Arsenal’s progress to the Fifth Round had been untroubled. Sheffield United had been thumped 5 – 0 at Bramall Lane in Round Three, Wolves and Walsall subsequently beaten at Highbury. This had set up a trip to The Racecourse Ground, home of Wrexham and occasionally, the Welsh national team.
Their hosts had comfortably beaten Burton Albion (then a non-League team) and Preston North End to reach the Third Round, at which point they quickly adopted the sobriquet of Giantkillers. It all began at Ashton Gate where First Division Bristol City were held to a 4 – 4 draw and then comfortably beaten in the replay. Their fellow strugglers, Newcastle United, were also dumped out of the Cup in the Fourth Round, a 4 – 1 hammering set-up a meeting with Blyth Spartans, the North Eastern non-League side who had beaten Second Division Stoke City previously.
The Welsh side had emerged victorious, albeit narrowly, in a replay to set up the chance of a giantkilling hat-trick. Terry Neill’s men though had too much for their hosts, ensuring that the Twin Towers were a step closer. Wrexham had to wait a decade or so for their revenge and how they took it.