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The Giant Killers

Every F A cup slaying since 1888



1898 - 1900

Notts County 0-1 Southampton

Second round: 11th February 1899

Trant Bridge, Nottingham

Scorer: Abe Hartley {20}

Attendance: 18,000

Ranked at the time: 3

Former Liverpool and Everton striker, Abe Hartley led a band of former top flight players in dumping one of the best elevens ever to represent County, who finished the season in fifth, out of the cup. This was the second consecutive year that the Saints, who were to win the Southern league for the third consecutive season this year, defeated top flight opposition. they failed however to repeat their trip to the semi finals, as they had done last year, losing at home in the quarter finals to Derby County.

County: George Toone, Tom Prescott, George Lewis, Ernie Watts, David Calderhead, Edgar Sanderson, Arthur Hadley, Alex Maconnachie, Tom Boucher, Harry, Fletcher, Jack Frase. Manager:Tom Harris


Tottenham Hotspur 2-1 Sunderland

Second round: 11th February 1899

Northumberland Road, Tottenham

Scorers: {Tottenham} Tom Bradshaw {46}, John Cameron {66]: {Sunderland} William Fulton {23}

Attendance: 14,500

Ranked at the time: 7

The only giant killing recorded at Tottenham's Northumberland Road ground, which lay 100 yards from their present White Hart Lane home, was also Sunderland's first experience of being humbled as a top flight club.This was also the first instance of the rare scenario of the underdog coming from behind to secure the victory, traditionally cup shocks involve getting in front and hanging on. Tottenham were no mugs despite their non league status though as they could call on a former England and Scotland international to score the crucial goals. The Englishman, Tom Bradshaw had earned his solitary England cap while playing in his native Liverpool's first season as a top flight club in 1893. Sadly Bradshaw was enjoying his last days on this earth by the time of this cup shock as he began to show the signs of consumption shortly after joining Thames Iron Works in the summer of 1899. By December his health was deteriorating rapidly and on Christmas day the news was broken to his team mates that he had passed away. John Cameron's future was a much happier one which saw him captain Spurs to F A cup glory in 1901 as well as captaining his homeland, Scotland.


Sunderland: Ned Doig, Phil Bach, Robert McNeill, Matthew Ferguson, Sandy McAllister, Bill Raisbeck, James Crawford, Jim Leslie, William Fulton, Hughie Wilson, Colin Mclatchie. Manager:Robert Campbell