Success in the league may have eluded Leeds in recent years but since our time out of the top flight there have been some memorable escapades in the FA Cup. We’ve played some of the biggest teams from Premiership home and away, Manchester United, Spurs, Arsenal, Liverpool and what’s more we’ve beaten them too. They have reminded us of our days at the top of English football, of a packed Elland Road and taking 9,000 fans away. Days which may be set to return should we remain at the top of the Championship table. Here are just a few moments from the FA Cup over the last few years including that famous January 3rd but what is your favourite?
Leeds 2, Tottenham 1 - FA Cup 4th Round 2013
Spurs were fourth round visitors to Elland Road in 2013 and Leeds sent them crashing out of the FA Cup. Some poor defending from Spurs saw Luke Varney break away down the left on 15 minutes and coolly finish past Brad Friedel to give Leeds a one nil lead. The 50th minute saw another Leeds player break free from the Spurs defence. This time Ross McCormack who checked his run in the area to beat the defender before curling a left footed shot home to double Leeds’ lead. Clint Dempsey got a goal back for the Londoners soon after but they failed to chalk up another and Leeds went through to the fifth round.
Arsenal 1, Leeds United 1 - FA Cup 3rd Round 2011
Leeds took 9,000 fans away to the Emirates back in 2011 to watch Leeds play Arsenal in the third round of the FA Cup, and we very nearly won. Arsenal were undoubtedly on top but when Denilson brought down Max Gradel in the box ten minutes into the second half Leeds had a chance to take the lead. Robert Snodgrass stepped up and slotted the ball home from the spot to give Leeds the lead. Luciano Becchio nearly doubled the lead but a 90th minute Cesc Fabregas penalty took the game to a replay. Leeds lost the replay 3-1 despite a 37th minute screamer from Bradley Johnson.
Manchester United 0, Leeds United 1 - FA Cup 3rd Round 2010
January 3rd remember the date… Probably the most famous of Leeds United’s recent ‘giant killing’ escapades. Manchester United hadn’t lost in the 3rd round or been knocked out of the FA Cup by a team in a lower division under Alex Ferguson's reign. This day was the day Jermaine Beckford broke their hearts. A Jonny Howson long ball from well within his own half found Beckford, his first touch took the ball away from him but he was quick enough to get there before Wes Brown, a left foot touch took the ball through Brown’s legs and past Kuszczak, the ball trickling almost in slow motion towards the goal before nestling in the right hand side on the net. Leeds, one nil! Just to round things off Richard Naylor kicked Wayne Rooney up in the air, a good day all round.
January 3rd, Remember the Date