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Where Does Wigan Athletic's Win Against Man City Rank In The Biggest FA Cup Shocks?

Where Does Wigan Athletic's Win Against Man City Rank In The Biggest FA Cup Shocks?
Tuesday,February 20,2018

Wigan knocking mighty Manchester City out of the FA Cup grabbed all the headlines this week, but where does it rank in the biggest FA Cup shocks of all time?


Paul Cook’s men started the game as 25/1 underdogs, and when the City starting line-up was named you could see why - a team featuring nine players signed for £20million or more, £100million worth of centre halves and Aguero, Sane and Silva in a £120million forward line.


On the flip side, Wigan named a side featuring eight free transfers, and the game panned out as such in everything apart from the result.


The Latics won despite having just 17.5% possession, even with City reduced to 10 men, scoring with their second and final shot on goal.


City had 29 attempts to get on the scoresheet but couldn’t break the resistance as dreams of a quadruple disappeared at the hands of League One promotion contenders Wigan.


This City team has been talked about as one of the greatest teams in history.


They’ve had only twice; 2-1 to Shakhtar Donetsk in a dead rubber Champions League clash and coming up short in a seven goal thriller against Liverpool. They’re Premier League champions elect, being 16 points clear, and are favourites to win this season’s Champions League, with a quarter-final place already looking assured having won their last 16 first leg 4-0 in Basel.


They couldn’t get past Wigan Athletic though, with Will Grigg firing home the only goal in an FA Cup shock that deserves a place in our top 10 - below in chronological order -  but where abouts?


Colchester 3 Leeds 2 (1971)

In the early 70’s Leeds were regarded as the best side in England, maybe the whole of Europe, so when they drew fourth division Colchester in the fifth round of the Cup, the Yorkshire side were red hot favourites. Don Revie had actually played with Colchester boss Dick Graham at Leicester some years before, but his old teammate got one over on him, with Ray Crawford scoring twice and Dave Simmons sending home fans into dream land to establish a 3-0 lead. Leeds came storming back through Norman Hunter and John Giles, leading to a barnstorming last 17 minutes, but Colchester hung on.


Hereford 2 Newcastle 1 (1972)

You can’t mention FA Cup shocks without Ronnie Radford and Hereford getting a mention. Non-league Hereford had already caused a shock by taking this to a replay with a 2-2 draw at St James’ Park and the Newcastle players had publicly stated there would be no slip ups in the replay. One of the most outspoken, Malcolm MacDonald, had put the First Division side ahead and things looked to be going to form, but Radford pinged his once in a lifetime goal to draw Hereford level before Ricky George grabbed the extra time winner.


Sunderland 1 Leeds 0 (1973)

Another FA Cup final shock, as second division Sunderland somehow got the better of a Leeds side full of superstars looking to defend the Cup they’d won a year earlier. Ian Porterfield grabbed the only goal of the game, and thanks to the heroics of goalkeeper Jim Montgomery, Bob Stokoe’s side became the first team from outside the top flight to lift the FA Cup in more than 40 years.


Bournemouth 2 Manchester United 0 (1984)

Cup holders United were expected to ease past third division Bournemouth in an era when FA Cup success was about as much as the Red Devils could muster. A young Cherries manager by the name of Harry Redknapp had other ideas however, and he inspired his side to a famous victory, goals from Milton Graham and Ian Thompson sending Ron Atkinson’s side home with their tails between their legs.


Wimbledon 1 Liverpool 0 (1988)

It was the Crazy Gang against the Culture Club as little Wimbledon, a side that had only been in the Football League for 11 years, took on the recently crowned Division One champions, the most successful team of the 80’s, the most successful team in English football history. With the League and Cup Double in their sights, and a team of Barnes, Beardsley, Aldridge and Hansen, Liverpool were expecting a stroll in the Wembley sunshine. But Wimbledon had other ideas, and Lawrie Sanchez headed the only goal of the game to give the underdogs their first and only FA Cup and complete one of the greatest shocks in FA Cup history.


Sutton 2 Coventry 1 (1989)

Less than two years after Coventry had enjoyed the greatest day in their history, lifting the FA Cup at Wembley after beating Spurs, the first division side were on the wrong side of a giant killing. Tony Rains and Matthew Hanlan got the goals to give the non-league side victory and become overnight celebrities, even turning up on the following Monday’s Wogan chat show!


Wrexham 2 Arsenal 1 (1992)

Division One champions Arsenal were expected to beat Wrexham at a canter in this third round clash. The Wesh club were bottom of the fourth division and enduring a terrible season, and it looked to be going to form when Alan Smith put the Gunners ahead. But former Wales international Micky Thomas unleashed a rocket past David Seaman with eight minutes remaining to draw Wrexham level before Steve Watkin sent most the 13,343 fans into raptures two minutes later with a winner for the team bottom of the Football League.


Liverpool 1 Barnsley 2 (2008)

Just six months on from their Champions League final appearance, Liverpool were brought down to earth with a bump by Championship strugglers Barnsley who left Anfield with a famous victory. Dirk Kuyt had put the Reds ahead, but Stephen Foster grabbed an equaliser and the Tykes held on for their lives to take it to a replay. Goalkeeper Luke Steele, signed just one day before on loan from West Brom, made world class save after save, and just when it looked like a replay was on the cards, Brian Howard popped up with an injury time winner to put the cherry on top of the cake.


Chelsea 2 Bradford 4 (2015)

The most recent shock on our list is comparable with Wigan’s exploits this week. Like the Latics, Bradford were League One underdogs taking on the Premier League leading and quadruple chasing side and were given no chance before the game started….after 38 minutes and 2-0 down, they were given less than no chance! But Jon Stead got one back just before half-time and Filipe Morais, Andy Halliday and Mark Yeates completed what Blues manager Jose Mourinho called ‘a disgrace’ for one of the greatest comeback shocks we’ve ever seen.


Agree with our list or have we missed out an obvious shock? Tweet us @ipoolsHQ or comment below with your views!





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