The 5 biggest FA Cup shocks of all-time

The FA Cup is the oldest association football competition in the world having started in 1871 and for nearly 150 years, has provided fans with shocks. 

Every year there is a shock defeat in which an underdog team claims victory against a much stronger, richer club. It is the magic of the FA Cup and it is the reason boys all over England grow up dreaming of winning the competition. The latest edition of the FA Cup is underway and it is likely to see a major underdog upset. Fans are debating which teams will win in the fifth round of the competition and this guide will give supporters bet bonuses before wagering on the teams they believe to progress to the next round. Here is a look at the 5 biggest FA Cup shocks of all-time.

5. Hereford 2-1 Newcastle United

One of the most famous non-final FA Cup shocks came between Souther Division team Hereford and First Division team Newcastle United. The first match had finished 2-2 with the teams going to a replay at Edgar Street.The match was evenly contested until Newcastle scored in the 82ndminute through Malcolm MacDonald. Hereford’s Ronnie Radford then smashed a 40-yard goal to level the game three minutes later. In extra-time, the Bulls claimed victory when Ricky George’s shot elude the Magpies’ goalkeeper Willie McFaul. Fans are preparing for the next round of FA Cup matches and can visit this website to get a bet bonus to wager on the teams they believe will win in the games. 

4. Wrexham 2-1 Arsenal 

Arsenal entered the 1992 FA Cup having won the First Division the season prior. Wrexham were on the verge of relegation from the Football League and few gave them any chance of winning at home. Arsenal took the lead thanks to Alan Smith, but Wrexham’s ageless Mickey Thomas levelled the scores with a 25-yard free-kick on 80 minutes. Two minutes later, Steve Watkins snatched the winner to send the Gunners out of the FA Cup. 

3. Wigan Athletic 1-0 Manchester City

The 2013 FA Cup final pitted big spending Manchester City against a Wigan Athletic team that had already been relegated from the Premier League. In the build-up to the game, the Cityzens were backed to run away with the victory. It wasn’t about if, but how many goals Manchester City would score. Surprisingly, the favourites failed to score as Wigan played strongly putting their woeful season behind them. Ben Watson’s stoppage-time header gave Wigan the shock win preventing Manchester City from doing the league and cup double.  

2. Liverpool 0-1 Wimbledon

Liverpool were England’s team of the 1970s and 1980s, but when they met Wimbledon in the 1988 FA Cup final, the Reds were just beginning on a decline. Liverpool had a chance to snatch the win early but John Aldrige’s penalty was saved by Wimbledon’s Dave Beasant. Don’s forward Lawrie Sanchez scored the only goal of the game ending Liverpool’s attempt to win the double. 

1. Sunderland 1-0 Leeds United

Leeds United aimed to win a second straight FA Cup trophy in 1973, but Sunderland had other thoughts. The Whites were at the peak of their powers under manager Don Revie, but second-division Sunderland put a stop to the mighty Leeds. The Black Cats scored through an Ian Porterfield goal in the first half, holding out to lift the trophy. 

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