The FA Cup - Leeds United, from giant killers to giants?
05 Jan 2021 08:10 pm, by YorkshireSquare
The league makes way for the FA Cup this weekend and for the first time in a long time Leeds United were one of the top flight teams in the draw having . The Whites will travel to Broadfield Stadium to take on League Two Crawley Town and will be considered the ‘giants’ of the fixture. Our record in the cup has been nothing to write home about over the past sixteen years, second round defeat to Histon in November 2008 and a third round exist to Newport County in January 2018 the notable lowpoints. But it’s not all been doom and gloom, there have been the odd ocations where Leeds have been the ‘giant killers’ themselves.
During our spell out of the top flight Leeds played some of the biggest teams from the Premier League home and away, Manchester United, Spurs, Arsenal, Liverpool and what’s more we beat them too. Here are just a few moments from the FA Cup over the last few years including that famous match on January 3rd 2010, 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.
Under Marcelo Bielsa can we finally put Histon behind us and become giants of the FA Cup? On track to survive in the Premier League could the FA Cup be a real chance for Leeds United to progress?