FA Cup 4th Round Wrap: Luton Shock Win; City, Everton, Arsenal All Through

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FA Cup 4th Round Wrap: Luton Shock Win; City, Everton, Arsenal All Through
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The FA Cup Fourth Round is where the action really begins. Here, Bleacher Report looks at all the Fourth Round FA Cup matches and highlights the key moments on one of the most important weekends of the football year.

Only 32 teams remain in the oldest and best club knockout competition in the world, and now is the time to make true statements of intent for the rest of the football year.

While this weekend saw the beginning of the business end of the competition, the FA Cup actually started all the way back on August 11. A whopping 758 clubs started out on the Road to Wembley in August, and some nine rounds later, we had just 32 as the fourth round began.

We've already had the first shock of the round with Championship side Millwall beating the Premier League's Aston Villa to advance to round five. So with 12 FA Cup fixtures slated for Saturday and a further three for Sunday, the prospect of further shocks was high.

The Saturday action kicked off early at the Britannia Stadium with Manchester City and Stoke City going into battle. This would be a game all about momentum, but with City having failed to beat the Potters in Stoke since 1999, it was bound to be a tight game.

Non-League Luton Town and Macclesfield Town took on Premiership opposition in the respective forms of Norwich City and Wigan Athletic with hope firmly in their hearts.

In a number of all-Championship ties, Derby County faced Blackburn Rovers while Hull City took on Barnsley and Huddersfield entertained Leicester City.

Elsewhere, Arsenal travelled to Brighton, Reading welcomed Sheffield United, the Milton Keynes Dons made the short trip to Loftus Road and Queens Park Rangers while Bolton entertained David Moyes' Everton.

The late-kickoff then saw Fulham make the long trip to Old Trafford where they have not won since 1963. With the Premier League title race heating up and an impending visit from Real Madrid on the horizon, Sir Alex Ferguson would be more than keen to avoid a shock defeat to Martin Jol's side.

But the question remained; Who would have the last laugh? Fergie or the returning Dimitar Berbatov?

As ever, there were a number of standout games, ranging from the all-Premier League ties, some veritable giant-killing missions and our non-league heroes crusading for fame, fortune and a place in football folklore history.

Read on to find out what happened...

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