Congratulations Altrincham FC on the centenary of their ground. I remember back in the 81/82 season Sheffield United were drawn at home to Altrincham in the first round of the FA Cup. The Blades were top of the 4th division whilst Altrincham were midtable in the Alliance Premier. The Robins come back from two goals down to draw 2-2 at the Lane in front of 12500, which by the way was a bigger crowd than what the Blades got last Saturday for the 3rd round clash with QPR.
The replay was just two days later and nearly 10000 packed in to Moss Lane. They saw a bad tempered game with at one point an almighty brawl between the players and each team had a man sent off.
Altrincham totally outplayed United to deservedly win 3-0. That’s the last time the Blades have been knocked out of the cup by a non-league side though in our defence Altrincham had knack for knocking league clubs out of the cup, it was their speciality.
At the time they were probably the leading non-league club and only dodgy re-election procedures prevented them from getting elected to the Football League. No automatic promotion back in them days, in fact Altrincham had been Alliance Champions in both the 79/80 and 80/81 season so by rights they should have been meeting Sheffield United on equal terms as a fellow 4th division club.