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The Giant Killers

Every F A cup slaying since 1888


The Clarets were formed originally as Chelmsford in 1878, spending the first sixty years of their life in regional football before deciding to reform as City in 1938 for promotion to the Southern League. The club were at their height in the immediate post war era but couldn't convinve the chairmen of the Football League to give them a place in their notorious closed shop end of season election process. By the time the non league pyramid and automatic League promotion was created City had been Southern League champions four times but their better days were behind them and today they spend the majority of their time moving between the fifth and sitxh tiers of the game. Their magic moment in the cup came in 1939 when Second Division Southampton were humbled.

Chelmsford City 4-1 Southampton

Third round: Saturday January 7th 1939

Attendance: 13,000

Scorers: Carnaby {own goal}, Coulter {2}, Wright

Ranked at the time:

Town: 1:Davison, 2:Wass, 8:Jackie Coulter, Bell, Landells, Wright