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The Giant Killers

Every F A cup slaying since 1888



1920 - 1922

Crystal Palace 2-0 Manchester City

First round: Saturday January 8th 1921


Scorers: Ben Bateman {49}, Bertie Menlove {64} {half time 0-0}

Ranked at the time:6

Crystal Palace: 1:Jack Anderson, 2Jack Little:, 3:Ernie Rhodes, 4:Joey Jones, 5:Phil Bates, 6:Albert Feebery, 7:Ben Bateman, 8:John Wibley, 9:Jack Connor, 10:Bertie Menlove, 11:Alan Wood

Manchester City: 1:Jim Goodchild, 2:Sam Cookson, 3:Eli Fletcher, 4:Fred 'Tiny' Fayers, 5:Herbert Tyler, 6:Max Woosnam, 7:Tommy Broad, 8:Frank Carroll, 9:Tommy Browell, 10:Horace Barnes, 11:Billy 'Spud' Murphy

Brighton & Hove Albion 4-1 Oldham Athletic

First round: Saturday January 8th 1921

Attendance: 16,972

Scorers: {Brighton}: Zach March {1st minute, 1-second half}, Jack Doran {2-first half} {image right}, {Oldham}: Jimmy Marshall

Ranked at the time:16

This was a case of de ja vous for Oldham fans for whom the memory of a shock cup exit to the same team seven years earlier remained all too fresh. Bert Longstaff was the only survivor of that Brighton team who this time repeated history with an even more emphatic result, which was kick started by Zach March's goal in the home side's first attack. There was no fluke to Brighton's victory but in the second round they couldn't beat Second Division Cardiff.

Brighton & Hove Albion: 1:Billy Hayes, 2:Harry Bentley, 3:Jim Rutherford, 4:George 'Comber' Coomber, 5:Jack Bollington, 6:Jack Woodhouse, 7:Bert Longstaff, 8:Andy Neil, 9:Jack Doran, 10:Ted Rodgerson, 11:Zach March

Oldham Athletic: 1:Ted Taylor, 2:Bill Bradbury, 3:Bob Stewart, 4:Eliot Pilkington, 5:Bill Taylor, 6:David Wilson, 7:Jack Tatton, 8:Vince Foweather, 9:Jimmy Marshall, 10:Arthur Gee, 11:George Wall

Notts County 3-0 West

Bromwich Albion

First round: Saturday January 8th 1921

Attendance: 33,000

Scorers: Jack Cook {21}, Sammy Stevens {28}, {52}

Ranked at the time:25

{County full back Bill Ashurst, left}

Another rematch of a cupset from the past came at Meadow Lane but this time it was revenge and not a repeat as Notts County avenged their defeat at the hands of Albion of 1907. The fourteen years since had seen a reversal of fortunes with Albion arriving in Nottingham as the League Champions, although any hopes of them retaining their crown had gone by Christmas. County had lost their top flight status and hopes of promotion from division two were remote when they took the field. They reserved their best football of the season for the cup and ran the champions ragged to take a clear lead into the interval. Sammy Stevens made the game safe early in the second half and Albion's misery was complete when Jack Crisp was forced to limp off shortly afterwards. County again welcomed first division opponents in round two but this time Aston Villa were able to keep the scoreling blank before settling the tie at their own Villa Park.

Notts County: 1:George Streets, 2:Bill Ashurst, 3:Frank Marriott, 4:Billy Flint, 5:Norman Dinsdale, 6:Arthur Pembleton, 7:Haydn Kemp, 8:Jack Cook, 9:Sammy Stevens, 10:Sam Richards, 11:Horace Henshall

West Bromwich Albion: 1:Hubert Pearson, 2:Arthur Cook, 3:Joe Smith, 4:Sammy Richardson, 5:Sid Bowser, 6:Bobby McNeal, 7:Andy Smith, 8:Alf Bentley, 9:Fred Morris, 10:Howard Gregory, 11:Jack Crisp

Queen's Park Rangers 2-0 Arsenal

First round: Saturday January 8th 1921

Attendance: 20,000

Scorers: Arthur Chandler {49}, Jack Smith {86}

Ranked at the time:39

This London derby at Shephards Bush was played on a complete mud bath which made any attempt to keep the ball on the ground futile. Rangers were on the back foot for most of the game but caught Arsenal with two perfectly timed goals as Arthur Chandler broke the deadlock before Arsenal had had a chance to get going in the second period. On the strength sapping mud the Gunners couldn't get a rythem and knew their game was up when ex Manchester City forward, Jack Smith hit home a late second to confirm Ranger's second round birth where they lost at Burnley.

Queen's Park Rangers: 1:Len Hill, 2:Blackman or Grimsdell, 3:Joseph Wingrove, 4:George Grant, 5:Archie Mitchell, 6:Mick O'Brien, 7:Arthur Chandler, 8:Jimmy Birch, 9:Jack Manning, 10:Jack Gregory, 11:Jack Smith {Manager-Ned Liddle}

Arsenal: 1:Tim Williamson, 2:Joe Shaw, 3:Arthur Hutchins, 4:Clem Voysey, 5:Jack Butler, 6:Angus McKinnon, 7:Jock Rutherford, 8:Bert White, 9:Fred Pagnam, 10:Billy Blyth, 11:Joe Toner

Swindon Town 1-0 Sheffield United

First round: Saturday January 8th 1921


Scorer: Harold Fleming

Ranked at the time:86

These sides had met thirteen years earlier in the cup when a classic tie at Bramall Lane went to extra time before Swindon completed a memorable cup shock. The great days of that Edwardian Swindon side had faded with the war but they still possessed the Jewell from that crown in the shape of their legend, Harold Fleming. He had been a fresh faced youngster with a bright future back in 1908 and was the only player from that game to take the field here, this time as the seasoned English International who had turned down several lucrative offers during his career to stay loyall to the Robins. His presence would never be enough to get the team into the second division but in the cup he was talismanic as history was repeated. Fleming indeed scored the only goal of the game in the latter stages of the first half and perhaps could have had a second late on when frantic appeals for a penalty were waived away. Swindon bowed out at Chelsea in the second round.

Swindon Town: 1:Len Skiller, 2:Harry Kay, 3:Tober Weston, 4:Tommy Langford, 5:Fred Hawley, 6:Billy Wareing, 7:Bob Jefferson, 8:Harold Fleming, 9:Dave Rogers, 10:Billy Batty, 11:Bertie Davies

Sheffield United: 1:Harold Gough, 2:Bill Cook, 3:Ernest Milton, 4:Harry Pantling, 5:Percy Beaumont, 6:Jim Plant, 7:David Mercer, 8:Fred Brown, 9:Joe Kitchen, 10:Billy Gillespie, 11:Bob Bolam

Sunderland 0-1 Cardiff City

First round: Saturday January 8th 1921


Scorer: George Beare

A black day for the top flight was completed with Sunderland being the sixth elite club to suffer a giant killing when Cardiff won at Roker Park with a side that were on their way to promotion to the top flight for the first time. George Beare stunned the huge Rokerite crowd with an early goal that the home side rarely looked like replying to. Having knocked out Sunderland, Cardiff then struggled to see off fellow giant killers, Brighton in round two before another third division side, Southampton were disposed of to set up a quarter final with Chelsea {below}

Sunderland: 1:James Dempster, 2:Bert Hobson, 3:Bob Young, 4:Charlie Parker, 5:Harry Sherwin, 6:Jack Mitton, 7:Jackie Foster, 8:Charlie Buchan, 9:Barney Travers, 10:Billy Moore, 11:Harry Martin

Cardiff City: 1;Jack Kneeshaw, 2:Charlie Brittan, 3:Jimmy Blair, 4:Fred Keenor, 5:Bert Smith, 6:Billy Hardy, 7:George Beare, 8:Jimmy Gill, 9:Arthur Cashmore, 10:Albert Barnett, 11:Jack Evans

Fulham 1-0 Blackburn Rovers

First round replay: Wednesday January 12th 1921

{Above: Donald Cock gets between the Rover's full backs but keeper Sewell proves equal to this effort}

Attendance: 23,000

Scorers: Billy McDonald {65}

Ranked at the time:111

The first meeting between these sides at Ewood Park had been described as one of the poorest cup ties the fans could have hoped to witness. Fulham had led for five minutes before being pegged back to hang on for a replay at Craven Cottage. Fulham were without Danny Shea, whom they had signed from Rovers at the start of the season but coped well enough without him, surviving a few scares in another dire encounter before Blackburn were awarded a penalty. The referee then strangely changed his mind and awarded a bounce up, with Fulham taking full advantage of their let off to go up the other end where Billy McDonald netted the winner. To add insult to injury Rovers were down to ten men at the time as their McDonald, Jim, was off the field receiving treatment at the time. A replay was also needed to see off the minnows of Lincoln in the next round before an all Second Division third round tie fell the way of Wolves.

Fulham: 1:Arthur Reynolds, 2:Ted Worrall, 3:Alec Chaplin, 4:Harry Bagge, 5:Jimmy Torrance, 6:Joe Edelston, 7:Billy McDonald, 8:Billy Banks, 9:Donald Cock, 10:William Hall, 11:Frank Penn

Blackburn Rovers: 1:Ronnie Sewell, 2:Jim Donnelly, 3:Fred Duckworth, 4:Levy Thorpe, 5:Frank Reilly, 6:Tommy Heaton, 7:Peter Holland, 8:Jim McDonald, 9:Percy Dawson, 10:Ernest Hawksworth, 11:Joe Hodkinson

Wolverhampton Wanderers 1-0 Derby County

.Second round replay: Thursday February 3rd 1921

Attendance: 30,000

Scorer: Dick Richards {30}

Ranked at the time:123

{image right: Wolve's English international winger, Sammy Brooks}

A battle between two sides playing under the spectre of relegation met in this second round replay which had ended one apiece at the Baseball ground. Dick Richards settled this one back at Molyneux to set up a third round clash with second division rivals, Fulham. Victory there took them to Everton in the quarter finals {below}. Derby, having been relegated, took revenge in the second division league clash back at Wolves the following October with a comfortable 3-0 victory.

Wolverhampton Wanderers: 1:Teddy Peers or Noel George, 2:Dicky Baugh, 3:Maurice Woodward or George Marshall, 4:Val Gregory, 5:Joe Hodnett, 6:Alf Riley, 7:Tancy Lea, 8:Frank Burrill, 9:Eddie Edmunds, 10:Dick Richards, 11:Sammy Brooks

Derby County: 1:George Lawrence, 2:Jack Atkin, 3:Tommy Barbour, 4:Archie Ritchie, 5:Harry Wightmann or Frank Waterhouse, 6:Tommy Lamph or William Morton, 7:George Thornewell, 8:Noah Burton, 9:Bill Paterson, 10:Jim Moore, 11:Bill Murray

Hull City 3-0 Burnley

Third round: Saturday February 19th 1921

Attendance: 26,000

Scorers:Tom Brandon {44,65}, Harry Wilson

Ranked at the time:5

Hull City: 1:Billy Mercer, 2:Samuel Cheetham, 3:Matt Bell, 4:Jack Collier, 5:Mike Gilhooley, 6:Tommy Bleakley, 7:Jackie Crawford, 8:Tom Brandon, 9:Daniel McKinney, 10:Harry Sergeaunt, 11:Harry Wilson

Burnley: 1:Jerry Dawson, 2:Len Smelt, 3:Cliff Jones, 4:Walter Weaver, 5:Tommy Boyle, 6:Billy Watson, 7:Billy Nesbitt, 8:Bob Kelly, 9:Bert Freeman, 10:Benny Cross, 11:Eddie Mosscrop

Everton 0-1 Wolverhampton Wanderers

Quarter final: Saturday March 5th 1921

Attendance: 50,000

Scorer: George Edmonds

Ranked at the time:69

Twenty-eight years had passed since these two sides had met in the cup final and there were still plenty of regulars at Goodison Park for whom the painful memories of that surprising 0-1 defeat were as fresh as if it had happened yesterday. The Merseysiders had been convinced that all they needed to do that day was turn up to win the cup and the feeling was pretty similar when Wolves arrived for this clash, despite the fact that the second division strugglers had already put paid to Derby's chances in an earlier round {above} In front of a huge crowd it was Wolves who started the better and took a deserved early lead through George Edmonds that they held on to thanks to an inspired performance from Noel George in goal and the home forwards over elaboration in front of goal. Over and over again the Everton strikers got into great positions but chose to hit an extra pass when the home fans were virtually screaming for them to shoot. It was a nerve wracking afternoon for the visiting Wolves fans and officials which was greeted with great scenes when the final whistle blew. In the semi finals Wolves were paired with second division promotion chasing Cardiff in a match played in front of the King and Queen at Anfield. No goals were scored but in the replay Wolves enjoyed their underdog tag again and won through to the final where the finally found Tottenham too strong by the only goal of the game.

Everton: 1:Tommy Fern, 2:Dickie Downs, 3:Jock McDonald, 4:George 'Dod' Brewster or Tom Fleetwood, 5:, 6:Alan Grenyer, Louis Weller or Joe Peacock, 7:Sam Chedgzoy, 8:Stan Fazackerley, 9:Stan Davies, 10:Charlie Crossley, 11:George Harrison

Wolverhampton Wanderers: 1:Noel George, 2:Dicky Baugh, 3:Maurice Woodward or George Marshall, 4:Val Gregory, 5:Joe Hodnett, 6:Alf Riley, 7:Tancy Lea, 8:Frank Burrill, 9:Eddie Edmunds, 10:Dick Richards, 11:Sammy Brooks {manager-Jack Addenbroke}

Cardiff City 1-0 Chelsea

Quarter final: Saturday March 5th 1921

Attendance: 50,000

Scorers: Arthur Cashmore {4}

Ranked at the time:154

A real end to end ding dong battle that falls into the minor shocks category as Cardiff were busy cuttin

g their teeth for their first taste of top flight football, which was just five months away. In front of one of the biggest crowds ever witnessed at Ninian Park, The Bluebirds got off to a flyer when Arthur Cashmore scored with their first attack. No quarter was asked nor given in a game that was heavily physical but never dirty and while Chelsea had their chances to level it was the home side who should have had the game wrapped up before the finish when Jack Evans cracked the woodwork midway through the second half. City became the first Welsh side to reach an F A cup semi final and their fans fully expected to beat their struggling second division opponents Wolves but in front of the King and Queen neither side could find the net and Cardiff's chance went in the replay.

Cardiff City: 1;Ben Davies, 2:Charlie Brittan, 3:Jimmy Blair, 4:Fred Keenor, 5:Bert Smith, 6:Billy Hardy, 7:George Beare, 8:Jimmy Gill, 9:Arthur Cashmore, 10:Albert Barnett, 11:Jack Evans

Chelsea: 1:Jimmy Molyneux, 2:Walter Bettridge, 3:Jack Harrow, 4:Nils Middleboe, 5:Harry Wilding, 6:David Cameron, 7:Tommy Meehan, 8:Harry Ford, 9:Bobby Thomson, 10:Jimmy Croal, 11:Bobby McNeal