Salford City kicked off the FA Cup first round in the best possible way as they shocked Notts County 2-0 at Moor Lane on Friday night.
The Northern Premier League side, owned by five of the class of ’92, sent their famous owners into ecstasy through second half goals from Danny Webber and Richie Allen, who beat three men on his way to scoring the second.
League One side County are three tiers above Salford but couldn’t match their opponent’s desire and quality on the night.
The shocks continued on Saturday as National League side Altrincham defeated League One Barnsley 1-0.
Damian Reeves’ goal just after the break, which manager Lee Sinnott missed, was enough to secure the Robins an FA Cup record 17th victory over a league side and condemn the Tykes to their eighth defeat on the bounce.
Chesham United pulled off the biggest shock of the round as Ryan Blake’s goal sent the Southern League Premier outfit into the second round at the expense of League Two side Bristol Rovers at the Memorial Stadium.
The Generals, who introduced ex-Premier League striker Barry Hayles as a second half substitute, sit 75 places below the Pirates in the football pyramid.
Elsewhere, National League side Eastleigh United won 1-0 at League One Crewe, Elliot Frear’s injury-time winner saw fifth-tier leaders Forest Green defeat Wimbledon 2-1, National League South side Whitehawk booked their place in round two for the first time with a 5-3 win over Lincoln, and seventh-tier Stourbridge defeated former giant-killers Dover 2-1.
In an all-league clash, Coventry were shocked in the first round again as they were beaten 2-1 by former landlords Northampton Town at the Ricoh Arena.
Brackley Town scored a last minute equaliser in a 2-2 draw with Newport County to earn a replay in South Wales, while Maidenhead did the same to snatch a 1-1 draw at Port Vale.
Worcester couldn’t pull off another shock after defeating Coventry last year as they were beaten 3-0 by Sheffield United, while nine-man Yeovil snatched a 1-0 win at Maidstone United, and 2004 finalists Millwall saw off AFC Flyde 3-1 at the Den.
Doncaster got an early goal as they saw off Stalybridge Celtic 2-0, Leyton Orient thrashed Staines Town 6-1, and Hartlepool beat recently-relegated National League side Cheltenham 1-0 at Victoria Park.
Wycombe eased through to the second round with a 4-0 win at Halifax, Shrewsbury edged Gainsborough Trinity 1-0 and Cambridge beat Basingstoke Town by the same scoreline.
Wigan Athletic, winners in 2013, were thrashed 4-0 at Bury, while 2008 winners Portsmouth won their first match in the competition since reaching the 2010 final with a 2-1 victory over Macclesfield.
Welling United are also in the hat after a 2-0 win at Barwell, while National League side Grimsby progressed with a 5-1 thrashing of St Albans City.
Didcot United couldn’t quite produce an upset as the lowest ranked team in the first round were defeated 3-0 at home by Exeter City, while four goals from Macauley Bonne saw Colchester win 6-2 at Wealdstone, who did lead 2-1.
FC United of Manchester were also eliminated as they were well beaten at home by League One side Chesterfield, who cruised to a 4-1 win.
Northwich Victoria are the lowest ranked team in the second round draw as the Northern Premier League Division One side earned a replay after a 1-1 draw with Boreham Wood.
Aldershot and Bradford, Braintree and Oxford, Dagenham & Redbridge and Morecambe, plus Mansfield and Oldham all require a replay.
In all league upsets, Barnet defeated Blackpool 2-0, League Two leaders Plymouth lost 2-0 at home to Carlisle, Teddy Sheringham’s League Two strugglers Stevenage beat League One high-flyers Gillingham 3-0, and Peterborough won by the same scoreline at in-form Burton Albion.
In games that went to form, Walsall beat Fleetwood, Scunthorpe eliminated Southend, Luton won at Crawley, Accrington Stanley defeated York City, and a Nathaniel Mendez-Laing hat-trick secured Rochdale a 3-1 win over out of form Swindon.