The magic of the FA Cup is alive and kicking for AB1GK family. It was an eventful weekend for our goalkeepers, but not many enjoyed the night the way Chris Maxwell did. After testing positive for COVID-19 the Blackpool captain missed two matches over the New Year period, but he returned on time to become a hero of the cup. Chris saved three penalties in the shootout victory over the Premier League side West Bromwich Albion, creating one of the biggest upsets of the third round of the FA cup.
Matt Urwin was between the sticks for his Chorley FC in another great upset of the weekend. Sixth-tier side hosted Derby County and knocked them out of the competition after winning 2-0. The 138-year-old club from a small town in England’s northwest is among the last 32 of the world’s oldest competition – that began with 368 teams this season – for the first time.
Asmir Begović was on the bench in Bournemouth 4-1 win over Oldham. The same scoreline was at Adams Park where Ryan Allsop’s Wycombe Wanderers knocked out Preston North End.
While the most clubs were involved into the FA Cup action, George Long and his Hull City visited Sunderland in League One. A 13th-minute goal from Reece Burke gave the Tigers an early lead, but that was nulled eight minutes later when Aiden McGeady scored.