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Greatest FA Cup shocks

As FC United of Manchester beat Rochdale at Spotland to become the latest non-league team to shock league opponents in the FA Cup, ESPNsoccernet looks back at some of the greatest shocks of all-time.

1972: Hereford 2-1 Newcastle. Ronnie Radford wrote himself into history with a thunderous effort to level the scores for the non-league club after Malcolm Macdonald had given the Magpies the lead late on. Ricky George grabbed an extra-time winner, but it was Radford's effort from 35-yards out on a mud-bath at Edgar Street that has become synonymous with the FA Cup and the 'dream' of the underdog. Hereford became the first non-league club to defeat a First Division side since 1949, but they would not be the last.

1973: Sunderland 1-0 Leeds. The FA Cup final was expected to be a one-sided affair as Leeds looked to steamroller their less high-profile opponents. However, the Black Cats became the first Second Division side to win the Cup in 40 years as an Ian Porterfield volley shocked the Wembley crowd. Goalkeeper Jim Montgomery became the hero though as he pulled off one of the most memorable saves of all-time as he turned a Peter Lorimer shot on to the crossbar.

1992: Wrexham 2-1 Arsenal. George Graham's Arsenal were second in the First Division, while the Welsh side were officially the worst team in the football league as they sat at the bottom of the Fourth Division. Alan Smith gave the reigning champions the lead just after half-time but, with ten minutes left, Mickey Thomas wrote himself into the history books with a stunning free-kick that levelled the scores. Two minutes later, 20-year-old Steve Watkin slammed home the winner.

1984: Bournemouth 2-0 Manchester United. Harry Redknapp experienced one of his best ever moments in the FA Cup as he led the south-coast club to a win over the current cup holders. The Third Division side were incredible underdogs, but goals from Milton Graham and Ian Thompson saw them claim arguably the greatest result in the club's history.

2008: Barnsley 1-0 Chelsea. Having beaten Liverpool in another incredible shock, the Tykes were paired with £115 million worth of Chelsea. Unlike Liverpool, the Blues did not rest all of their top names and a side that contained the likes of Michael Ballack, Nicolas Anelka and John Terry were knocked out of the competition by Kayode Odejayi's header, which secured their place in the semi-finals.

1989: Sutton United 2-1 Coventry. Having won the FA Cup just two years earlier, Coventry would have expected to be non-league Sutton with ease. However, the part-timers put together an amazing performance to dump out their more illustrious neighbours as goals from Tony Rains and Matt Hanlan put them through. The dream did not last long though as they lost 8-0 to Norwich in the next round.

1949: Yeovil 2-1 Sunderland. The Somerset side may have been helped by the weather, some incredible fog, and a sloped pitch, but they earned their result against top-flight Sunderland, who were led by the great Len Shackleton. Alex Stock got the winning goal in front of a record crowd of 16,000 supporters who packed out Huish.

2007: Chasetown 1-0 Port Vale. After forcing a replay, Chasetown became the lowest ranked side to ever reach the third round of the FA Cup. Danny Smith headed home Kyle Perry's cross late on to get the win, but Vale had two chances to score, from the penalty spot, as Luke Rodgers hit the bar with his first and saw his second saved by Lee Evans.

2010: Manchester United 0-1 Leeds United. Premier League champions for the third time in succession, United were favourites as they were at home to their old rivals. However, Jermaine Beckford silenced Old Trafford inside the first 20 minutes and United were unable to hit back. The result saw Sir Alex Ferguson lose in the third round of the FA Cup for the first time since he joined the club in 1986.

1975: Burnley 0-1 Wimbledon. Long before the 'Crazy Gang' upset Liverpool in the final of 1988, Wimbledon (then a Southern League side) took out the famous Clarets. Mick Mahon's goal set up a dream clash with league champions Leeds at Elland Road, which they lost in a replay, but history had already been made as they were the first non-league side to beat a league side since 1920.

• How does FC United of Manchester rank? Leave your best memories of the FA Cup below and see more live FA Cup on ESPN UK throughout the season.

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