With Newcastle out of the FA Cup and no game till Monday. Now is the perfect time to reflect on the FA Cup. The world oldest club competition has a history of shocks and with Arsenal travelling to Sutton. Now is the perfect time to look back at the competition’s biggest shocks.
5) Sunderland 1-0 Leeds 1973 Final
Our list, unfortunately, begins with perhaps one of the biggest cup final shocks in the competitions history. As many Mackems will tell you, Sunderland arrived at Wembley as the plucky underdogs against the mighty Leeds United. The Second Division side weren’t given a chance before the game. However, a magnificent performance from Wearsiders saw manager Bob Stokoe run onto the pitch at full time. Now immortalised outside the Stadium of Light. The game is best remembered for a fantastic double save by Jim Montgomery, securing the cup for the Red and Whites. The result placing Ian Porterfield into Sunderland folklore with his winning finish. Enough of this let’s get on to the next shock.
4) Manchester United 0-1 Leeds 2010 3rd Round
A very different Leeds United side arrived at Old Trafford to the one that had played in the ’73 final. After extreme financial difficulties, the once great Leeds United found themselves in League One. The FA Cup drew them a trip to arch rivals Manchester United in what to many, would show how far Leeds had fallen. However, this did not transpire. Sir Alex Ferguson’s champions were beaten by a Jermaine Beckford finish past a hapless Tomasz Kuszczak. Ending the afternoon in one of the most embarrassing moments of Sir Alex Ferguson’s tenure.
3) Leicester 1-2 Wycombe Wanderers 2001 Quarter Final Replay
Despite not looking like the biggest giant killing on paper. The circumstances of Division Two’s Wycombe meant that this game had to feature. Wycombe ‘s then manager Lawrie Sanchez was forced to put a message out looking for a striker on Ceefax. Ceefax being a TV text service. Roy Essandoh, a Belfast born chancer based in Finland answered his call. Clad in red and white shirts, Wycombe took the lead through Steve Brown, who was then sent off for his celebrations, and his pin point header. Leicester then made their higher league status show with Muzzy Izzet finishing past the Wycombe keeper. Sanchez was then sent off for his reaction to a penalty being denied for his side. However, in an ending fit for Hollywood, Essandoh headed home his only goal of the season to send Wycombe to the Semis.
2) Norwich 0-1 Luton 2013 4th Round
This game was the stuff of FA Cup dreams. Luton Town of the Conference travelled to Premier League Norwich, looking to become the first non-league side since Altricham to win away at a top tier side and this is exactly what they would go onto do. The media expected little from Luton who were expected to just have a nice day out. However, the Hatters had other ideas, striker Scott Rendell coming off the bench to score with ten minutes left on the clock. Chris Hughton’s men were shocked, as were the rest of Carrow Road on a famous day for Luton.
1) Hereford 2-1 Newcastle 1972 3rd Round Replay
It wouldn’t be Newcastle without the inevitable disappointment and for Newcastle, this is perhaps one of the biggest. In a game which made John Motson’s commentary career what it is today. United quite spectacularly fell to fifth tier Hereford. Becoming the first top flight side since Sunderland in 1949 to be knocked out by a non league side. Malcolm MacDonald put United in front before Ronnie Radford equalised for Hereford taking the tie to extra time. Ricky George would go on to make history by putting Joe Harvey’s mags out of the competition. This result is particularly embarrassing when considering the callibre of the Newcastle side put out. Club legends such as Bobby Moncur and Malcolm MacDonald started with the side managed by Joe Harvey. The last man to win United a cup. A flurry of other United performances could also feature on the list such as last months embarrassment at Oxford or the horror show at Stevenage in 2011. Quite simply, Newcastle do like a giant killing.
That’s the list what’s your favourite FA Cup upset?