only Liverpool team to be given a deserved parade in the summer as the fans celebrated the Women’s side’s Championship title win

16. We have seen record-breaking crowds not only in the Barclays Women’s Super League but also the Championship, with a number of second-tier sides hosting games at their club’s bigger stadiums. Here is Southampton’s Lexi Lloyd-Smith after their win over Crystal Palace at Selhurst Park

17. It wasn’t to be her final trophy, with a home EUROs title to come later in the year, but Ellen White tasted cup glory in her last season as a professional footballer by helping Manchester City lift the FA Women’s Continental Tyres League Cup

18. The FA Disability Cup is one of the highlights of the para-football calendar, with six impairment-specific cup finals across two days in June

19. This year it was to be Northern Thunder who claimed the Powerchair title after defeating West Bromwich Albion on penalty kicks

20. If someone told you a few years ago that stars Ryan Reynolds, Rob McElhenney, Blake Lively, Will Ferrell, Kit Harington and David Beckham would all be at the 2022 FA Trophy Final then you would never have believed them. But Reynolds’ and McElhenney’s takeover of Wrexham meant they were at Wembley Stadium in May but the final was to end in disappointment for the Hollywood stars as Bromley edged past the Welsh side

21. Earlier in the day, Newport Pagnell Town had beaten Littlehampton Town 3-0 in the FA Vase Final, with Kieran Barnes (pictured) and Ben Shepherd grabbing the goals

22. There are a host of other FA competitions running each year, including the FA Sunday Cup, FA Community Shield and National Futsal Series. In the FA Youth Cup, it was one of the most recognisable names in the world who would be on the trophy after Manchester United beat Nottingham Forest in the final

By Frank Smith