Tuesday night’s 4-4 thriller between Liverpool and Arsenal was one of English football’s greatest games. Here, PA Sport’s Chris Burn takes a look at 10 other classics from down the years and across the divisions - including a Huddersfield Town classic from more that 50 years ago.
April 1996: Liverpool 4 Newcastle 3
Keegan’s swashbuckling Newcastle side headed to Anfield three points behind Man Utd and with a game in hand. Robbie Fowler opened the scoring after two minutes before Les Ferdinand and David Ginola gave Newcastle a slim half-time lead. Fowler prodded home an equaliser for Liverpool only for Faustino Asprilla to give the visitors the lead once again. But £8.5million signing (a Premiership record at the time) Stan Collymore broke Newcastle hearts with a 68th minute equaliser and a last minute winner. Keegan was left slumped against the advertising hoardings as the wheels began to fall off the Magpies’ title challenge.
February 1958: Arsenal 4 Manchester United 5
63,000 packed into Highbury for the visit of the Busby Babes. United produced a scintillating first half performance, sweeping into a 3-0 lead thanks to goals from Duncan Edwards, Bobby Charlton and Tommy Taylor. The game seemed as good as over but Arsenal came flying out of the blocks after half-time with a goal from David Herd and Jimmy Bloomfield’s double levelled the scores. United responded with two further goals of their own; a Dennis Viollet header and a second for Taylor. Derek Tapscott answered with a further goal for Arsenal but United managed to hold out for a famous 5-4 win. Tragically, it was the last time the Busby babes were to play on British soil - five days later eight of the team, including Taylor and Edwards, were to die in the Munich air disaster.
December 2007: Tottenham 6 Reading 4
Reading had already lost 7-4 to Portsmouth three months earlier before this pulsating game at White Hart Lane. Dimitar Berbatov opened the scoring after seven minutes before the Royals fought back to go in front through goals from Kalifa Cisse and Ivar Ingimarsson. Berbatov scored an equaliser before boyhood Spurs fan Dave Kitson restored Reading’s lead on 69 minutes, sparking a crazy 10-minute spell in which five goals were scored. Berbatov completed his hat-trick to equalise again in the 73rd minute but within 60 seconds Kitson had scored again to make it 4-3 to Reading. Steed Malbranque and Jermain Defoe then put Spurs 5-4 up before Berbatov added a sixth in the final 10 minutes.
December 1957: Charlton 7 Huddersfield 6
Forget Liverpool’s three goals in Istanbul, Charlton can surely lay claim to the greatest comeback of all time. With half an hour to go they were 5-1 down and had only 10 men on the pitch after centre-half Derek Ufton dislocated his shoulder. But journeyman winger Jimmy Summers was to produce the performance of his life. After scoring Charlton’s first, he set up their second before managing a six-minute hat-trick to turn the game around. With nine minutes to go Summers scored his fifth to put Charlton 6-5 up. Huddersfield , managed by Bill Shankly, forced an equaliser with four minutes left, but Summers was once again on hand, crossing over a perfect ball for John Ryan to head home with the last touch of the game.
September 1984: QPR 5 Newcastle 5
An extraordinary game on a plastic pitch at Loftus Road saw Newcastle race into a 4-0 half-time lead with a fantastic Chris Waddle hat-trick. But a furious team-talk from Rangers’ boss Alan Mullery produced an incredible response from the QPR players as they pulled off an unlikely draw. Gary Bannister got one back early in the second half before a Kenny Wharton own goal and a John Gregory finish made the score 3-4. Rangers pressed for an equaliser only for Wharton to score a fifth for Newcastle with six minutes to go. But QPR fought back with late goals from Steve Wicks and Gary Micklewhite securing an unlikely point.
April 1990: Crystal Palace 4 Liverpool 3
A classic FA Cup semi-final saw underdogs Palace take revenge on a Liverpool side that had thrashed them 9-0 earlier that season. Liverpool led at half-time through Ian Rush but Palace equalised early in the second half through Mark Bright. In the 70th minute Gary O’Reilly bundled the ball home to give the Eagles the lead but with eight minutes left Steve McMahon fired in an equaliser. A minute later John Barnes converted a penalty for Liverpool and the tie seemed over. But in a frenetic finale Andy Gray headed Palace back into the match to take the game into extra-time. Four minutes in and Alan Pardew headed what would prove to be the decisive goal, handing Palace a famous victory.
November 2004: Tottenham 4 Arsenal 5
The bitter north London rivals produced one of their most exciting encounters as the goals flew in at White Hart Lane. Noureddine Naybet volleyed Spurs ahead before goals from Thierry Henry, Lauren and Patrick Viera put Arsenal 3-1 up with an hour gone. A sweet strike from Jermain Defoe put Spurs back in the game before Freddie Ljungberg restored Arsenal’s two-goal cushion. Ledley King headed Spurs back into contention before Robert Pires scored a fifth for the Gunners. Freddie Kanoute clawed another back for Tottenham but they were unable to find another goal.
May 1953: Blackpool 4 Bolton 3
In the game popularly known as the ’Matthews final’ it was actually Stan Mortensen who scored a match-winning hat-trick. Bolton went ahead through Nat Lofthouse after only a minute but Mortensen levelled the scores 10 minutes before half-time. Bolton scored two either side of half-time before Blackpool, inspired by the trickery and guile of 38-year-old Stanley Matthews, began a comeback. They pulled back a goal when Matthews’ cross was converted by Mortensen, who then slammed home an equaliser from a free-kick with a minute remaining. With time running out Matthews swept forward one final time before pulling the ball back to Bill Perry, who fired in a famous winner.
May 1998: Charlton 4 Sunderland 4 (Charlton win 7-6 on penalties)
Boyhood Sunderland fan Clive Mendonca broke Mackem hearts with a hat-trick for Charlton in the Division One play-off final. Mendonca opened the scoring at Wembley before Niall Quinn and Kevin Phillips put the Wearsiders into the lead. Mendonca equalised on 71 minutes only for Quinn to restore Sunderland’s lead two minutes later. Defender Richard Rufus headed home with five minutes left for Charlton to take the game into extra-time, where Nicky Summerbee gave Sunderland the lead for a third time. But Mendonca scored his third shortly after to take the game to penalties - where Charlton dramatically triumphed 7-6 after a Michael Gray miss.
February 2004: Tottenham 3 Manchester City 4
White Hart Lane has seen more than its fair share of fantastic games over the years and this FA Cup tie was no exception. By half-time Man City had conceded three goals, seen Joey Barton sent off and replaced their injured talisman Nicholas Anelka with Jon Macken. But the second half saw City defy the odds magnificently as goals from Sylvain Distin, Paul Bosvelt and Shaun Wright-Phillips levelled the game before sub Macken headed an unlikely last minute winner. City manager Keegan said afterwards: "They’ll talk about this game long after we are dead and gone."