Julian Alsop West Ham

Snapshot | Alsop leads the celebrations

7th June 2020
Club

Julian Alsop punches the air in front of the travelling Jack Army after Swansea City stunned West Ham to take the lead in their FA Cup third-round clash at Upton Park on January 2, 1999.

Jason Smith was the goalscorer just past the hour mark, but the Swans would be denied victory late on thanks to a Julian Dicks' equaliser.

Victories over Millwall and Stoke in previous rounds had given John Hollins' side a chance to pit their wits against to-flight opposition.

The Swans, then in the Third Division of the Football League, were expected to be brushed aside by their more illustrious opponents, who included the likes of Neil Ruddock, Eyal Berkovic, Trevor Sinclair, John Hartson and Ian Wright in their starting line-up.

But after being backed by a vociferous travelling support, the visitors gave their hosts an almighty scare before going on to make FA Cup history just 10 days later by winning the replay 1-0 at the Vetch Field to become the first bottom tier side to knock a Premier League team out of the famous old competition.

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