The Giant Killers

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GIANT KILLERS

 

1914

1913 - 1915

Swindon Town 1-0 Manchester United

First round: January 10th 1914

Attendance: 18,187

Scorer: Harold Fleming {90}

Ranked at the time: 76

Today: Outside the top 400

Manchester United had long since settled for a draw when Swindon legend Harold Fleming delivered a last gasp hammer blow in this first round tie. With the fans having given up hope as yet another ball into the United penalty area was cleared into touch, Bob Jefferson hastily hurled the ball back into play to Fleming who was instantly closed down by three emergency United defenders. Swindon's last chance had surely gone but Fleming won the ball back, evaded two further challenges and thumped the ball past Bobby Beale to win the tie. It took five minutes to clear the field of delerious fans in order to afford United the courtesey of kicking off before the final whistle was blown. United had been the more polished side, especially in the first half but Len Skiller was in magnificent form and made his task look much easier than it actually was. Indeed Swindon could have been two goals up by the time they actually did score with Freddy Wheatcroft tamely firing into Beale's hands in the first half when any kind of placement wou have beaten the exposed keeper while Archie Bown was even more wasteful in the second period when firing wide of an open goal. This all served as a prelude to a nailbiting final fifteen minutes in which United climbed deeper and deeper into their shell with an ambition only to hang on for a replay. Such afternoons were made for Harold Fleming as he created yet another moment of magic that would have Swindonians still talking about it fifty years later.

Swindon Town: 1:Len Skiller, 2:Harry Kay, 3:Charles Giles, 4:Billy Tout, 5: Billy Silto, 6:Frank Handley, 7:Bob Jefferson, 8:Harold Fleming, 9:Freddy Wheatcroft, 10: Archie Bown, 11:Tommy Bolland 

Manchester United: 1:Bobby Beale, 2:Jimmy Hodge, 3:George Stacey, 4:Frank Knowles, 5:Geordie Livingstone, 6:Arthur Whalley, 7:Billy Meredith, 8:Sandy Turnbull, 9:Wilf Woodcock, 10:Enoch 'Knocker' West, 11:George Wall

Glossop 2-1 Everton

First round: January 10th 1914

Attendance: 4,800

Scorers: {Glossop}: {Everton}: Frank Bradshaw

Ranked at the time:

Today: Outside the top 500

Glossop:

Everton: 1;Tommy Fern, 2:Bob Thompson, 3:Jock Maconnachie, 4:Val Harris, 5:Tom Fleetwood, 6:Harry Makepeace, 7:George Beare, 8:Frank Jefferis, 9:Bobby Parker, 10:Frank Bradshaw, 11:George Harrison

Chelsea 0-1 Millwall Athletic

First round replay: January 14th 1914

Attendance: 35,800

Scorer: Walter Davis {17}

Ranked at the time: 11

Today: Inside the top 100

Chelsea: 1:Jimmy Molyneux, 2:Owen Marshall, 3:Jack Harrow, 4:Tom Logan, 5:Fred Taylor, 6:George Hunter, 7:Harry Ford, 8:Harold Halse, 9:Vivian Woodward, 10:Charlie Freeman, 11: Norrie Fairgrey

Millwall: 1:J H Orme, 2:J Kirkwood, 3:Woodley, 4:Bill Voisey, 5:R Liddell, 6:J Wilson, 7:Moody, 8:A E Hall, 9:Walter Davis, 10:Vincent, 11:Tommy Dilly

Brighton & Hove Albion 1-0 Oldham Athletic

First round replay (after extra time): Wednesday January 14th 1914

Attendance: 11,000

Scorer: Booth {113}

Ranked at the time: 12

Today: Outside the top 100

Southern League Brighton were inspired to victory by veteran cup winning captain Joe Leeming who was chaired off the field at the final whistle of this energy sapping encounter played in the biting cold and strong winds of the Goldstone. Little had happened to really trouble either keeper during regulation time but with the light fading, Brighton deservedly booked a second round tie against Orient when Longstaff's corner hit the bar and sailed out to the opposite wing to Parkes who drilled the ball back in for Billy Booth to tap in with just seven minutes left. That was a relief for Miller who moments earlier had hit the bar with his lob over Ted Taylor.

Brighton: 1:, 2:, 3:Miller, 4:Parkes, 5:Higham, 6:Joe Leeming, 7:Bert Longstaff, 8:Billy Booth, 9:Billy Jones, 10:Webb, 11:Tylor

Oldham: 1:Ted Taylor, 2:Jimmy Hodson, 3:Billy Cook, 4:Hugh Moffat, 5:Charlie Roberts, 6:David Wilson, 7:Ollie Tummon, 8:Joe Walters, 9:Arthur Gee, 10:George 'Lady' Woodger, 11:Joe Donnachie

Millwall Athletic 1-0 Bradford City

Second round: Saturday January 31st 1914

Attendance: 20,735

Scorer: Walter Davis

Ranked at the time: 27

Today: Outside the top 100

Welsh international Walter Davis won this second round tie with a sensational goal, leaving a string of hapless Bradford defenders in his wake before calmly slipping the ball over the onrushing Jock Ewart. The victory was no fluke either as Millwall dominated from start to finish to win a game thought to be worth £1,000 to the club in the money they stood to gain from progressing to the third round.

Millwall: 1:, 2:, 3:, 4:, 5:, 6:, 7:, 8:, 9:Walter Davis, 10:, 11:

Bradford:1:Jock Ewart, 2:Bob Campbell, 3:Irvine Boocock, 4:George Robinson, 5:Bob Torrance, 6:Bert Gane, 7:Dickie Bond, 8:Jimmy Mcilvenny, 9:Charlie Storer, 10:Oscar Fox, 11:

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