Top Ten 3rd round upsets
Skysports.com looks at ten of the biggest third round upsets in the competition's rich history.
Last Updated: 04/01/11 9:41am
The world's oldest club competition welcomes the big boys at the weekend as the third round gets under way in earnest. Few sporting occasions evoke such romantic connotations, with the magic of the cup never more so in evidence than at this stage of the competition. Over the years there have been numerous giant slayings and here, skysports.com looks at ten of the biggest third round upsets in the competition's rich history.
Manchester United 0 Leeds United 1 (2010)
Few expected this war of the roses to go in the favour of then League One side Leeds but when Jermaine Beckford struck in the first half there was no way back for a Manchester United side that had never before lost in the third round of the Cup - or been knocked out of it by a lower-division side - during Sir Alex Ferguson's 23-year reign as manager. Leeds took Tottenham to a replay in the next round, losing 3-1 at Elland Road after another impressive away display earned them a 2-2 draw in the original game at White Hart Lane.
Hereford 2 Newcastle 1 (1972)
This third round replay will forever be etched in FA Cup folklore, largely thanks to Ronnie Radford's 30-yard screamer that cancelled out Malcolm McDonald's effort for Newcastle. In extra-time substitute Ricky George struck as non-league Hereford got one over their top flight counterparts. This cup classic was postponed three times due to bad weather but few of those Hereford supporters that invaded the pitch were overly concerned about the Edgar Street mud bath. George's winner ensured Hereford became the first non-league side in 23 years to beat top flight opponents.
Bournemouth 2 Manchester United 0 (1984)
Ron Atkinson's team of stars left Dean Court with egg of their face after being humbled by the Cherries. Harry Redknapp's charges rode their luck at times but worthy winners courtesy of goals from Milton Graham and Ian Thompson. Bournemouth were a Third Division side at the time and although they have experienced promotion in the years since, this day will arguably go down as one of the greatest results in the club's history.
Sutton 2 Coventry 1 (1989)
One of the FA Cup's greatest ever scalps belongs to non-league Sutton United. Grander Green Lane was the venue as Coventry, who two years earlier had won the competition, were seen off 2-1 thanks to goals from Tony Rains and Matthew Hanlan. The fairytale did not last long though as Sutton were brought crashing back down to earth with an 8-0 defeat away at Norwich in the next round.
Wrexham 2 Arsenal 1 (1992)
Sitting bottom of the Third Division Wrexham were given no hope against a George Graham side who were second in the top-flight at the time and everything seemed to be going to plan for the Londoners when they led with just 20 minutes remaining. There are, though, few more iconic FA Cup moments than Mickey Thomas' sublime free-kick from 25-yards with ten minutes left that beat David Seaman to draw Wrexham level and send the Racecourse Ground into raptures. The reigning champions had earlier taken the lead through Alan Smith but that goal seemed a lifetime ago when Steve Watkin struck a late winner.
Shrewsbury 2 Everton 1 (2003)
Kevin Ratcliffe's managerial highlight was masterminding Shrewsbury's win over the club he served with distinction as a player. Veteran striker Nigel Jemson was the toast of Gay Meadow as he rolled back the years to grab a well taken brace, including a headed winner with just two minutes left. The Shrews were 80 places below Everton at the time, with league form well and truly thrown out of the window as 18th in League Two beat fifth in the Premier League.
Burnley 0 Wimbledon 1 (1975)
In 1975 Wimbledon were languishing in the Southern League while Burnley were a top flight outfit. Mick Mahon's goal at Turf Moor ensured the Dons became the first non-league side in the 20th century to beat a First Division club on their own ground. League champions Leeds United awaited in the next round at Elland Road. Their amazing run continued in Yorkshire as they somehow held on for a 0-0 draw, with Peter Lorimer even missing a penalty for the Whites. They went on to lose the replay, but Wimbledon's time was to come when they shocked Liverpool to claim the trophy in 1988.
West Brom 2 Woking 4
Tim Buzaglo is a name that will be forever synonymous with the FA Cup courtesy of a 15 minute hat-trick at the Hawthorns that blitzed West Brom and gave Isthmian League side Woking a stunning 4-2 victory. Baggies boss Brian Talbot paid the price with his job, while Buzaglo has since admitted he spent the build-up to the game throwing up such were his nerves. Woking impressed in the next round too as they were unfortunate to go down to a narrow 1-0 defeat at Everton in front of a packed Goodison Park.
Birmingham City 1 Altrincham 2 (1986)
Altrincham's win at St Andrews back in 1986 was the last time a non-league club had won at a top flight club. City's Robert Hopkins endured the proverbial 'mare as his own goal past a young David Seaman gave Altrincham their moment in the sun. It's worth noting that Altrincham were a decent side at the time having twice cruelly been denied a place in the Football League due to the ludicrous promotion via election scheme of the time. Known as the 'Manchester United of non-league football' Altrincham certainly lived up to such a lofty moniker on their trip to the Midlands.
Walsall 2 Arsenal 0 (1933)
At the time Herbert Chapman's Arsenal had won the title four times in five attempts while Walsall were at the foot of the old Third Division South. In front of 11,000 hardy souls at Fellows Park, Gilbert Alsop's header and a Bill Sheppard penalty rocked Chapman's double-chasing side and brought to life the magic of the FA Cup. Chapman blamed his side's poor showing on an influenza epidemic within the squad and the fact that he had been forced to draft in a number of players from the amateur league.