|The Football Association Challenge Cup|
|Attendance||2,015,202 (12,918 per match)|
|Top goal scorer(s)||Danny Hylton (8)|
The 2012-13 FA Cup was the 132nd season of the FA Cup, the main domestic cup competition in English football, and the oldest football knock-out competition in the world. It was sponsored by Budweiser for a second consecutive season, thus the competition name was The FA Cup with Budweiser.
A total of 833 clubs applied to enter, with 758 clubs being accepted into the competition. The preliminary rounds commenced on 11 August 2012, with the first round proper played on 3 November 2012. The final was played on 11 May 2013 at Wembley Stadium in London between Manchester City and Wigan Athletic, with Wigan Athletic winning 1-0.
As a result, Wigan Athletic participated in the group stage of the following season's UEFA Europa League. Chelsea were the defending champions, having beaten Liverpool 2-1 in last season's final, but were eliminated in the semi-finals by Manchester City.
Three days after winning the cup, Wigan made history by becoming the first side to win the cup and get relegated in the same season, after they lost 4-1 to Arsenal, which sealed their relegation to the Football League Championship.
at this round
|First Round Proper||124||80||32||48||EFL League One|
EFL League Two
|Second Round Proper||84||40||40||none||none|
|Third Round Proper||64||64||20||44||Premier League|
|Fourth Round Proper||32||32||32||none||none|
|Fifth Round Proper||16||16||16||none||none|
|Round||Main date||Number of fixtures||Clubs||New entries this round||Prize money|
|Extra Preliminary Round||11 August 2012||200||758 -> 558||400: 359th-758th||£1,000|
|Preliminary Round||25 August 2012||166||558 -> 392||132: 227th-358th||£1,750|
|First Round Qualifying||8 September 2012||116||392 -> 276||66: 161st-226th||£3,000|
|Second Round Qualifying||22 September 2012||80||276 -> 196||44: 117th-160th||£4,500|
|Third Round Qualifying||6 October 2012||40||196 -> 156||none||£7,500|
|Fourth Round Qualifying||20 October 2012||32||156 -> 124||24: 93rd-116th||£12,500|
|First Round Proper||3 November 2012||40||124 -> 84||48: 45th-92nd||£18,000|
|Second Round Proper||1 December 2012||20||84 -> 64||none||£27,000|
|Third Round Proper||5 January 2013||32||64 -> 32||44: 1st-44th||£67,500|
|Fourth Round Proper||26 January 2013||16||32 -> 16||none||£90,000|
|Fifth Round Proper||16 February 2013||8||16 -> 8||none||£180,000|
|Sixth Round Proper||9-10 March 2013||4||8 -> 4||none||£360,000|
|Semi-finals||13-14 April 2013||2||4 -> 2||none||£900,000|
|Final||11 May 2013||1||2 -> 1||none||Runner-up £900,000|
The draw was made on 21 October 2012 with ties to be played on 2-4 November 2012. Yate Town and Slough Town were the lowest-ranked teams left in the competition, both competing in level 8 of the English football league system.
|13 November 2012 Replay||Bradford City (4)||3-3 (a.e.t.)|
|Northampton Town (4)||Valley Parade, Bradford|
Wells 90 (pen.)
|Report||Demontagnac 43 (pen.)
Referee: Mick Russell
The draw for this round was made on 4 November 2012 with the ties played on the weekend of 1-2 December 2012.
Hastings United, from the seventh tier of English football, were the lowest-ranked team in the second round proper.
Bradford City were disqualified from this season's competition for fielding Curtis Good, who was ineligible to play, in a 1-1 draw against Brentford. As a result, it was presumed that Brentford won by walkover, but Bradford eventually made a successful appeal to the FA against expulsion and were reinstated and fined £1,000 instead allowing a replay to go ahead. Brentford would eventually dump Bradford City out of the cup after winning that replay.
The draw for the third round was made on 2 December 2012, with the ties played on the weekend of 5-6 January 2013.
The draw for the fourth round took place on 6 January 2013, with Macclesfield Town and Luton Town, both from the Conference National (5) remaining as the lowest-placed teams still in the competition.
The draw for the semi-finals took place on 10 March 2013, with Millwall from the Championship (2) remaining as the lowest-placed team still in the Cup. The draw was carried out by Edgar Davids and Graeme Le Saux at Wembley Stadium in London.
Prior to kick off as Manchester City had already qualified for the 2013-14 UEFA Champions League, therefore Wigan Athletic had already secured a place in 2013-14 UEFA Europa League, regardless of whether they won or lost.
|1||Danny Hylton||Aldershot Town||8|
|2||Carlos Tevez||Manchester City||5|
|Barry Corr||Southend United|
|Dean Cox||Leyton Orient|
|Will Hatfield||Accrington Stanley|
|Javier Hernández||Manchester United|
|Dave Mooney||Leyton Orient|
|Scott Rendell||Luton Town|
|Matt Smith||Oldham Athletic|
|Marvin Sordell||Bolton Wanderers|
The domestic broadcasting rights for the competition were held by the free-to-air channel ITV and the subscription channel ESPN. ITV has held the rights since 2007-08, while ESPN gained FA Cup coverage from the 2010-11 season following the collapse of Setanta in the UK. Under the Ofcom code of protected sporting events, the FA Cup Final must be broadcast live on UK terrestrial television.
These matches were broadcast live on UK television:
|First round proper||Cambridge City vs Milton Keynes Dons
Dorchester Town vs Plymouth Argyle
AFC Wimbledon vs York City (replay)
Altrincham vs Burton Albion (replay)
|Braintree Town vs Tranmere Rovers (ITV4)2|
|Second round proper||Alfreton Town vs Leyton Orient
Cheltenham Town vs Hereford United
Mansfield Town vs Lincoln City (replay)
Hastings United vs Harrogate Town (replay)
|Milton Keynes Dons vs AFC Wimbledon|
|Third round proper||Swansea City vs Arsenal
Mansfield Town vs Liverpool
Cheltenham Town vs Everton
Arsenal vs Swansea City (replay)
|Brighton & Hove Albion vs Newcastle United|
West Ham United vs Manchester United
Manchester United vs West Ham United (replay)
|Fourth round proper||Manchester United vs Fulham
Brentford vs Chelsea
Leeds United vs Tottenham Hotspur
Leicester City vs Huddersfield Town (replay)
|Stoke City vs Manchester City|
Oldham Athletic vs Liverpool
Chelsea vs Brentford (replay)
|Fifth round proper||Luton Town vs Millwall
Manchester City vs Leeds United
Manchester United vs Reading
|Oldham Athletic vs Everton|
Huddersfield Town vs Wigan Athletic
Everton v Oldham Athletic (replay)
|Sixth round proper||Manchester City vs Barnsley
Millwall vs Blackburn Rovers
Blackburn Rovers vs Millwall (replay)
|Everton vs Wigan Athletic|
Manchester United vs Chelsea
Chelsea vs Manchester United (replay)
|Semi-finals||Wigan Athletic vs Millwall||Chelsea vs Manchester City|
|Final||Wigan Athletic v Manchester City|
1ITV unless stated otherwise
2Braintree Town vs. Tranmere Rovers was originally scheduled to be on ITV but because the game was postponed it was moved to ITV4