In the aftermath of Saturday’s shocking 1-0 home dispatch of the zillionaires from West London, consider this : though having reached the semi-finals of the world’s eldest knockout competition for the first time in almost a century, Barnsley could become the first club to win the F.A. Cup and be relegated to what used to be known as the Third Division in the same campaign.

If Avram Grant requires consolation this morning, he can always remember that his squad holds no monopoly on underachievement.