FA Cup giant-killings – Four of the competition’s greatest upsets ahead of third round

The FA Cup third round gets underway this weekend, with lower-tier clubs across the country dreaming of sparking major upsets.

Premier League champions Manchester City will hope to avoid embarrassment when they host League Two outfit Port Vale, while League One’s Gillingham will aim to claim a big scalp when West Ham visit Priestfield Stadium.

Elsewhere, League Two’s Carlisle are taking on Championship side Cardiff, Tottenham go away to second-tier Middlesbrough and Watford host League One representatives Tranmere.

But what are the greatest FA Cup upsets of all time? Starsport have taken a look at four of the best…

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Wrexham 2-1 Arsenal (Third Round)

When reigning First Division champions Arsenal pulled out Fourth Division side Wrexham in the 1992 third round, not many predicted anything other than a comprehensive victory for the former.

Alan Smith followed the script and got the Gunners off to a flyer, breaking the deadlock at the Racecourse Ground two minutes before half-time by tucking home Paul Merson’s cross.

Steve Watkin scored the winner for Fourth Division Wrexham against Arsenal in 1992
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What followed was one of the greatest upsets in FA Cup history, with former Manchester United full-back Mickey Thomas firing in a stunning free-kick to draw the hosts level in the 82nd minute.

And two minutes later, Steve Watkin converted past David Seaman to hand Wrexham one of their most famous victories.

Shrewsbury 2-1 Everton (Third Round)

Shrewsbury were seventh from bottom of the Third Division when they took on fifth-place Premiership outfit Everton in the 2003 third round – but that didn’t stop them pulling off the most sensational of upsets.

Shrewsbury’s Nigel Jemson scored twice to knock Everton out in 2003
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With former Toffees captain Kevin Ratcliffe in charge, the Shrews took the lead when Nigel Jemson…