06/01/2012 17:01 | By Lee Harvey, content editor, MSN Sport
FA Cup third round shocks

Memorable third-round giant-killings from the world's oldest cup competition

FA Cup third-round shocks (© Rebecca Naden-PA Archive-Press Association Images)
  • FA Cup third-round shocks (© Rebecca Naden-PA Archive-Press Association Images)
  • 1972: Hereford United 2-1 Newcastle United 1 (AET) (© PA Photos-PA Archive)
  • 1989: Sutton United 2-1 Coventry City (© Getty Images-Getty Images Sport-Getty Images)
  • 1992: Wrexham 2-1 Arsenal (© MALCOM CROFT-PA Archive)
  • 2008: Havant & Waterlooville 4-2 Swansea City (© Mike Hewitt-Getty Images Sport-Getty Images)
  • 1984: Bournemouth 2-0 Manchester United (© PA-PA Archive)
  • 2010: Liverpool 1-2 Reading (© Laurence Griffiths-Getty Images Sport-Getty Images)
  • 2003: Shrewsbury 2-1 Everton (© Clive Brunskill-Getty Images Sport-Getty Images)
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The FA Cup remains the most famous domestic cup competition in world football and a major part of the competition's enduring allure stems from non-league and lower league teams defying the odds and beating opponents from the nation's top divisions.

MSN Sport recalls some of the most memorable third-round upsets in FA Cup history.

06/01/2012 18:10
Man U 0 Leeds U 1 a couple of years ago when Leeds were two divisions behind Man U
06/01/2012 22:15

Wrexham 2-1 Arsenal in 1992. That was the same year Arsenal won division 1 and Wrexham finished bottom of division 4 the teams could not of been further away in the league yet Wrexham still won the game. I think this is one of the all time biggest shocks!!! :)


06/01/2012 17:22

5th January 1980


Halifax Town 1 : Manchester City 0

06/01/2012 17:01

Burnley 0 v  Wimbledon 1           Burnley old 1st div      Wimbledon non league.

06/01/2012 20:37
I think AFC Bournemouth (The Cherries) is in the running: They were then in Division 3.
They hit the headlines in the 1956-57 season after a fabulous run in the FA Cup despite being handed some of the hardest draws imaginable. After beating Burton Albion, Swindon and Accrington Stanley, they were drawn away to Wolves who were then third in the top flight. An amazing 1-0 win against Wolves saw Bournemouth earn a home tie against Spurs, then the second side in the First Division. 

A stunning performance saw Bournemouth beat Spurs 3-1 and were then handed a home tie against Manchester United - the top side in the country! The dream ended there in controversial circumstances. United won 2-1 in front of a record 28,799 crowd at Dean Court through a goal that looked offside and a questionable penalty. Despite the defeat, Bournemouth grabbed the nations imaginations and were awarded 'The Giant Killers Cup'.  
06/01/2012 23:19
I think when Bournemouth under Harry Redknapp beat Manchester United 2-0  in the third round of the FA Cup on 7 February 1984 should count.

Man U was actually the holders of the FA Cup  having beaten Brighton in the FA Cup Final the year before.
Bournemouth was third from the bottom of Division 3 when they beat Man U

06/01/2012 18:36
gotta be mighty Yeovil beating sunderland, 2-1 in 1949 in the 4th round, on the famous huish slopping pitch
06/01/2012 17:04
when yeovil beat sunderland at yeoval

06/01/2012 21:30
Lets not forget, Leyton Orient 3 v Chelsea 2
06/01/2012 19:20
Got to be HEREFORD United`s great win over Newcastle U.nited in the 70`s
06/01/2012 21:06

As a Liverpool fan it has to be 1959 ( a few months before a certain Mr Shankley took over) and Worcester City beating Liverpool 2 - 1 (the only time Liverpool have been beaten by a non-league side). Or how about 1970 and Watford, then in the old fourth divison knocking Liverpool out 1 - 0. My favourite though has to be Chilton Colliery Recreation Athletic (a group of coal miners) beating Rochdale  2 - 1 in 1925. Ah the glory of the FA Cup.

06/01/2012 21:41
what about barnsley over the years  they have toppled some big clubs in the FA CUP man united chelsea  its a great competition  and its still watched all over the world  
06/01/2012 17:07
hope we get more giant killers these last few games always good to watch
06/01/2012 21:00
Lets not forget minnows Harlow town beating Leicester in the replay forgot the year then meet Watford just getting beat 3-2
06/01/2012 23:09

newport county against west ham when trevor brooking was playing, county won 2-1 (in the old fourth division)  up the county!!!!


06/01/2012 20:24
What about Port Vale beating the mighty Spurs and Everton in the 1990's ,under the guidance of super John Rudge.Not mentioned in list is a disgrace.
06/01/2012 18:01

Greatest win was Liverpool 0 - 1 Wimbledon.

I was about 5, my earliest memory of a football match.

I don't think The Dons could even believe it themselves. My Dad went into a pub in Wimbledon after the match and just saw the FA cup sitting there on a table. He got half way through reading all the winners before somebody tapped him on the shoulder and asked him to put it down.

07/01/2012 00:43

Kenneth Jackson,  Harlow beat the team with a certain Mr Linekar playing for Leicester.


Couple more - COLCHESTER UTD 3 LEEDS UTD 2  february 1971 when Leeds were under Don Revie.


Brighton and Hove Albion (then managed by Brian Clough)  0 Walton and Hersham 4 in 1973


Dover Athletic beating Kent rivals Gillingham in 1st round in 2011 just months after they lost their manager to Gillingham.


Folkestone 1 - 0 Norwich City 1932.

Just 6 or 7 months after winning the FA Cup Coventry City went to Sutton Utd and got senseationaly knocked out non leage side 2 first division side coventry city 1
06/01/2012 17:49
I'm from halifax, so I liked your comment steve!
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