Sutton United, victors of one of the all-time great FA Cup shocks when they beat top-flight Coventry City in 1989, can add the scalp of Championship side Leeds to their collection.
The U’s, currently 16th in the National League table, defeated Garry Monk’s heavily-rotated side 1-0 at Gander Green Lane on Sunday, 24 hours after Lincoln City from the same division) inflicted a similar shock on Brighton and Hove Albion.
The only goal of the game came just over five minutes into the second half, Jamie Collins converting from the spot after striker Roarie Deacon was brought down in the box. The misery for Leeds was compounded with less than ten minutes remaining when captain Liam Cooper saw red for a second bookable offence.
Paul Doswell’s men held out until the final whistle, and they have now qualified for the fifth round of the FA Cup for the first time in their history.
FT: Sutton United 1 Leeds United 0 #EmiratesFACup – wow, wow, Wow
— Sutton United FC (@suttonunited) January 29, 2017
— Leeds United (@LUFC) January 29, 2017
— BT Sport Football (@btsportfootball) January 29, 2017
FT Sutton Utd 1-0 Leeds Utd
Non-league Sutton are in #FACup dreamland!
— BBC Sport (@BBCSport) January 29, 2017
SUTTON KNOCK LEEDS OUT OF THE FA CUP!
— Paddy Power (@paddypower) January 29, 2017
Absolutely fair play to Sutton !!!!! Scenes. Scenes !
— Declan Wood (@decwood123) January 29, 2017
Absolute rubbish, to be completely fair. Sutton excellent. #lufc
— Phil Hay (@PhilHayYEP) January 29, 2017
— Sky Football ⚽️ (@SkyFootball) January 29, 2017
2 – Leeds United have lost to non-league opposition in the FA Cup for only the second time (also vs Histon in November 2008). Woe.
— OptaJoe (@OptaJoe) January 29, 2017
Sutton United celebrate…. pic.twitter.com/q4tyYjIUti
— Henry Winter (@henrywinter) January 29, 2017
Two non-league teams are in the fifth round of the FA Cup for the first time! Congratulations Lincoln City and Sutton United! ? pic.twitter.com/Cz9wPPxHCc
— FourFourTweet (@FourFourTweet) January 29, 2017
Sutton Utd boss Paul Doswell:
Works for free
Paid for their 3G pitch
Vapes on the sidelines
Through to the last 16 of FA Cup. Brilliant ?pic.twitter.com/pE1xBeWYm6
— BigSport (@BigSportGB) January 29, 2017
Sutton (and Lincoln) will now be eagerly awaiting Monday night’s draw – the prospect of playing one of Chelsea, Arsenal, Man City and (assuming they progress to the next round) Tottenham and Manchester United has become that bit more tangible.
Of course, they could still wind up playing against each other…