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How Palace's Squad Have Fared At Wembley

17 May 2016


Saturday will see 11 Palace players take the field for the club's second ever FA Cup final, but many of them will have featured at the famous venue previously in their careers.

Whilst the majority of the current squad tasted success at the stadium in the Eagles' 2013 play-off final and last month's FA Cup semi-final wins over Watford, there have been plenty of contrasting memories in some other big days in their careers.

Silverware has been lifted by some, tears shed by others, but regardless of the results there is plenty of experience of playing under the arch in the current Palace side.

James McArthur - 5 games, 3 wins

The only man in the squad who has won the FA Cup, McArthur's special day came after Wigan Athletic beat Millwall 2-0 in the semi-final before dispatching Manchester City in the final thanks to Ben Watson's goal. He played against Wilfried Zaha in the subsequent Community Shield a few months later, and returned to the venue with the Latics in 2014 but they lost the semi-final to Arsenal.

Wilfried Zaha - 4 games, 4 wins

No-one has been more successful at Wembley in the current squad than Zaha, who boasts a 100% record and played three times at the stadium in the space of four months in 2013. After winning the penalty that beat Watford in the Championship play-off final, he then made his Manchester United debut in a 2-0 Community Shield victory against Wigan before making his most recent appearance for England in a 3-2 friendly win against Scotland three days later.

Joe Ledley - 4 games, 1 win

Sadly the Welshman won't be able to make a fifth appearance at Wembley on Saturday after being ruled out through injury, but he is the only player in the Eagles' squad who has scored at the ground for another side. He netted the winner to take Cardiff into the 2008 FA Cup final against Barnsley where they were beaten by Portsmouth, and he also scored in a 3-2 Championship play-off final loss to Blackpool in 2010. He has also played against England for Wales back in 2011, alongside Wayne Hennessey.

Fraizer Campbell - 3 games, 2 wins

Another player who has tasted Wembley glory whilst with Saturday's opponents, Campbell came on for United in their 2008 Community Shield penalty shootout win against Portsmouth. He had previously played at the ground a few months earlier as he helped Hull City win the Championship play-off final, and also won his only England cap at the venue in a 3-2 defeat against Holland back in February 2012.

Emmanuel Adebayor - 3 games, 1 win

Palace's victory against Watford in the last round made it third time lucky for the Togolese striker, whose first appearance at the ground came in a 2-1 defeat against Chelsea in the 2009 FA Cup semi-final during his time at Arsenal. He also made it through to the final four when at Tottenham Hotspur three years later but they would also be beaten by the Blues via an emphatic 5-1 scoreline.

Meanwhile Pape Souare played at Wembley in the 2012 Olympics as Senegal beat Uruguay 2-0, but Chung-yong Lee will want to forget his only appearance there as his Bolton Wanderers side were hammered 5-0 by Stoke City in the 2011 FA Cup semi-final. Yohan Cabaye featured at the ground back in November for France in their friendly loss to England, and Marouane Chamakh was a member of the Arsenal side that lost the 2011 League Cup final to Birmingham City - a game Scott Dann missed through injury.

Martin Kelly has four times been named on the bench at Wembley but didn't come on as Liverpool won the League Cup on penalties against Cardiff City, and reached the FA Cup final the same year by beating Everton in the semi-finals before losing to Chelsea in the final, as well as Palace's semi-final success against Watford.

PlayerGamesWinsLosses
James McArthur5FASF13, FAF13, FASF16CS13, FASF14
Wilfried Zaha4PO13, CF13, INT, FASF16
Joe Ledley4FASF08FAF08, PO10, INT
Fraizer Campbell3PO08, CS08INT
Emmanuel Adebayor3FASF16FASF09, FASF12
Damien Delaney2PO13, FASF16
Mile Jedinak2PO13, FASF16
Pape Souare2OG12, FASF16
Joel Ward2PO13, FASF16
Yohan Cabaye2FASF16INT
Wayne Hennessey2FASF16INT
Yannick Bolasie1FASF16
Scott Dann1FASF16
Jason Puncheon1FASF16
Bakary Sako1FASF16
Julian Speroni1PO13
Connor Wickham1FASF16
Jonny Williams1PO13
Marouane Chamakh1LCF11
Chung-yong Lee1FASF11

Key: FASF - FA Cup semi-final  FAF - FA Cup final  LCF - League Cup final  CS - Community Shield  PO - play-off final  INT - international match  OG - Olympic Games

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