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The Biggest FA Cup Shock in Football History?

by Rich Lewry |

There's nothing we like more than cup upset at and last Saturday's FA Cup fourth round ties did not let us down!  The fact that 4 of the top 6 Premier League teams were knocked out on the same day is unheard of.  The fact that the top 2 Premiership giants, backed by their foreign billions, were both beaten by teams in lower leagues is astounding!  The last time the current top two teams in the top-flight exited the FA Cup on the same day was on 6 January 1951. Add to that one of those teams, Bradford City, conceding 2 early goals at Stamford Bridge, and the final outcome is almost impossible to believe.  Yet on Saturday 24th January 2015 this exactly what unfolded before our eyes...

6000 excited Bantams fans made the long trek from West Yorkshire down to the capital, I suspect as much a for a fun day out than anything else.  Not even the most die-hard Bantam could admit that they expected to still be in the competition come 5pm, but boy were they in for a treat!   

Even the "special one", Jose Mourinho stated before the game that being knocked out of the cup at home to Bradford would be a "disgrace".  His confidence is understandable given Chelsea have not lost at home this season and a Mourinho team have never shipped 4 goals at home!  However, these words that would later come back to haunt him.

Things all started according to script well enough after Petr Cech made a "worldly" save to deny Andrew Davies' diving header.  Gary Cahill neatly flicked in an Oscar corner on 21 mins before Ramires started and completed a lovely passing move to make it 2-0 coming up to half time.  Just before the break however, Bradford gave themsleves hope as Jon Stead blasted home from the edge of the box in to the top corner of the net.  So half time and 2-1 to the Blues...

Chelsea huffed and puffed as you expect in the 2nd half but failed to turn their superior possession in to goals as Bradford defended for their lives.  In fact it was Bradford who made the next breakthrough. Philipe Morais, released by Mourinho as a Chelsea youngster, capitalised on a goal mouth scramble to put the ball in to an empty net to bring the scored level again with only 15 mins left on the clock....could they hold on for a replay?!

You bet they could! On 82 minutes Jon Stead cut the ball back to Andrew Halliday who produced a calm finish from outside the box.  Stamford Bridge was stunned, except for the jubilant Bradford City players and fans who could barely believe what was unfolding before their eyes. The last thing they wanted was 7 minutes of injury time...surely the top team in the country would rescue themselves against their League One counterparts.  

Sure enough there was an injury time goal but against all the odds it was yet another for Bradford, and what a goal it was too!  Intricate passing between Stead and substitute Yeates put the latter clean through against Cech to deftly slot the ball in to the far corner - a move right out of the Chelsea tippy tappy handbook. Cue scenes of complete shock all round the stadium.  There can be no doubt that Bradford thoroughly deserved their victory and it will be one that lives in the memory forever.  

Hit the images below to see more details of our Bradford City gifts created especially to celebrate this stunning victory...

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