FA Cup third round: 10 of the most shocking giant killings ever, including Manchester United, Liverpool, and

FA Cup third round: 10 of the most shocking giant killings ever, including Manchester United, Liverpool, and

The oldest competition in football returns this weekend as clubs from all over the country prepare for the third round of the FA Cup.

Live on talkSPORT we have six commentaries to bring you from the world’s most famous cup competition.

The FA Cup returns this weekend

You can hear Manchester United’s trip to Wolves, Tottenham’s visit to Middlesbrough, the huge Merseyside derby, and Monday night’s clash between Arsenal and Leeds United.

As well as Gillingham vs West Ham and Rochdale’s clash with Newcastle.

Elsehwere, League Two side Port Vale have the chance to cause a major upset as they play holders Manchester City.

And as the Premier League’s top clubs prepare for their first game of the competition- talkSPORT.com explores the most memorable third round shocks in FA Cup history.

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Bournemouth 2-0 Manchester United, 1984

The Red Devils were the holders of the competition and came up against a third tier Cherries side led by the new and inexperienced Harry Redknapp.

Bournemouth went toe-to-toe with the English giants in a hard-fought battle for over an hour, before goals from Milton Graham and Ian Thompson gave Redknapp’s side an unthinkable 2-0 lead.

United, who had a star-studded line-up with some of the finest players in the game including Bryan Robson, were powerless to prevent the defeat in one of the greatest shocks the Cup has ever seen.

In the aftermath of the game, Bournemouth goalscorer Ian Thompson described the victory as an “out-of-body experience.”

Wrexham 2-1 Arsenal, 1992

Welsh legend Mickey Thomas played for a whole host of top English clubs, including Chelsea and Manchester United.

But he is best known for his incredible 82nd minute free-kick which levelled the scores in this FA Cup tie.

The strike gave the underdogs the momentum to push on for victory when Steve Watkin coolly slotted home against a hapless David Seaman.

Then Arsenal manager George Graham described the defeat as his “lowest moment in football” – before guiding the Gunners to Cup glory in the following season.

Steve Watkin slots past David Seaman

Havant and Waterlooville 4-2 Swansea, 2008

In one of the more recent shocks, Swansea were stunned by Blues Square South side Havant and Waterlooville.

Garry Monk’s own-goal gave the non-league side the lead and they quickly scored two more to go three-up.

The visitors then replied with two goals of their own and Leon Britton even missed a penalty to level up the score.

But the Welsh side could not complete the fightback and Tom Jordan’s header sealed a historic victory for the semi-pro Hampshire side.

They were then drawn with Liverpool in the fourth round and remarkably led twice in the game – but eventually lost in a 5-2 defeat to end their cup run.

Stevenage 3-1 Newcastle, 2011

This was another one of the biggest upsets in recent years.

Fourth tier side Stevenage were enjoying their first season of league football when they were drawn against Alan Pardew’s Magpies in the third round.

Incredibly the Boro weren’t fortunate at all – they dominated possession and had more shots then the Premier League giants.

Goals from Stacey Long, Michael Bostwick and Peter Winn sealed a famous win for the Broadhall Way side.

The defeat for Newcastle meant the Tyneside club became only the fourth top-flight team to lose to fourth division opposition.

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Sutton 2-1 Coventry, 1989

This giant killing isn’t just seen as the biggest shock in the history of the FA Cup but one of the biggest ever.

Coventry were in the top division and had won the Cup 18 months before, whilst their opponents Sutton occupied a spot in the Conference.

Sutton took the lead shortly before the break thanks to a Tony Rains header before Coventry’s David Phillips levelled shortly after the break.

In a moment of monumental significance, Matthew Hanlan’s strike cemented Sutton’s place in history.

It took 24 years before a top division side were beaten by a non-league side again.

Manchester United 0-1 Leeds, 2010

This match-up was once a titanic top flight clash, but in 2010 it was Sir Alex Ferguson’s Champions League finalists against a League One side.

No one could have predicted a third round upset for the Red Devils – who had won the FA Cup six times under their legendary boss.

But Jermaine Beckford stunned Old Trafford into silence in the 19th minute to give the Whites a famous victory.

Giggs and Co were powerless to prevent the Leeds defeat
Beckford scored the winner for Leeds against Manchester United

Shrewsbury 2-1 Everton, 2003

Everton’s most successful captain of all time, Kevin Radcliffe, was the manager of Shrewsbury and was coincidentally drawn against his former side for their third round clash.

And it seemed he was destined he would get one up on the Toffees – who were an exciting side with the likes of Wayne Rooney in their ranks.

Nigel Jemson scored twice for the Shrews – first with a brilliant free kick and then with a header to send his side through.

David Moyes’ side were powerless against Radcliffe’s men and the result was the shock of the round.

Worcester 2-1 Liverpool, 1959

In 1959, Phil Taylor’s Liverpool were drawn against Worcester in a match which would seemingly be a walkover for the Reds.

But Worcester had other ideas and implemented a high pressing game to throw Liverpool off guard.

The tactic paid off and the Blues scored in either half to the dismay of the players in red.

A late consolation was not enough to save their blushes – and the papers were all over Liverpool’s performance.

Taylor left his position later on in the year to be replaced by Bill Shankly.

Hereford United 2-1 Newcastle United, 1972

The non-league underdogs had already defied the odds when they fought to replay against top division Newcastle in the first match.

And a late Malcolm MacDonald looked to have sent Newcastle through.

However a 35 yard Ronnie Radford strike sent Edgar Street into frenzy and the tie into extra time.

Ricky George’s winner put his name in the competitions folklore and produced one of the greatest Cup upsets ever.

Ronnie Radford of Hereford after his side’s famous win

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