Top 10 High Scoring FA Cup Matches - 90's Onwards

90s football fans would likely reel in disgust at the state of football these days. Though you get the occasional high-scoring match, the true football fan knows that the 90s and 2000s were indeed the glory days. The 10 matches seen below are representative of this high-scoring golden era, detailing the FA Cup matches with the most prolific scorers and largest number of goals ever seen from the 90s onwards.

Crystal Palace 4 - Liverpool 3 (1990)

A match with more previous than most, the Palace-Liverpool upset of 1990 marks what turned out to be the decline of Liverpool’s stellar form in this period. Having beat Palace six months previously in a staggering 9-0 trouncing, it seemed a sure thing for Liverpool to dominate their already-punished opponent when they met in the FA Cup semi-final in Villa Park.

Not only did this match see Dalglish’s Liverpool side suffer an immediate upset, but the match was effectively the beginning of the end for the team’s previously solid form. Moreover, current Palace manager Alan Pardew was the player that scored the winning goal back in 1990.

We all know that Liverpool still haven’t recovered, and the echoes have reverberated through history, their rumblings again derailing Liverpool’s chance at winning the Premier League when Palace came back from 3-0 to draw 3-3 a few years ago.

West Ham 3 - Liverpool 3 (2006)

The final to end all finals, the West Ham-Liverpool match of 2006 will get any football fan up in arms (depending on their loyalty, of course). Most will remember Gerrard’s incredible performance in this match, scoring two impressive goals to bring Liverpool level with West Ham just in the nick of time. Gerrard’s goal to equalise is arguably one of the most impressive in FA Cup history, having been downed by cramp just moments before; we can all agree it was an absolute screamer, particularly when you consider that Liverpool’s fate was riding on the goal.

In spite of West Ham’s incredible performance (with a little help from an own goal from Carragher), Liverpool managed to win the game after it went to penalties where the performance of Liverpool keeper, Pepe Reina, helped Liverpool emerge the deserving victor.

Tottenham 3 - Arsenal 1 (1991)

This match was always going to be one of fierce contention between the two North London sides, a rivalry that continues to this day. The real action of the match begun when Paul Gascoigne hammered in a free kick from distance to bring Tottenham 1-0 ahead. Lineker went on to do more damage to Arsenal when he poked in a sneaky shot to make it 2-0. Arsenal’s only real fight-back in the match came from Alan Smith’s header to bring the game to 2-1.

Tottenham’s somewhat likely (though not certain at this point) victory was cemented in with Lineker’s second goal of the match which effectively slipped through the fingers of David Seaman. Not as dramatic as many on the list, but a decent watch for all in attendance.

West Brom 2 - Woking 4 (1991)

When a lower-division team like Woking ends up with a 4-2 victory over a (then) second-division team at any stage of the FA cup, people take notice. This huge upset came in 1991 when Woking toppled West Brom with 1 goal to spare. At the time, Woking occupied the Diadora-sponsored Isthmian League, and their victory remains to this day one of the most exciting victories for Woking yet one of the most humiliating and humbling defeats for West Brom.

Woking were 1-0 down at half time, so the situation didn’t look particularly promising. However, a mind-blowing hat trick from Tim Buzaglo propelled Woking into the lead, and West Brom could do nothing but reply with a single-goal reply, leaving them one short of even drawing the match. This upset came in the third round of the cup, though unfortunately Woking went on to lose in the fourth.

90s football fans would likely reel in disgust at the state of football these days. Though you get the occasional high-scoring match, the true football fan knows that the 90s and 2000s were indeed the glory days. The 10 matches seen below are representative of this high-scoring golden era, detailing the FA Cup matches with the most prolific scorers and largest number of goals ever seen from the 90s onwards.

10. Crystal Palace 4 - Liverpool 3 (1990)

A match with more previous than most, the Palace-Liverpool upset of 1990 marks what turned out to be the decline of Liverpool’s stellar form in this period. Having beat Palace six months previously in a staggering 9-0 trouncing, it seemed a sure thing for Liverpool to dominate their already-punished opponent when they met in the FA Cup semi-final in Villa Park.

Not only did this match see Dalglish’s Liverpool side suffer an immediate upset, but the match was effectively the beginning of the end for the team’s previously solid form. Moreover, current Palace manager Alan Pardew was the player that scored the winning goal back in 1990.

We all know that Liverpool still haven’t recovered, and the echoes have reverberated through history, their rumblings again derailing Liverpool’s chance at winning the Premier League when Palace came back from 3-0 to draw 3-3 a few years ago.

9. West Ham 3 - Liverpool 3 (2006)

The final to end all finals, the West Ham-Liverpool match of 2006 will get any football fan up in arms (depending on their loyalty, of course). Most will remember Gerrard’s incredible performance in this match, scoring two impressive goals to bring Liverpool level with West Ham just in the nick of time. Gerrard’s goal to equalise is arguably one of the most impressive in FA Cup history, having been downed by cramp just moments before; we can all agree it was an absolute screamer, particularly when you consider that Liverpool’s fate was riding on the goal.

In spite of West Ham’s incredible performance (with a little help from an own goal from Carragher), Liverpool managed to win the game after it went to penalties where the performance of Liverpool keeper, Pepe Reina, helped Liverpool emerge the deserving victor.

8. Tottenham 3 - Arsenal 1 (1991)

This match was always going to be one of fierce contention between the two North London sides, a rivalry that continues to this day. The real action of the match begun when Paul Gascoigne hammered in a free kick from distance to bring Tottenham 1-0 ahead. Lineker went on to do more damage to Arsenal when he poked in a sneaky shot to make it 2-0. Arsenal’s only real fight-back in the match came from Alan Smith’s header to bring the game to 2-1.

Tottenham’s somewhat likely (though not certain at this point) victory was cemented in with Lineker’s second goal of the match which effectively slipped through the fingers of David Seaman. Not as dramatic as many on the list, but a decent watch for all in attendance.

7. West Brom 2 - Woking 4 (1991)

When a lower-division team like Woking ends up with a 4-2 victory over a (then) second-division team at any stage of the FA cup, people take notice. This huge upset came in 1991 when Woking toppled West Brom with 1 goal to spare. At the time, Woking occupied the Diadora-sponsored Isthmian League, and their victory remains to this day one of the most exciting victories for Woking yet one of the most humiliating and humbling defeats for West Brom.

Woking were 1-0 down at half time, so the situation didn’t look particularly promising. However, a mind-blowing hat trick from Tim Buzaglo propelled Woking into the lead, and West Brom could do nothing but reply with a single-goal reply, leaving them one short of even drawing the match. This upset came in the third round of the cup, though unfortunately Woking went on to lose in the fourth.

6. Chesterfield 3 - Middlesbrough 3 (1997)

This 3-3 spectacular certainly remains to this day one of the most memorable FA Cup finals that the world has ever seen. Old Trafford was the scene and 1997 the time, and Chesterfield looked in good stead after going 2-0 up in the initial stages of the match. However, Middlesbrough had a strong reply up their collective sleeves, with Ravanelli and Hignett swooping in to eventually send Middlesbrough packing, or so it seemed. A staggering last-minute goal equalised the match for Chesterfield, but unfortunately they lost to Middlesbrough in the replay 3-0.

This match had not only goal-scoring drama but also a game-changing decision by David Elleray, who ended up ruling out a goal for Chesterfield that should have been allowed.

5. Everton 4 - Liverpool 4 (1991)

If the Palace-Liverpool upset of 1990 was the beginning of the end for Kenny Dalglish, then the 4-4 upset against Everton marked the end of the end. The teams of this match met just a few days earlier and had drawn 0-0 to trigger a replay. It wasn’t going to be such an uneventful match this time around, however.

As FA Cup matches go, this match had it all. 8 impressive goals, as well as mistakes from both sides made things extra entertaining, while the extra time brought the action to over 100 minutes long. A cracker of a top-scoring match if there ever was one.

4. Manchester United 3 - Crystal Palace 3 (1990)

Perhaps best known for being Ian Wright’s comeback match following a broken leg that kept him from playing in the semi-final, this FA Cup final was packed full of premium-quality football. Two goals from Wright and one from O’Reilly for Palace; two from Mark Hughes and one from Robson on the Man United side; this match even went into extra time. United were of course the victors, but only after an unforgettable FA Cup final at Wembley.

3. Derby 3 - Sheffield Wednesday 3 (1993)

The 92-93 FA Cup was full of top-class football, but for Derby to finish 3-3 against Sheffield Wednesday was the upset of upsets for the team. Even though Wednesday went on to make it to the final, Derby’s performance as well as their managing to make it to the 6th round was substantially impressive. Six goals and a replay later, Sheffield Wednesday managed to win, but only by 1-0 in the replay.

2. Southampton 2 - Tottenham 6 (1995)

One of the most memorable FA Cup matches of all time was the result of a previous draw at White Hart Lane. The Saint secured a comfortable 2-0 lead by half time, but nothing could have prepared spectators for the Spurs response. They stormed back to win 6-2, with a supreme finisher in the closing minutes to keep spectators entertained to the very end.

1. Tottenham 3 - Manchester City 4 (2004)

This one is known as one of the greatest comebacks of FA Cup history, if not one of the best in football history altogether. Tottenham were leading at half time, though Manchester City FC struggled impressively to claw it back to 3-3, where things looked certain to end in a draw. However, in spite of being a man down, City went on to edge ahead, with Macken heading in the winner with just seconds to spare.