Flashback – FA Cup Classics involving Bradford City, Barnsley, Leeds United, Middlesbrough and York City
Here’s ten previous classics involving Yorkshire sides in round four. Scroll thrugh and see if any of your favourite cup clashes are in there.
1: Chelsea 2 Bradford City 4, 2015 – The mother of all FA Cup shocks saw third-tier Bradford somehow rally from a 2-0 deficit to sensationally slay the Premier League champions at a stunned and disbelieving Stamford Bridge - after Mourinho’s side collapsed in the second half.
Chelsea, 49 places above seventh-placed City and fielding a side including Oscar, Gary Cahill and César Azpilicueta. Ramires, Didier Drogba and Mikel John Obi, led 2-0 after 38 minutes thanks to strikes from Cahill and Ramires.
The outstanding Jon Stead pulled one back three minutes and providing the catalyst for a truly remarkable cup upset which resonated across the globe.
Filipe Morais, who started his career at Stamford Bridge, side-footed in an equaliser on 75 minutes and incredibly Andy Halliday blasted the Bantams ahead eight minutes from time.
City’s 5,500 travelling hordes were then in dreamland as Mark Yeates slotted in a fourth in stoppage time.
2: Manchester City 0 Middlesbrough 2, 2015 – Aitor Karanka’s Boro also secured a major upset in sending Manchester City packing at the Etihad - thanks to goals from Patrick Bamford and Kike.
City arrived back on the night prior to the game after five days in a different time zone - following a promotional/warm weather training trip to the Gulf - and paid a hefty price.
Bamford, on loan from Chelsea, bundled in the first on 53 minutes after an error by Fernando and substitute Kike struck a late second on the break for the visitors, who followed Wigan’s example of 2013-14 by knocking City out of the cup on home soil.
Luke Varney ran clear to give Leeds the lead after Tottenham failed to convert a series of first-half chances. Ross McCormack made it 2-0 after more poor defending allowed him to turn inside Steve Caulker and slam home and despite Clint Dempsey pulling one back, it was Leeds’s afternoon.
4: Scarborough 0 Chelsea 1, 2004 – This tie pitted a side from nether regions of the Conference; a team who cost £2,000 to assemble against Chelsea’s £150 million aristocrats.
The brave Seadogs pushed the Blues - 107 places above them in the league pyramid - all the way in a tie which caught the imagination of the country before being edged out 1-0 - with John Terry’s tenth-minute header seeing the visitors through.
Colin Cryan had a header and the home team were unlucky not to be awarded a penalty when William Gallas handled late in the match.
5: Middlesbrough 2 Manchester United 0, 2002 – The Teessiders scuppered Sir Alex Ferguson’s hopes of a treble with a sweet Riverside victory thanks to two goals in a frantic finale.
Laurent Blanc ducked under the ball to allow ex-Leeds striker Noel Whelan to joyously steal in for the opening goal in the 85th minute and Andy Campbell clinched the tie with a minute to go.
6: Manchester City 2 Leeds United 5, 2000 – Premiership frontrunners United, on the crest of a wave, outclassed City in a five-star performance at Maine Road. Four goals were shared in the first 20 minutes as City twice shocked their cross-Pennine rivals before Leeds took charge, with Harry Kewell netting a brace.
Eirik Bakke, Alan Smith and Lee Bowyer were also on target for the Whites, with Shaun Goater and Ian Bishop netting early goals for City.
7: Barnsley 3 Tottenham Hotspur 1, 1999 – The Reds claimed the prized scalp of Spurs in a memorable replay after the first tie ended deadlocked 1-1 at White Hart Lane. It was an abject evening for the visitors, who saw Jurgen Klinsmann taken to hospital with a suspected broken jaw.
Ashley Ward and Neil Redfearn had put Barnsley 2-0 up in the second half within eight minutes of visiting midfielder Stephen Clemence being sent off for a second bookable offence. David Ginola pulled one back in the 72nd minute with a wonderful free-kick, but Darren Barnard made it safe for Barnsley, who booked a fifth-round trip to Old Trafford.
8: York City 1 Arsenal 0, 1985 – One of the greatest cup days in the history of York City and one of the darkest for the Gunners saw the Minstermen secure a major shock thanks to a late penalty from Kevin Houchen in the snow at Bootham Crescent.
The visitors fielded eight full internationals against a York side who were then mid-table in the third tier of the professional game, but Denis Smith’s side prevailed. Referee Don Shaw awarded a penalty following Steve Williams’ inexplicable 90th-minute foul on Houchen and the striker coolly sent John Lukic in front of the Shipton Street end - with the Match of the Day cameras capturing the action.
9: Wimbledon 0 Leeds United 1, 1975 – Allen Batsford’s non-league Wimbledon - fresh from knocking out top-flight Burnley - pushed mighty Leeds all the way before bowing out 1-0 in a replay in front of an incredible 45,071 gate at Selhurst Park.
The exploits of the Southern League high-fliers and more especially Dickie Guy, who saved a Peter Lorimer penalty at Elland Road to secure a replay after a 0-0 draw, captivated the country. But Leeds edged through, courtesy of an own goal.
10: Leeds United 2 Liverpool 0, 1972 – A classic cup tie, four days after a goalless first instalment at Anfield, saw Leeds progress with Allan Clarke firing both goals.
United were forced to play the replay on a weekday afternoon because of the power crisis caused by the miners’ strike, but Elland Road was crammed to capacity with hundreds locked out.
A Clarke lob from Billy Bremner’s pass made it 1-0 on 22 minutes and the goalpoacher supreme settled the tie with a sublime second two minutes after the hour mark - as the Whites clinched a third seasonal win over the Reds.
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