It has come to feel as if Leeds only deal in FA Cup pain and humiliation. Just five times in 20 years have they made it past the third round and sometimes they have not even got that far.
Their supporters still shudder at the crashes from the League One days – against Hereford and non-league Histon in rounds one and two respectively.
This was another disaster and the name of League Two Crawley can be added to the roll-call of shame that also includes Newport County, non-league Sutton United and Rochdale.
It was an afternoon when Leeds were not so much beaten but torn apart during a second half in which Crawley scored three times and ought to have had more.
Were it not for the colours, nobody would have been able to tell the team that sits 12th in the Premier League from the one that occupies sixth place in the bottom division of the professional game in England. Crawley had the hunger, they had the work rate and the plan, and they had the cutting edge, too.
Nick Tsaroulla, a former Tottenham trainee, got the rout started when he sprinted from halfway to finish brilliantly in the 50th minute and it was quickly 2-0 when Ashley Nadesan embarrassed Kiko Casilla at his near post. It was a horror moment for the Leeds goalkeeper but it got even worse for him and his teammates.
Crawley’s third came when Casilla pushed out a shot from Nadesan following a corner and the centre-half Jordan Tunnicliffe was on hand to fire into the roof of the net. The minnows had further chances during a period that will live for ever in the memories of their fans who, sadly, had to enjoy it from their living rooms via the BBC.