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The Giant Killers

Every F A cup slaying since 1888


The Swans started life as Swansea Town in the Second Division of the Southern League in 1912 and reached the first round of the cup two years later. A massive victory over Blackburn followed in 1915 before they were granted a place in the Third Division south in 1920 and made it into the second tier of English football for the first time in 1925. The next fifty-six years were spent moving between the second and fourth tier of English football with the highlight being a memorable victory at Liverpool in 1964 which took the club to the semi finals of the cup. They finally making it to the big time in 1981 and spent two years among the elite but then sank down to the fourth tier in the space of four years as the costs of top flight Football hit home. Indeed Swansea, who changed their name to City in 1970, almost went out of business completely when the club was wound up in the high court in 1985 but they were saved and after another twenty-six years moving through the lower tiers they made it back to the big time in 2012. It was during this time that their greatest cup moment came when West Ham were humbled in 1999.

Magic Moments


1-0 vs Blackburn Rovers

First round: January 9th 1915

Attendance: 16,000

Scorer: Benny Benyon

Ranked at the time: 3

Team: 1:Hurst, 2:Thomas Hewitt, 3:, 4:Joe Bulcock, 5:John Duffy, 6:, 7:, 8:Harry Read, 9:Benny Benyon, 10:, 11:Amos Lloyd


2-1 vs Arsenal

Quarter final: Saturday

March 6th 1926

Attendance: 25,100

Scorers: Len Thompson, Jack Fowler

Ranked at the time: 49

{Image: Thompson opens the scoring}

Team: 1:Jock Denoon, 2:Sandy Langford, 3:Wilf Milne, 4;Jimmy Collins, 5:Joe Sykes, 6:Lacky McPherson, 7:Billy Hole, 8:Harry Deacon, 9:Jack Fowler, 10:Len Thompson, 11:Dai Nicholas


4-1 vs Bury

Third round: Saturday January 8th 1927


Scorers: Len Thompson {3}, Harry Deacon

Ranked at the time: 132

Team: 1:Jock Denoon, 2:Sammy Langford, 3:Wilf Milne, 4:Jimmy Collins, 5:Joe Sykes, 6:Lacky McPherson, 7:Billy Hole, 8:Harry Deacon, 9:Jack Fowler, 10:Len Thompson, 11:Dai Nicholas


4-1 vs Stoke City

Third Round: Saturday January 12th 1935

Attendance: 20,200

Scorers: S Lowery {2} Hughie Blair, Walter Bussey

Ranked at the time: 33

Team:1:J Walton, 2:Sid Lawrence, 3:Wilfred Milne, 4:Jack Warner, 5:Harry Hanford, 6:Joe Lloyd, 7:Hughie Blair, 8:Walter Bussey, 9:?, 10:Joe Sykes, 11:S Lowery {Manager}:Neil Harris


3-0 vs Birmingham City

Third Round: Saturday January 7th 1950

Attendance: 18,990

Scorers: Frank Scrine, Frank Burns, Ivor Allchurch

Ranked at the time: 237

Team: 1:Jack Parry, 2:Jim Feeney, 3:Rory Keane, 4:Roy Paul, 5:Reg Weston, 6:Frank Burns, 7:Jack O'Driscoll, 8:Billy Lucas, 9:Frank Scrine, 10:Ivor Allchurch, 11:Cryil Beech


2-0 @ Portsmouth

Fourth round: January 24th 2009

Attendance: 17,357

Scorers: Nathan Dyer, Jason Scotland

Ranked at the time:367

(image-Scotland is congratulated after scoring while Portsmouth's Sol Campbell and David Nugent contemplate a cupset)

Team: 36:Dimitrios Konstantopoulos, 22:Angel Rangel, 2:Ashley Williams, 16:Garry Monk, 5:Alan Tate, 7:Leon Britton, 8:Darren Pratley, 24:Joe Allen, 14:Jordi Gomez, 9:Jason Scotland, 31:Nathan Dyer, Subs:18:Gorka Pintado {on for Allen-61}, 11:Mark Gower {on for Dyer-79}, Not used: 1:Dorus De Vries, 10:Andrea Orlandi, 17:Owain Tudor-Jones, 23:Guillern Bauza, 26:Albert Serran