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Michael Emons

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  1. Reliant Robins saves Fergie

    Nottingham Forest 0-1 Manchester United (FA Cup third round, 7 January 1990)

    Image caption: Mark Robins scores the winner against Nottingham Forest

    What happened? It was an all top-flight clash in the third round between Nottingham Forest and Manchester United and the visitors triumphed, thanks to a header from Mark Robins.

    Why is it remembered? Alex Ferguson had been in charge of United for three years and had failed to win anything. In January 1990, some of United's supporters wanted him out of the club and it is believed that a loss against Forest would have seen Ferguson sacked.

    The rest is history. United went on to win the FA Cup that season. They also, under Ferguson, became English champions 13 times, won four more FA Cups, the League Cup four times, the Champions League twice, the European Cup Winners' Cup once and the Fifa Club World Cup once.

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    Video caption: When Mark Robins saved Sir Alex Ferguson's job at Man Utd
  2. Tottenham complete Double despite Chalmers heroics

    Tottenham 2-0 Leicester City (FA Cup final, 6 May 1961)

    What happened? Tottenham became the first team since Aston Villa in 1897 to win the league and FA Cup Double after second-half goals from Bobby Smith and Terry Dyson saw off Leicester City.

    Why is it remembered? Well, the Double is an incredible achievement, but the final is also remembered for the bravery of Leicester's Len Chalmers, who suffered a serious leg injury after 20 minutes. But, in the days before substitutes, he played on for the next hour until it was clear the game was lost and he finally went off in the 80th minute.

    Image caption: Len Chalmers suffered a serious leg injury after 20 minutes, but remained on the pitch until 80 minutes, when Tottenham were 2-0 ahead
  3. The five-minute final

    Arsenal 3-2 Manchester United (FA Cup final, 12 May 1979)

    What happened? Arsenal looked to be cruising to a victory after goals from Brian Talbot and Frank Stapleton gave them a 2-0 lead over Manchester United with time running out.

    Why is it remembered? In one of the most frantic, dramatic endings to a cup final, Gordon McQueen pulled one back in the 86th minute, before Sammy McIlroy equalised two minutes later.

    But there would be another twist as Alan Sunderland slid in at the back post to score in the 89th minute and win the cup for Arsenal.

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  4. Chesterfield narrowly miss out on a Wembley final

    Middlesbrough 3-3 Chesterfield (FA Cup semi-final, 13 April 1997)

    What happened? One of the great semi-finals as third-tier Chesterfield came so close to reaching a Wembley FA Cup final. Boro had Vladimir Kinder sent off in the first half, before goals from Andy Morris and Sean Dyche put Chesterfield 2-0 up.

    Fabrizio Ravanelli pulled one back before Chesterfield should've had a third but Jon Howard's shot, which hit the bar and appeared to bounce down over the line, was not given. A Craig Hignett penalty took it into extra time and Gianluca Festa put Boro ahead, only for Jamie Hewitt to score in the 119th minute to earn a replay.

    Why is it remembered? A semi-final that had it all, Howard's 'goal' that wasn't given and the reaction from Chesterfield boss John Duncan, who lost his glasses in the celebrations as he frantically tried to give his side instructions after Hewitt's equaliser. Sadly for Chesterfield, they could not repeat the trick in the replay, losing 3-0.

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  5. A bow-tie wearing ref and a goalkeeping blunder

    Cardiff City 1-0 Arsenal (FA Cup final, 23 April 1927)

    Image caption: You don't see enough referees wearing bow ties

    What happened? The 1927 FA Cup final was the first to be broadcast on the radio by the BBC and Hughie Ferguson scored in the second half as Cardiff became (and remain so today) the only non-English team to win the FA Cup.

    Why is it remembered? Referee William Bunnell got all dressed up for the occasion - sporting a bow tie. Ferguson's goal also came from a horrible error from Arsenal goalkeeper Dan Lewis, who fumbled the ball into his own net.

    Image caption: A bad day at the office for Arsenal goalkeeper Dan Lewis
  6. A magical day for the Sky Blues

    Coventry City 3-2 Tottenham (FA Cup final, 16 May 1987)

    Image caption: Keith Houchen goes airborne to score for Coventry

    What happened? The greatest moment in Coventry City's history came on 16 May 1987 as they beat Tottenham at Wembley to win the FA Cup. Tottenham twice led, Coventry twice equalised before it went into extra time and Spurs defender Gary Mabbutt, who had also scored at the right end, netted an own goal in the 95th minute to give the Sky Blues their first major trophy.

    Why is it remembered? There's always something special about a full-length diving header and that is exactly what Coventry's Keith Houchen produced to score his side's second goal. Wonderful.

  7. The greatest comeback in cup history?

    Tottenham 3-4 Manchester City (FA Cup fourth round replay, 4 February 2004)

    What happened? After a 1-1 draw, Tottenham and Manchester City met at White Hart Lane for the replay and Spurs were cruising, 3-0 ahead at half-time.

    Why is it remembered? Maybe the best comeback in FA Cup history. Kevin Keegan's City scored four times in the second half with Jon Macken's injury-time winner sealing an incredible victory. Even more impressive when you consider they had Joey Barton dismissed at 3-0 down before the break.

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    Video caption: Man City's stunning comeback from 3-0 down at Tottenham
  8. Chelsea win a brutal replay

    Chelsea 2-1 Leeds United (FA Cup final replay, 29 April 1970)

    Image caption: Chelsea goalkeeper Peter Bonetti is flattened by a rough challenge

    What happened? After a 2-2 draw at Wembley, for the first time since 1912, the FA Cup final went to a replay. And the rematch at Old Trafford was not for the faint-hearted.

    Why is it remembered? For being one of the dirtiest games in Britain. It has been re-refereed twice since by leading officials according to modern interpretations of the rules. In 1997, David Elleray concluded he would have shown six red cards, while in 2020 Michael Oliver opted for 11.

    On the day though just the one yellow card was handed out. In front of a television audience of 28 million, Chelsea edged it 2-1 after extra time with David Webb scoring a winning goal in the 104th minute.

    Read more about the game here: 1970 FA Cup final: The most brutal game in English football history

    Image caption: Chelsea celebrate
  9. Fourth-tier Colchester stun mighty Leeds

    Colchester United 3-2 Leeds United (FA Cup fifth round, 13 February 1971)

    Image caption: Colchester's win is arguably their best ever result in their history

    What happened? Leeds United, top of the old First Division, travelled to Essex to play Colchester United, eighth in the fourth tier, in the fifth round of the FA Cup.

    Why is it remembered? A scarely-believable opening 55 minutes saw the U's take a 3-0 lead as Ray Crawford scored twice and Dave Simmons got the other before Norman Hunter and Johnny Giles pulled goals back for Leeds, but Colchester held on for a famous victory.

  10. The White Horse Final

    Bolton Wanderers 2-0 West Ham (FA Cup final, 28 April 1923)

    What happened? The first FA Cup final at Wembley took place in 1923 as Bolton played West Ham - and it was a bit busy. The newly-built stadium could hold 125,000 people, but unfortunately double that amount turned up.

    Why is it remembered? PC George Scorey, on a grey horse (which appeared white on the black and white footage) called Billie, helped disperse the fans off the pitch, although they were right up to the touchline during the match. Once the game got started, Bolton won it 2-0 with goals from David Jack and Jack Smith.

  11. Everton's cheers and Elton's tears

    Everton 2-0 Watford (FA Cup final, 19 May 1984)

    Image caption: Elton John was emotional during Abide With Me, the traditional hymn played before the start of the FA Cup final

    What happened? Watford, who had been in the old Fourth Division six years earlier, reached the FA Cup final for the first time in their history in 1984 and met Everton. There would not be a victory though as goals from Graeme Sharp and Andy Gray gave Everton a 2-0 win.

    Why is it remembered? Hornets chairman, singer Elton John, got emotional before the game and was in tears during the singing of Abide With Me. Everton's second goal was a controversial one with many people thinking Gray had fouled the Watford goalkeeper Steve Sherwood by heading the ball from Sherwood's hands.

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    Video caption: What the world looked like when Watford played Everton in the 1984 FA Cup Final
  12. Liverpool's fashion disaster

    Liverpool 0-1 Manchester United (FA Cup final, 11 May 1996)

    What happened? For the third year in a row, Alex Ferguson's Manchester United had moved into the FA Cup final. In their way stood bitter rivals Liverpool.

    Why is it remembered? Mainly for what happened before the game. Liverpool turned up for the match wearing shocking cream suits.

    Manchester United goalkeeper Peter Schmeichel later said: "It looked silly and we all said 'we can't lose to a team wearing suits like that'. And United did not lose, as Eric Cantona volleyed the only goal of the game from 18 yards out through a crowded penalty area.

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  13. The most controversial goal in FA Cup history?

    Arsenal 2-1 Sheffield United (FA Cup fifth round, 13 February 1999)

    What happened? It is customary when a player is down injured that whoever has possession kicks the ball out of play to let them get some treatment with the ball then returned back to that side. That's what is meant to happen. At Highbury on 13 February 1999, it all went wrong.

    Why is it remembered? With a Sheffield United player down Arsenal's Ray Parlour threw the ball back to the Blades, however Nwankwo Kanu chased after it, he crossed and Marc Overmars put it into the net. Chaos ensued. Blades manager Steve Bruce threatened to take his players off the pitch. Arsenal 'won' 2-1 and Arsene Wenger offered for the match to be replayed. In the rematch 10 days later, the Gunners again won 2-1 with Overmars again on the scoresheet.

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    Video caption: The most controversial goal in FA Cup history?
  14. The cricket-playing estate agent who became an FA Cup hero

    West Brom 2-4 Woking (FA Cup third round, 5 January 1991)

    Image caption: Tim Buzaglo

    What happened? Second-tier West Brom at home against non-league Woking. Should have been straight-forward. But then the FA Cup has a habit of catapulting the most unlikely players into the spotlight.

    Why is it remembered? Tim Buzaglo, who had played cricket for Gibraltar and who worked as an estate agent, wrote his name into FA Cup folklore with a hat-trick as Woking gained a shock 4-2 away victory.

  15. The Michael Owen Final

    Liverpool 2-1 Arsenal (FA Cup final, 12 May 2001)

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    Video caption: On this day in 2001: Owen scores two late goals for Liverpool to win FA Cup

    What happened? The 2001 FA Cup final was the first to be played at the Millennium Stadium in Cardiff as Wembley was being redeveloped and it was between Arsenal and Liverpool. The Gunners, who had been the better side, took a deserved lead through Freddie Ljungberg.

    Why is it remembered? The Michael Owen Final. The Liverpool and England striker equalised with a fine half-volley with seven minutes to go. Then, five minutes later, he chased on to a great through ball from Patrik Berger, out-paced Lee Dixon and squeezed in a shot from a tight angle past David Seaman to win the cup for Liverpool.

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  16. Gunners shot down by lowly Wrexham

    Wrexham 2-1 Arsenal (FA Cup third round, 4 January 1992)

    Image caption: Mickey Thomas scored for Wrexham to equalise

    What happened? In the 1990-91 season, Arsenal were English champions, while Wrexham finished bottom of the fourth tier. The following season the two teams were paired together in the third round of the FA Cup. It started off as expected, with Alan Smith putting the Gunners ahead.

    Why is it remembered? You just have to love football. With eight minutes to go and Arsenal 1-0 up, Wrexham got a free-kick and 37-year-old Mickey Thomas looked interested. He then smashed a blistering free-kick into the net before team-mate Steve Watkin got what proved to be the decisive second two minutes later for the shock of shocks.

    Image caption: Steve Watkin's 84th-minute goal turned out to be the winner
  17. Watson's fairytale as Wigan win at Wembley

    Manchester City 0-1 Wigan Athletic (FA Cup final, 11 May 2013)

    Image caption: Ben Watson was Wigan's hero, scoring an injury-time headed winner

    What happened? It was not the best of preparations on FA Cup final day with newspaper reports (which later proved to be true) saying Roberto Mancini would be sacked as Manchester City boss a year after taking them to the Premier League title. Nevertheless, City were still expected to steamroller a Wigan side aiming for their first ever FA Cup success.

    Why is it remembered? City defender Pablo Zabaleta became only the third player to be sent off in an FA Cup final and Wigan got a 91st-minute corner. It was swung in from the right and Ben Watson, a player who had broken his leg the previous November, got his head to the delivery to steer the ball past Joe Hart for Wigan's greatest moment.

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    Video caption: FA Cup: Boyce relives Wigan's 'fairytale' FA Cup win
  18. Best hits six as Man Utd get eight

    Northampton Town 2-8 Manchester United (FA Cup fourth round, 7 February 1970)

    What happened? A lower-league team against one of the big boys in a cup tie played on an absolute pudding of a pitch. It had all the elements needed for a big upset.

    Why is it remembered? But nobody told George Best that. He scored six times for Manchester United as they crushed Northampton Town 8-2. No shock here. Just Best brilliance.

  19. Trautmann breaks neck and carries on

    Manchester City 3-1 Birmingham City (FA Cup final, 5 May 1956)

    What happened? Manchester City won the FA Cup for the first time in 22 years in 1956 as they beat Birmingham City 3-1.

    Why is it remembered? Manchester City goalkeeper, Bert Trautmann continued playing despite breaking a bone in his neck in a collision with Birmingham City's Peter Murphy. With no substitutes, Trautmann battled on despite being in clear pain throughout - although nobody knew of the severity of the injury then. The pain didn't ease after the match and eventually, a few days later, an X-ray revealed he had dislocated five vertebrae in his neck and was lucky to still be alive.

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    Video caption: The former Nazi paratrooper who became a hero to Manchester City fans in the 1950s
  20. Man Utd beat Everton despite red card

    Everton 0-1 Manchester United (FA Cup final, 18 May 1985)

    Image caption: Kevin Moran (fourth right) became the first man to be sent off in an FA Cup final

    What happened? The 1983 FA Cup winners Manchester United took on the 1984 winners Everton in the 1985 final.

    Why is it remembered? United's Kevin Moran wrote his name into FA Cup notoriety as he became the first player to be sent off in a final when he was deemed to have fouled Everton's Peter Reid. But it didn't stop 10-man United as Norman Whiteside then curled in a brilliant winner.

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    Video caption: Archive: Man Utd beat Everton in 1985 FA Cup final despite red card