The day Wrexham FC were Palace party-poopers and hit Charlton Athletic for six – LeaderLive

Posted: January 5, 2021 at 2:20 pm

JANUARY 4 will forever be etched in the memory of Wrexham fans - the famous FA Cup scalp of Arsenal - but the day after has been pretty good too.

The January 5 highlights kick off in 1974 at Selhurst Park where Mel Sutton and Dave Smallman scored in a 2-0 FA Cup third round win over Crystal Palace.

Smallman (pictured right) went on to score the winners in the next two rounds against Middlesbrough and Southampton as Wrexham reached the quarter finals for their first time in their history.

The next time they reached round three after that win in London was 1980 when another side from the capital, Charlton, headed to The Racecourse.

Mick Vinters hat-trick was the obvious highlight of a stunning 6-0 win but the game also produced another vintage Joey Jones moment.

Almost cut in two by a studs-up challenge from Derek Hales, Reds legend Jones was stretchered of to the chants of Oh Joey, Joey, Joey Joey, Joey, Joey, Joey Jones.

In excruciating pain he may have been, but he still lifted his famous fist salute to his adoring fans before disappearing down the tunnel.

Dixie McNeil added two more to his 22-goal FA Cup collection for The Reds with Ian Edwards netting the other.

The 1-1 draw with Reading in 1957 was memorable too. Bernard Evans scored the Reds goal at The Racecourse in front of 24,000 fans.

Ronnie Hewitt and John Anderson grabbed the goals in a 2-1 replay win at Elm Park to set up a fourth round clash at home to Manchester United - a tie that would attract The Racecourses biggest ever attendance - 34,445.

The Reds were hammered 4-1 at home by Blackpool in the third round of the 1946 competition while there were plenty of red faces around in 1966 after Chester spanked them 4-1 in the fifth round of the Welsh Cup at Sealand Road.

There was a 2-1 Football League Trophy win in 1999 where Neil Roberts scored both in a 2-1 victory at Hull while best league wins were against Barrow (5-0 in 1929) and a 4-0 thrashing of Swindon in 1985.

JANUARY 5 RECORD: P 14; W 6; D 3; L 5.


The day Wrexham FC were Palace party-poopers and hit Charlton Athletic for six - LeaderLive

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