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The Giant Killers

Every F A cup slaying since 1888

Giant Killers


1947 - 1949

Arsenal 0-1 Bradford Park Avenue

Third Round: Saturday January 10th 1948

Attendance: 47,738

Scorer: Billy Elliott {36}

Ranked at the time: 19

Today: Inside the top 60

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Arsenal: 1:George Swindin, 2:George Male, 3:Laurie Scott, 4:Archie MacAuley, 5:Les Compton, 6:Joe Mercer, 7:Don Roper, 8:Jimmy Logie, 9:Reg Lewis, 10:Ronnie Rooke, Ian McPherson

Avenue: 1:Chic Farr, 2:Ronnie Hepworth, 3:Arthur Farrell, 4:Ray White, 5:Ron Greenwood, 6:Bill Deplidge, 7:Jackie Smith, 8:Gerry Henry, 9:George Ainsley, 10:Johnny Downie, 11:Billy Elliott

Bolton Wanderers 0-2 Tottenham Hotspur

Third Round: Saturday January 10th 1948

Attendance: 37,075

Scorers: Len Duquemin {97, 120} After Extra Time

Ranked at the time: 244

A clash between sides with a serious possibility of swapping places at the end of the season as Bolton kicked off in the relegation zone and Tottenham kicked off seventh in Division two but just five points adrift of the promotion slots. The surprise on the day wasn't that Tottenham won but why it took them until extra time to do it as they outplayed Bolton in every department. In normal circumstances Bolton would have been granted a replay in London and a chance to sort their shaky defence out but Government concerns regarding work absenteeism led the FA to try and reduce the number of daytime midweek replays by introducing extra time at the first attempt. Stan Hanson had been the keeper doing all the work during the ninety minutes and when he was beaten early in extra time, Walter Crook was on hand to head off the line. It proved little more than a stay of execution as Len Duquemin rode a mistimed Jack Atkinson tackle before racing through to fire past a helpless Stan Hanson. The remainder of extra time provided much more excitement than the dreary ninety minutes had as Bolton chased the game and risked being caught on the counter. It wasn't until virtually the last kick of the game that Duquemin headed home the killer second. The defeat sparked Bolton into a good run, which ultimately preserved their top flight place while Spurs managed to avoid the top flight clubs in a run to the semi finals where they were just minutes away from reaching the cup final. They led Blackpool as the game moved into the dying minutes but were under intense pressure, buckling to an equaliser before going down 1-3 in extra time.

Wanderers: 1:Stan Hanson, 2:Jackie Roberts, 3:Walter Crook, 4:Ernie Forrest, 5:Jack Atkinson, 6:Don Howe, 7:Tommy Woodward, 8:Malcolm Barrass, 9:Nat Lofthouse, 10:Jack Bradley, 11:Willie Moir

Hotspur:1:Ted Ditchburn, 2:Sam Tickridge, 3:Vic Buckingham, 4:Bill Nicholson, 5:Johnny Woodward, 6:Ron Burgess, 7:Freddie Cox, 8:Johnny Jordan, 9:Len Duquemin, 10:Eddie Baily, 11:Les Stevens

Burnley 0-2 Swindon Town

Third Round: Saturday January 10th 1948

Attendance: 34,229

Scorers: Jackie Dryden {2}, Maurice Owen {40}

Ranked at the time: 1

Burnley: 1:Arthur Woodruff, 2:Harry Mather, 3:Reg Attwell, 4:Alan Brown, 5:George Bray, 6:Jackie Chew, 7:Harry Potts, 8:Jack Hays, 9:Ray Harrison, 10:Jackie Knight, 11:Jack Butterfield

Town:1:Frank Boulton, 2:Albert Young, 3:Don Emery, 4:Harry Kaye, 5:Jimmy Ithell, 6:Edward Painter, 7:Jackie Dryden, 8:Billy Lucas, 9:Maurice Owen, 10:Ted Maguire

Colchester United 1-0 Huddersfield Town

Third Round: Saturday January 10th 1948

Attendance: 17,005

Scorer: Bob Curry {70}

Ranked at the time: 39

See Colchester vs Bradford Park Avenue [below]

United: 1:Harry Wright, 2:Digger Kettle, 3:Bob Allen, 4:Harry Bearyman, 5:Andy Bron 6:Ted Fenton, 7:Andy Brown, 8:Len Cater, 9:Arthur Turner, 10:Bob Curry, 11:Fred Cutting

Town: 1:Bob Hesford, 2:Bill Hayes, 3:Jeff Barker, 4:Les Smith, 5:George Hepplewhite, 6:Eddie Boot, 7:Conway Smith, 8:Jimmy Glazzard, 9:Alf Whittingham, 10:Peter Doherty, 11:Vic Metcalfe

Crewe Alexandra 3-1 Sheffield United

Third Round: Saturday January 10th 1948

Attendance: 9,700

Scorers: {Alexandra}: Bobby Finan {2}, Eric Jones {United} Colin Collindridge

Ranked at the time: 92

An otherwise nondescript season for Sheffield United came to an unceremonious end mid season with this routine third round cup exit at Crewe. The Third Division side were under the guidance of player manager, Frank Hill, who had watched from the stands as his Arsenal team mates had won the cup in 1936. Despite being on the playing staff at Crewe, he resisted the temptation to lend his top flight experience to the side and watched from the dug out as a Bobby Finan brace proved the difference. Sadly for Crewe their exploits came on a day when it was dwarfed by events elsewhere in the cup, which caused their events to become little more than a third round footnote outside Crewe.

Alexandra: 1:Robert Scott, 2:Ralph Ward, 3:Maurice Randall, 4:Tony Waddington, 5:Louis Cardwell, 6:Ray Ferris, 7:Eric Jones, 8:John Meaney, 9:Duncan Harrigan, 10:Bobby Finan, 11:James Taylor

United: 1:Jack Smith, 2:Fred Furniss, 3:Albert Cox, 4:Ernest Jackson, 5:Dick Young, 6:Alex Forbes, 7:Dennis Thompson, 8:Albert Nightingale, 9:Cliff Whitelum, 10:Harold Brook, 11:Colin Collindridge

Southampton 1-0 Sunderland

Third Round: Saturday January 10th 1948

Attendance: 24,288

Scorer: Eric Day {Half Time 0-0}

Ranked at the time: 269

See Southampton vs Blackburn below

Southampton: 1:Ian Black, 2:Bill Ellerington, 3:Alf Ramsey, 4:George Smith, 5:Eric Webber, 6:Joe Mallett, 7:Eric Day, 8:George Curtis, 9:Charlie Waymen, 10:Ted Bates, 11:Billy Wrigglesworth

Sunderland: 1:Johnny Mapson, 2:Jack Stelling, 3:Arthur Hudgell, 4:Tommy McLain, 5:Fred Hall, 6:Arthur Wright, 7:Len Duns, 8:Dickie Davis, 9:Ronnie Turnbull, 10:Willie Watson, 11:Eddie Burbanks

Colchester United 3-2 Bradford Park Avenue

Fourth Round: Saturday January 24th 1948

Attendance: 16,000

Scorers: {United} Bob Curry {2}, Fred Cutting: {Avenue} Bill Elliott, George Ainsley {Half Time 2-2}

Ranked at the time: 177

{image - Bob Curry head Colchester level against Bradford}

The dream draw of every non league club reaching the third round of the cup is to be drawn at home to a top flight side and Colchester got exactly what they wanted when paired with struggling Huddersfield. The press were naturally keen to build up the David and Goliath element to the tie and in player manager, Ted Fenton they found someone keen to make use of the PR exercise. The former West Ham player made visits to watch Hudderfield in action before declaring that he had formulated a plan that would put paid to their illustrious opponents. The press dubbed it the F-plan. Curiously Colchester's blue and white striped kit had been inspired by Huddersfield when the U's were formed just eleven short years earlier so they were forced to change into an all blue strip for the tie while their opponents also adopted a change kit of red. Layer Road could barely cope with the 16,000 fans that arrived for the tie as spectators took position on the roof of the stands and on chairs along the touchlines. It made the tight confines of the tiny Layer Road ground feel even more cramped for the visiting Huddersfield players and they never got to grips with it. Despite a spirited performance it still seemed unlikely that Colchester would score from open play so it was no surprise that their break through came from a free kick and a tail of three Bobs. Bob Allen took the kick, which Bob Hesford could only parry into the path of Bob Curry, who stabbed the ball home. Huddersfield had offered little as an attacking threat and meekly passed out of the competition in humiliating circumstances. The press hailed that the F-plan had worked as the U's made national headlines for the first time in their history. In round four they were drawn to face Bradford Park Avenue of Division Two, who, if anything, had pulled off an even bigger shock in winning at Champions elect, Arsenal in round three. The clash of the giant killers was how the tie was dubbed with Avenue now experiencing role reversal in what turned out to be a hum dinger of a cup tie. The U's trailed and then led through a Bob Curry brace before being pegged back before the interval. Fred Cutting burst through the Bradford defence in the second period to seal yet another cupset, which paved the way for a fifth round tie at First Division Blackpool. Colchester could have filled over fifty coaches if the Government restrictions on fuel use hadn't been in place. Instead the majority of U's fans arrived by train in the early hours of the morning and spent the day basically having a good natured party in the slumbering seaside resort. Inside Bloomfield Road however Colchester were outclassed as Blackpool romped to a 5-0 victory and continued on a path that would take them to Wembley. Ted Fenton was lured away from Colchester at the end of the season to take charge of West Ham but the U's were on the map and two years later the near impregnable doors of the Football League were opened to them.

United:1:Harry Wright, 2:Digger Kettle, 3:Bob Allen, 4:Harry Bearyman, 5:? 6:Ted Fenton, 7:Andy Brown, 8:Len Cater, 9:Arthur Turner, 10:Bob Curry, 11:Fred Cutting

Avenue: 1:Chic Farr, 2:Ronnie Hepworth, 3:Arthur Farrell, 4:Ray White, 5:Ron Greenwood, 6:Bill Deplidge, 7:Jackie Smith, 8:Gerry

Henry, 9:George Ainsley, 10:Johnny Downie, 11:Bill Elliott

Queen's Park Rangers 3-0 Stoke City

Fourth Round: Saturday January 24th 1948

Attendance: 24,100

Scorers: Cyril Hatton {2}, Fred Ramscar

Ranked at the time: 136

Dave Mangnall made his name in the F A cup when his goals guided Third Division Millwall to the semi final in the thirties. Now as manager of Third Division South table toppers, QPR he was better qualified than most on how to mastermind the defeat of a top flight side. Stoke were a prime candidate for a cupset too as they struggled just above the relegation zone and the thought must have crossed a few minds that their trip to Loftus Road could well be a League meeting next season. Just as well for Stoke then that they would go on to finish comfortably in mid table because they were easily dispatched by Rangers with a brace from Cyril Hatton. Luck however totally deserted the Rs in the quarter final, having held title chasing Derby to a draw at Loftus Road, they lost goalkeeper, Reg Allen to a hand injury as Derby took the lead. Allen continued on the wing with Ivor Powell going into goal only for the Rs to then lose Billy McEwan to a torn hamstring. With only ten men and a stand in keeper they were swept aside 0-5 but ended the season with the joy of promotion to Division Two.

Rangers: 1:Reg Allen, 2:George Powell, 3:Arthur Jefferson, 4:Ivor Powell, 5:George Smith, 6:Harry Daniels, 7:Billy McEwan, 8:Fred Ramscar, 9:Danny Boxshall, 10:Cyril Hatton, 11:Johnny Hartburn

City: 1:Dennis Herod, 2:Billy Mould, 3:Harry Meakin, 4:Frank Mountford, 5:Neil Franklin, 6:Jock Kirton, 7:Johnny Sellars, 8:Thomas Kiernan, 9:Freddie Steele, 10:Jimmy McAlinden, 11:Alec Ormston

Southampton 3-2 Blackburn Rovers

Fourth Round: Saturday January 24th 1948

Attendance: 24,274

Scorers: {Southampton} Eric Day {2}, Charlie Wayman : {Rovers} Jackie Campbell, Charlie McLelland

Ranked at the time: 291

Southampton were on course for their greatest ever League campaign, which would end with their closest ever flirtation with promotion to th top flight up to that time. Bill Dodgin's side were always long shots for promotion though, never being closer than the four points that denied them on the final day. They were not the type of team that a Sunderland side in the lower half of the top flight wanted to face on third round day. Fortunately for them Eric Day's second half winner passed under the radar on a day of huge cup shocks elsewhere. Blackburn too would be relatively grateful for events elsewhere stealing the limelight on fourth round day. they were deep in the relegation scrap when they visited The Dell and fell victim to a brace from Day before Charlie Wayman tipped the balance with the best of five goals. Saints cruised through a round five tie with Swindon and must have strongly fancied their chances of a semi final when drawn to face divisional rivals Tottenham in the last eight at White Hart Lane. The Saints had drawn there earlier in the season but this time lost by the only goal. Promotion never came for this crop of Saints but Charlie Wayman would make his way to the big time, scoring in the cup final of 1954.

Southampton: 1:Ian Black, 2:Alf Ramsey, 3;Bill Rochford, 4:George Smith, 5:Eric Webber, 6:Joe Mallett, 7:Eric Day, 8:George Curtis, 9:Charlie Wayman, 10:Ted Bates, 11:Billy Wrigglesworth

Rovers: 1:George Marks, 2:Les Cook, 3:Bob Tomlinson, 4:Jimmy Baldwin, 5:Bob Pryde, 6:Henry Horton, 7:Jackie Campbell, 8:Les Graham, 9:Charlie McLelland, 10:Eddie Murphy, 11:Bobby Langton

Everton 0-1 Fulham

Fifth Round: Saturday February 14th 1948

Attendance: 71,587

Scorer: Bob Thomas

Ranked at the time: 183

A battle between two wildly inconsistant sides saw an Everton team whose season had seen them go on three and four game winning runs only to then lose three and four on the spin. Fulham, in contrast couldn't string any sort of run of form together. Both sides sat just below mid table in the First and Second Divisions respectively with a nervous eye over their shoulders and the relegation bettles going on below them. The cup was a saving grace for the Merseysiders and when they held the Londoners to a 1-1 draw in the first game and then drew mid table top flight rivals Blackpool in the quarter finals, their fans were starting to think that an otherwise uninspiring season might yet yield a trip to Wembley. Fulham's fans felt they had probably missed their chance of a cup set but they still traveled in great numbers for what was unusually a Saturday afternoon replay. Ted Hinton was in inspired form to keep the Toffeeemen at bay before Goodison Park was silenced when a rare Fulham attack was finished off by Bob Thomas. Now it was Fulham's turn to dream of a cup semi final but their own hopes were to be dashed by a Blackpool side destined for Wembley.

Everton: 1:Ted Sagar, 2:George Saunders, 3:Gordon Dugdale, 4:Peter Farrell, 5:John Humphreys, 6:Gordon Watson, 7:Jackie Grant, 8:Stan Bentham, 9:Harry Catterick, 10:Wally Fielding, 11:Tommy Eglinton

 Fulham: 1:Ted Hinton, 2:Harry Freeman, 3:Joe Bacuzzi, 4:Len Quested, 5:Jim Taylor, 6:Pat Beasley, 7;Sid Thomas, 8:Bob Thomas, 9:Arthur Stevens, 10:Harry Ayers, 11:Dave Bewley