8 genuinely brilliant FA Cup replays that proved they're not always chores

Ryan Giggs, Arsenal, 1999 FA Cup semi-final

Manchester City and Huddersfield go toe-to-toe again for a place in the quarter-finals on Wednesday night. Jon Spurling rummaged through the archives to find some ripsnorting repeats

1. Tottenham 3-4 Man City (Feb 4, 2004)

In 2004, both Tottenham and Manchester City were the flakiest of outfits. In this fourth-round replay, Spurs charged into a 3-0 half-time lead and City's bad boy midfielder Joey Barton was dismissed at the interval for behaving like... well, Joey Barton. Hordes of City fans headed for the exits.

‘I’m speechless,’ admitted Kevin Keegan

But in the second half, 10-man City launched an epic comeback. Sylvain Distin reduced the arrears on 48 minutes, then Paul Bosvelt struck No.2 with a deflected effort 20 minutes later.

With 10 left, a marauding Shaun Wright-Phillips pulled City level at 3-3, before substitute John Macken headed home a dramatic winner for Kevin Keegan's men seconds from time.

As the jubilant City team celebrated with the supporters who'd stuck around, Tottenham fans disappeared sharpish into the north London night. "I'm speechless," admitted Kevin Keegan, possibly for the first time ever.

2. Leyton Orient 8-2 Droylsden (Dec 7, 2010)

In possibly the most insane FA Cup replay ever, four players were sent off, eight others cautioned, and Leyton Orient’s Jonathan Tehoue and Scott McGleish both hit hat-tricks as the Brisbane Road side stormed back to end Conference North side Droylsden's FA Cup dreams, having initially drawn 1-1.

A second-round giant killing appeared to be on the cards when the Bloods struck twice through goals from Ciaran Kilheeney and Alex Brown

A second-round giant-killing appeared to be on the cards when the Bloods struck twice through goals from Ciaran Kilheeney and Alex Brown, and Orient's Terrell Forbes was sent off. That all happened within 54 minutes, and it was how things stayed until the 77th.

Orient netted twice before the final whistle to force the match into extra-time, however, and after Droylsden’s Les Roche was sent off (following the 89th-minute red for Orient's Ben Chorley), the visitors imploded. Tehoue added two more goals and McGleish three as the hosts ran riot to emerge 8-2 winners.

3. Hereford 2-1 Newcastle (Feb 5, 1972)

The match which launched John Motson's career, and sparked the most celebrated pitch invasion in FA Cup history, was a third-round replay eventually played on the Saturday of the fourth round.

Hereford had to wait more than three weeks to bring their Division One opponents back to Edgar Street for the replay

Following a 2-2 thriller at St James' Park and some horrendous weather, non-league side Hereford United had to wait more than three weeks to bring their Division One opponents back to Edgar Street for the replay.

Malcolm Macdonald's towering header appeared to have won it for Newcastle, but Ronnie Radford's unfathomably good 35-yard screamer in the mud tied up the scores at 1-1. Substitute Ricky George then netted an extra-time winner in what remains arguably the most famous and evocative upset in the competition's history.