Football: Forty years ago today: Giant killers Harlow Town beat Leicester City in FA Cup

FA Cup Third Round Replay

Harlow Town 1 v 0 Leicester City

THE GAME has gone down in Harlow’s history as one of its great days. Close to 10,000 fans packed into the Sportscentre to see the team pull off a stunning victory against a Leicester side with household names.

A teenage Gary Lineker remembers the game all too clearly. He had only played a handful of games for the Foxes. He wasn’t feeling great but you try telling that to his Scottish manager, Jock Wallace.

In history there are only a handful of great FA Cup runs that people remember. Leatherhead, Hereford, Blyth Spartans, Sutton United and Harlow Town.

For the players, it must have been like the Rhinestone Cowboy. One minute, you are playing in front of 150 people away at Epping or Grays Ath, the next you are “Getting cards and letters from people I don’t even know”.

Again, we have been to the Harlow library archive to find the match reports from the Harlow Gazette and Citizen. The reports are by Martin Penney and Chris Carter.

Click on report to make larger.

We have also included an audio interview with Fred Flack, who played Centre Half.

We plan pieces on the aftermath of the victory and the match against Watford.

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