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From the archive: Shrewsbury's cup thrashing that even Manchester City couldn't top

Manchester City didn't go easy on League One side Burton Albion during midweek's Carabao Cup semi-final, but even Guardiola's Galacticos couldn't take a 24-year record away from Shrewsbury Town.

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Four goals from Gabriel Jesus got them on their way to a 9-0 win over the Brewers but City failed to get into double figures, a feat last achieved when Shrewsbury took apart non-leaguers Marine back in 1995.

2,845 watched on at Town's former home Gay Meadow as Shrewsbury romped to an 11-2 annihilation of their Merseyside opponents, the second biggest FA Cup winning margin of that century.

Shrewsbury Town's former home, Gay Meadow.

Fred Davies' side, who were only one-up after forty minutes but four goals to the good by half-time, were starting what would be a memorable cup run.

An early Marine own-goal sparked a hat-trick from striker Dean Spink, a brace from Peter Whiston and goals from Chris Withe, Richard Scott, Paul Evans, Ian Stevens and Mark Dempsey to ensure that Shrewsbury found their way into the second round.

Bottom of the Second Division a month earlier, Town's staggering run of 11 wins in 12 games sent them soaring into the top ten, twice rewriting the club record books along the way.

After beating Scunthorpe and Fulham in the following rounds, both with the help of a replay, Town welcomed eventual cup-finalists Liverpool to the Meadow.

Like Pep, Reds boss Roy Evans fielded an eleven with a wealth of top-flight experience.

Robbie Fowler and Stan Collymore, who both found the net, fired a side captained by John Barnes to a comfortable 4-0 win.

The programme from that day in 1996.

11-2 or 9-0, both scorelines are far from the all-time record winning margin achieved when AS Adema won 149-0 on their way to crowning themselves champions of Madagascar back in 2002.

Their opponents, Stade Olymique L'Emyrne, deliberately scored 149 own goals after their manager had a row with the referee and instructed his men to do so.

Australia's famous 31-0 win over American Samoa holds the record for the biggest international winning margin, with striker Archie Thompson scoring a stunning thirteen times.

Time will to tell as to whether Guardiola will see the second leg as a chance to rest his biggest stars or another opportunity to have another go at getting City into double figures.