A 7 January 1989 match between Sutton United and Coventry City took
place as part of the third round of the 1988–89 FA Cup association
football competition. Coventry City were in the top tier of English
league football, while Sutton United were in the fifth. Coventry, the
away team, started as strong favourites. The home side took the lead
three minutes before half-time when a corner towards the near post was
missed by the Coventry goalkeeper and volleyed into the goal by Tony
Rains. Seven minutes into the second half, David Phillips was able to
shoot past the Sutton goalkeeper to make it 1–1. In the 59th minute, a
short corner kick was crossed to Matthew Hanlan who volleyed in to give
Sutton the lead once again. Despite numerous late chances for Coventry,
the match ended 2–1. One of the most famous "giant-killings" in the
competition's history, the match has been described as "the biggest
shock in the history of the FA Cup [and] one of the biggest in any game
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