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3 Greatest FA Cup Shocks Of All Time

Date Added: December 09, 2019 08:41:35 PM
Author: David
Category: Competitions: English FA Cup
The English FA Cup often provides the sort of stories that sport’s fairytales are made of. Such is the structure that it is common for teams three or four divisions apart to meet each other in a ‘David and Goliath’ battle. Each year the participating teams differ, but the excitement and speculation do not.

Port Vale have the chance to upset the form book as they take on the reigning Premier League champions Manchester City. The Citizens are owned by the Sheikh Mansour and are one of the richest clubs in the world, whilst Vale exist on a shoestring in a battle to survive in the bottom division.

It might be a bridge too far for Vale, Manchester City are clear second favorites to retain the Premier League title in the latest football betting. They will dare to dream though; other teams in the past have performed huge giant-killing feats and slain big teams. We look at three of the most famous below.

Sutton United 2-1 Coventry City, 1989

Coventry City won the trophy in 1987, so when they were handed a trip to Gander Green Lane in 1989 it looked routine. The Sky Blues had been in England’s top flight since the fifties, whilst Sutton languished in the non-league scene and had never tasted league football.

Sutton took a shock lead, but when Wales international Dave Phillips leveled before half time, it looked as though the illustrious top-flight team were going to take control. It wasn’t to be as Matt Hanlan bagged a winner for the minnows.

Burnley 0-1 Lincoln, 2017

Lincoln City went one better than Sutton in 2017 by being a non-league team who beat a Premier League team away from home. The Imps had already eliminated Brighton and Hove Albion and Ipswich in a thrilling cup run, but in drawing Burnley in the fifth round they had seemingly hit a metaphorical brick wall.

The Imps were leading the National League and ended up as champions, but they also stunned the world of football by beating the Clarets. Sean Raggett got a last-minute winner to set up a remarkable FA Cup quarter-final with Arsenal. It was the first time a team from outside the Football league had reached the last eight in 115 years and was described by Fox Sports as a Cinderella story.

Hereford United 2-1 Newcastle United, 1972

Perhaps the most famous of all giant killings, the benchmark by which others have been measured, was Hereford United’s win against Newcastle in 1972. Hereford were a non-league side, but Newcastle were football royalty from the First Division. They’d already been humbled too; the non-league side earned a draw at St James’ Park in an upset that would make the headlines on its own.

Despite a tough replay on a churned-up Edgar Street pitch, Newcastle took a late lead through Malcolm McDonald and looked to be heading for victory. Instead, Ronnie Radford scored a sensational leveler for the home side, sending the tie into extra time. Ricky George then wrote his name into history by grabbing a remarkable winner.

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