Manchester City 0 - 1 Wigan Athletic 2013 F.A Cup Final
With Wigan Athletic in a relegation battle and Manchester City second in the league, City were huge favourites to win their second F.A Cup under Roberto Mancini. In a close game, a stoppage time header from Ben Watson secured a surprise win for the Latics.
Unfortunately the F.A Cup win was not enough for Wigan to avoid relegation, and they are still the only F.A Cup winner to be relegated the same season they lifted the trophy.
Liverpool 0 - 1 Wimbledon 1988 F.A Cup Final
A Laurie Sanchez header gave Wimbledon the lead in the first half of the final, and despite lots of chances Liverpool were unable to equalise. In the second half Liverpool were awarded a penalty and with it Wimbledon goalkeeper Dave Beasant became the first goal keeper to save a spot-kick in a Cup final, helping secure Wimbledon’s first major trophy.
Oldham 3 - 2 Liverpool 2013 F.A Cup Fourth Round
With a strong Liverpool side that included first team players such as Luis Suarez, Raheem Sterling and Daniel Sturridge, Liverpool were expected to make light work of their fourth round opponents. After Liverpool went 3-1 down after 48 minutes they struggled to create chances and despite Steven Gerrard’s inclusion in the second half, ended up losing 3-2.
Chelsea 2 - 4 Bradford City 2015 F.A Cup Fourth Round
If being separated by 49 league places and two divisions wasn’t enough of a disadvantage, the League Two team were 2-0 down after 38 minutes at Stamford Bridge. Against all the odds, Bradford City produced a stunning comeback in front of 6,000 away fans to eventually win 4-2.
To spare Chelsea’s blushes in the same round of F.A Cup fixtures, Manchester City were beaten 2-0 at home to Championship side Middlesbrough and Manchester United were held to a 0-0 draw with League Two side Cambridge United. It was the first time Bradford City had made the fifth round of the F.A Cup for 18 years.
Wrexham 2 – 1 Arsenal 1992 F.A Cup Third Round
It was second in the First Division against the team bottom of the entire Football League and fans expected a routine win for the Division One side. Arsenal’s team were reigning champions and their starting eleven also included seven England internationals. With Arsenal leading 1-0 with 10 minutes to go, no one expected two late Wrexham goals to clinch the win. Arsenal made amends for their third round exit by winning the trophy the following season.
Manchester United 0 – 1 Leeds United 2010 F.A Cup Third Round
An early, well taken Jermaine Beckford goal was enough to seal the win for Leeds United at Old Trafford in January 2010. The victory marked the first time Manchester United had been knocked out of the F.A Cup third round under Sir Alex Ferguson.
Shrewsbury Town 2 – 1 Everton 2003 F.A Cup Third Round
In the same season Wayne Rooney announced his arrival by scoring in a victory against Arsenal, the team had less luck in the F.A Cup. With eighty places between the two sides and the tie heading for a reply, Nigel Jemson headed Shrewsbury in front with two minutes to go, and with it created one of the biggest upsets in the cups history.
Newcastle United 0 – 2 Chester City F.C 1980 F.A Cup Third round
Newcastle United were humbled at St James’ Park by Division Three club Chester City. One of the goal scorers was an unknown home grown teenager called Ian Rush, who the following season moved to Liverpool for 300,000 pounds. The rest as they say is history!
That concludes our list. What are your favourite F.A Cup shocks? Be sure to leave them in the comments below!