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The Giant Killers

Every F A cup slaying since 1888

Giant Killers


1933 - 1935

Leeds United 0-1 Preston North End

Third round: Saturday, January 13th 1934

Attendance: 29,158

Scorer: Bob Kelly {10} {image right}

Ranked at the time:208

A minor cupset for promotion chasing Preston as they won by the only goal at mid table top flight Leeds, inspired by the veteran forty year old former England International, Bob Kelly who had played in the Cup Final for Huddersfield four years earlier. In what proved to be Kelly's swan song season he put in a man of the match display to turn around a defecit at Workington in round four into a victory, scoring the equaliser in a 2-1 win. The Lancashire fans finally got to see a cup tie at Deepdale in round five where over 40,000 saw the home side outplayed in the opening fifteen minutes by Third Division Northampton {whose own cup exploits of 1934 are below} before an unfortunate own goal turned the game. Preston never looked back and although Kelly this time failed to find the net, his team mates did to win comfortably, 4-0. In the quarter finals bouyant Preston took on First Division Leicester but here the romance was to die as, after dominating the first half but failing to score, Preston were sunk midway through the second half by the only goal of the game. There would be end of season consolation however when a team containing Bill Shankly among other talented players, gained promotion back to the top flight after a nine year exile.

Leeds: 1:Stan Moore, 2:George Milburn, 3:Jack Milburn, 4:Cyril Hornby, 5:Ernie Hart, 6:Wilf Copping, 7:Harry Duggan, 8:Joe Firth, 9:Charlie Keetley, 10:Billy Furness, 11:Tom Cochrane

Preston: 1:, 2:, 3:, 4:, 5:, 6:, 7:, 8:Bob Kelly. 9:, 10:, 11: 

Huddersfield Town 0-2 Northampton Town

Fourth round: Saturday January 27th 1934

Attendance: 28,423

Scorers: Tommy Boyle 56, Tom Wells 60

Ranked at the time: 4

Today: Inside the top 20

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Huddersfield: 1: Hugh Turner, 2: George Roughton, 3:Reg Mountford, 4: Ken Willingham, 5: Aussie Campbell, 6: Alf Young, 7: Jackie Williams, 8: Andy McLean, 9: Dave Mangnall, 10: Charlie Luke, 11:Wilf Bott

Northampton: 1: Tommy Allen, 2: Fred Dawes, 3: Tommy Crilly, 4: Frank Davies, 5:Riches, 6: Jimmy McGuire, 7: Tom Wells, 8: Danny Tolland, 9: George Henson, 10: Tommy Boyle, 11: Andy Mitchell

Liverpool 0-3 Bolton Wanderers

Fifth round: Saturday February 17th 1934

Attendance: 54,912

Scorers: Jack Milson {21}, G T Taylor {65}, Ray Westwood {79} {image right}

Ranked at the time: 174

It had been just five years since Bolton had last won the cup, completing a great trio of cup successes in the 1920s. The thirties by contrast brought an end to over two decades of top flight status with relegation in 1933. This visit to Anfield was their first meeting with a top flight side since their drop but where better to go as Liverpool had been one of just two venues where Bolton had enjoyed an away win the previous season. This time they arrived with the additional bonus of being a team on form and well on course for promotion back to the big time at the first attempt. Liverpool by contrast were in real danger of meeting them on the way down and out of the top flight as they had won just one of their previous sixteen league games, although that period had also seen them win their two previous cup ties against lower level opponents. This time they were undone by a Ray Westwood and Bob Jones inspired victory. Bolton had taken the lead with a great solo goal from Jack Milson before Liverpool besieged Jones' goal. The visiting keeper was inspired in keeping them out before Ray Westwood created a second goal and then netted a third himself to give the result a very one sided look. In Stephen F Kelly's book 'The Kop' Reds fan, Billy O'Donnell recalled how, for his friend it was a bad day on more than one level. "My pal, a little bloke he was, was dead keen fan of Gordon Hodgson. Loved him, he did, couldn't do wrong for him. Hodgson was playing that day with Sam English alongside him at centre-forward. This particular day, the Bolton defender must have said something to English because suddenly there they were, throwing punches at each other. So big Gordon Hodgson jumps in to seperate them and this Bolton defender starts having a go at Hodgson as well and pushing him around. My mate was furious. 'Hang on', he says to me, 'I'll be back in a minute.' I thought he was going off to the toilet or something. He said it quite casually. Well, off he goes, straight down the Kop, over the wall, on to the pitch and makes for Hodgson and the Bolton defender. It all happened so quickly. The next thing, my little mate's throwing punches at the big Bolton defender. Then a policeman comes diving on to the field, and my mate turns round and punches the policeman as well. 'Hang on a minute', he'd said. It was six months before I saw him again. He spent the night in the Bridewell and was in court first thing on the Monday morning. The magistrate gave him six months inside.“ While Billy's friend was reflecting on his time going head to head with the Bolton defence, they were going head to head themselves with another top flight side in the quarter finals of the cup, Portsmouth. Bolton had every reason to be confident as they had easily defeated Pompey 4-1 at Burnden Park the previous season but this time the result was very different as the top flight side cruised into the semi finals 3-0. There was more heartbreak for Charles Foweraker's side when they missed out on promotion on the last day of the season when draing their final game.

Liverpool: 1:Elisha Scott, 2:Jack Tennant, 3:Robert Done, 4:Tom Morrison, 5:Tom Bradshaw, 6:Jimmy McDougall, 7:Barry Nieuwenhuys, 8:Gordon Hodgson, 9:Sam English, 10:Harold Taylor, 11:Harold Barton

Bolton: 1:Bob Jones, 2:Smith, 3:Alex Finney, 4:Harry Goslin, 5:John Atkinson, 6:George Taylor, 7:G T Taylor, 8:George Eastham, 9:Jack Milsom, 10:Ray Westwood, 11:Willie Cook