David vs Goliath

So, what do we love most about the FA Cup, then? Is it the big matches between Chelsea, Liverpool, Arsenal and Manchester United? Of course not. You’ve got the Premiership for that. Is it the occasional meetings of three-quarter strength Premiership clubs? Well, obviously not. What we love about the FA Cup is when lower division clubs stick one over on the bigger boys. It’s one long schadenfreude-fest. Every year, someone comes a cropper, and every year it’s great. The sight of a big-time full of it Premiership manager eating vast amounts of humble pie after having been dumped on from a great height against a team that we all know that they feel as if they shouldn’t have to lower themselves to play in the first place. Here, then, in no particular order, are five of the best. And all of them are from the Third Round. 1. Sutton United 2-1 Coventry City (1989): Of course, not many non-league clubs beat teams from the top division in the FA Cup – still less a team that had won the Cup just two years previously. Having beaten Tottenham at Wembley in 1987, Coventry didn’t exactly cover themselves the following year, going out in the Third Round at Fourth Division Northampton Town, but they really excelled themselves in 1989, going out against mid-table Conference opposition at the splendidly named Gander...

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