If miracles do happen in football- Leicester City, Denmark ’92, Greece ’04, then the result of Manchester United 0- York City 3 in the League Cup 2nd Round 1st leg must be pretty close. Sat in a hopeless 23rd in the 2nd Division (nowadays League 1) and with odds of 100-1 stacked against them, the minnows of York were on a hiding to nothing as they took on the Champions at Old Trafford. The home side fielded a blend of youth and experience, with dependable soldiers, Parker, Pallister and Irwin, supporting the promising youth of Beckham, Phil Neville; plus a more established Giggs. This was not a weak United side by any stretch of the imagination, which makes the Minstermen’s achievement more notable.
York dominated the match and took the lead through Paul Barnes’ 20 yard shot, which slipped through the grasp of stand-in keeper, Kevin Pilkington in the 24th minute. The second was was from the penalty spot by the same player, after he was shoved to the ground by the hapless Patrick McGibbon on his United debut. The third was scored by Tony Barras, as he beat Pilkington to a cross to nod in a third, two minutes later, sending the 5,000 travelling York fans into dreamland.
#Are you Scarborough in disguise?”#
In the return leg, York lost 3-1 to a full strength United side at Bootham Crescent, but still made it through the tie, 4-3 on aggregate. Their 3-0 win has gone down in history as one of the biggest cup giant killings ever.
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