Could we see another historic FA Cup giant killing this weekend? – Here are five classics to look back on

Magic of the cup. Giantkilling. Banana skin. When these phrases come out it means only one thing.

It means the Third Round of the FA Cup.

It comes around once a year and it is still there, sitting proud, on the footballing calendar.

It is maybe down the order a bit these days but it is still loved by many.

Mainly because it has thrown up some absolute cracking giantkillings over the years.

It’s never nice to be on the end of one, but as a neutral, it is one of the best sights in football seeing a minnow topple one of the big boys.

Ahead of the Third Round here are a few shockers from years gone by.

1989 – Sutton United 2-1 Coventry City

At this time the Sky Blues were in the Championship, but 18 months prior to this they had lifted the FA Cup for the first time in their history.

They were handed a tricky trip to Vauxhall Conference side Sutton United, but after coming in on the back of a 5-0 win in the league they were backed to roll the non-leaguers over.

1-1 after an hour, up stepped bricklayer Matthew Haulm to volley home from close range.

City spawned several chances to level, but it was to be Sutton’s day.

Unfortunately, the minnows went on to suffer an 8-0 battering against Norwich City in the next round.

But they are etched into cup history and will always be remembered. For that, and the cup pie gate betting scandal a few years ago!

1992 – Wrexham 2-1 Arsenal

The champions rocked up in North Wales in 1992, to face a Wrexham side that had finished rock bottom of the entire Football League the year before.

Any other year would have seen them relegated to non-league, but an expansion of the pyramid gave them a repreive.

Arsenal brought the stars, Adams, Merson, Smith and co and it was going well when Smith gave the Gunners an early lead.

Then, eight minutes from time, Mickey Thomas famously out foxed David Seaman with a 25 yard free kick to send the Racecourse wild.

Some think that was actually the winner, given that is the footage we always seem to see when the FA Cup comes around.

But it was in fact two minutes later, when Gordon Davies took advantage of an error to square the ball to Steve Watkin, who evaded Adams before finding the net.

Still remembered, and still one of the finest moments in the club’s history.

2010 – Manchester United 0-1 Leeds United

The mighty Leeds had fallen to League One and went to Old Trafford with many expecting a routine Manchester United win.

It was a weakened United side, but it should have been more than enough to beat Leeds.

Important word there, should.

18 minutes in and Jermaine Beckford wrote himself into FA Cup folklore, latching onto a long ball before a cool finish past the goalkeeper.

United had two penalty shouts but exited the competition at the first stage for the first time in Sir Alex Ferguson’s reign.

2003 – Shrewsbury Town 2-1 Everton

Armed with a young Wayne Rooney Everton turned up at the Gay Meadow with many expecting them to leave in the hat for the next round.

But Salop, then struggling in the lower reaches of Division Three, had other ideas.

Rooney, lining up against the likes of Thomas Gravesen that day, were stunned with Nigel Jemson’s free kick put the hosts into a shock lead.

He then headed home at the near post after Everton had levelled, to produce the upset.

1984 – Bournemouth 2-0 Manchester United

Harry Redknapp had already written himself into FA Cup history long before he made it big as a manager.

In 1984, his Cherries side were in the Third Division.

They held the famous visitors for an hour before edging in front to set up arguably one of the biggest FA Cup upsets of all time.

Milton Graham bundled home from close range before Ian Thompson doubled the lead five minutes later to dump out United.

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