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Saturday, 11 December, 1999, 17:53 GMT
Wrexham wreck Boro cup bid

Boro's Juninho skips over a challenge from Mark McGregor

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Wrexham 2-1 Middlesbrough

Second Division Wrexham produced one of their trademark giant-killing performances to end millionaire Middlesbrough's FA Cup dreams.

The Welsh side, who have beaten Arsenal and West Ham in recent years, claimed another Premiership scalp in dramatic fashion at the Racecourse Ground.

Match facts
42 mins: Deflected Deane shot gives Boro lead
50: Gibson's equaliser set up by Ferguson
68: Fergie junior dribbles and drives home the winner
Boro's illustrious outfit took the lead just before half-time in the third round tie, courtesy of Brian Deane.

But Wrexham came from behind to score two goals in the second half and secure a famous victory.

Star of the show was Darren Ferguson, who made the first goal and scored the second - to the delight of a famous spectator.

His father, Sir Alex Ferguson, was watching from the stands because his own team Manchester United had no game following their controversial decision to sit out the FA Cup this season.

Alex Ferguson That's my boy: Sir Alex Ferguson watches his son inspire Wrexham
Wrexham ensured there would still be some family interest in the competition with a barn-storming display.

It all ensured a miserable time for Middlesbrough boss Bryan Robson, former team-mate of Darren Ferguson when the pair played under Sir Alex at Old Trafford.

Middlesbrough, the 1996 runners-up, started in nervous fashion on a rain-swept pitch.

It was a memorable day again - absolutely fantastic
Veteran cup shock mastermind Bryan Flynn
The Robins, whose manager Brian Flynn had fielded a side with six players aged 21 or under, caused a number of early problems for Bryan Robson's men.

But gradually, with Juninho imposing himself on proceedings, began to take control.

And they looked to have negotiated the early problems when they took the lead after 42 minutes.

Deane and Roberts contest a 50-50 ball
Just as Wrexham seemed to be heading for the dressing room on equal terms, Hamilton Ricard deflected the ball into the path of strike partner Deane and he fired home from seven yards.

But Flynn's half-time team-talk and some passionate support from the Racecourse faithful seemed to do the trick as the match was turned on its head after the break.

Former Manchester United midfielder Darren Ferguson put the ball through to winger Robin Gibson.

It's not disastrous for our season
Bryan Robson
He drifted left before beating Boro keeper Schwarzer with a low drive from the edge of the box.

Four minutes later the Premiership side could have retaken the lead but Christian Ziege's right wing corner was hacked off the line by Brian Carey and Kevin Dearden saved with his legs from Deane.

A minute later the ground erupted as the impressive Ferguson dribbled along the edge of the area, beating two defenders, before crashing an unstoppable drive past stranded keeper Mark Schwarzer.


Wrexham: Dearden, McGregor, Hardy, Carey, Russell, N. Roberts, S. Roberts, Williams, Gibson, Faulconbridge, Ferguson. Subs: Owen, Connolly, Ridler, Walsh, Morrell.

Middlesbrough: Schwarzer, Vickers, Festa, Pallister, Mustoe, Gascoigne, Deane, Stamp, Ziege, Ricard, Juninho. Subs: Beresford, Armstrong, Summerbell, Gavin, Marinelli.

Referee: S Lodge (Barnsley)

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