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Coral take a look at FA Cup third round shocks down the years

| 08.12.2014

The FA Cup third round is nearly upon us and, ahead of the draw, Coral take a trip down memory lane to look at some of the shocks from previous years, which have seen big teams knocked out by lower, and even non-league, opposition at this stage of the competition.

Unsurprisingly, Chelsea are favourites with Coral at 5/1 to win the oldest and most iconic club trophy in the world, while Manchester City and United are both joint-second with 6/1 odds.

Manchester United 0-1 Leeds United: 2010
Everyone remembers League One side at the time Leeds United stunning the then champions of England on their own backyard. It was the goal that elevated Jermaine Beckford’s status onto a national level. Jonny Howson winning possession in his own half and playing a sublime long ball to the former Wealdstone striker, who slipped it past goalkeeper Tomasz Kuszczak with ease.

Wrexham 2-1 Arsenal: 1992
They’re still talking about this one in north Wales. The Gunners were second in the country’s top flight when they took on Welsh side Wrexham in the third round, who were the lowest placed club in the football league at the time. Arsenal shouldn’t have had a problem right? Wrong. George Graham’s side were 1-0 up and cruising with 20 minutes to go, before veteran Mickey Thomas smashed in a free-kick, and Steve Watkin netted the winner.

Shrewsbury Town 2-1 Everton: 2003
Former Toffees captain Kevin Ratcliffe came back to haunt his ex-club by inspiring the Shropshire outfit to a famous victory. David Moyes’ men, many of whom were established internationals, were completely outplayed at Gay Meadow. Former Nottingham Forest and Sheffield Wednesday player Nigel Jemson netted the opener and decider for the Shrews, cancelling out an equaliser from Swedish winger Niclas Alexandersson.

Havant and Waterlooville 4-2 Swansea City: 2008
To earn a replay against the run-away leaders of League Two at the time was enough of an achievement; though, to smash four past Roberto Martinez’s men and humble the south Wales side in the process was quite remarkable. Charlie Oatway’s outfit went on to draw Liverpool in the next round, and almost shocked them, twice taking the lead at Anfield, before eventually losing 5-2.

Manchester United 0-0 Exeter City: 2005
Like with Burton Albion the season before, Sir Alex Ferguson’s side struggled to beat non-league Exeter City, who took them to a replay, which the Red Devils won 2-0. Although United brought on Cristiano Ronaldo, Paul Scholes and Alan Smith on around the hour mark, they were still unable to make their huge advantage count.



Matt Haynes

A long-suffering Leeds fan, Matt studied Sports Journalism at university, and has a plethora of multi-industry experience. Having worked on behalf of multiple hedge funds and top-tier investment banks in executive search, he has also had a stint with the BBC and the Press Association. Outside of work, he pursues entrepreneurial activities and likes to keep fit.
Although he has interviewed current England manager Roy Hodgson as well as Rafa Benitez and a number of other names, he is honoured to have spent time in the company of Gordon Banks. Matt enjoys cultivating long-lasting professional and personal relationships, is solution orientated, and supports Coral’s sports content provision.