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Burton 1-6 Leicester: the FA Cup tie that was replayed after a fan injured a player

Gary Lineker thought his hat-trick had settled the tie but Burton’s goalkeeper had been injured by a missile thrown from the crowd so the FA called for a replay

By Steven Pye for That 1980s Sports Blog, part of the Guardian Sport Network

When Burton Albion of the Northern Premier League were drawn against Division One side Leicester City in the third round of the FA Cup in 1985, it appeared to be a romantic tie: a David v Goliath clash that the part-timers of Burton in the spotlight and in the hunt for an upset. It had all of the ingredients required for a third round classic but, sadly, the tie ended up making headlines for different reasons.

Neil Warnock’s Burton team took hope from the memory of Leicester’s surprising defeat to Harlow Town in the Cup in 1980. Leicester had drawn with the Athenian Premier League side at Filbert Street, before suffering a 1-0 defeat in the replay. Leicester defender Tommy Williams had played in that tie did not want to suffer another embarrassment against Burton. “We realise we are on a hiding to nothing,” said Williams. “We were terrible that night at Harlow and it would have been no injustice if they had won by three or four clear goals. So some of us know what to expect. That’s why we are going out against Burton determined not to let it happen again.”

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