Magic of the Cup

Barring the odd miracle – for example Leicester City in 2015/16’s Premier League – there are very few surprises in league football. Over a course of a 38-game season, or similar length, the cream generally rises to the top.

Cups are different. Although shocks are the statistical minority, they do happen, and when they do neutrals up and down the country rejoice. For the jubilant victors and the embarrassed losers, memories that last a lifetime are created.

This series, named Magic of the Cup, will highlight many of football’s greatest cup shocks and stories, when David’s had their moment in the sun and when Goliath’s were slain.



Spurs and the Gazza-dominated run to 1991 FA Cup glory – By Jamie Garwood

Wrexham’s ecstatic Kop and one broken-hearted teenager – By Matt Evans

Hillingdon Borough FC: the club hoping for a return to the big time – By Danny Lewis

Halifax Town and Malcolm Allison’s Curse – By Stephen Brandt

No country for old men: Colchester versus Leeds – By Gary Thacker

Norwich City’s morale-boosting 1959 FA Cup tonic – By Phil Withall

So near yet so far for the Spireites – By Johnny McLelland

Bantams silence the Bridge – By Charlie Pritchard

Fools Gold: Chorley rub salt in Wolves’ wounds – By Ryan Plant

Buzaglo downs the Baggies – By Lee Wynne

Cowley’s Imps stun the Clarets – By Roy Emanuel

Luton versus Millwall: the nadir of hooliganism – By Craig Campbell

Klinsmann’s late winner settles pulsating Anfield cup tie – By Sivan John

The Generals run riot at the Memorial Ground – By Dan Roberts

Stokoe’s Sunderland delight the nation – By Paul McParlan

When non-league Sutton knocked out top-flight Coventry – By Rich Beedie

When the Crazy Gang defeated the Culture Club – By Chris Weatherspoon