The Giant Killers

Every F A cup slaying since 1888

The Giant Killers of



Third Round, Saturday January 4th 1975, Turf Moor, Burnley, Attendance: 19,683

Scorer: Mick Mahon {49}

Ranked at the time: 3


On match day: 7th in Division One [Top flight]

Final placing: 10th

Pedigree: 1974 First Division Sixth Place
1974 F A Cup Semi Finalists


On match day: 3rd in Southern League [Unofficial fifth tier]

Final placing: Champions

League places difference: 88

1974 - 1976

Tottenham Hotspur 0-1 Nottingham Forest
Third  Round Replay: Wednesday January 8th 1975
Scorer: Neil Martin
Ranked at the time: 301
Tottenham: 1:Pat Jennings, 2:Joe Kinnear, 3:Cyril Knowles, 4:John Pratt, 5:Mike England, 6:Terry Naylor, 7:Ralph Coates, 8:Steve Perryman, 9:Alfie Conn, 10:Martin Peters {replaced by 12:Jimmy Neighbour} 11:John Duncan. Manager: Terry Neill
Forest:1:John Middleton, 2:Liam O'Kane, 3:Paddy Greenwood {replaced by 12:John Cottam}, 4:Bob 'Sammy' Chapman, 5:David Jones, 6:Paul Richardson, 7:George Lyall, 8:Neil Martin, 9:Barry Butlin, 10:Ian Bowyer, 11:Martin O'Neill. Manager: Brian Clough
Aston Villa 4-1 Sheffield United
Fourth Round: Saturday January 25th 1975
Scorers: {Villa} Keith Leonard {2}, Ray Graydon, Chris Nicholl. {United} Tony Field
Ranked at the time: 344
Villa: 1:Jim Cumbes, 2:John Robson, 3:Charlie Aitken, 4:Ian Ross, 5:Chris Nicholl, 6:Bobby McDonald, 7:Ray Graydon, 8:Brian Little, 9:Keith Leonard, 10:Ian 'Chico' Hamilton, 11:Frank Carrodus. Manager:Ron Saunders
United:1:Jim Brown, 2:Led Badger {replaced by 12:Mike Speight} 3:Ted Hemsley, 4:Terry Nicholl, 5:Eddie Colquhoun, 6:Colin Franks, 7:Alan Woodward, 8:David Bradford, 9:Billy Dearden, 10:Tony Currie, 11:Tony Field. Manager:Ken Furphy
 Walsall 1-0 Newcastle United
Fourth Round: Saturday January 25th 1975
Scorer: George Andrews
Ranked at the time: 148

A curious case where beating a Second Division team may well be more remembered by hindsight than the actual victory over a top flight team. Third Division Walsall went to Old Trafford and held Manchester United to a 0-0 draw in the third round and then beat them 3-2 at a packed Fellows Park in extra time in the replay. Famously however this was the year United spent in the Second Division and although the Reds dominated that League to win promotion straight back, they were still a combination of young players yet to fulfil their potential and others whom it could be argued were beyond their best days. Newcastle were, by contrast, last season's beaten cup finalists, although no less than five of the team had either retired or moved on to other clubs. Five of the remaining six were named in the side to travel to Fellows Park with a determination to make amends for their humiliation at Wembley. The Geordies had already appeared in the final of the short lived Texaco cup the previous month and yet again received something of a mauling at the hands of Second Division Southampton. With erratic League form leaving them stuck in mid table with no prospect of qualifying for Europe or being relegated, the cup was now their sole focus. Their Walsall opponents contained little in the way of big time experience and still had one eye on the possibility of promotion to the Second Division, despite lying twelfth in a very tight Third Division promotion race. Fellows Park was a total mud bath upon which George Andrews headed the only goal of the game to add to the North-East men’s recent tails of cup woe. For the fans of the Midlanders, Second Division Aston Villa or First Division Birmingham City were the two teams that stood out among the others in the fifth round draw. So there was great delight when Walsall was paired with a trip to the latter. A huge travelling contingent descended on St Andrews but the First Division strugglers survived by a narrow 2-1 margin.  

Walsall: 1:Mick Kearns, 2:Colin Harrison, 3:Roger Fry, 4:Dave Robinson, 5:John Saunders, 6:Nick Atthey, 7:Brian Taylor, 8:George Andrews,  9:Bernie Wright, 10:Alan Buckley, 11:Alan Birch: Manager: Doug Fraser
United:1:Iam McFaul, 2:Irving Nattrass, 3:Alan Kennedy, 4:Jim Smith {Replaced by 12:Tommy Gibb}, 5:Glenn Keeley, 6:Pat Howard, 7:Mickey Burns, 8:Geoff Nulty, 9:Malcolm MacDonald, 10:Paul Cannell, 11:Tommy Craig: Manager: Joe Harvey
 Everton 1-2 Fulham
Fifth  Round: Saturday February 15th 1975
Scorers: {Everton} Roger Kenyon. {Fulham} Viv Busby {, 83]
Ranked at the time: 27
Everton: 1:Dai Davies, 2:Mike Bernard, 3:Steve Seargeant, 4:Dave Clements, 5:Roger Kenyon, 6:John Hurst, 7:Gary Jones, 8:Martin Dobson, 9:Mike Lyons, 10:Bob Latchford {replaced by 12:George Telfer}, 11:Jim Pearson. Manager: Billy Bingham
Fulham:1:Peter Mellor, 2:John Cutbush, 3:Les Strong, 4:Alan Mullery, 5:John Lacey, 6:Bobby Moore, 7:John Dowie {replaced by 12:Barry Lloyd} 8:Jim Conway, 9:Viv Busby, 10:Alan Slough, 11:Les Barrett. Manager:Alec Stock
 Carlisle United 0-1 Fulham
Quarter Final: Saturday March 8th 1975
Scorer: Les Barrett
Ranked at the time: 446
Carlisle: 1:Alan Ross, 2:Peter Carr, 3:John Gorman, 4:Les O'Neill, 5:Bill Green, 6:Bobby Parker, 7:Dennis Martin, 8:Ray Train, 9:Bobby Owen, 10:Joe Laidlaw, 11:Chris Balderstone. Manager:Alan Ashman
Fulham:1:Peter Mellor, 2:John Fraser, 3:Les Strong, 4:Alan Mullery, 5:John Lacey, 6:Bobby Moore, 7:John Dowie, 8:Jim Conway {replaced by 12:Barry Lloyd}, 9:Viv Busby, 10:Alan Slough, 11:Les Barrett. Manager:Alec Stock
 Birmingham City 0-1 Fulham
Semi Final Replay, After Extra Time: Wednesday April 9th 1975 {Maine Road, Manchester}
Scorer: John Mitchell {120}
Ranked at the time: 409
Birmingham: 1:Dave Latchford, 2:Malcolm Page, 3:Steve Bryant, 4:Howard Kendall, 5:Joe Gallagher, 6:Gary Pendrey, 7:Paul Hendrie, 8:Trevor Francis, 9:Kenny Burns, 10:Bob Hatton, 11:Gordon Taylor. Manager:Freddie Goodwin
Fulham:1:Peter Mellor, 2:John Fraser, 3:Les Strong, 4:Alan Mullery, 5:John Lacey, 6:Bobby Moore, 7:John Dowie 8:John Mitchell, 9:Viv Busby, 10:Alan Slough, 11:Les Barrett. Manager:Alec Stock