Match of Their Day: Ashley Cole picks his classic games

Match of Their Day: Ashley Cole picks his classic games


Ashley Cole holds the record for the most FA Cup final wins and appearances as a player.

Little wonder, then, that the former Arsenal and Chelsea left-back is in the Match of Their Day hot seat on what would have been FA Cup final weekend.

The 39-year-old won the FA Cup seven times – three with the Gunners and four with the Blues – and played in a total of eight finals.

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Cole has picked his first and last FA Cup wins, when Arsenal beat Chelsea 2-0 in 2002 and Chelsea triumphed 2-1 against Liverpool in 2012.

But the 107-cap England international also selected the only FA Cup final he lost, Liverpool beating Arsenal 2-1 in 2001, a match otherwise known as the Michael Owen final.

“Being an Englishman growing up, watching finals and semi-finals, like Paul Gascoigne destroying Arsenal (in a 1991 semi), it leaves memories,” says Cole.

“To get a chance to play in it and win it as many times as I did is something I will never, ever forget.

“To go on and win seven winners medals and make history… when I was playing I didn’t take it for granted because I loved and respected that competition.

“When you look back now and see, over 100 years of history that I have that record… it is there to be broken and I hope someone does but I hope it takes another 100 years.”