The Giant Killers

Every F A cup slaying since 1888




Coventry City 2-1 Stoke City

Third round: Saturday January 6th 2018

Attendance: 14,199


Scorers: {Coventry} Jordan Willis {24}, Jack Grimmer {68}: {Stoke} Charlie Adam {54-Pen}


Ranked at the time: 124

Coventry City were at their lowest ebb for over half a century, having sunk into the Football League's basement for the first time since 1959 the previous spring. Much like that one and only season in the old Division Four, the Skyblues were on course for promotion when they won through two early cup rounds against Non-League opponents to an aggregate score of 5-0. 

The draw for the third round paired them with struggling Premier League Stoke City, who would arrive at the Ricoh Arena in the relegation zone. An additional twist to the tail was that managers, Mark Robins of Coventry and Mark Hughes of Stoke both scored the goals in a Manchester United FA cup tie against Nottingham Forest twenty-seven years earlier, that had gone down in folklore as the result that saved Alex Ferguson's job before going on to turn United into the biggest club in the land. Now, Hughes faced the very real possibility of dismissal if his misfiring Premier League side slipped up. 

Here's what happened

Twenty-nine time Stoke aimed at the Coventry goal but only managed to get six efforts of target and although that bettered Coventry's four, the home side buried half of the opportunities that came their way. The majority of those Stoke efforts came in the late surge of desperation when tired legs saw Coventry deeply on the back foot. 

Unsurprisingly, Mark Hughes was asked to clear his desk the following day as the Stoke board were left to concentrate on staying in the Premier League. Coventry awaited the fourth round draw.

Coventry: 13:Liam O'Brien, 2:Jack Grimmer, 4:Jordan Willis, 12:Tom Davies, 17:Jordan Maguire-Drew {replaced by 31:Ben Stevenson-63}, 30:Tom Bayliss, 8:Michael Doyle, 26:Jordan Shipley {Replaced by 24:Ryan Haynes-85}, 9:Maxime Biamou, 10:Marc McNulty. Manager:Mark Robins 

Stoke: 1:Jack Butland, 6:Kurt Zouma, 20:Geoff Cameron {Replaced by 25:Peter Crouch-52}, 5:Kevin Wimmer, 42:Thomas Edwards, 4:Joe Allen, 7:Stephen Ireland {Replaced by 10:Eric Maxim Choupo-Moting-73}, 16:Charlie Adam {Replaced by 22:Xherdan Shiqiri-75}, 32:Ramadam Sobhi, 9:Saido Berahino, 18:Mame Biram Diouf. Manager:Mark Hughes

Nottingham Forest 4-2 Arsenal

Third round: Sunday January 7th 2018

Attendance: 27.182

Scorers: {Forest} Eric Lichaj {20, 44}, 

Ranked at the time: 124


Forest: 43:Jordan Smith, 2:Eric Lichaj, 42:Joe Worrall {Sent off-89}, 4:Michael Mancienne, 6:Armand Traore, 24:David Vaughan, 11:Ben Osborn, 14:Matthew Cash {Replaced by 10:Barrie McKay-87}, 20:Kieran Dowell {Replaced by 5:Matt Mills-90+3}, 16:Zach Clough {Replaced by 34:Tyler Walker-56}, 17:Ben Brereton. Caretaker Manager: Gary Brazil

Arsenal: 13:David Ospina, 2:Matthieu Debuchy {Replaced by 32:Chuba Akpom-87}, 4:Per Mertesacjer, 16:Rob Holding, 30:Ainsley Maitland-Niles, 35:Mohamed El Neny, 69:Joe Willock {Replaced by 62:Eddie Nketiah-65}, 14:Theo Walcott, 17:Alex Iwobi, 61:Reiss Nelson, 23:Danny Welbeck. Manager:Arsene Wenger

Wigan Athletic 3-0 Bournemouth

Third round replay: Wednesday January 17th 2018

Attendance: 4,709

Scorers: Sam Morsy {9}, Dan Burn {73}, Callum Elder {76}

Ranked at the time: 221


Wigan: 23:Jamie Jones, 6:Max Power, 22:Cheyenne Dunkley, 14:Alex Bruce, 3:Callum Elder, 4:David Perkins, 5:Sam Morsy, 27:Ryan Colclough {Replaced by 33:Dan Burn-71}, 18:Gary Roberts {Replaced by 17:Michael Jacobs-86}, 11:Gavin Massey, 9:Will Grigg {Replaced by 24:Noel Hunt-51}. Manager:Paul Cook

Bournemouth: 1:Artur Boruc, 24:Ryan Frazer {Replaced by 22:Emerson Hyndman-78}, 3:Steve Cook, 42:Jack Simpson, 11:Charlie Daniels, 33:Connor Mahoney {Replaced by 33:Jordan Ibe-64}, 6:Andrew Surman {Replaced by 58:Kyle Taylor-87}, 8:Harry Arter, 7:Marc Pugh, 31:Lys Mousset, 9:Benik Afobe. Manager:Eddie Howe

Wigan Athletic 2-0 West Ham United

Fourth round: Saturday January 27th 2018

Attendance: 14,194

Scorers: Will Grigg {7, 62-pen}

Ranked at the time: 286


Wigan: 1:Christian Walton, 2:Nathan Byrne, 22:Cheyenne Dunkley, 33:Dan Burn,  3:Callum Elder {Replaced by 26:Reece James-86},  6:Max Power, 5:Sam Morsy, 11:Gavin Massey {Replaced by  27:Ryan Colclough-76}, 25:Nick Powell, 17:Michael Jacobs,  9:Will Grigg {Replaced by  18:Gary Roberts-88} Manager:Paul Cook

West Ham: 25:Joe Hart, 5:Pablo Zabaleta {Replaced by 18:Joao Mario-45}, 32:Reece Burke, 21:Angelo Ogbonna, 3:Aaron Cresswell, 22:Sam Byram, 33:Josh Cullen, 14:pedro Obiang {Replaced by 35:Reece Oxford-36}, 26:Arthur Masuaku {Sent Off-49}, 29:Antonio Martinez {Replaced by 23: Saed Haksabanovic-81}, 17:Javier Hernandez. Manager:David Moyes

 Wigan Athletic 1-0 Manchester City

Fifth round: Monday February 19th 2018

Attendance: 19,242

Scorer: Will Grigg {79}

Ranked at the time: 40

Wigan: 1:Christian Walton, 2:Nathan Byrne, 22:Cheyenne Dunkley, 33:Dan Burn,  3:Callum Elder {Replaced by  27:Ryan Colclough-77},  6:Max Power, 4:David Perkins, 25:Nick Powell {Replaced by 28:Ryan Fulton-27}, 18:Gary Roberts {Replaced by 17:Michael Jacobs-55}, 9:Will Grigg: Manager:Paul Cook

Manchester City: 1:Claudio Bravo, 3:Danilo, 5:John Stones, 14:Aymeric Laporte, 18:Fabian Delph {Sent off 45+2}, 8:Ilkay Gundogan, 25:Fernandinho, 25:David Silva {Replaced by 17:Kevin De Bruyne-65}, 20:Bernardo Silva, 21:Sergio Aguero, 19:Leroy Sane {Replaced by 2:Kyle Walker-half time}: Manager:Pep Guardiola