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The Giant Killers

Every F A cup slaying since 1888


The Trotters were original members of the Football League in 1888 but didn't win the cup until the first Wembley final of 1923 and followed that up quickly by winning it again in 1926 and 1929. Since the end of the war football has thrown everything it can at Bolton. The club have experienced true tragedy in the shape of the Burnden Park disaster of 1946, which came at a cup tie against Stoke and took the lives of thirty-three people. Then Bolton became the first of only two sides ever to lose a cup final in normal time having been two goals up when tormented by Blackpool in 1953. Cup success did follow in 1958 when Nat Lofthouse, quite fairly under the rules of the day, shoulder charged Manchester United goalkeeper Harry Gregg into the net with the ball in his hands. Bolton were relegated in 1964, prompting an era of sharp decline in the club's status, hitting rock bottom in 1987 when they played in the fourth division for the first time. With the club's glory days a distant memory Bolton became a giant killer with memorable cup victories over Liverpool in 1993 and Arsenal in 1994 being the highlights. By the turn of the century the club had gone full circle and were back among the elite, even making it into Europe in the UEFA cup but the downside of that is that Bolton have gone from poacher to gamekeeper, culminating in their humiliating defeat at the hands of Tranmere in 2004.

Magic Moments


2-0 @ Sheffield United

Quarter final: 5th March 1904

Scorers: William Yenson, Sam Marsh

Attendance: 20,000

Ranked at the time: 33

Today: outside the top 500


1-0 vs Derby County

Semi Final: 19th March 1904 {at Molineux, Wolverhampton}

Scorer: Taylor

Attendance: 20,000

Ranked at the time: 41

Today: outside the top 600


2-1 @ Manchester City

Second round: 18th February 1905

Scorers: Walter White, Albert Shepherd

Ranked at the time: 14

Today: outside the top 200


3-0 @ Liverpool

Fifth round: Saturday February 17th 1934

Attendance: 54,912

Scorers: Jack Milson, G. T. Taylor, Ray Westwood

Ranked at the time: 174

Team: 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 {image left}, 11:Willie Cook


2-0 vs Tottenham Hotspur

Fifth Round 2nd Replay: February 25th 1935: Villa Park, Birmingham

Attendance: 26,692

Scorers: Ray Westwood, Walton 70

Ranked at the time: 227

Team: 1:Jones, 2:Joe Smith, 3:Connor, 4:Harry Goslin, 5:Jack Atkinson, 6:G. Taylor, 7:G. T. Taylor, 8:George Eastham, 9:Walton, 10:Ray Westwood, 11:Willie Cook

2-0 at Sunderland

Third round replay: Wednesday January 16th 2013

Attendance: 17,505

Scorers: Marvin Sordell {2, 1-pen}

Team: 24:Andy Lonergan, 2:Tyrone Mears, 3:Marcos Alonso, 12:Zat Knight, 18:Sam Ricketts, 7:Chris Eagles, 20:Jay Spearing, 21:Darren Pratley, 25:Josh Vela [replaced by 22 Stuart Holden - 74}, 17:Benik Afobe {replaced by 27: Cung-Yong Lee - 70}, 19:Marvin Sordell [replaced by 14:Kevin Davies - 85}