10 other shocking FA Cup losses to match Liverpool's dramatic defeat

10 other shocking FA Cup losses to match Liverpool's dramatic defeat

Wolves shocked Liverpool in the FA Cup fourth round on Saturday lunchtime, knocking the Reds out 2-1 at Anfield.

We take a look at some other shock results in the history of the famous competition.

1. Sutton 2 Coventry 1 in 1989

Tony Rains and Matt Hanlan.
Tony Rains and Matt Hanlan (PA)


Coventry arrived in Surrey in January 1989, just 18 months after winning the 1987 FA Cup, and were riding high in the top flight.

It appeared to be a case of “no contest” against the non-league team.

But they were left stunned as Tony Rains and Matthew Hanlan became the goalscoring heroes for a team fashioned by English teacher Barrie Williams.

Both scorers became instant celebrities, appearing on Terry Wogan’s chat show the following Monday.

2. Liverpool 0 Wimbledon 1 in 1988

Lawrie Sanchez.
Lawrie Sanche (PA)


Dave Beasant became the first goalkeeper to save a penalty – from striker John Aldridge – in an FA Cup final in 1988.

That proved to be the turning point in a game which was expected to be no more than a stroll in the park for Liverpool.

But Wimbledon, true to form, scrapped and battled for every ball, with Lawrie Sanchez heading the winner following a free-kick from Dennis Wise.

3. Sunderland 1 Leeds 0 in 1973

Ian Porterfield.
Ian Porterfield (Peter Robinson/EMPICS Sport)


Bob Stokoe’s Division Two side stunned mighty Leeds, with Ian Porterfield’s first-half goal and Jim Montgomery’s second-half save the highlights of the contest in the 1973 final at Wembley.

4. Wigan 1 Man City 0 in 2013

Ben Watson.
Ben Watson, second from right (Anthony Devlin/PA)


Wigan claimed the first major trophy in their 81-year history when Ben Watson’s last-minute goal settled the 2013 final against odds-on favourites Manchester City at Wembley.

5. Wrexham 2 Arsenal 1 in 1992

Mickey Thomas.
Mickey Thomas, right (Leanne White/EMPICS Sport)


In 1992, the Gunners were the reigning league champions, Wrexham were bottom of the old fourth division – there was only going to be one result at the Racecourse Ground.

Arsenal had taken the lead through Alan Smith but, with 10 minutes to go, 37-year-old Mickey Thomas unleashed a 25-yard free-kick past David Seaman for the equaliser.

The Welsh side could sense an upset and Steve Watkin popped up late on to score the winner and send their illustrious opponents crashing out.

6. Hereford 2 Newcastle 1 in 1972

Ronnie Radford and Ricky George.
Ronnie Radford and Ricky George (PA)


The Southern League side had earned a glorious 2-2 draw at St James’ Park in February 1972 and were given little chance of emulating that feat in the replay.

It was all going to plan when Newcastle took the lead in a game which had been constantly postponed by bad weather.

But Hereford grew stronger as the match went on and Ronnie Radford equalised with a 40-yard thunderbolt to take the game into extra time. Then Ricky George hit the winner.

7. Burnley 0 Wimbledon 1 in 1975

Dickie Guy.
Dickie Guy (PA)


This game in 1975 marked Wimbledon’s arrival as a team capable of causing a shock or two because of their feisty attitude.

They had barely started their remarkable journey from the Southern League to the top flight but were already making waves.

Micky Mahon stunned Burnley to grab the winner but the hero was goalkeeper Dickie Guy, who made a string of superb saves.

8. Shrewsbury 2 Everton 1 in 2003

Shrewsbury Town's Nigel Jemson.
Nigel Jemson (Matthew Ashton/EMPICS Sport)


Languishing near the bottom of the Football League in early 2003, Shrewsbury turned the form book on its head thanks to two goals from Nigel Jemson.

He smashed home a 38th-minute free-kick and then, after substitute Niclas Alexandersson had levelled for the Premier League team on the hour, glanced an 89th-minute header past Richard Wright to seal a famous victory.

9. Norwich 0 Luton 1 in 2013

Luton Town's Scott Rendell.
Scott Rendell, wearing the number 10 shirt (Chris Radburn/PA)


Luton recalled better days gone by as they went to Carrow Road and beat Norwich in 2013.

Substitute Scott Rendell’s strike 10 minutes from time earned Luton victory as a non-League side beat top-flight opposition in the FA Cup for the first time in 24 years.

10. Chelsea 2 Bradford 4 in 2015

Filipe Morais.
Filipe Morais (John Walton/PA)


Gary Cahill and Ramires had the Premier League leaders 2-0 up in 2015 but League One outfit Bradford stunned their hosts with goals from Jon Stead, Filipe Morais, Andy Halliday and Mark Yeates earning them a place in the last 16.

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