Two major cup finals apiece for Chelsea and Liverpool this season have arrived at a time when both clubs are threatening to seal their worst Premier League campaign in over a decade.
Eighth-placed Liverpool, who meet Chelsea in the FA Cup final, have already claimed the League Cup in a penalty shoot-out over Cardiff, while sixth-placed Chelsea booked an unlikely Champions League final date with victory over Barcelona.
Like Chelsea and Liverpool, these clubs were incredible in cup competitions over the years, while league success proved harder to secure...
UEFA Cup winners: 1984
FA Cup winners: 1981, 1982
League Cup runners-up: 1982
Following a tenth spot First Division finish, Spurs claimed the 1981 FA Cup in a replay against Man City; a trophy they successfully defended once again the following year in a replay, this time over QPR. Another cup was secured in 1984, after a penalty shoot-out against Anderlecht in the UEFA Cup final. Eidur Gudjohnsen's father, Arnor, missed the Belgians' crucial penalty. Spurs, meanwhile, finished eighth in the First Division that year.
Champions League winners: 2005
Champions League runners-up: 2007
UEFA Cup winners: 2001
FA Cup winners: 2001, 2006
League Cup winners: 2001, 2003
Liverpool collected an impressive haul of major honours, including the Champions League crown, while managing to finish second in the Premier League on one occasion - and even then without seriously threatening to topple champions Arsenal in 2002. Under Gerard Houllier and later Rafael Benitez, who took over in 2004, they twice lifted major European trophies and claimed four domestic cups. It was the Champions League victory, however, that remains the most dramatic in Liverpool's history. Three goals down to AC Milan at half-time, a Benitez team talk inspired the most dramatic of second-half comebacks, as Jerzy Dudek's heroics ensured the Reds secured a nerve-wracking penalty shoot-out. Kings of Europe, but only good enough to finish fifth in the Premier League...
Cup Winners Cup winners: 1994
Cup Winners Cup runners up: 1995
FA Cup winners: 1993
League Cup winners: 1993
As Arsenal's league form dipped under George Graham, having lifted the First Division crown in 1989 and 1991, the Gunners went from title challengers to cup specialists. Arsenal became the first club to do the English cup double in 1993, while achieving a thoroughly mediocre 10th spot finish in the Premier League's debut year. And, when their improved top four place the following year failed to mask a huge 21 point gap between themselves and champions Man United, the Gunners' faithful were still celebrating when Alan Smith's goal secured a tense Cup Winners Cup final victory over Parma. In 1995 they slid to the 12th in the league, but reached the Cup Winners Cup final again, narrowly losing out to PSG and it would take Arsene Wenger's arrival in 1996 to make them a league force once more.
FA Cup winners: 1951, 1952, 1955
A generation of fans patiently waiting to see Newcastle lift their first major domestic trophy since 1955 can look back at the early 1950s side with enormous pride. Three FA Cup trophies in five years eclipsed the Magpies' erratic league form, which saw them fluctuate between the top and bottom half every year. The stunning start to life on Tyneside of Papiss Demba Cisse this season has, for many, lifted hopes of a new number nine threatening to match Jackie Milburn's feats - the legendary striker who inspired Newcastle in the '50s.
Man United: 1982-1985
FA Cup: 1983, 1985
League Cup runners-up: 1983
Ron Atkinson's Man United side earned themselves a reputation as a decent cup team who failed to nail down the league title, ultimately paving the way for Alex Ferguson's appointment in 1986. Big Ron couldn't guide the Red Devils into the division's top two, but twice lifted English football's most famous cup with victories over Brighton and Everton. A dramatic extra-time League Cup winner by Liverpool's Ronnie Whelan denied them a domestic cup double in 1983.
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