A run that stuttered into life under Luiz Felipe Scolari ended with Wembley triumph as Guus Hiddink bowed out by delivering a first piece of major silverware in two years, Everton the beaten finalists at Wembley.
In the third round a replay had been needed to eliminate League One Southend United following a 1-1 draw at the Bridge, the Shrimpers taking advantage of set-piece defensive problems to earn a home game.
A foggy evening on the Essex coast started horribly as we fell behind at a corner once more, but Michael Ballack levelled and Salomon Kalou, Nicolas Anelka and Frank Lampard went on to make the win comfortable.
Ballack and Lampard each sunk a free-kick to see Ipswich out, the Tractor Boys beaten 3-1 before a trip to Watford in the fifth round.
Ray Wilkins was in charge with Hiddink watching on following Scolari's dismissal five days earlier, and although we fell behind to a Tamas Priskin strike, an Anelka hat-trick saw us into the last eight, and a straightforward 2-0 win at Coventry would follow, Drogba and Alex scoring the goals.
We went behind again in the semi-final, this time against Arsenal at Wembley as Theo Walcott opened the scoring, but Florent Malouda and Drogba turned it around as we sensed silverware.
In the final, a boiling late May afternoon saw Louis Saha net the quickest ever FA Cup final goal as Everton took a first-minute lead, but Drogba's header levelled in the first half, and Lampard crashed home a left-footed winner 20 minutes from time to end a troubled season on a high, allowing Hiddink to depart his temporary post with a winner's medal.