FA Cup 3rd Round: 7 of the Most Lopsided Ties in Recent Seasons
Across the world, the FA Cup is famed for its upsets—and rightly so. Each season, minnows from the lower reaches of English football have a chance to slay giants as they take on clubs from the top tier.
You've heard all the stories. That's the magic of the FA Cup, after all. But what about when the opposite happens? For all the upsets it produces, the world's oldest cup competition also serves up a few blowouts each year.
Today at Bleacher Report, we're rounding up some of the most one-sided scorelines in recent FA Cup history.
The criteria are simple: For our slideshow, we've looked for any lopsided results from recent years of the FA Cup third round featuring one team from the top tier and the other from a lower division.
Did we miss any? Let us know in the comments.
West Brom 7-0 Gateshead
When: Jan. 3, 2015
Where: The Hawthorns
Remember when Saido Berahino played football regularly? He was rather good, as it turns out. The striker, then aged 21, scored four times in this third-round tie as West Bromwich Albion obliterated non-league Gateshead 7-0.
You wouldn't know it from the final scoreline, but West Brom needed 42 minutes to make the breakthrough. Berahino obliged, firing the Baggies ahead following a scramble in Gateshead's box.
Victor Anichebe added another just before halftime, with Berahino completing his hat-trick with two more strikes early in the second half.
Chris Brunt and James Morrison also scored in the second half for West Brom, who advanced to the last eight before losing to eventual finalists Aston Villa.
Tranmere 2-6 Swansea
When: Jan. 3, 2015
Where: Prenton Park
Tranmere Rovers had knocked out non-league Bristol Rovers and fellow fourth-tier side Oxford United before drawing Swansea City in the third round of the 2014-15 season. Not surprisingly, their run ended against the Premier League club.
Five different players scored for Swansea, who led 3-0 in the second half before the superbly named Max Power pulled a goal back for Tranmere. Bafetimbi Gomis then hit a late brace to underline the Swans' superiority.
Swansea's run ended in the next round with a 3-1 loss at Championship side Blackburn Rovers.
Manchester City 5-0 Blackburn Rovers
When: Jan. 15, 2014
Where: Etihad Stadium
Blackburn Rovers held mighty Manchester City to a 1-1 draw in the original third-round tie between the teams in 2013-14, but City waltzed the replay, scoring four times in the second half to win 5-0.
Alvaro Negredo, playing his lone season with the Sky Blues, netted either side of the break to give City a commanding lead before Edin Dzeko notched a brace of his own and Sergio Aguero completed the beating.
Negredo would score just two more goals for City before going out on loan the following season. He then joined Valencia permanently in 2015.
City's Cup run ended in disappointment with a 2-1 loss to second-tier Wigan Athletic in the sixth round. The same two teams had met in the 2013 final, with the Latics completing a 1-0 upset victory.
Everton 4-0 QPR
When: Jan. 4, 2014
Where: Goodison Park
Queens Park Rangers would earn promotion to the Premier League at the end of the 2013-14 season, but their FA Cup run came to an abrupt end against Everton at Goodison Park.
Ross Barkley and Nikica Jelavic scored in the first half to put the Toffees ahead of their visitors from the Championship.
Jelavic bagged his second in the 67th minute before Seamus Coleman completed the rout 15 minutes from time with Everton's fourth.
The Toffees advanced to the sixth round before losing 4-1 at eventual winners Arsenal.
Cheltenham Town 1-5 Everton
When: Jan. 7, 2013
Where: Whaddon Road
In his final season on Merseyside before he took the reins for that ill-fated stint at Manchester United, David Moyes led Everton to the sixth round of the FA Cup and a respectable sixth-place Premier League finish in 2012-13. The Cup run included an efficient 5-1 dismantling of fourth-tier Cheltenham Town in the third round.
Nikica Jelavic opened the scoring in the 12th minute and Leighton Baines doubled the lead with a penalty nine minutes later. Leon Osman, Seamus Coleman and Marouane Fellaini found the net in the second half, with Russell Penn notching a consolation for the hosts.
"When you are manager there is always a bit of pressure not to lose," Moyes told BBC Sport with a remark that now feels almost prescient. "There is always an expectancy to win with these games and thankfully we did."
Chelsea 4-0 Portsmouth
When: Jan. 8, 2012
Where: Stamford Bridge
The 2011-12 FA Cup ended with the unlikely name of Jermaine Beckford (then of Leicester City) as top scorer. Less surprising was the identity of the Cup winners, Chelsea, who easily saw off second-tier Portsmouth 4-0 in the third round that season.
All four goals came in the second half, via Juan Mata, Ramires (two) and Frank Lampard. Manager Andre Villas-Boas lasted just two more months before being sacked and replaced with Roberto Di Matteo, who led the Blues to both the FA Cup and UEFA Champions League titles.
At the same stage, eventual finalists Liverpool beat Oldham Athletic 5-1 at Anfield. The hosts overcame an early deficit, with five different players finding the back of the net.
Chelsea 7-0 Ipswich
When: Jan. 9, 2011
Where: Stamford Bridge
Just 21 at the time and still with Chelsea, Daniel Sturridge showed some of his potential by scoring either side of halftime for the Blues, who also got a second-half brace from Frank Lampard.
Salomon Kalou and Nicolas Anelka also netted for the Blues, with Ipswich's Carlos Edwards also turning the ball into his own net.
Chelsea lasted just one more round, bowing out to Everton on penalties a month later following a draw in a replay.