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14 January 2016

The Saddlers' greatest-ever result...

The 14th January 1933 will forever be remembered as the day when Walsall recorded the greatest FA Cup upset of all time.

It is exactly 83 years since the Saddlers' remarkable 2-0 victory over Herbert Chapman's Arsenal - a result that sent shockwaves through the football world.

Over 11,000 supporters packed into Fellows Park to witness this historic third-round tie.

Walsall, in the lower realms of Division Three Northern Section, were huge underdogs against a formidable Arsenal side regarded as the best in the land.

A handsome Gunners victory seemed inevitable.

But the Saddlers clearly hadn’t read the script, as second-half goals from Gilbert Alsop and Bill Sheppard secured an improbable, but deserved win.

Arsenal were crowned English league champions later that season – making the result even more astonishing.

It remains the greatest-ever victory in Walsall’s 128-year history.

Walsall:Cunningham, Bennett, Bird, Reed, Leslie, Salt, Coward, Ball, Alsop, Sheppard, Lee.
Arsenal: Moss, Male, Black, Hill, Roberts, Sidley, Warnes, Jack, Walsh, James, Bastin.

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