It's the third round of the FA Cup this weekend and the big boys are about to enter the competition. It's that time of the footballing season when no matter what Paul Lambert might say the romance of the cup is supreme.

With this in mind let's take a look at the five biggest third round upsets of yesteryear.

Manchester United 0:0 Exeter City (2005)

You see, at least when you play away from home an upset can be comprehended. However, when non-league Exeter travelled to Old Trafford to play Alex Ferguson's Manchester United there should have been only one conceivable result. 

However Exeter pulled off the seemingly impossible. Despite being pinned back in their own half for almost the entire game they held Manchester United to a goalless draw.

Only in the FA Cup.

Burnley 1:0 Liverpool (2005)

2005 was a big year for shocks in the third round. First there was United's draw against Exeter and there was also Liverpool's defeat against Burnley. At the time this was an upset but it is with the benefit of hindsight that we can see that it was one of the greatest ever third round shocks.

This is the same Liverpool side that would then go on to win the European Cup against AC Milan and here they were losing to Burnley. Even more amazingly is this game features a truly hilarious spinning waltz own own goal from Liverpool's very own Djimi Traore.

Hereford Utd 2:1 Newcastle Utd (1972)

You've all seen the goal and if you haven't you'll get another chance to see it again this year because, this is the game that defines the FA Cup. It had everything.

It was a replay after a 2-2 draw at St James Park. The sides were David, non-league Hereford United, against Goliath, top flight title chasing Newcastle United. The commentary was from a young John Motson. The pitch looked like the no man's land in WW1. The Hereford right back, Roger Griffiths, played 80 minutes of football with a broken leg.

The scores were level at 1-1 when the Ronnie Ratford played a one-two with the forward. He gets the ball back and leathers it right into the top corner from 35 maybe 40 maybe 45 yards out. Cue the pitch invasion.

Sutton United 2:1 Coventry City (1989)

Non-league Sutton Utd hosted Coventry City who won the cup two years before and are fielding eight of the same players who lift the trophy. After going behind Coventry pulled the game back to a goal a piece and are favourites to go onto win.

In the FA Cup though things don't always go the way of the big boys. Sutton won a corner and take it short. The ball was fizzed into the box right down the Sky Blue's goalkeeper Steve Ogrizovic's throat. Ogrizovic's should have caught it.

Instead like goalkeepers of the modern day he flapped at it missing the ball completely allowing Matthew Hanlon to nod the ball into the empty net.

To underline just how big a shock this was in the next round Sutton had eight goals put past them by Norwich.

Wrexham 2:1 Arsenal (1992)

Arsenal went into this game second in the top division and fielded a side that included genuine Arsenal legends such as David Seaman, Tony Adams, Alan Smith, Nigel Winterburn, Paul Merson and Lee Dixon. Wrexham by contrast were rock bottom of the football league.

For much of the game Arsenal played just as you would expect dominating the game, creating numerous chances. For a while it looked like the Gunners weren't going to score but then Merson broke to the byline and cut the ball back for Alan Smith to slot the ball home.

This was the George Graham era and it looked like it was going to be another '1-0 to the Arsenal' scoreline. With eight minutes to go however everything changed. Welsh legend Mickey Thomas drilled a free-kick beyond Seaman into the top corner. Not content with a reply Wrexham humped the ball into the box where it dropped at the feet of Steve Watkins who bundled the winner home.

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