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The Giant Killers

Every F A cup slaying since 1888

Third round replay: Wednesday January 13th 1932


Scorers: {Bolton}: George Gibson 12, Harold Blackmore: {Preston}: Bobby Crawford, Alex Finney {o.g}, Ted Harper, George Bargh, James Wagstaffe {o.g}

Ranked at the time: 45

Today: outside the top 100

Once proud Preston were a much more humble side at the turn of the 1930s, going through their longest spell to date outside the top flight and in very real danger of dropping into the third tier for the first time in their history when they travelled to cup experts, Bolton in this third round replay. The first meeting at Deepdale had been a nerve wrecking end to end affair in which the Preston fans had watched, hearts in mouths as several gilt edged chances were spurned while George Wolf's goal somehow remained intact. Their chances of finishing the job at Burnden park seemed remote, especially when George Gibson gave the hosts an early lead. A Bobby Crawford goal stunned the home fans but that was nothing to the shock that rattled around the ground when Alex Finney put into his own goal before the interval. Forwards, Ted Harper and Dick Rowley had only recently been signed to add much needed experience and hopefully steer the club clear of relegation and it that experience showed as they gave Bolton's Wagstaffe and Finney an awful forty-five minutes to clinch a convincing win. Harper himself started it off, scoring to give the Second Division side clear daylight before George Bargh sealed an excellent win with the killer fourth. Most Bolton fans were already leaving when Harold Blackmore briefly raised hopes of a fightback but those hopes were quickly dashed when James Wagstaffe joined his full back partner Finny with an own goal of his own.

Bolton: 1:Bob Jones, 2:James Wagstaffe, 3:Alex Finney, 4:?, 5:Tom Griffiths, 6:?, 7:Billy Butler, 8:?, 9:Harold Blackmore, 10:George Gibson, 11:George Taylor

Preston: 1:George Wolf, 2:Frank Gallimore, 3:Frank Ward, 4:Gavin Nisbet, 5:Jack Nelson, 6:Bobby Crawford, 7:Alec Reid, 8:George Bargh, 9:Ted Harper, 10:Dick Rowley, 11:Bert Hales {manager: James Taylor}

Bury 3-1 Sheffield United

Fourth round: Saturday January 23rd 1932

Attendance: 29,316

Scorers: {Bury}: David Robbie, Duncan Lindsay, Wally Amos: {Sheffield}: Jack Pickering {HT 3-1}

Ranked at the time: 96

Today: outside the top 200

Promotion chasing Bury were expected to give United a tough time but most pundits also expected in form United to squeeze past this tricky tie or at least earn a replay back at Bramall Lane. They looked to be on course when Jack Pickering gave them an early lead but Bury, inspired by Dave Robbie, struck back three times before the break to delight the Gigg Lane faithful. United had little to offer in the second half and Bury marched on to a fifth round tie battle of the giant killers, Stoke {see below}. The two promotion rivals had fought out a thrilling League encounter in November at Stoke, which the home side had won by the odd goal in five but Bury fans were highly confident of progression to their first quarter final appearance since winning the cup twenty-nine years earlier and ran out surprisingly easy 3-0 winners. The short trip to Manchester to face City in the quarter finals saw the buses filled with fans talking of the great cup side of almost thirty years earlier and how they too had beaten Sheffield United on the way to lifting the old tin pot. This side were no match for the Edwardian Bury side though but the fans were treated to a classic cup tie at Maine Road, which the Shakers lost narrowly 3-4. Bury returned to their push for promotion along with Stoke but both ended up narrowly missing out, making 1932 something of a watershed for Bury as the club have never been to the quarter finals of the cup, or as close to promotion back to the big time in the three quarters of a century since.

Bury: 1:Tommy Mills, 2:Tommy Chester, 3:?, 4:Jimmy Porter, 5:Norman Bullock, 6:Alick Robinson, 7:David Robbie, 8:?, 9:Duncan Lindsay, 10:George Grass, 11: Wally Amos

Sheffield: 1:Jack Smith, 2:Percy Thorpe, 3:Harry Hooper, 4:Harry Gooney, 5:?, 6:George Green, 7:Bernard Oxley, 8:Bobby Barclay, 9:Jimmy Dunne, 10:Jack Pickering, 11:Bert Oswald

Stoke City 2-1 Sunderland

Fourth round second replay: Monday February 1st 1932

Maine Road, Manchester

Attendance: 7,470

Scorers: {Stoke}: Joe Mawson {63}, Harry Ware {86}: {Sunderland}: Patrick Gallacher {84}

Little was expected of promotion chasing Stoke's trip to mid table top flight Sunderland other than a routine victory for the home side but on a sunlit day at Roker Park the visitors silenced the home fans and were desperately unlucky to leave having only secured a replay at the Victoria Ground. Stoke had led in the first game, which ended 1-1 and in front of 30,000 fans they again took the lead in the replay through Bussey and were looking comfortable when Sunderland equlised out of the blue with just over a quarter of an hour left. Neither side were able to warm the frozen fans during the extra period and part three was set for the following Monday at the recently built Maine Road in Manchester. Many record books state that Stoke's victory in match three came in extra time but this seems not to be the case. Just as in the first two ties, Stoke took the lead, this time when Joe Mawson took advantage of a slip by Hall to go one on one with Thorpe before slotting cooly past the Sunderland keeper and as the fog descended in the Manchester gloom it looked like Stoke had finally shaken off the moneky. Just six minutes remained when Ted Vinall, having already squandered two gilt edged chances for the Rokerites, crossed invitingly for Patrick Gallacher to bullet a headed equaliser, though by now many in the stands couldn't see. The referee was now left with the prospect of having to abandon the game as it seemed doubtful that conditions would enable extra time to be played but the final six minutes of the ninety would at least be played out. Stoke's next attack saw a hopeful long range punt from Stoke hit straight at Thorpe, summing up both sides resignation that a fourth match would be needed. All that changed in the next second as Thorpe managed to spill the shot straight at the feet of Harry Ware who couldn't miss a tap in to finally clinch the tie. Bury {see above} were waiting in round five.

Stoke: 1:Norman Lewis, 2:Bob McGrory, 3:Arthur Beachill, 4:Harry Sellars, 5:William Robertson, 6:Arthur Turner, 7:Robert Liddle, 8:Tommy Sale, 9:Harry Ware, 10: Joe Mawson, 11:? [Manager: George Mather}

Sunderland: 1:Jimmy Thorpe, 2:Alex Hall, 3:Bert Johnston, 4:Harry Shaw, 5:Tommy Urwin, 6:?, 7:Billy Eden, 8:Patrick Gallacher, 9:Jack Vinall, 10:Joe Devine, 11:Jimmy Connor