By Simon Gray
The FA Cup Third Round is here and soon the 64 teams will become 32 and looking back over the past five years, there have been some giant killings.
Swindon Town 2-1 Wigan Athletic
League Two Swindon Town knocked out Premier League Wigan Athletic in a match that saw the Robins come from 1-0 down to win 2-1.
Callum McManaman put the Latics ahead but Alan Connell levelled soon after. Then with just under 15 minutes to go, substitute Paul Benson was in the right place at the right time to deflect Matt Ritchie’s effort past Ali Al-Habsi for Paulo Di Canio’s side.
It was the first time Swindon had reached the Fourth Round for 15 years but would go onto losing to Championship side Leicester City.
It was not all FA Cup heartbreak for Wigan though as they would go onto win the FA Cup the season after.
This year, Swindon lost to non-league Eastleigh in a First Round replay at the County Ground where as Wigan face Nottingham Forest this weekend.
Macclesfield Town 2-1 Cardiff City
Non-league Macclesfield Town came back from 1-0 down with five minutes to go to beat Championship leaders Cardiff City to reach the Fourth Round for the first time in their history.
Nat Jarvis had put the away side ahead but Matthew Barnes-Homer levelled in the 85th for the Conference side.
Barnes-Homer would then score from the penalty spot three minutes later to produce a truly special upset at Moss Rose.
Macclesfield would go onto lost to eventual FA Cup winners Wigan Athletic in the next round where as Cardiff would go onto win the Championship title.
This season, Macclesfield lost to Oxford United in a Second Round replay at the Kassam Stadium. Cardiff play Fulham in an all Championship affair.
Aston Villa 1-2 Sheffield United
Premier League Aston Villa were on the end of an upset when League One strugglers Sheffield United came to Villa Park.
Jamie Murphy put the Blades in front before Nicklas Helenius levelled for Villa.
Then with nine minutes remaining, Ryan Flynn won it for United with a spectacular finish.
Sheffield United would go onto steer clear of the League One relegation zone and would go onto upset the odds against Fulham, Nottingham Forest and Charlton before losing to Hull City in the Semi-Finals at Wembley.
This season, Sheffield United lost to their League One counterparts Bolton Wanderers in the Second Round. Aston Villa head to Premier League side Tottenham Hotspur.
QPR 0-3 Sheffield United
For the second time, Sheffield United feature in this list of upsets, this time beating another Premier League side, QPR.
The Blades travelled to West London looking for their fifth Premier League scalp in just two seasons and were on their way to doing so when Marc McNulty gave them a first half advantage.
Then early in the second half, Jamal Campbell-Ryce would capitalise on a defensive error to double their lead.
Then, in added time, Campbell-Ryce would complete an emphatic win and condemn QPR to another year in the FA Cup without progress further than the Third Round.
Sheffield United would go onto lose in the next round to Preston North End at Bramall Lane.
This year, QPR face Blackburn at Loftus Road in another all Championship affair.
Oxford United 3-2 Swansea City
Two goals from Kemar Roofe helped League Two Oxford stun Premier League Swansea in last season’s FA Cup Third Round.
The U’s fell behind after Jefferson Montero put the Swans in front before a Liam Sercombe penalty ensured the sides went in level at the break before two well taken goals by Roofe early in
the second half put Oxford 3-1 ahead.
Bafetimbi Gomis would bring the away side to within just one goal of their opponents but Oxford would survive and provide a huge shock.
Oxford would go onto lose to Championship side Blackburn in the next round.
This year, Oxford, who are now in League One, play Championship side Rotherham United away from home.
Swansea head to Hull City in an all Premier League tie.