The Giant Killers

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GIANT KILLERS

 

1927

1926 - 1928

Millwall 3-1 Huddersfield Town

Third round: Saturday January 8th 1927

Attendance: 35,000

Scorers: {Millwall}:Wilf Phillips {38}, Archie Gomm {46}, Alf Black {70} {Huddersfield}:George Brown {30} 

Ranked at the time: 3

Today: Inside the top 30

Millwall: 1:Joe Lansdale, 2:Jack Fort, 3:Dick Hill, 4:Alf Amos, 5:Billy Bryant, 6:Len Graham, 7:George Chance, 8:Archie Gomm, 9:Dick Parker, 10:Wilf Phillips, 11:Alf Black

Huddersfield Town: 1:Hugh Turner, 2:Roy Goodall, 3:Sam Wadsworth, 4:David Steele, 5:Tommy Wilson, 6:Billy Watson, 7:Alex Jackson, 8:Billy Cook, 9:George Brown, 10:Clem Stephenson, 11:Billy Smith

Southport 2-0 Blackburn Rovers

Third round: Saturday January 8th 1927

Attendance: 12,000 

Scorers: Tommy White {15}, Harry Beadles {60}

Ranked at the time: 53

Today: Outside the top 200

Third division Southport were going through the motions of an uneventful League campaign that would see them buried in the obscurity of mid table come its end but the cup brought their sleepy season to life in explosive fashion in January. This was a case of a second bite at the cherry for the sandgrounders who had run Blackburn Rovers very close in a cup tie five years earlier, the giants eventually surviving a scare to run out victors in the replay. This time there was no such luck for a Rovers side who themselves were doing just enough to stay out of the relegation dog fight. Southport had never before beaten a top flight club competitively and the tiny Haig Avenue ground was packed to the rafters, with many more taking a free view from any available vantage point, to see a classic dogged display from the junior club who coped better in the glue pot conditions. By full time both Southport's red and Blackburn's famous halved shirts were indistinguishable in the mud but it didn't matter to the fans who mobbed their heroes, mud and all. The damage on the day was done by two men at the opposite ends of their careers. Harry Beadles was the veteran club captain who had been on the fringes of the title winning Liverpool sides of the early twenties. Beadles had more luck with Cardiff with whom he played in the 1925 cup final, as well as being honoured by Wales. Nineteen year old Tommy White was the other goal scorer and also netted in the next round at Liverpool where Southport's cup run came to an end by one goal to three but the youngster had by then done enough to attract Everton's attention. White signed for the Toffees before the end of the year, winning two league titles and a cup winner's medal in 1933.

Southport: 1:Billy Halsall, 2:Jack Allen, 3:?, 4:Tommy Sinclair, 5:Jack Newnes, 6:Jimmy Bimson, 7:?, 8:Harry Beadles, 9:Albert Bradley, 10:George Sapsford, 11:Tommy White 

Blackburn Rovers: 1:Ronnie Sewell, 2:Robert Roxburgh, 3:Herbert Jones, 4:Jack Roscamp, 5:Harry Healless, 6:Johnny McIntyre, 7:Syd Puddefoot, 8:Peter Holland, 9:Ted Harper, 10:Arthur Rigby, 11:Tommy Mitchell

Swansea Town 4-1 Bury

Third round: Saturday January 8th 1927

Attendance: 28,000 

Scorers: {Swansea} Len Thompson {5, 15, 46}, Harry Deacon {55}, {Bury} Wally Amos {24}

Ranked at the time: 132

This was no shock as far as the fans of Swansea were concerned. They had seen their side get to the semi finals of the cup last year and there was genuine belief that they could go all the way this time. That belief had been increased by a great start to the season that saw Swansea top the second division for most of the first half of the campaign although a shattering 1-7 reverse at Middlesbrough had seen the club's form begin to slide by the time Bury came calling. The Shakers were struggling in the top flight and there was little in their form to suggest Swansea had anything to fear. The one downside for Swansea was the growing economic depression that was gripping the country, which led to increasingly dwindling attendances as the jobless figures grew. The cult hero at the Vetch at this time was Jack Fowler but he failed to find the net as former Birmingham forward Len Thompson helped himself to a hat-trick, punctuated by Harry Deacon's strike, which sealed a comprehensive demolition of the visitors and booked a fourth round tie with second division Barnsley. The Tykes were dispatched, as were another second division side, South Shields, after a replay to set up a quarter final with yet another second division opponent, Reading. By now the Swansea public were convinced they were going to Wembley, despite their league form getting gradually worse and while cup final optimism was premature, they were favourites to book a semi final spot. Sadly their league form showed through in their quarter final and in incessant rain they went down 1-3 in front of a crowd which was a good thirty percent down on the same time last year. For many that defeat marked the end of Swansea's greatest opportunity to reach the cup final. For goal hero Len Thompson there was also great optimism as he was snapped up by Arsenal before the year was out but sadly he failed to make an impression in the early days of the first great Highbury side. One sad note on an otherwise great day was the death of one Swansea fan in the ground who found the events so exciting that it triggered a heart attack.

Swansea Town: 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

Bury: 1:Billy Richardson, 2:Sam Wynne, 3:Tom Adamson, 4:Jimmy Porter, 5:Tiny Bradshaw, 6:Tommy Holmes, 7:David Robbie, 8:Billy Stage, 9:Norman Bullock, 10:Jack Ball, 11:Wally Amos

Middlesbrough 5-3 Leicester City

Third round: Saturday January 8th 1927

Attendance: 30,000

Scorers: {Middlesbrough} George Camsell {30}, Billy Pease {49}, Billy Birrell {58, 87}, Owen Williams {79}, {Leicester} Johnny Duncan {70}, Ernie Hine {89}, Arthur Chandler {90}

Ranked at the time: 149

Not much of a surprise here at all as Second division leaders, Middlesbrough faced high flying Leicester at Ayresome Park with the scoreline causing more of a sensation that the fact 'Boro won through. The North East club had been out of the top flight for three years and after a dreadful start to the season they had stormed to the top of the table and hadn't lost in front of their own fans since September. Despite their higher status, most felt a draw would still be a good result for the travelling Filberts, despite their own reasonably good top flight form but nobody expected the manner in which the game unfolded, especially after a first half in which the sides were seperated only by George Camsell's brilliant individual effort on the half hour, which proved the highlight of the game. Camsell {pictured above} was the local idol was already being talked of an an England international for. his sensational goal scoring ability and though he got just one here, it and he ran virtually the length of the field before slotting the ball past a deflated Kenny Campbell. In driving rain the second half saw 'Boro completely dominate as as the thirty thousand fans got their moneys worth with seven goals being scored. 'Boro had put the game beyond Leicester and were three up by the time the Filberts secured their first point and it was only in the final two minutes with 'Boro 5-1 up that Leicester managed to secure some dignity with two very late strikes. George Camsell thought he had scored two in this game but one of his goals was later credited to Owen Williams. Camsell needn't have worried as he was on target again in round four where promotion rivals, Preston were easily swept aside before a classic fifth round tie against third division promotion hopefuls, Millwall went the way of the juniors in a five goal thriller. 'Boro didn't dwell on that disappointment as they marched to the second division title while Camsell wrote his name into the record books with a breath taking fifty-nine league goals, shattering the previous record. So impressive was Camsell's feat that many football writers suggested it would never be beaten yet amazingly it stood for a solitary season before Dixie Dean beat it by one. That included a goal against 'Boro as they found life in top flight too tough and were promptly relegated back to division two.

Middlesbrough: 1:Jimmy Mathieson, 2:Frank Twine, 3:?, 4:Joe Miller, 5:Robert Ferguson, 6:Don Ashman, 7:Billy Pease, 8:Billy Birrell, 9:George Camsell, 10:Jackie Carr, 11:Owen Williams

Leicester City: 1:Kenny Campbell, 2:Norman Watson, 3:Reg Osborne, 4:Johnny Duncan, 5:Pat Carrigan, 6:Sid Bishop, 7:Hugh Adcock, 8:Ernie Hine, 9:Arthur Chandler, 10:Arthur Lochhead, 11:Harold Wadsworth

Hull City 2-1 West Bromwich Albion

Third round: Saturday January 8th 1927

Attendance: 24,909

Scorers: {Hull} William Cowan {5}, Harry Scott {74}, {West} Nelson Howarth {65}

Ranked at the time: 192

[See Hull City versus Everton below]

Hull City: 1:Geordie Maddison, 2:Jock McGee, 3:Matt Bell, 4:Con Sullivan, 5:Stan Dixon, 6:Tommy Bleakley, 7:George Martin, 8:Harry Scott, 9:William Cowan, 10:George Whitworth, 11:Billy Taylor

West Bromwich Albion: 1:George Ashmore, 2:Bill Ashurst, 3:George Shaw, 4:Tommy Magee, 5:Edward Rooke, 6:Nelson Howarth, 7:Tommy Glidden, 8:Joe Carter, 9:Stan Davies, 10:Sammy Short, 11:Arthur Fitton

Manchester United 1-2 Reading

Third round second replay: Monday January 17th 1927

Villa Park, Birmingham

Attendance: 18,500

Scorers: {Manchester} Frank McPherson {43} {Reading} Frank Richardson {48 pen}, Bill Johnstone {89}

Ranked at the time: 124

1927 remains Reading's greatest season in the cup as they reached the semi finals for the only time in their history, giving their fans a whirlwind of emotions along the way. The Elm Park outfit were going through the motions of an otherwise unremarkable season in Division Two when they were drawn to face Manchester United in the third round of the competition, having already gone through two nail biting cup ties to get to round three. In round one The Royals had come perilously close to entering the giant killer's list on the wrong end of that tie but the 4-4 scoreline with Non League Weymouth ensured a replay, which they came through to then set up what proved to be a five goal thriller with Third Division Southend. Again Reading could consider themselves lucky to get through but that was forgotten when the news came through that Manchester United would be the opposition in round three. United were a world away from the global phenomenon they are today, with a side that were themselves going through the motions of an uninspiring mid table top flight season, despite having three England Internationals in their side. Yet again the Reading faithful were put through the mill as the clashes at Old Trafford and Elm Park failed to resolve the issue with the result that a third tie was set for the neutral Villa Park for Monday January 17th. The Royals took the field with a side almost entirely made up of players who had enjoyed the briefest of careers with a clutch of top flight clubs before arriving at Elm Park. Keeper, Joe Duckworth had kept goal in five top flight games for Blackburn, Bert Eggo played four times for Sheffield Wednesday and Ted Braithwaite had turned out twice for Bradford City while Frank Richardson has seven appearances with Stoke and West Ham. Most of the rest had failed to break into their respective top flight first teams including two Internationals, Northern Irishman, Billy 'Pat' McConnell and Welshman, Dai Evans. All were on duty for the second replay in which The Royals were the better side throughout. Even so, United left the field at half time in front through Frank McPherson's sweetly struck free kick just before the interval but Reading made an early and deserved reply dramatically early in the second half with a hotly disputed penalty. There were angry exchanges between the red shirted players and the referee before Frank Richardson stepped up to level matters from the spot and it was Reading who continued to look the more likely victor for the rest of the second half without making the break through. The 18,000 crowd were settling in for an extra half hour Bill Johnstone headed a sensational winner with barely ninety seconds left on the clock to book a tie with Second Division promotion hopefuls, Portsmouth. Reading came through that tie comfortably and earned a quarter final with Third Division Brentford that got the whole town talking about a run to Wembley. A record crowd of over 33,000 crammed into Elm Park to witness Reading score early and survive a battering from the underdogs to reach the semi finals where top flight Cardiff City awaited. Reading's one and only cup semi final was played at Wolverhampton Wanderer's Molineux but they were always second best as Cardiff booked the place at Wembley. 

Manchester United: 1:Alf Steward, 2:Charlie Moore, 3:Jack Silcock, 4:Ray Bennion, 5:Frank Barson, 6:Clarrie Hilditch, 7:Joe Spence, 8:?, 9:Frank McPherson, 10:Eric Sweeney, 11:Ted Partridge

Reading: 1:Joe Duckworth, 2:Bert Eggo, 3:Pat McConnell, 4:Bill Inglis, 5:Alf Messer, 6:Dai Evans, 7:Murdo McDonald, 8:Ted Braithwaite, 9:Bill Johnstone, 10:Frank Richardson, 11:Jack Robson

Derby County 0-2 Millwall

Fourth round: Saturday January 29th 1927

Attendance:

Scorers: Dick Parker, Wilf Phillips {pen}

Ranked at the time: 48

Today: Outside the top 100

See Millwall vs Huddersfield {above}

Derby County: 1:Ben Olney, 2:Billy Carr, 3:Tommy Crilly, 4:Johnny McIntyre, 5:Harry Thomas, 6:?, 7:?, 8:?, 9:Harry Bedford, 10:Jack Whitehouse, 11:Spud Murphy

Millwall: 1:Joe Landsale, 2:?, 3:Dick Hill, 4:Alf Amos, 5:?, 6:Len Graham, 7:George Chance, 8:Archie Gomm, 9:Dick Parker, 10:Wilf Phillips, 11:Alf Black

Southampton 4-1 Birmingham City

Fourth round: Saturday January 29th 1927

Attendance:

Scorers: {Southampton} Dick Rowley, Bill Rawlings {2}, George Harkus {Birmingham} George Briggs

Ranked at the time: 118

{See Southampton versus Newcastle United below}

Southampton: 1:Tommy Allen, 2:Ted Hough, 3:Mike Keeping, 4:Bert Shelley, 5:George Harkus, 6:Stan Woodhouse, 7:?, 8:Dick Rowley, 9:Bill Rawlings, 10:Sam Taylor, 11:Billy 'Spud' Murphy

Birmingham City: 1:?, 2:Frank Womack, 3:Jack Jones, 4:George Liddell, 5:Jimmy Cringan, 6:?, 7:, 8:Johnny Crosbie, 9:Joe Bradford, 10:George Briggs, 11:Ernie Islip

South Shields 1-0 Sheffield Wednesday

Fourth round replay: Wednesday February 2nd 1927

Attendance: 25,470

Scorer: Jack Smith {35}

Ranked at the time: 124

Second Division South Shields were on the edge of total collapse when they got a draw at Sheffield Wednesday and brought the top flight club back to Horsley Hill for a much needed fourth round replay. Despite regularly attracting over 20,000 to the tiny venue on the edge of Newcastle the club were struggling financially, having failed in their bid to become the fourth top flight force in the North East. This would be the last hurrah for the club as Jack Smith netted the only goal of a game in which former Newcastle keeper, Allan Taylor had one of those days where he was impregnable. Wednesday dominated the second half but found the keeper in top form with a string of fine saves while Jimmy Trotter saw a late effort crash off the Shields' woodwork. Home advantage wasn't enough to see Shields get past divisional rivals, Swansea in round five, losing in a replay in Wales but by then the club's league form was a serious concern as they won just twice in their last nineteen games. Shields had done enough in the first half of the season to survive but relegation followed in 1928 before the club folded altogether in 1930. Their squad, kit and third division status was moved lock stok and barrel to Gateshead where they continued under the name of their new location. By then goal hero Jack Smith had moved on to enjoy a top flight career with Portsmouth, which included a cup final appearance and England cap. [image above: Allan Taylor: courtesy Toonarama; http://www.toonarama.co.uk/index.html]

South Shields: 1:Allan Taylor, 2:Harry Wilson, 3:Jim Phizacklea, 4:Jim Metcalfe, 5:Cyril Hunter, 6:Alan Greyner, 7:Tommy Matthewson, 8:Jack Smith, 9:?, 10:Jack Oxberry, 11:Sandy Trotter

Sheffield Wednesday: 1:Jack Brown, 2:Tommy Walker, 3:Ernie Blenkinsop, 4:Arthur Lowdell, 5:Fred Kean, 6:Billy Marsden, 7:William Rees, 8:Harold Hill, 9:Jimmy Trotter, 10:?, 11:Jack Wilkinson

Brentford 2-0 West Ham United

Fourth round replay: Wednesday February 2nd 1927

Attendance: 25,000 

Scorers: Jack Lane, Jack Allen

Ranked at the time: 17

Today: inside the top 90

Brentford: 1:Jim Ferguson, 2:Jim Donnelly, 3:Charlie Butler, 4:Jack Beacham, 5:Harry Rae, 6:Bert Bellamy, 7:Patsy Hendron, 8:Jack Lane, 9:Ernie Watkins, 10:Jack Allen [pictured], 11:Eddie Douglas

West Ham United: 1:Ted Hufton, 2:Jack Hebden, 3:George Horler, 4:George Carter, 5:Jim Barrett, 6:Jimmy Collins, 7:Tommy Yews, 8:Stan Earle, 9:Vic Watson, 10:John Campbell, 11:Jimmy Ruffell 

Everton 2-3 Hull City

Fourth round second replay: Monday February 2nd 1927: AFTER EXTRA TIME

Villa Park, Birmingham

Attendance: 16,800

Scorers: {Everton} Dixie Dean {20}, Art Dominy {90} {Hull} Jock Guyan {7}, George Whitworth {33}, Harry Scott {106}

Ranked at the time: 175

Hull fans had mixed feelings about the F A cup with many believing that it was their cup run in 1910 which cost them promotion to the top flight. Seventeen years later football at the highest level continued to elude the Anlaby Road faithful but this season the Tigers were yet again pushing hard for promotion when they were drawn to face West Bromwich Albion in the third round. The Tigers were missing several key players against a Baggies side that looked good value to be swapping places and heading for division two at the season's end. William Cowan and Harry Scott gave Hull a narrow advantage that was only secured when Albion managed to miss an open goal when a last gasp equaliser looked certain. It was a stronger Hull that faced another relegation haunted side in Everton in round four but this time the Merseysider's did enough to force a replay in their visit to Anlaby Road. Back at Goodison Park Hull looked to have missed their chance as they went two goals down but they fought back brilliantly to force extra time and earn a third attempt, which was scheduled for Aston Villa's Villa Park. A disappointing crowd of less than 20,000 turned up for a tie that failed to ignite the interest of the Birmingham public but it was their loss as they missed a cracker. Jock Guyan gave Hull a great start but the twin threats of Dixie Dean and Art Dominy proved a real handful for the Tiger's defenders. Dean equalised but Hull continued to give as good as they were getting and changed ends back in front thanks to George Whitworth. The second half was on a knife edge as Everton spurned several chances to level while Hull were equally profligate in trying to seal a fifth round tie with second division Wolverhampton and as the game moved into its final ten minutes the Tigers began to wilt. Everton did all the attacking and forced extra time with Art Dominy's strike virtually the last kick of the game. The sides had by now been inseperable in five hours of football but it now looked like the game was set to be decided in the top flight side's favour as Everton dominated extra time with Hull looking out on their feet. Hull's legendary former Tottenham keeper, Geordie Maddison came into his his own, denying both Dean and Dominy a winner before a rare Hull attack forced a corner. The noise level rose with most of the neutrals urging on the underdogs for one last effort and they weren't disappointed as Harry Scott rose above the blue shirted defence to clinch an epic victory. Having secured two excellent results, Hull then travelled to fellow second division side Wolves in round five, where they had lost 2-5 the previous month in a league encounter. This time the game was much closer but yet again Hull left empty handed, though the Anlaby Road faithful weren't too disappointed as promotion was the talk of the town. The Tigers were were chasing the runners up spot and went into their final three games only two points off the pace albeit at the back of the closely knit five team pack. The Tiger's bid sensationally collapsed in their final three games, which were all lost, though even three victories would still have left them a point short when all was said and done. As is often the case, Hull fans closed the season thinking next year would be better but it wasn't. Another golden chance at the big time had been missed and few if any of the Anlaby Road faithful would live the more then three quarters of a century it would take for The Tigers to make it to the top flight. In Indeed so much time had passed that the Anlaby Road ground had long since been vacated, built on and then cleared again to make way for the modern KC Stadium. For their cup opponents there were mixed fortunes as Everton not only survived but were unrecognisable the next term, winning the title. And the Toffeemen must have been impressed with the cup tie for they galvanised their title push by signing George Martin from the Tigers, The Hull man playing ten times during the run in. For Albion the trap door to division two wasn't avoided and they faced Hull as equals the next term with both meetings ending one apiece.

Everton: 1:Arthur Davies, 2:John O'Donnell, 3:Jasper Kerr, 4:Walter Rooney, 5:Hunter Hart, 6:Albert Virr, 7:Thomas Millington, 8:Bobby Irvine, 9:Bill 'Dixie' Dean, 10:Art Dominy, 11:Alec Troop 

Hull City: 1:Geordie Maddison, 2:Jock McGee, 3:Matt Bell, 4:Jock Guyan, 5:Stan Dixon, 6:Con Sullivan, 7:George Martin, 8:Harry Scott, 9:George Whitworth, 10:?, 11:Billy Taylor

Southampton 2-1 Newcastle United

Fifth round: Saturday February 19th 1927

Attendance: 21,427

Scorers: {Southampton} Dick Rowley {60, 83} {Newcastle} Tommy McDonald {65 pen}

Ranked at the time: 15

Today: Inside the top 80

Southampton: 1:Tommy Allen, 2:Ted Hough, 3:Mike Keeping, 4:Albert Shelley, 5:George Harkus, 6:Stan Woodhouse, 7:Bill Henderson, 8:Dick Rowley, 9:Bill Rawlings, 10:Sam Taylor, 11;Billy 'Spud' Murphy

Newcastle United: 1:Willie Wilson, 2:Alf Maitland, 3:Frank Hudspeth, 4:Roddie Mackenzie, 5:Charlie Spencer, 6:Willie Gibson, 7:Tommy Urwin, 8:Bobby McKay, 9:Hughie Gallacher, 10:Tommy McDonald, 11:Stan Seymour

Chelsea 2-1 Burnley

Fifth round: Saturday February 19th 1927

Attendance: 63,238 

Scorers: {Chelsea} Albert Thain {37}, Harry Wilding {50} {Burnley} Benny Cross {60}

Ranked at the time: 97

Today: Outside the top 300

An imperious performance from Chelsea in front of the biggest crowd of fifth round day against a decent Burnley side as the legendary London fog threatened to roll in on Stamford Bridge. The Londoners fielded a team that contained seven players who had been part of their relegation side of 1924 and were lying seventh in Division Two, in the middle of a great run that would take them into the promotion spots. They dominated this tie, deservedly taking the lead when good work by Pearson set up Albert Thain to easily slot home. And then doubled their lead early in the second period when Wilding headed home Wilson's free kick. Burnley got a toe hold back in tie shortly afterwards but never looked like forcing a replay, despite Chelsea claming up in the final fifteen minutes. The Londoner's quarter final against Cardiff was played in front of over 70,000 spectators but they were unable to repeat their feats of the fifth round and lost a replay in Wales. A slump in the Second Division run in saw Chelsea finish two points off promotion, having been in a really strong position with ten games remaining. It would be another three years before David Calderhead's side would finally get it right and make it back to the big time, replacing Burnley in the process, again with seven of the players on show in this tie. Of the cup tie eleven. only Arsenal veteran, Bobby Turnbull never kicked a ball in the top flight for the Blues.

Chelsea: 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

Burnley: 1:George Sommerville, 2:George Waterfield, 3:Andy McCluggage, 4:John Steel, 5:Jack Hill, 6:Billy Dougal, 7:Jack Bruton:, 8:Benny Cross, 9:George Beel, 10:Joe Devine, 11:Louis Page 

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