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The Giant Killers

Every F A cup slaying since 1888


Chelsea are as close to an American style franchise as you're likely to find in English football, having been formed specifically to fill the Stamford Bridge football ground in 1905, a ground coincidentally that they can never leave as the rights to the name belong to the stadium and not the club meaning that should Chelsea ever leave they will have to change their name. As a result of their unusual creation Chelsea were a big club from day one, joining the second division within a year and staying in the top two leagues ever since, being champions in 1955, 2005, 2006 and 2010 while they came agonisingly close to being European champions in 2008 before losing on penalties. In the cup Chelsea first reached the final in 1915 but the trophy eluded them until 1970 and has been followed with wins in 1997, 2000, 2007, 2009 and most recently when Didier Drogba's free kick secured the League and cup double of 2010 against Portsmouth . Chelsea have rearely found themselves in a position where they would be truely a giant killer in the cup with one notable exception in 1982 when, as an unfancied second division side they rocked the then mighty Liverpool. More usually though the Blues have been on the wrong end of such results going back as far as 1914 when local rivals Millwall inflicted a humiliating defeat on the young club. That pailed to the horrors witnessed by the next generation of Blues fans at Darlington in 1958 and it got even worse when Crewe came visiting three years later. Modern fans are not imune from such pain either as Barnsley showed in 2008.

Magic Moments


1-0 vs Sheffield United

First round: 13th January 1912

Attendance: 34,400

Scorer: George Dodd

{Image right: Chelsea keeper Jack Whitley}

Ranked at the time: 107

Today: Outside the top 600

Team: 1:Jack Whitley, 2:Walter Bettridge, 3:Jock Cameron, 4:Fred Taylor, 5:?, 6:Sam Downing, 7:Angus Douglas, 8:Bob Whittingham, 9:Bob Thomson, 10:George Dodd, 11:Billy Bridgeman

Fifth round: Saturday February 19th 1927

Attendance: 63,238

Scorers: Albert Thain, Harry Wilding

Ranked at the time: 97

Today: Outside the top 300

Team: 1:Sam Millington, 2:George Smith, 3:Tommy Law, 4:Jock Priestley, 5:Harry Wilding, 6:Willie Ferguson, 7:Jackie Crawford, 8:Albert Thain {image left}, 9:Bobby Turnbull, 10:Andy Wilson, 11:George Pearson


2-0 vs Everton

Third round: Saturday January 12th 1929

Attendance: 61,316

Scorers: Jimmy Thompson, Harold Miller

Ranked at the time: 109

Team: 1:, 2:George Smith, 3:Tommy Law, 4:, 5:Jack Townrow, 6:Willie Ferguson, 7:Jackie Crawford, 8:, 9:Jimmy Thompson, 10:Harold Miller, 11:George Pearson : Manager: David Calderhead


1-0 vs Birmingham City

Fourth round: Saturday January 26th 1929

Attendance: 55,953

Scorers: Harold Miller

Ranked at the time: 207

Team: 1:Sam Millington, 2:George Smith, 3:Tommy Law, 4:, 5:Jack Townrow, 6:Willie Fergu