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The Giant Killers

Every F A cup slaying since 1888



1903 - 1905

Everton 1-2 Tottenham Hotspur

First round: 6th February 1904

Scorers: {Everton} Jack Taylor: {Tottenham} Vivian Woodward, Walter Balmer {own goal}

Ranked at the time: 4

Manchester United 2-1 Notts County

First round replay: 10th February 1904

Scorers: {Manchester} Tommy 'Ching' Morrison, Ernest 'Dick ' Pegg: {Notts} Arthur Green

Ranked at the time: 43

The first meeting between these sides in Nottingham had been a humdinger in which United had led twice, missed a golden opportunity to build a two goal lead when hitting the post at 1-0 and then played the last eighteen minutes with a man advantage after forcing a replay in a 3-3 draw. The nerves of those present couldn't stand for the same back at Bank Street. Needless to say the replay didn't live up to the standards of the first game but United still managed to complete this minor cup upset thanks to two journeymen. Irish International Chick Young had won titles in Ireland and Scotland and had played in the top flight in England with Burnley while Dick Green had failed to make an impression while at Portsmouth. Both men would move on to other clubs at the end of a season where promotion was missed by a solitary point.

Aston Villa 0-1 Tottenham Hotspur

Second round: 25th February 1904

Scorer: J 'Bristol' Jones

Ranked at the time: 11

This was a result that would rankle Villa fans for many years to come. The game had originally been staged in London on Saturday February 20th but poor stewarding allowed some 32,000 people into what was at the time a tiny White Hart Lane gorund. The result was chaos with fans spilling onto the pitch on regular occasions. The game had long since descended into farce by the time Villa scored what proved to be the only goal of the afternoon and shortly after the interval the situation became impossible when a large section of home fans invaded the field en masse. With Villa very much in the ascendancy, and increasingly looking likely to find a killer second goal; the belief was that the Spurs faithful were hoping for an abandonment, which the referee had not choice but to provide. The F A's view was that the game should be replayed on Thursday, with Tottenham surrendering their home advantage as well as paying the then huge fine of £350. Tottenham responded best to the fresh start and secured a quater final tie against champions, Sheffield Wednesday

Sheffield United 0-2 Bolton Wanderers

Quarter final: 5th March 1904

Scorers: William Yenson, Sam Marsh

Ranked at the time: 33

Bolton Wanderers 1-0 Derby County

Semi Final: 19th March 1904 {at Molineux, Wolverhampton}

Scorer: Taylor

Ranked at the time: 41

Bolton's most recent visit to Bramall Lane had been on Boxing day 1902 when Wanderers left on the wrong end of a 7-1 hiding and ended the season in relegation from the top flight. Fast forward fourteen months and second division Bolton surprised everyone with a spirited display which saw them take the lead just before the interval. The second half was an even affair that was settled with Sam Marsh's winner. That set up a semi final with Derby County, who had inflicted a 5-0 defeat on the trotters in the previous season's league game in September 1902. Bolton, in unfamiliar red shirts, survived a nervy start to the game to gradually begin to carve out the better openings against a Derby side in equally unfamiliar black and white stripes but as the game moved into its final fifteen minutes there was a growing feeling that the first division side would get away with an off day and earn a reply. Then, with twelve minutes left, a hopeful Taylor shot bounced wickedly over the diving keeper's hands and the Trotters were in the cup final. At Crystal Palace Bolton put up a good show but found Manchester City too good on the day and went down 0-1.