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Yesterdays: The marathon men!

6 January 2015


It was 6 January 1979 and so began an unprecedented FA Cup third round marathon featuring the Third Division Owls and top-flight Arsenal.


With Wednesday firm underdogs, few would have predicted exactly what would unfold over the course of the next 12 days, during which the two teams met on no less than five occasions.

The prize may have been just a passage to round four but the drama dished up by the Owls and the Gunners matched that of any final.



The first game finished 1-1 at Hillsborough and so too did the first replay at Highbury.

Leicester’s Filbert Street was selected as the neutral ground for the next clash, which produced another stalemate, this time 2-2.

The teams returned to the Midlands for tie number four and the most enthralling of all as six strikes were shared in the freezing winter conditions.

Of course, something had to give, and it finally did on Monday 22 January when the Owls finally succumbed 2-0 to conclude one of the most amazing cup sagas in history.

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