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The Giant Killers

Every F A cup slaying since 1888



1906 - 1908

Newcastle United 0-1 Crystal Palace

First round: 12th January 1907

Attendance: 28,000

Scorer: Horace Astley {41}

Ranked at the time: 1

Manchester United 1-2 Portsmouth

First round replay: 16th January 1907

Attendance: 8,000

Scorers: {Manchester} George Wall: {Portsmouth} Bill 'Sunny Jim' Kirby, John Hunter

Ranked at the time: 17

Manchester United enjoyed the rare distinction of becoming only the second club in history to go from giant killer to ginat slain in the space of a year as they followed their victory over Villa in their promotion season with this surprise against Southern League Portsmouth at Bank Street It seemed like United had actually done the hard part in coming away from Fratton Park on the Saturday with a 2-2 draw but Pompey proved tougher at United's now long forgotten home. This precursor to Old Trafford was known for its mud bath at one end and rock hard suface at the other, all finished off with a smoggy air and nasty smell of the neighbouring chemical works. Portsmouth were well used to such poor venues in their league and were able to celebrate victory thanks to Scotsman, John Hunter, no doubt to the delight of Liverpool fans as he had been part of their 1901 title winning side, even though the now famed rivalry between those two clubs was still many decades away. Pompey's reward was a trip to second divison Barnsley in round two, going down 0-1. Bank Street's days were numbered as United sought a venue befitting their status as Champions for the first time in 1909. Three weeks after the club's first game at their new Old trafford home a gale blew down the main stand at the old ground, the bulldozers quickly did the rest and only a plaque today marks the spot. {image-Portsmouth {light shirts} defend their goal at Bank Street}

United: 1:Harry Moger, 2:Robert Bonthron, 3:Dick Holden, 4:Alex Downie, 5:Dick Duckworth, 6:Alex Bell, 7:Billy Meredith, 8:Dicky Wombwell, 9:Alexander Menzies, 10:John Picken, 11:George Wall

Stoke 0-2 West Bromwich Albion

First round second replay @ Villa Park, Birmingham: 21st January 1907

Attendance: 32,050

Scorers: Ted Pheasant, Tommy Dilly {pen}

Ranked at the time: 56

Stoke: 1:Ike Turner, 2;Charlie Burgess, 3:Ernie Molineux, 4:George Baddeley, 5:lloyd Davis, 6:Albert Sturgiss, 7:Ross Fielding, 8:Arthur Arrowsmith, 9:Jackie Chalmers, 10:Adrian Capes, 11:Billy Davis

Albion: 1:Jimmy Stringer, 2:Amos Adams, 3:Jesse Pennington, 4:Arthur Randle, 5:Ted Pheasant, 6:Jack Manners, 7:Tommy Broad, 8:Fred Buck, 9:Eli Bradley, 10:Tommy Dilly, 11;Bruce Rankin

Brentford 1-0 Middlesbrough

Second round: 2nd February 1907

Attendance: 25,000

Scorer: Hagan

Ranked at the time: 20

It's always the biggest day in the history of any non league club when the're drawn at home to a top flight club in the cup for the first time, and so it was for Brentford in 1907 when Middlesbrough visited Griffin Park in 1907. The tiny ground had never seen anything like it before as a then record twenty-five thousand people descended on a stadium that, at the time, couldn't possibly hold such a crowd. Just three years after Tottenham had been heavily fined for over crowding their White Hart Lane ground Brentford were taking chances and sure enough the ground, more used to Southern League attendances couldn't cope as a fence gave way causing a dangerous crush. Thankfully injuries were nothing more than minor as Hagan, a former Irish cup winner with Linfield, bagged the winning goal to prompt a huge pitch invasion at the final whistle. Brentford were drawn against a struggling fellow non league side in Crystal Palace in the second round and found themselves flopping when placed in the role of favourites to progress in a replay.

Middlesbrough: 1:Reg 'Tim' Williamson, 2:Jim Tildesley, 3;Alex Campbell, 4:Samuel Aitken, 5:Andy 'Daddler' Aitken, 6:John Harkins, 7:Billy Brawn, 8:Steve Bloomer, 9:Alf Common, 10:Freddie Wilcox, 11:Jim Thackeray

Blackburn Rovers 1-2 Tottenham Hotspur

Second round second replay @ Villa Park, Birmingham: 11th February 1907


Scorers: {Blackburn} Eddie Latheron: {Tottenham} Joe Walton, Jimmy Ried

Ranked at the time: 27

Tottenham fans were growing impatent with their club's lack of desire to join the Football League. A team more than capable of holding their own against the elite yet again, for the eighth time in seven years, sent a top flight team crashing out of the cup, this time being mid table Blackburn. The sides had been held to a stalemate at both home venues before Villa Park stepped in to witness its second upset of the season. By now though defeats for top flight sides against Tottenham were failing to cause any surprise, even though the Londoners were easily swept aside at a poor Notts County team in the next round. It was the last time Tottenham played a cup tie as a non league side as they applied for league membership that summer and yet, despite their great cup pedigree they only just scraped into a League place.

Rovers: 1:Bob Evans, 2:Bob Crompton, 3:Jack Cameron, 4:Sam Wolstenholme, 5:Joe Wilson, 6;Billy Bradshaw, 7:Arnie Whittaker, 8:Jimmy Robertson, 9:Jack Martin, 10:Eddie Latheron, 11:Ernest Bracegirdle

Tottenham:1:?. 2:?, 3:?, 4:?, 5:?, 6:?, 7:?, 8:?, 9:Joe Walton, 10:Jimmy Reid, 11:?

Barnsley 1-0 Bury

Third round: 23rd February 1907

Attendance: 12,000

Scorer: Bert Powell {10}

Ranked at the time: 59

Typical cup tie stuff at Oakwell as Second Division Barnsley scored early, dominated for an hour and then ran out of legs, eventually being under siege by the time the final whistle went, surviving in no small part due to the fact that Bury were reduced to ten men with fifteen minutes remaining through injury. The Tykes had only ever welcomed top flight opponents to Oakwell once before, a decade earlier when Liverpool scraped through after extra time so it was no doubt a little disappointing for the directors that Bury, cup winners just four years earlier and by now a firmly established top flight side should only attract 12,000 to the ground, albeit well up on regular home gates. The decisive goal came early on from a player long forgotten by Tykes fans, the journeyman Bert Powell who scored only one other goal in just six appearances for the club, one of seventeen he was to play. Also in the side were 'Silent' George Stacey at left back and the teenage defender Tommy Boyle. Stacey would leave Oakwell at the end of the season for Manchester United where he earned two championship winner's medals as well as playing the the victorious 1909 cup side. Boyle meanwhile captained Barnsley to the cup final of 1911 before taking up the same role at Burnley where he too lifted both of England's major domestic honours and was capped by England. Today Boyle's image is still proudly displayed on the pub sign of Burnley's Turf hotel.

Barnsley: 1:Tommy Thorpe, 2:Albert Johnson, 3:George Stacey, 4:Tommy Boyle, 5:Billy Silto, 6:Arnold Oxspring, 7:Jack Hall, 8:Bert Powell, 9:Alec Hellewell, 10:Magnus O'Donnell, 11:Joe Brooks

Bury: 1:James Raeside, 2:Jimmy Lindsay, 3:Joe Leeming, 4:John Johnston, 5;Jack Dewhurst, 6:Andy Davidson, 7:Peter Gildea, 8:Billy Hibbert, 9:Fred Bevan, 10:Tom Kay, 11:Frank Booth

West Bromwich Albion 2-0 Derby County

Third round: 23rd February 1907

Attendance: 32,529

Scorers: Willie Jordan, Fred Buck

Ranked at the time: 63

Albion: 1:Jimmy Stringer, 2:Dick Betteley, 3:Jesse Pennington, 4:Arthur Randle, 5:Ted Pheasant, 6:Jack Manners, 7:Jimmy Williams, 8:Fred Buck, 9:Willie Jordan, 10:Adam Haywood, 11:Tommy Dilly

County: 1:Harry Maskrey, 2:Jack Nicholas, 3:Charlie Morris, 4:Ben Warren, 5;Ben Hall, 6:Alf Wood, 7:Jack 'Pimm' Davis, 8:Jimmy Long, 9:James Ransford, 10:John Wood, 11;George Davis

West Bromwich Albion 3-1 Notts County

Fourth round: 9th March 1907

Attendance: 25,000

Scorers: {West} Willie Jordan-2, Fred Buck: {Notts} Aaron Jones {HT 2-1}

Ranked at the time: 61

There's little doubt that West Bromwich Albion were the stars of the giant killing acts during the 1907 cup run but on closer inspection their cup run isn't as impressive as at first glace. Albion were at the right end of division two, although well off the pace of the promotion candidates while their three opponents ultimately ended up occupying the botom three top flight births. Hapless Stoke were first up, being taken to a third game before timidly bowing out on their way to relegation. Derby were the next victims, via a second round victory over non league Norwich and this time The Baggies progressed with relative ease as The Rams followed Stoke's League fate to boot. Next up came a quarter final at home to Notts County, which really had the Brum fans starting to dream of a cup final appearance. As in the previous round Albion's scorers were Willie Jordan and Fred Buck who between them ensured there was clear daylight at the final whistle between The Baggies and a County side who just hung on to their top flight status that spring. Albion took a much bigger step up in class in the semi final when they faced Everton at Burnden Park, a choice that enrage Albion as, in their opinion being an unfair journey. Nevertheless a fair contingent of Throstles made the 5 shilling and 9d journey to Bolton where Adam Haywood's goal proved insufficint to book a cup final place.