The FA Cup is arguably the greatest competition in English football when it comes to tradition and memorable moments.
Premier League football and the Champions League are now recognized as the pinnacle of club football, but there is no doubt that the FA Cup has provided it over the years.
Cutting Upheavals are a regular part of the lore, with each season bringing a number of shocking results that keep the magic of the Cup alive.
There have also been some hilarious, silly, downright bonkers moments over the years.
Here are some of the craziest stories in FA Cup history …
The 1988 FA Cup final saw Liverpool take on Wimbledon, but it is not the game itself that we remember.
Back in the days when clubs were releasing pre-final songs, it’s hard to forget “The Anfield Rap” which saw John Barnes lead his Liverpool teammates as they wore shell suits, baseball caps and large gold chains.
Maybe it was a fitting World In Motion audition for Barnes, but for everyone it was a moment to forget.
‘I’ll eat my hat if there’s a score’
The first FA Cup final aired in 1938 and it was then that the world was honored with one of its first YouTube-worthy clips.
With an austere clash between Preston North End and Huddersfield Town heading for penalties with the scores 0-0, BBC commentator Thomas Woodrooffe uttered the words’ I’ll eat my hat if there’s a score before the whistle “.
Lo and behold, George Mutch scored a winner for Preston, leading Woodruffe to keep his promise to have eaten a hat, even if it was made of cake.
Football’s very first pitch invader
In 1966, shortly before the World Cup, Everton and Sheffield Wednesday made it to the FA Cup final in a match remembered as football’s first pitch invader.
The Toffees fought back after two goals to win the trophy, which brought elderly fan Eddie Cavanagh to the pitch to celebrate.
Despite being an older man, a surprising acceleration saw him evade one policeman’s rugby tackle attempt before being caught by the second as fatigue began to kick in.
The Ceefax signature
In 2001 Leicester faced the Wycombe Wanderers in the FA Cup quarter-finals when the Chairboys suffered a number of injuries.
Wycombe sent an unusual call via the BBC’s Ceefax for a fit striker who could lead his attack during the clash with the Foxes.
The call was answered by Roy Essandoh who not only starred in the clash but also scored a dramatic winner in added time to give Wycombe a 2-1 victory and a place in the semi-finals.
Everyone loves an underdog story and when Sutton United faced Arsenal in 2017, many were hoping the result would be memorable.
However, it was Wayne Shaw’s antics that made the headlines.
The 45-year-old ate a pie during the clash, which was initially seen as a bit of fun, before it turned out that he intentionally influenced a football betting market after that a bookmaker offered odds of 8-1 that he would eat a pastry. treat on camera.
As a result, Shaw was fined £ 375 and suspended for two months for breaking the FA’s betting rules.
The dirtiest FA Cup clash in history
Chelsea and Leeds met in the 1970 FA Cup final, a clash which was replayed after a 2-2 draw at Wembley.
What followed was one of the most brutal football games of all time and something more suited to UFC Octagon.
While only one yellow card was handed out that day, the clash was re-refereed twice by modern day officials, with David Elleray concluding in 1997 that he would have shown six red cards and Michael Oliver revealing that it would have given a stunning result. 11 when he oversaw the clash in 2020.
A fashion disaster
In 1996, Liverpool faced Manchester United in the final, a clash that will be remembered for those hideous suits.
The Liverpool players, who had been given the nickname ‘Spice Boys’, showed up for the match in cream suits and sunglasses, a fashion faux pas of epic proportions.
United goalkeeper Peter Schemeichel said: “It sounded silly and we all said ‘we can’t lose to a team wearing suits like this! “
And they didn’t because Eric Cantona knocked out their rivals from the Northwest with a memorable volley.
The broken neck of Bert Trautmann
Today’s footballers are often known to be gentle compared to those of yesteryear.
Bert Trautmann showed it in 1956 as the then Manchester City goalkeeper continued to play in the FA Cup final with Birmingham despite a broken neck.
It turned out that he had dislocated five vertebrae and was lucky to be alive, but that didn’t stop him from putting in a performance that won the trophy for City and got legendary status for arguably the toughest footballer of all time.
Louie Barry calls for the return of Fabinho’s jersey
Aston Villa appointed a young side to face Liverpool in the FA Cup in January 2021, Louie Barry finding the net in a spirited 4-1 loss to Jurgen Klopp.
As usual, Barry swapped shirts with Fabinho after the game in remembrance of his battle with the Brazilian star, before a Villa coach said he might want to keep his own shirt after an impressive debut.
Instead of describing his mistake, the young midfielder chased Fabinho down the tunnel asking him to get his Villa shirt back, leading to the Liverpool man giving him both shirts to take home.
When Willie Young stopped Paul Allen in his tracks at Wembley in 1980, authorities acted quickly.
The Arsenal defender cynically stumbled upon the 17-year-old West Ham – then the youngest player to make an FA Cup final – at the edge of the box as he ran towards goal.
Referee George Courtney could only book Young and award West Ham a free kick.
Almost two years later, but as a direct result of this challenge, back-to-back red cards have been introduced for professional fouls.
This did not affect the outcome of the game, with the Second Division Hammers (now the Championship) winning 1-0.