Ten greatest shocks in FA Cup history, ahead of this year’s second round weekend…
As the battle hots up to earn a spot in the third round of the FA Cup comes to an end, and the qualifiers wait on a potential clash with a Premier League giant, we count down the top ten shocks in the competition’s history – with a list which comes courtesy of the Daily Mirror.
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Northern Premier League side Blyth Spartans got the second round of this year’s competition off to the perfect start last night – unless you’re a Hartlepool fan – causing a huge upset by defeating the League Two side 2-1, with Jarrett Rivers scoring a 90th minute winner.
But they have some going to matching the success of these ten minnows:
10) Nuneaton 1-1 Middlesbrough
A Middlesbrough side managed by Steve McClaren in 2006, took the lead through a superb Gaizka Mendieta free-kick, before Gareth Southgate’s handball in stoppage time allowed Gez Murphy to snatch a draw from the penalty spot. Borough beat the Conference North side 5-2 in the replay.