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Yesterdays: Wednesday v Arsenal cup classic

6 January 2022

On this day 43 years ago, 6 January 1979, so began an incredible FA Cup third round marathon featuring the Third Division Owls and top-flight Arsenal.

With Jack Charlton's side firm underdogs, few would have predicted 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 a passage to round four but the drama dished up by the Owls and the Gunners surpassed any final.


The first game, played only because supporters helped ground staff clear the pitch of snow on the morning of the match, finished 1-1 at Hillsborough and so too did the replay at Highbury.

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

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

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 the history of the grand old competition.

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