The Giant Killers

Every F A cup slaying since 1888






Third round: Sunday January 10th 2016

Attendance: 11,673

Scorers: {Oxford} Liam Sercombe {45 pen}, Kemar Roofe {49, 59}. {Swansea} Jefferson Montero {23}, Bafetimbi Gomis {66}

Ranked at the time: 53

Oxford: 1:Sam Slocombe, 2:George Baldock, 5:johnny Mullins, 6:Jake Wright, 3:Joe Skarz, 11:Alex MacDonald {replaced by 15:Callum O'Dowda-71}, 8:Liam Sercombe, 18:John Lundstram, 28:Chris Maguire, 20:Ryan Taylor {replaced by 10:Danny Hylton-80}, 4:Kemar Roofe {replaced by 9:Patrick Hoban-80}. Manager: Michael Appleton

Swansea: 13:Kristoffer Nordfelt, 32:Liam Shephard, 27:Kyle Bartley, 2:Jordi Amat, 14:Franck Tabanou {replaced by 35:Stephen Kingsley-60}, 24:Jack Cork, 21:Matt Grimes {replaced by 58:Modou Barrow-76}, 11:Marvin Emnes, 8:Jonjo Shelvey, 20:Jefferson Montero, 18:Bafetimbi Gomis. Manager:Alan Curtis 

Reading 3-1 West Bromwich Albion
Fifth round: Saturday February 20th 2016

Attendance: 19,566 

Scorers: {Reading} Paul McShane {59}, Michael Hector {72}, Lucas Piazon {90 +3}: {Albion} Darren Fletcher {54}

Ranked at the time: 494

A clash of two teams who really had little else to play for as both seemed to have enough of a cushion over their respective relegation zones to ensure they could both make a solid pitch at a cup run. No surprises that both sides fielded as strong a side as they could but few pundits were tipping it to be a classic with Reading having failed to score in their two previous games while Albion had followed up a fortuitous penalty shoot-out victory at Peterborough in the previous round with a freakish victory where they surrendered a whopping thirty-four shots on their goal yet somehow managed to secure a single goal win. It was just five years since Reading's last giant killing act, also against West Brom but such is the speed of change in 21st Century squads that the Royals could field none of that days starting eleven in the current side. Reading were the better side in a poor first half but their giant killing hopes looked to be disappearing when Darren Fletcher opened the scoring for Albion. The home side's response was both excellent and exquisite. Paul McShane made up for a poor first half miss by levelling against his former employers, heading in from a free kick before Michael Hector proved that Albion hadn't learned any lessons, doing exactly the same with eighteen minutes remaining. Albion did press to try and save their cup run and should have equalised twice before being finally undone in stoppage time when the Brazilian, Lucas Piazon slotted home the clincher with his first, and only touch of the ball after coming on as a time wasting sub. A bad day for Albion turned unsavory when a dejected Chris Brunt made his way towards his own fans to offer up his shirt by way of apology for their cup exit when he was hit in the face by a coin thrown from the Albion fans. A furious Brunt had to be restrained while a section of the traveling support singled out the culprit and handed him over to the stewards.  .{Image above - Micheal Hector heads Reading in front - Reuters}

Reading:  26:Ali Al Habsi, 2:Chris Gunter, 5:Paul McShane, 35:Jake Cooper, 11:Jordan Obita, 9:Hal Robson-Kanu, 6:Oliver Norwood, 8:Michael Hector, 21:Stephen Quinn {replaced by 17:Lucas Piazon-90+3}, 10:Deniss Rakels {replaced by 20:Ola John-59}, 31: Simo Cox {replaced by 7:Matej Vydra-59}. Manager: Brian McDermott

Albion: 1:Ben Foster, 4:James Chester, 6:Jonny Evans, 3:Jonas Olsson, 11:Chris Brunt, 29:Stephane Sessegnon, 24:Darren Fletcher, 30:Sandro {replaced by 20:Alex Pritchard-82}, 14:James McLean {replaced by 10:Victor Anichebe-82}, 18:Saido Berahino, 33:Salomon Rondon: Manager:Tony Pulis

Honourable Mentions
The rules of the Giant Killers web site is that to make the list, the cup victory must be over a top flight club or a win for a non-league side over a second tier club However, there are a great many mentions of the feats of clubs in the early rounds against third and fourth tier clubs.During this season's competition the honourable mention are.....
Salford City 2-0 Notts County

First round: Friday November 6th 2015

Attendance: 1,400

Scorers: Danny Webber {46}, Richie Allen {73}

The BBC couldn't have dreamed of a more perfect scenario. Earlier in the year they had visited Salford to film the goings on at the club after The Neville Brothers, Ryan Giggs, Nicky Butt and Paul Scholes of Manchester United fame had bought the club. The Class of '92 was being aired when Salford won their way into the First Round of the cup. No surprise that the Beeb choose the game to screen live as the first tie of this season's cup proper.  Three of that legendary quintet were among the spectators who witnessed a stunning second half display in which Salford took a deserved lead through Danny Webber, hit the bar, preserved their lead with an effort cleared off the line and then finally won the tie with a brilliant piece of skill from Richie Allen. Fifty-nine league places separated the seventh tier side from fourth tier County.

Bristol Rovers 0-1 Chesham United

First round:Sunday November 8th 2015

Attendance: 5,181

Scorers: Ryan Blake {77}

Southern League Chesham lay seventy-five places and three divisions below League Two Bristol Rovers when Ryan Blake's seventy-seventh minute strike won them a place in the second round. United had even afforded themselves the luxury of having missed a penalty earlier in the game. 

Boreham Wood 1-2 Northwich Victoria

First round replay:Monday November 16th 2015

Attendance: 512

Scorers: Boreham Wood: Charlie McDonald {90}, Northwich Victoria: Jordan Williams {28}, Ryan Astles {52} 

Northern Premier League Division One leaders, Northwich had already ensured they would be the only level eight team in the draw for the second round of the FA cup when holding the level five, National League strugglers, Boreham Wood in their first round tie. A disappointing crowd turned out for a Monday night replay in which the visiting Vics took a two goal lead either side of half time and came a crossbar rattle away from building an astonishing three goal lead. The team forty-two places above them fought back, seeing one effort cleared off the line before a spectacular overhead kick came too late to effect the result. Vic's came even closer to causing a much bigger upset in round two when they romped into a two goal lead at League Two Northampton, which they held until seven minutes from time. Northampton then blasted Vics with three goals in five minutes to turn the tie on its head.