City's Biggest Ever Giant Killing Since 1910

Last updated : 07 January 2018 By Jim Brown

Coventry City's 2-1 win over Stoke City in the FA Cup Third Round is the club's biggest giant-killing since 1910. 

Yesterday, the Sky Blues faced higher status opposition, in the form of Stoke City, for the first time since they travelled to the Emirates Stadium and lost 4-0 to Arsenal in 2014.

Since they were relegated from the Premier League in 2001 they have faced higher status opposition on eleven occasions and progressed just three times: Blackburn (twice, in 2008 & 2009) and Barnsley (2014), although they did take Middlesbrough (2006) and Portsmouth (2010) to replays.

There were however three divisions between City and Stoke and the Sky Blue victory qualify's as the club's biggest ever shock result – bigger than in 1910 when City, then a Southern League club, knocked First Division Preston and Nottingham Forest out of the competition on their way to the quarter-final.

There were 53 places between City and the Potters and in those terms, the biggest giant-killing act I can find was in 2008 when City won 4-1 at Premier League Blackburn when there were 28 places between the clubs. Blackburn's manager that day was Mark Hughes!