FA Cup: Fifth Round Classics


This weekend sees the resumption of the world's oldest cup competition, which without the two Manchester clubs is wide open at the fifth round stage.

With the last eight in sight, the fifth round has tended to produce some of the competitions greatest ever ties. If the third round is all about shocks, then the fifth is definitely about excitement.

Without wanting to jinx this weekend's fixtures, GMF have decided to look at five of the best fixtures in years gone by.

Everton 4-4 Liverpool
Goodison Park
February 21, 1991

Arguably the most memorable Merseyside derby in history, and a draw which took the tie to a second replay. Peter Beardsley scored twice for the Reds to put them 4-2 ahead, but Tony Cottee's brace drew the Toffees level.

Barnsley 3-2 Manchester United
February 25, 1998

After being robbed at Old Trafford, Barnsley set out looking for revenge over the then Premier League champions, and they hit the jackpot. John Hendrie flicked the hosts ahead, before two Scott Jones goals sandwiched Teddy Sheringham's deflected strike, while Andy Cole's late goal only worked as a consolation.

Aston Villa 3-2 Leeds United
Villa Park
January 30, 2000

High flying Leeds were overwhelmed by a Villa wave in the fifth round, on their way to the final. Ian Harte and a brilliant Erik Bakke header twice put Leeds ahead, before Benito Carbone, who had already leveled once, struck brilliantly from range before heading in the winner.

Tranmere Rovers 4-3 Southampton
Prenton Park
February 20, 2001

Remembered as one of the greatest comeback in FA Cup history, Tranmere shocked Premier League Southampton. Hassan Kachloul hit the first, set up Jo Tessem for the second, while Dean Richards bundled in a third. But the second half belonged to John Aldridge's men as Paul Rideout, an FA Cup winner with Everton six years previous, hit a hat-trick before Stuart Barlow poked home the winner.

Arsenal 2-1 Chelsea
February 15, 2004

A day that was too few and far between for Jose Antonio Reyes during his brief Arsenal career, as he struck his first two goals for the club against Chelsea. The Blues hit the front through Adrian Mutu, but Reyes' brilliant equaliser and tap in either side of the hour mark sent the Gunners through.

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