Oldham Athletic's win over Fulham earns them the Emirates FA Cup Giant-Killing Award

Friday 10 May 2019
Oldham keeper Daniel Iversen shakes hands with a fan after handing him his gloves at Craven Cottage, following their 2-1 win over Fulham

Oldham Athletic have won the 2019 Emirates FA Cup Giant-Killing Award, following their third round victory over Fulham.

The League Two club beat off competition from AFC Wimbledon, Barnet and Newport County in the voting with their 2-1 win at Craven Cottage earning 34 per cent of your votes via TheFA.com.

With three divisions between them and Fulham, the Latics were given little chance of progressing before their trip to face the Premier League outfit in January.

It looked as though that was going to be the case too, when Dennis Odoi put the hosts in front early in the second half.

But the Latics bounced back when AFC Bournemouth loanee Sam Surridge equalised from the penalty spot to draw level things up in the 77th minute.

Peter Wild, who is now full-time Oldham manager, and his players celebrate their Cup win over Fulham

Despite the prospect of a draw and a replay at Boundary Park on the cards, caretaker boss Peter Wild and his team smelt an upset and Callum Lang duly notched their 88th minute winner.

The win led to memorable scenes for Oldham’s players and fans, who were able to celebrate together by the Thames, and that win picked up 34 per cent of the votes in this year’s Giant-Killing Award shortlist.

“It was probably the best moment of my life," said Lang, on hearing of the award.

“It was a good moment for me, all my family were there and the way the game went was all a factor.

“The team performance from start to finish was great, we had a plan, we stuck to it and got the result.”

AFC Wimbledon’s 4-2 win over West Ham was a close second with 27 per cent, Newport County’s 2-1 victory against Leicester City was third with 25 per cent and Barnet’s away win against Sheffield United was fourth with 14 per cent of the votes.

Representatives of Oldham Athletic will be at Wembley for next weekend's FA Cup Final, where they will be presented with the award by Cup giant-killing legend Ronnie Radford and representatives of Wigan Athletic, who won the award last season.  

By FA Staff