“Bayern beat Stuttgart 4-0 last weekend, even though a man was sent off 0-0.” Tweets Dan Almond. “What is the biggest win for a team that has been reduced to 10 men? And what’s the biggest deficit 10 men overcome to win? “
We couldn’t beat Bayern’s 4-0 win, but there are still plenty of notable examples of overcoming 11 by 10 men. Let’s start in April 2006 on Stamford Bridge. The front runners and champions Chelsea had previously lost five points in three games and were in danger of being caught by Manchester United. They had even more problems when they sent Maniche off after missing a goal. The response was great. With Didier Drogba in his most unplayable form, the 10 men of Chelsea beat West Ham 4-1 and won the title at a gallop.
There are two more comebacks that immediately spring to mind. Yugoslavia were 3-0 down against Slovenia at Euro 2000 when Sinisa Mihajlovic was sent off. A fairytale win for Slovenia, playing their first game in a major tournament, seemed inevitable. Maybe that was the problem: when Yugoslavia got one back, Slovenia panicked and the game ended in a throbbing 3-3 draw.
The Nottingham Forest players had another reason to throw away a lead over 10-man Newcastle in the 1974 FA Cup quarter-finals. Forest was 3-1 in St. James’ Park when a local supporter decided to start a riot, as detailed in this contemporary Guardian report:
It took only a spark to trigger flammable emotions, and a bald, middle-aged pugilist made sure of it. His stomach was exposed, his shirt flew, this heavy fighter with bare knuckles made his arms beat like a windmill, and it took at least five police officers to cool his excitement and pin him to the muddy lawn. But the damage had been done and the crowd sped down the field to the end of Gallowgate.
There were 39 arrests and 25 people were hospitalized, two with broken skulls. Forest’s Dave Serella was slapped in the face. The players were taken off the field; When the game restarted, Forest gave up a 4-3 defeat. The FA eventually ordered the game to be played again, although Newcastle went through it anyway.
Yes, yes, we will have another FA Cup draw soon enough. But first we make a detour via Italy. One of the most surprising results of the Serie A golden age was in April 1997 when Udinese beat the European champions 3-0 in Turin. Udinese were an excellent team and finished third that season, but it was still an amazing result – not least because Régisgenaux was sent 0-0 after three minutes. Juventus also missed two penalties.
We saved the best for last, one of the wildest FA Cup games of all. “A famous example was Tottenham against Manchester City in the 2003/04 FA Cup,” wrote Mike Devlin. “Spurs had taken a 3-0 lead at halftime and when the players left the field, Joey Barton received a second yellow and was sent off. Fast forward 45 minutes and City won 4-3. “City Manager Kevin Keegan called it” the cup game of my life “. As for his gloomy counterpart David Pleat: “We have failed and the supporters will be disappointed.”
Jon Macken makes his way home to complete City’s comeback in February 2004. Photo: Max Nash / AP
“I’m sure many years ago when Saturday Comes claimed a Scottish sub-team ran onto the pitch to the sound of Talking Heads’ Road to Nowhere.” Tweets John Tumbridge. “Is that true, who was it? Are there any other strange examples? “
We can’t find any evidence of talking heads booming from the PA systems of Scottish clubs, but given that David Byrne was born in Dumbarton, chances are it was played at The Rock. Given the sons’ penchant for mid-table placements, this would be appropriate. Here is an answer to the second part of the question. “When Doncaster Rovers was in Belle Vue, whatever the outcome, the music at the end of the game was Mary Hopkins’ ‘Those were the days’ for many years,” writes Dave Newsome. “Unfortunately, it may often have been appropriate as a complaint for past successes. Even now that I hear the song, I trudge home through alleys under the glow of poorly positioned floodlights. “
The unfortunate final of the FA Cup 2016, four
“With Richie Wellens joining Kenny Jackett in the job center queue, are these the fastest two managers to be sacked after a cup final?” Jack Tanner wonders.
Fred Sullivan has a knack for it. “In May 2016, the managers of the two lost FA Cup semi-finalists – Watford’s Quique Sánchez Flores and Everton’s Roberto Martínez – lost their jobs along with Louis van Gaal, who led Manchester United to victory in the final. The only person who led a team in the semifinals this year to keep his job past the summer was Alan Pardew at the Palace, and he didn’t make it through Christmas. “
“I went through the records for my club, Sheffield Wednesday, and found that the record for the oldest goalscorer was held by goalkeeper Mark Crossley, who scored a header in added time in the 2006 3-3 draw with Southampton.” noted Andrew Worton back in 2017. “How many other clubs have a goal keeper record from their goalkeeper?”
Nathan Eaton took us back to a stormy St. Mary’s a few years ago. “My club, Stoke City, not only has a club record held by a goalkeeper, but also a world record in scoring. When Asmir Begovic scored the first goal in a 1-1 draw against Southampton in November 2013, his wind-assisted hit of 97.5 meters became the longest distance goal ever to be scored in a professional game, earning him an official Guinness world record. “
Tom Unwin got in touch to remind us of a Premier League legend’s performance at Goodison Park. “My thoughts immediately went to my beloved Aston villa. In October 2001, a 37-year-old Peter Schmeichel scored for Villa in Everton, although unfortunately his goal wasn’t as dramatic as Mark Crossley’s. That attempt was a last-minute consolation in a 3-2 defeat that makes him Aston Villa’s oldest goalscorer in my opinion. Upon further investigation, this goal broke another record: Schmeichel was also the first goalkeeper to score in the Premier League. “
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“Will the Republic of Ireland (42nd) lose to Luxembourg (98th), the biggest difference in the Fifa rankings for an international surprise?” asks Jon McGuckin.
George Best played in all 4 home countries (and 3 capitals) in just 9 days.
Sa 17/9/77 Fulham v Notts Co.
Wed 21/9/77 N Ireland versus Iceland
Sat 24/9/77 Cardiff v Fulham
Mon 26/977 St Mirren versus Fulham
Has any other player ever improved that?
– Magpie1320 (@ magpie1320) March 30, 2021
“The Seattle Sounders recently released a kit inspired by Jimi Hendrix,” writes Rashaad Jorden. “Have other clubs released kits that are inspired by or pay tribute to musicians?”
Formula 1 has a concept of “Pay Drivers” – drivers in F1 teams who not only drive for free, but also provide money or sponsorship for their teams.
Have you ever been “paid footballers” on top professional teams?
– Ben Janeson (@BenJaneson) March 30, 2021
“Beitar Jerusalem midfielder Yarden Shua has played 27 league games this season, although Beitar has only played 26 games,” said Simon Burnton. “He played two games for Maccabi Haifa before the Israeli League was suspended in September, but when he moved to the capital, Beitar had only played once. Has anyone previously played more games in a league season than there are games in a league season? “
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