By Andrew Dalton (@lufcstats)
It’s the first weekend of the new year which can only mean one thing – the FA Cup 3rd round.
The Whites renew their rivalry with Sunderland on Sunday, which has come to be defined by the 1973 FA Cup final, when Don Revie’s great Leeds side infamously lost to second division Sunderland.
Leeds United FA Cup facts and stats
Winners 1972 v Arsenal (1-0)
Runners up 1965 v Liverpool (1-2), 1970 v Chelsea (2-2) (1-2 replay), 1973 v Sunderland (0-1)
Hat trick heroes
Jermaine Beckford v Northampton Town A (5-2) November 17th 2008 – 1st Round replay
Allan Clarke v Norwich City Villa Park (5-0) January 29th 1973 – 3rd Round, 2nd replay
Allan Clarke (4) v Sutton United A (6-0) January 24th 1970 – 4th Round
Mick Jones v Swindon Town H (4-0) January 23d 1971 – 4th Round
Peter Lorimer v Bury H (6-0) January 22nd 1966 – 3rd Round
Russell Wainscoat v Crystal Palace H (8-1) January 11th 1930 – 3rd Round
Eugene O’Doherty v Boothtown H (5-2) September 11th 1920 – 1st Qualifying Round
Walter Butler v Leeds Steelworks A (7-0) September 25th 1920 – 2nd Qualifying Round
Cup Debut Men
In the last 50 years the following players have made their Leeds United debut in the FA Cup:
Tony Capaldi, Jonathan Webb, Malcolm Christie, Armando Sa, Tore Andre Flo, Tommy Knarvik, Matthew Jones, Denis Irwin and David Stewart.
Did you know?
Eirik Bakke scored his first goals for the Whites in the FA Cup in a 2-0 win over Port Vale in December 1999.
He also scored in every round in that season with a goal away at Manchester City in the fourth round and one away at Aston Villa in the fifth.
Another attacking midfielder in Adryan, who has impressed but not yet scored for Leeds, would do well to replicate his efforts on Sunday.
Eight other players have scored their first goals in this competition over the last 50 years. They are Lucas Radebe, Carlton Palmer, Tony Yeboah, Jamie Forrester, David White, Micky Adams, Paul Reaney and John McAdams.
Shoot outs and replays
We have only been involved in one penalty shoot in the FA Cup, losing 4-2 to Wigan in the 3rd round replay in 2005/06.
Before the days of penalty shoot outs introduced in 1991/92, replays were the only way to solve games.
Back in 1990/91 it took four games to separate Leeds and Arsenal in the 4th round of the competition.
After a 0-0 draw at Highbury, the sides then drew 1-1 at Elland Road 4 days later.
The Gunners won the toss to stage a second replay at Highbury which again finished goalless, before Arsenal went through 2-1 at Elland Road three days after that.