The Straits Times
Published on Jan 05, 2013

Mansfield hoping Liverpool taste Hammer horror


United Kingdom (AFP) - Geoff Hurst may have won the 1966 World Cup for England but he still smarts from a defeat at lowly Mansfield who are out to cause another famous FA Cup upset against Liverpool on Sunday.

The Reds' trip to Field Mill is the third round's standout tie, a classic David-versus-Goliath encounter where the glamour clubs enter the draw and have to slum it with the minnows.

It pitches European and domestic title-laden Liverpool against fifth-tier Mansfield, an unremarkable club relegated from the Football League in 2008 and still struggling to get back out of the Conference National.

They call such encounters the romance of the FA Cup - and there will be plenty of that on hand as Mansfield manager Paul Cox, who celebrates his 41st birthday on Sunday, was due to marry his fiancee the day before the match.