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The Giant Killers

Every F A cup slaying since 1888



1932 - 1934

Brighton & Hove Albion 2-1 Chelsea

Third round: Saturday, January 14th 1933

Attendance: 23,580

Scorers {Brighton}: Attwood {1}, Wilson {66}, {Chelsea}: Barber {87}

Ranked at the time:122

Today: outside the top 300

Any club hoping to win the cup expects to play a minimum of six games so any League side playing their eighth tie of the campaign must be near, if not in the final. Not Brighton in 1933 who, thanks to an administrative error, forgot to claim their exemption to round one and had to play from the first qualifying round. The result was a whopping thirty-two goals scored in four games to get to the first round proper. Three more games took them to round three where they were drawn against the biggest underachievers in the top flight, the expensively assembled Chelsea side who were battling at the wrong end of the First Division. Brighton were renowned giant killers so the writing was on the wall for Chelsea when it took Attwood just twenty seconds to open the scoring. The Goldstone Ground held its breath to survive a late Chelsea fightback but yet another scalp was added to the Third Division side's record. Bradford Park Avenue were sent packing in round four before a record Goldstone crowd of 32,310 saw a thrilling 2-2 draw with West Ham before the Seagulls bowed out in the replay.

Brighton: 1:Stan Webb, 2:Harry Marsden, 3:Ernie King, 4:Reg Wilkinson, 5:Frank Brett 6:Dave Walker, 7:Stan Thompson, 8:Bobby Farrell, 9:Arthur Attwood, 10:Thomas Potter Smith, 11:Ernie 'Tug' Wilson

Chelsea:1:Vic Woodley, 2:Leslie Odell, 3:George Barber, 4:Len Allum, 5:Bob Griffiths, 6:Johnnie Rankin, 7:Jackie Crawford, 8:George Mills, 9:Hughie Gallacher, 10:Harold Miller, 11:Stanley Prout

Grimsby Town 3-2 Portsmouth

Third Round: Saturday January 14th 1933

Attendance: 8,000

Scorers: {Grimsby Town}: Jimmy Dyson {46-pen}, Pat Glover {62, 65}: {Portsmouth}: Jack Smith {8}, McCarthy {77}

Ranked at the time: 134

These two sides had met as equals the previous season in a top flight clash at Blundell Park in November 1931 when Grimsby triumphed 3-1. That victory didn't stop the Mariners' three year stay among the elite coming to an end with relegation in May 1932 and life in Division Two was proving just as tough with the Cleethorpes club sitting just two points clear of successive demotions by the time the third round of the cup came along. Mid table Pompey were perfectly placed in the top flight to concentrate on a good cup run, sitting too far adrift of the title race and well enough clear of relegation to not worry too much about League form. A comfortable first half, in which they took a one goal lead, looked like booking them easy passage to round four. A dissapointing crowd had hardly been thrilled by the first half fare but the game turned on an incident right at the start of the second period when Billy Smith handled in the Pompey penalty area and Jimmy Dyson converted the spot kick to level. With the momentum in their favour, Grimsby went on to take control with two goals in three minutes from Pat Glover before surving a late Portsmouth surge. For older Grimsby fans it was a score settled from when the sides had met in opposite circumstances thirty-one years earlier when Pompey had pulled off a cupset. Grimsby's cup run ended on a sandpit at Bolton in a 1-2 fourth round defeat but survived in Division Two, thanks largely to the goals of Pat Glover. The Welshman's strikes earned the club promotion back to the top flight in 1934 and he remains the club's greatest ever goalscorer.

Grimsby Town: 1:Tommy Reed, 2:Jim Wright, 3:Hughie Jacobson, 4:Alec Hall, 5:Harry Betmead, 6:Teddy Buck, 7:Jimmy Dyson, 8:Jackie Bestall, 9:Pat Glover, 10:Charlie Craven, 11:Horace Fielding

Portsmouth: 1:Joe McHugh, 2:Alex MacKie, 3:Billy Smith, 4:Jimmy Nicholl, 5:Jimmy Allen, 6:David Thackeray, 7:Fred Worrall, 8:Jack Smith, 9:Jack Weddle, 10:Len McCarthy, 11:Sep Rutherford

Walsall 2-0 Arsenal

Third round: Saturday, January 14th 1933


Scorers: Gilbert Alsop {60}, Bill Sheppard {70,pen}

Ranked at the time: 2

Today: Inside the top 20

Walsall: 1:Joey Cunningham, 2:Jack Bennett, 3:Sid Bird, 4:Jack Reed, 5:George Leslie, 6:Harry Salt, 7:Billy Coward, 8:Chris Ball, 9:Gilbert Alsop, 10:Bill Sheppard, 11:Freddie Lee

Arsenal: 1:Frank Moss, 2:George Male, 3:Thomas Black, 4:Frank Hill, 5:Herbie Roberts, 6:Frank Sidley, 7:William Warnes, 8:David Jack, 9:Jack Lambert, 10:Alex James, 11:Cliff Bastin

Chesterfield 4-2 Sheffield Wednesday

Third round replay: Wednesday January 18th 1933


Scorers: {Chesterfield}: Colin Cook {3}, Samuel Abel {8}, Jack Lee {18}, Arthur Bacon {25}, {Sheffield}: Walter Millership {46}, George Stephenson {59}

Chesterfield: 1:George Ashmore, 2:Horace Wass, 3:Billy Kidd, 4:Johnny McIntyre, 5:Allan Sliman, 6:William Poynton, 7:Sidney Austin, 8:Samuel Abel, 9:Colin Cook, 10:Arthur Bacon 11:Jack Lee {Manager-Bill Harvey}

Sheffield Wednesday: 1:Jack Brown, 2:Tommy Walker, 3:Ted Catlin, 4:Alf Strange, 5;Tony Leach, 6:Gavin Malloch 7:Mark Hooper, 8:Ronnie Starling, 9:Walter Millership 10:George Stephenson, 11:Ellis Rimmer {Manager: Robert Brown}

Burnley 3-1 Sheffield United

Fourth round: Saturday January 28th 1933


Scorers: {Burnley}:Georgie Mee {right} {12, 81}, Cecil Smith {71}, {Sheffield}:Holmes {55}

Ranked at the time: 102

Yet another clash between a side fighting Second Division relegation and a comfortably positioned top flight mid table outfit saw struggling Burnley throw off their League form to sink United. The greasy Turf Moor surface played it's part as players struggled to keep their feet and when Gibson slipped, Georgie Mee was given the time and space to fire the Clarets into an early lead. Burnley had been considered a little fortunate to have seen off Third Division Swindon in round three and yet again they rode their luck to an extent in the first half as the referee waved away stong shouts for a penalty when Jimmy Dunne was felled while Pickering crashed an effort off the Claret's woodwork. Burnley's resistance was broken ten minutes into the second period when Holmes rose to head home a corner as the game opened into an exciting contest. With both sides pushing hard for a winner it was Cecil Smith who found it with les than twenty minutes to go and when Mee added a third, United were resigned to their fate. The Clarets followed that with a hard fought fifth round victory over fellow relegation battlers and giant killers, Chesterfield before a home quarter final with First Division Manchester City. The Clarets were still very much in danger of relegation but with cup fever gripping the town, the ground was packed with over 48,000 people to see the Second Division side lose to a solitary early goal. A win on the last day of the season secured Burnley's top flight status but for Georgie Mee his time at Turf Moor was over. The veteran ex Blackpool and Derby player, elder brother or future Arsenal manager Bertie Mee, moved on to Mansfield, having played just twenty-four games.

Burnley: 1:?, 2:Gilbert Richmond, 3:?, 4:Ray Bennion, 5:Alex Forrest, 6:?, 7:Georgie Mee, 8:Tommy Jones, 9:Cecil Smith, 10:?, 11:?

Sheffield: {included} 1:Kendall, Gibson, Williams, Holmes 9:Jimmy Dunne, 10:Jack Pickering

West Ham United 2-0 West Bromwich Albion

Fourth round: Saturday January 28th 1933

Attendance: 37,222

Scorers: Vic Watson 15, Arthur Wilson 62

Ranked at the time:105

West Ham United: 1:George Watson, 2:Alfred Chalkley, 3:Albert Walker, 4:Jimmy Collins, 5:Jim Barrett, 6:Albert Caldwell, 7:Tommy Yews, 8:Walter Pollard, 9:Vic Watson, 10:Arthur Wilson, 11:Jackie Morton {manager:Charlie Paynter}

West Bromwich Albion: 1:? 2;George Shaw, 3:Bert Trentham, 4:Jimmy Murphy, 5:Ridyard, 6:?, 7:?, 8:Teddy Sandford, 9:?, 10:Joe Carter, 11:?

See West Ham United vs Birmingham {below}

West Ham United 4-0 Birmingham

Quarter final: Saturday March 4th 1933

Attendance: 44,232

Scorers: Ned Barkas {own goal; 35}, John Morton {36}, Arthur Wilson {41}, Walter Pollard {65}

Ranked at the time: 94

Today: Outside the top 100

{Image left: Hammers all time top scorer Vic Watson who scored in the demise of Albion}

The winter of 1932 was perhaps the darkest period in the history of West Ham United. Just nine short years earlier their fans had enjoyed being part of the first ever Wembley cup final and gained promotion to the top flight for the first time. The club spent the rest of the decade among the elite, even climbing to sixth but their world caved in during the 1931/32 season. Syd King, the man regarded as the heartbeat of West Ham, came under suspicion of alcoholism during a run of nine straight defeats before the club took the unthinkable decision of replacing him as manager. Charlie Paynter took over and couldn't prevent relegation but worse was to follow. West Ham made a disastrous start to life back in Division Two, losing seven of their first nine games and were seemingly heading for Division Three. Off the field suspicions about Syd King now grew to the possibility that he had been skimming off club funds for himself and while West Ham's on the field form improved through November and December, the cloud of gloom over the Syd King scandal hung over the club even larger when he took his own life as they prepared for their third round cup tie at the famous amateurs of Corinthians. A good cup run never looked less likely than it did before the Hammers, in black armbands booked a place in the fourth round where they would face useful top flight side, West Bromwich Albion. The Baggies were lying just out of reach of the title race when they arrived at the Boleyn Ground on January 28th, where a miracle defrosting treatment had been applied to the ground to make it playable, though quite what it was exactly wasn't reported. Perhaps it defrosted West Brom's attack as well as West Ham booked a fifth round spot with goals in each half from Vic Watson and Arthur Wilson while Albion's chances of saving the game ended when George Shaw put a late penalty wide of the post. Having caused an upset in round four, West Ham almost blew it in round five when they went two goals down at Third Division Brighton before salvaging a draw and booking a quarter final tie with Birmingham. There was no mention of the miracle defroster before this tie, which was a tight and even contest until Ned Barkas made a hash of a clearance and in trying to save the situation, only made it worse by putting the ball in his own net. Within a minute West Ham were two up when John Morton's corner swung, untouched, into the net and shell shocked Birmingham were sunk when Arthur Wilson made it three before the break. A fourth goal from Pollard added insult to injury and, against all the odds, West Ham were in the semi finals of the cup. Relegation to Division Three still loomed large when they took the field at Wolverhampton to take on yet another top flight side, the League Champions, Everton. The Merseysiders were a shadow of the team that took had been crowned best in the land the previous season but were still overwhelming favourites to sink the Londoners and duly dominated the first half. The Toffeemen took an early lead but failed to capitalise on a host of chances and were made to pay when the Hammers levelled before the break. West Ham enjoyed more of the play in the second half but had their cup dreams shattered with a late goal for the Champions. Worse news for the Hammers was that while they had been losing their cup semi final, their relegation rivals all got good results to leave West Ham in the bottom two with eleven games to play. By mid April the Hammers hadn't won in five games and were rock bottom with just five games left to save themselves but thankfully the team found a rich vein of form, finally securing their Second Division status with a win in their penultimate game. It's doubtful the Hammers have ever been on such an emotional roller coaster of a season before or since.

West Ham United: 1;Pat McMahon, 2:Alfred Chalkley, 3:Albert Walker, 4;Jimmy Collins, 5; Jim Barrett, 6: Joe Musgrave, 7: Tommy Yews, 8: Walter Pollard, 9:Vic Watson, 10: Arthur Wilson, 11:Jackie Morton, {manager Charlie Paynter}

Birmingham: 1:Harry Hibbs, 2:Ned Barkas, 3:Harold Booton, 4:Charlie Calladine, 5:Worrall, 6:?, 7:George Briggs 8:Bob Gregg, 9:?, 10:?, 11:Lewis Stoker