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The Giant Killers

Every F A cup slaying since 1888

First round: Saturday January 7th 1922

Attendance: 15,238

Scorer: Wally Little {5}

Ranked at the time: 20

Today: outside the top 100

Despite struggling at the wrong end of the newly formed southern section of the Third Division, Brighton had easily beaten first division Oldham in last year's first round would have fancied themselves against a Sheffield United side that had lost their last four on their travels. Strangely the home side fielded ex Aston Villa full back, Jack Thompson at centre forward to make up a side that contained four ex top flight players in their ranks but it was the weather that proved the great leveller as torrential rain fell throughout the afternoon to leave the ground like a mud bath by the end. The home side also got off to a flyer when United made a hash of defending the first corner of the game to gift Wally Little what proved to be the only goal of the game, depsite a second half battering from the United forwards. Huddersfield became the fourth consecutive top flight side to fail to win at the Goldstone Ground when they visited in round two but Brighton were unable to find a way through and bowed out in the replay at Leeds Road.

Brighton & Hove Albion:1:Billy Hayes, 2:Jack Woodhouse, 3:Jack Feebury, 4:Wally Little, 5:George Coomber, 6:Harry Bentley, 7:Jack Nightingale, 8:Andy Neil, 9: Jack Thompson, 10:Ted Rodgerson, 11:Zach March

Sheffield United: 1:Harold Gough, 2:Bill Cook, 3:Albert Sturgess, 4:Harry Pantling, 5:Jimmy McCourt, 6:George Utley, 7:David Mercer, 8:Albert Rawson, 9:Harry Johnson, 10:Tommy Sampy, 11:Fred Tunstall

Everton 0-6 Crystal Palace

First round: Saturday January 7th 1922

Attendance: 41,000

Scorers: John Wibley {4}, Bertie Menlove {22, 68}, Jack Connor {67, 85}, Alan Wood {69}

Ranked at the time: 37

Today: 210

It wasn't quite to the same scale as their great victory at Newcastle in 1907, or even their victory over a good Manchester City side last year but it was the convincing nature of this victory at Goodison Park that has kept it among the greatest days in Crystal Palace's history. The Glaziers were doing enough to survive in their first ever season in the second tier when they were drawn to travel to Everton in the first round of the cup. The Toffeemen were having a miserable season that would end with them only narrowly avoiding relegation and their fans have never before or since since their favourites so comprehensively beaten on their own pitch as they were here. Palace arrived with a shoot on site policy and had one of those days where everything went in. The demolition started with Palace's first attack when Ben Bateman's corner was headed in by John Wibley and they doubled their advantage midway through the first period with a bit of good fortune when Bertie Menlove's shot was deflected past Tommy Fern by Duggie Livingstone. For Everton's part the elite side had enjoyed the lion's share of the play and at times were even passing rings around Palace yet Jack Alderson didn't have a shot to save as Everton forgot to actually shoot. In the second half the Merseysiders did briefly threaten to get back into the game but were sunk by an amazing spell midway through the second half when Palace scored three times in two minutes. Jack Connor put the game beyond the home side when he headed in Wibley's cross and a minute later Menlove fired in his second of the game before Alan Wood made the score embarrassing. Palace could even afford to have two further goals chalked off against a side who were by then completely demoralised. Indeed so trounced were Everton by this stage that Palace keeper Jack Alderson was even able to take, peel and eat an orange while his team mates did the business at the other end. In one last bid for respectability Everton did manage to force a penalty but even then were unable to score when Fazackerley put his spot kick wide. Insult was then added when Jack Connor went up the other end and netted a sixth goal with time still on the clock for Fern's crossbar to be rattled by another effort. If Everton had had a manager at the time he would probably have been sacked while Palace, in true cup style then went out of the competition at third division Millwall in round two. It remains the only occasion in the history of the competition that a top flight side has lost by six clear goals to lower opposition.

Everton: 1:Tommy Fern, 2:Jock McDonald, 3:Duggie Livingstone, 4:William Brown, 5:Tom Fleetwood, 6:Joe Peacock, 7:Sam Chedgzoy, 8:Stan Fazackerley, 9:Bobby Irvine, 10:Alec Wall, 11:George Harrison

Crystal Palace: 1:Jack Alderson, 2:Jack Little, 3:Ernie Rhodes, 4:Bobby McCracken, 5:Joey Jones, 6:Albert Feebery or Harry Dreyer, 7:Ben Bateman, 8:Jack Connor, 9:Bertie Menlove, 10: Alan Wood, 11: John Wibley {Manager-Edmund Goodman}

Hull City 5-0 Middlesbrough

First round: Saturday January 7th 1922

Attendance: 23,000

Scorers: Jackie Crawford {38}, Robert Coverdale {47,61}, Paddy Mills {75}, Tommy Bleakley {89}

Ranked at the time: 63

Today: outside the top 200

The 'Boro players must have been mightily relieved to hear that a top flight club had been hammered at home by six clear goals as they left the field having been humiliated by promotion chasing Hull. Delighted as Tiger's fans must have been by this result it was that elusive place in the top flight they really wanted and they viewed this result as proof that the side were capable of making the step up. Eventual second division champions, Nottingham Forest easily despatched Hull in the next round and the promotion bid faltered with the club finishing fifth. It would be over eighty years before Hull eventually gained top flight status. {Image left: Jock Marshall looks on helplessly as Tommy Bleakly {not in pic} rounds off a miserable afternoon for 'Boro}

Hull City: 1:Billy Mercer, 2:Jimmy Lodge, 3:Matt Bell, 4:Jack Collier, 5:Mike GilHooley, 6:Tommy Bleakley, 7:Jackie Crawford, 8:Robert Coverdale, 9:Paddy Mills, 10:Charlie Flood, 11:Bobby Hughes

Middlesbrough: 1:, 2:Jock Marshall, 3:Victor Fox, 4:Stewart Davidson, 5:William Ellerington, 6:Robert Pender, 7:Jackie Carr, 8:Billy Birrell, 9:, 10:George Elliott, 11:Tommy Urwin

Barnsley 3-1 Oldham Athletic

Second round: Saturday January 28th 1922

Attendance: 27,000

Scorers: {Barnsley} Russell Wainscoat {70}, Albert Fletcher {81 pen, 86 pen}: {Oldham} Fred Broadbent {5}

Ranked at the time: 147

Today: outside the top 600

Like Hull, Barnsley were a side aiming for promotion to the elite for the first time in their history and also aiming to prove their worth against the top sides, although there remained a high likelihood that Oldham could be going the other way as they struggled to hold on to their top flight status. Barnsley dominated this game and yet spent most of it a goal down before claiming a deserved victory in the last ten minutes. Oldham survived their relegation battle while Barnsley missed on on a top flight spot that, for them was still over sixty years away.

Barnsley: 1:, 2:, 3:Jack Tindall, 4:, 5:, 6:, 7:George Donkin, 8:Brough Fletcher, 9:, 10:Russell Wainscoat, 11:Albert Fletcher

Oldham Athletic:1:Ted Taylor, 2:Wynne or Grundy, 3:,Reg Freeman 4:Alf Marshall, 5:Eliot Pilkington, 6:Dicky Jones, 7:Jack Tatton, 8:Bill Taylor, 9:Fred Broadbent, 10:Jimmy Marshall, 11:Charlie Wallace

Notts County 2-0 West Bromwich Albion

Third round replay: Wednesday February 22nd 1922


Scorers: Jack Cook, Harold Hill

Ranked at the time: 90

Today: outside the top 400

Notts County: 1:Albert Iremonger, 2:, 3:, 4:Billy Flint, 5:Norman Dinsdale, 6:, 7:, 8:Jack Cook, 9:Alf Widdowson, 10:Harold Hill, 11:Horace Henshall

West Bromwich Albion: 1:Hubert Pearson, 2:Joe Smith, 3:Jesse Pennington, 4:Sammy Riochardson, 5:Fred Reed, 6:Bobby McNeale, 7:Tommy Magee, 8:Jonathan Blagden, 9:Stan Davies, 10:Fred Morris, 11:Jack Crisp

Notts County 4-3 Aston Villa

Quarter final replay: Wednesday March 8th 1922 {after extra time}


Scorers: {Notts}: Jack Cook, Alf Widdowson, Harold Hill, Billy Chipperfield: {Aston}: Ian Dickson {2}, Billy Walker

Ranked at the time: 47

Today: outside the top 200

Scorers: {Notts}: Jack Cook, Alf Widdowson, Harold Hill, Billy Chipperfield: {Aston}: Ian Dickson {2}, Billy Walker

Ranked at the time: 47

Today: outside the top 200

Notts County's greatest cup run of the twentieth century saw the second division promotion chasers send two top flight West Midlands clubs crashing out in a run which took the Magpies to the semi finals and involved a marathon ten games with every round, bar the semi final requiring a replay. In the first of their giant killing double header, County disposed of West Bromwich Albion having deservedly forced a replay at the Hawthorns in a game which was so nearly won late on by Widdowson's drive which crashed back off Pearson's crossbar. Cook and Hill finished the job at Meadow Lane, denying the West Midlands the mouth watering prospect of a Villa vs Albion quarter final. The game at Villa Park was still a cracker in which County this time took the lead. Villa were unable to conjure up a winner after equalising and, like Albion, were forced to go to Meadow Lane with Huddersfield now waiting for the winner in the semi finals. The match now ranks as one of the greatest played at Meadow Lane with extra time needed before Billy Chipperfield finally settled a seven goal thriller. Dreams of a trip to the final, still at this time held at Stamford Bridge, were premature as County, who switched from their familiar stripes to white shirts with a black chevron on the front, were unable to get the better of eventual cup winners Huddersfield at Turf Moor in Burnley. For County legends, Albert Iremonger and Billy Flint it was surely their last chance at a cup final appearance but their long service was rewarded the following year when they both helped County back into the top flight. {Image above: 20 minutes in and six County defenders and keeper, iremonger are unable to stop Villa scoring}

Notts County: 1:Albert Iremonger, 2:, 3:, 4:Billy Flint, 5:Norman Dinsdale, 6:, 7:Billy Chipperfield, 8:Jack Cook, 9:Alf Widdowson, 10:Harold Hill, 11:Horace Henshall

Aston Villa: 1:Tommy Jackson, 2:Tommy Smart, 3:Tommy Weston, 4:Frank Moss, 5:Frank Barson, 6:George Blackburn, 7:Dicky York, 8:Billy Kirton, 9:Ian Dickson, 10:Billy Walker, 11:Arthur Dorrell