Sheffield Wednesday have met Fulham three times in the FA Cup with the Owls having the upper hand with two victories.
They last met in January 1985, the Owls - who were in the top flight - travelling to Craven Cottage where their hosts plied their trade in the Second Division.
Howard Wilkinson’s side were on a good run and were unbeaten in nine games stretching back to 17 November 1984 with five wins and four draws and they came into the game with consecutive wins over Southampton and Manchester United.
They had to be resilient at the start of the game though with Fulham soon laying out their intentions with Leroy Rosenior firing into the side netting in the fourth minute.
Martin Hodge then had to pull off a fine save when Rosenior laid the ball off to Ray Houghton whose volley forced the goalkeeper to leap to his left and put the ball out of a corner.
Fulham were putting the Owls under pressure and Lee Chapman had to be called upon to hack the ball away with Hodge unable to clear.
Gavin Oliver, Mike Lyons and Andy Blair all made clearances with Fulham applying the pressure and it was no real surprise when the hosts took the lead in the 17th minute.
Oliver missed an interception near the centre circle with Houghton picking up the ball and running at goal before curling a shot from the edge of the area which gave Hodge no chance.
Chapman was not too far off with a header but the Owls did not look their usual selves.
However, the game was turned on its head with two goals in two minutes. Lyons took a free-kick from just inside the Owls half which was flicked on by Brian Marwood whose fierce shot was repelled by Fulham’s Jim Stannard only for Mel Sterland to spot the keeper off his line and lob the ball over him and into the far corner.
Wednesday then went ahead. Marwood’s low cross from the right was touched on by Gary Shelton with the interception rebounding to Chapman who fired into an empty net from close range.
They almost got a third a minute before half-time. Again it was Marwood who crossed, his ball finding Varadi who stabbed it goalwards with Stannard eventually grabbing it at the second attempt.
Then right on the break Nigel Worthington sent a cross in from the left, Varadi missed the ball as he thundered in with Chapman putting a simple chance against the post.
It was an intriguing contest after the break. The action became hectic, Fulham using the long ball as much as the short and Wednesday attacking on the counter as the Cottagers committed more men forward.
They got their rewards though in the 58th minute - again through Houghton, the Republic of Ireland international through on his own and shooting crisply past Hodge.
Both sides went in search of the winner, Chapman heading straight at Stannard and having another effort tipped on to the bar. Shelton sent a fierce shot just over while Varadi had a goal disallowed.
It seemed as if the teams would have to return to Hillsborough for a replay only for Chapman to intervene and score the winning goal with five minutes to go, the striker finding himself unmarked to head home Blair’s corner at the near post. That was not the end of it though. Rosenior missed with a diving header and Marwood clipped a post before the referee eventually brought to a finish a thrilling match as the Owls moved into the fourth round.