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Roeder's own goal breaks Magpies after more than seven hours

In the days before penalty shoot-outs, FA Cup ties just went on and on until there was a winner.

After a third replay and 450 minutes of play, a Glenn Roeder own goal finally separated Watford and Newcastle.

This was the longest FA Cup tie Watford had ever been involved in and even in the decisive fourth match there was very little to divide the sides.

The two teams had already met in the Simod Cup before Christmas, when Watford beat the Magpies 2-1.

Jim Smith, the Newcastle manager, felt his team should have been given a penalty in the first match. After that game, the two managers tossed a coin to determine the venue should the replay also end in a draw. Steve Harrison lost the toss.

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At Vicarage Road, Neil Redfearn gave Watford the perfect start, scoring in the first minute. Kevin Brock equalised before the Brazilian striker Mirandinha gave Newcastle the lead with a penalty. Watford levelled when Redfearn scored again, also from a penalty.

So it was back up the A1 to the north-east, where Smith was again appealing for a penalty in another goalless draw.

The third replay was at Watford two days later. By now it had become a war of attrition between two tired sides who were too familiar with each other. Yet again there was extra time as the tie threatened to become a stalemate.

With just seven minutes to go in extra time, Rick Holden fired in a speculative shot from 25 yards. It was flying wide until it deflected off Glenn Roeder and bounced in. Watford were through at last and beat Derby in the next round before losing to Nottingham Forest.

Watford Coton, Gibbs, Jackett, Sherwood, Miller (David Holdsworth 45), McClelland, Redfearn, Wilkinson (Roberts 90), Thompson, Falconer, Holden
Manager Steve Harrison
Scorer Roeder og 113
Attendance 15,115

Why was this match chosen? The winning goal, deep into extra time, that finally broke Newcastle was a magic moment back when everyone wanted to win in the FA Cup, even if it meant playing four matches in a fortnight against the same opponents.

How do I feel about this game's inclusion now? It was probably the perfect advert for restricting cup ties to one replay and then going to a penalty shoot-out because no one needs to play Newcastle four times in a row. With the benefit of hindsight these four games took their toll as Watford tired and eventually fell short in the promotion race.