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Top 4 FA Cup Third Round Shocks

With the third round of the FA Cup just around the corner, we thought it was the perfect time to take a look back at some of the biggest FA Cup third round surprises from the last few decades.

Bournemouth 2-0 Manchester United, 1984
Back in 1984, the latest King of the Jungle Harry Redknapp was in charge at Third Division strugglers, Bournemouth. Up against the reigning FA Cup holders in the third round, they weren’t given much chance. Instead, the Cherries humiliated Ron Atkinson’s side, including England captain Bryan Robson, with a deserved 2-0 win at Home Court.

Wrexham 2-1 Arsenal, 1992

As reigning league champions, George Graham’s men couldn’t have expected many issues against a team that had most recently finished bottom of Division Four. The Gunner went ahead in the first half, only for Wrexham to turn it around with a late winner to condemn Graham to ‘the biggest low’ of his managerial career.

Cardiff City 2-1 Leeds United, 2002

Many Bluebirds fans still remember the day they dumped Leeds United out of the FA Cup. Premier League leaders, Leeds, probably expected Cardiff to be a straightforward tie but it was far from it with the Welshmen coming back to earn a shock 2-1 victory.

Shrewsbury 2-1 Everton, 2003

In early 2003, David Moyes’ side were shocked by former Everton captain Kevin Ratcliffe’s Shrewsbury team. Struggling near the bottom of the Football League at the time, the 2-1 win over their top-flight opposition proved to be a rare highlight for the Shrews.

Burnley 1-0 Liverpool, 2005

In 2005, Rafa Benitez put his faith in youngsters for the trip to Burnley but it proved to be a poor decision as they crashed out in the third-round. A comical own goal by Djimi Traore and a poor team performance led to one of the lowest moments of Benitez’s Liverpool tenure.

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