The Giant Killers
All time greatest F A cup giant killings
Millwall Athletic 1
First round: Wednesday 14th January 1914
Stamford Bridge, London
Scorer: Walter Davis 17
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At The Den off the infamous Cold Blow Lane the club which represented perhaps London's poorest community were holding the club which represented London's wealthiest community to an ill tempered goalless draw in the first round of the F A cup with Chelsea's stars no doubt relieved to get a second chance at their impressive Stamford Bridge stadium across town on Wednesday.
The East London club had built their reputation on the back of a famous F A cup victory over Aston Villa fourteen years earlier in which their Lions nickname was created along with their motto 'We fear no foe', which although meant to signify the team on the field would later grow to refer to a hard core element of their fans who even in 1914 were considered the most intimidating in the land.
The chances of a new breed of Lions repeating the feats of the team of the turn of the century looked slim as they made their way across London to face their First Division city rivals, having not won away from home all season. Chelsea meanwhile had gone eight games without defeat at home and boasted among their ranks three former internationals in the English duo of Vivian Woodward and Harold Halse along with the Scot, Tom Morgan. Halse was also one of two League title winners in the side, having done so while at Manchester United while the other was George Hunter who earned his medal at Aston Villa in 1910.
The Lions, in a change kit of red shirts also had a 1910 Villain in their side in their star man, thirty-one year old Bert Hall who also had a cup winner's medal and an England cap for his decade at Villa Park. He was joined by former Sheffield United and Wales forward Walter Davis and the experienced former Blackburn centre half Joe Wilson in a side containing two other players who had been reserves at top flight clubs, Liddell at Newcastle and Dilly from Everton.
Image, above: Chelsea's George Hunter, nearest camera, picks up the scraps as a team mate out jumps to Millwall forwards.
35,000 had little trouble filling the wide open spaces of Stamford Bridge to see Millwall take control of the game from the early stages as a lethargic looking Chelsea struggled to get to grips with the pace of the tie. Millwall's tactics were physical but, despite the frequent howls from the stands, fair as Vivian Woodward was singled out as potentially the main threat. Kirkwood was sent out as enforcer, going in hard on Woodward twice in the opening five minutes while at the other end Tommy Dilly and Chelsea's Owen Marshall continued the ill feeling they had developed in the first game though it was Marshall who was put off his game.
Amid all the flying tackles came a breakthrough for the visitors as Dilly made a great burst down the left wing before crossing for Davis to slot home past Molyneaux, much to his relief having missed a great chance just two minutes into the game. Up to that point Millwall had been largely untroubled at the back but a slip by Woodley looked certain to let Halse in for the equaliser as he burst clean through one on one with Orme but the keeper had the better of the exchange as the shot hit his thigh and bounced clear. Chelsea then had the better of things up to half time but Halse shot wide when well placed before Orme made a great save from a Hunter free kick right on on the brink of the interval.
The first half had been an exciting one but the second fell away badly as Chelsea had a huge share of possession but rarely looked like equalising. Millwall settled for what they had, kicking the ball out at every opportunity in a tactic not appreciated by the fans who expected good football for their money.
Bradford City were the visitors in round two where Walter Davis again struck to clinch another top flight scalp before they bowed out at Sheffield United in round three.
Chelsea: 1:Jimmy Molyneux, 2:Owen Marshall, 3:Jack Harrow, 4:Tom Logan, 5:Fred Taylor, 6:George Hunter, 7:Harry Ford, 8:Harold Halse, 9:Vivian Woodward, 10:Charlie Freeman, 11: Norrie Fairgrey
Millwall: 1:Joseph Orme, 2:Joseph Kirkwood, 3:William Woodley, 4:Bill Voisey, 5:Robert Liddell, 6:Joe Wilson, 7:Herbert Moody, 8:Bert Hall, 9:Walter Davis, 10:Vincent, 11:Tommy Dilly