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The Giant Killers

Every F A cup slaying since 1888



1924 - 1926

Leicester City 1-0 Newcastle United

Second round replay: Thursday February 5th 1925


Scorer: George Carr

Ranked at the time:125

Second division champions elect, Leicester warmed up for first division football by sending the cup holders crashing out of the competition at Filbert Street. The Filberts were inspired to victory by their former Liverpool and England international, Jack Bamber in front of an expectant crowd who had grown used to seeing their heroes win comfortably at home, having put five past Coventry the weekend before they had traveled up to Newcastle to earn the 2-2 draw that set up this replay. Leicester bowed out in the quarter finals at Cardiff but by then their fans were firmly focused on a return to the top flight, which they achieved with ease. Leicester returned to St James' Park in September they were unable to match their cup result, going down this time 2-3.

Leicester City: 1:Albert Godderidge, 2:Adam Black, 3:Harry Hooper, 4:Billy Newton, 5:Pat Carrigan, 6:Jack Bamber, 7:Adcock or Wyness, 8:Johnny Duncan, 9:Arthur Chandler, 10:George Carr, 11:Harold Wadsworth

Newcastle United:1:Bill Bradley, 2:Billy Hampson, 3:Frank Hudspeth, 4:Roddie MacKenzie, 5:Charlie Spencer, 6:Willie Gibson, 7:Tommy Urwin, 8:Billy Cowan, 9:Neil Harris, 10:Tommy McDonald, 11:Stan Seymour 

Blackpool 3-0 West Ham United

Third round replay: Wednesday February 25th 1925

Attendance: 15,193

Scorers: Jack Meredith {7}, Harry Bedford {52}, {90}

Ranked at the time:75

Today: outside the top 200

For the second consecutive year Blackpool took a scalp and West Ham became a victim. The Tangerines had been hopeful of a strong promotion challenge this term but instead found themselves struggling to maintain their second division status at the wrong end of the table. The Seasiders performed well above their league form on to earn a 1-1 draw in the first tie before Bloomfield Road legend Harry Bedford netted twice in a surprisingly easy replay victory on a pitch described as a vile swamp. Indeed it was the conditions that played a big part in Blackpool gaining an early advantage as Henderson's slip in the seventh minute gave Meredith the space to lash a shot into the top left corner of Hampson's net. The Hammers had two great chances before the break but both were squandered before Blackpool punished them early in the second half through Bedford's close range finish. And it was the two scorers who then combined to seal West Ham's fate in the dying seconds when Meredith crossed for Bedford to complete a brace. Blackpool were into the quarter finals of the cup for the first time in their history where they fell to a solitary goal at Blackburn

{Image above: West Ham's Tommy Yews gets the better of Blackpool's Albert Watson but the Hammer's winger was unable to conjure a victory}

Blackpool: 1:Len Crompton, 2:Jimmy Leaver, 3:Herbert 'Taffy' Jones, 4:Albert Watson, 5:Andy Curran, 6:Billy Benton, 7:Jack Meredith, 8:Stanley Streets, 9:Harry Bedford, 10:?, 11:George Mee {Manager-Major Frank Buckley}

West Ham United: 1:Tommy Hampson, 2:Billy Henderson, 3:Jack Hebden, 4:George Carter, 5:George Kay, 6:Albert Caldwell, 7:Tommy Yews, 8:Billy Moore, 9:Vic Watson, 10:Billy Williams, 11:Jimmy Ruffell

Southampton 1-0 Liverpool

Quarter final: Saturday March 7th 1925

Attendance: 21,501

Scorer: Bill Rawlings {85}

Ranked at the time:86

Today: outside the top 300

These two had met in the competition the previous year when the then League Champions, Liverpool had ended Saint's cup run after the second division side had already beaten two top flight clubs. This time there was a place in the semi finals at stake, with the Reds, who had yet to win the cup, expected to come through a tough fixture. It was the Saint's who rose best to the occasion and deserved a victory that looked set to elude them until four minutes from time when Harkus was brought down when clean through to earn a free kick on the edge of the Liverpool area. Rawling's strike left Scott helpless and sent the Saints to their fifth semi final. Liverpool could hardly claim to have been unlucky as their woodwork had saved them twice in the first half while they played most of the second half with a man advantage after Tom Parker was forced from the field injured. The semi final brought even worse fortune for the Saint's future Arsenal and England star who set his opponents on their way to Wembley with an own goal before his uncharacteristic hesitancy let United in for a decisive second

{George Harkus gets the better of Dick Forshaw as Southampton attack}

Southampton: 1:Tommy Allen, 2:Tom Parker, 3:Fred Titmuss, 4:Bert Shelley, 5:Alec Campbell, 6:George Harkus, 7:Bill Henderson, 8:Arthur Dominy, 9:Bill Rawlings, 10:George Harkus, 11:Jimmy Carr {Manager: George Goss}

Liverpool: 1:Elisha Scott, 2:Tommy Lucas, 3:Donald MacKinlay, 4:David Pratt, 5:Bill Cockburn, 6:David Pratt, 7:Archie Rawlings, 8:Dick Forshaw, 9:Harry Chambers, 10:Danny Shone, 11;Fred Hopkin