The Giant Killers

Every F A cup giant killing since 1888

GIANT KILLERS

 

1915

1914 - 1920

Swansea Town 1-0 Blackburn Rovers

First round: January 9th 1915

Attendance: 16,000

Scorer: Ben Benyon {20}

Ranked at the time: 3

Today: inside the top 100

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

Blackburn Rovers: 1:Alf Robinson, 2:Bob Crompton, 3:Arthur Cowell, 4:Percy Smith, 5:Billy Bradshaw, 6:Wattie Aitkenhead, 7:Alex McGhee, 8:Albert Walmsley, 9:Johnny Orr, 10:Eddie Latheron, 11:Joe Hodkinson

Hull City 1-0 West Bromwich Albion

First round: January 9th 1915

Attendance: 12,142

Scorer: Sammy Stevens {44}

Ranked at the time: 108

Image: Nick Hendry

West Bromwich Albion were always second best at promotion chasing Hull who should have already been in front before their legendary forward Sammy Stevens broke the deadlock. Keeper Nick Hendry, nicknamed the human octopus then stepped in with an excellent second half display to keep Albion out. The Tigers went on to see off Northampton and Southampton before bowing out in the quarter finals against Bolton. Sadly the war broke up their side before they could mount another challene for promotion and a team that included Irish International Billy Halligan was broken up. Also in the side was Joe Edelston whose son Maurice later became BBC radio's anchor commentator for the cup final itself in the late sixties and early seventies. The game was played on the site of Hull's current KC Stadium, though in those days the ground simply known as Anlaby Road.

Hull City: 1:Nick Hendry, 2:Doug Morgan or John Pattison, 3:Charlie Betts, 4:Joe Edelston, 5:Charlie Deacey, 6:Tim Wright, 7:David Mercer, 8:Kilty Cameron, 9:Sammy Stevens, 10:Billy Halligan, 11:Jack Lee

West Bromwich Albion: 1:Hubert Pearson, 2:Joe Smith, 3:Jesse Pennington, 4:Frank Waterhouse, 5:Sid Bowser, 6:Bobby McNeal, 7:Claude Jephcott, 8:Jack Crisp, 9:Harold Bache, 10:Fred Morris 11:Ben Shearman

Norwich City 3-2 Tottenham Hotspur

Second round: January 30th 1915

Attendance: 9,758

Scorers: {Norwich}: George Wilson {?,45}, Wally Taylor {?}: {Tottenham}: Jimmy Cantrell {1}, Joe Lansdale {own goal} {?} {half time 2-2}

Ranked at the time: 64

Today: outside the top 300

Norwich City had an eventful cup run in 1915 as the Southern League side came back from two goals down to see off Tottenham in this thriller. The Canaries couldn't have gotten off to a worse start when Spurs went in front within a minute and the luckless home side were two down when keeper Joe Lansdale managed to slice a clearance into his own net in comical fashion. Fortunately Norwich were thrown a lifeline within minutes of that when Wilson scored and he sensationally levelled the game right on half time when Charging Jaques before heading into the unguarded net, this still being the days when charging the keeper was fair. City were the better side in the second half as Tottenham seemed to have had the stuffing knocked out of them and the Nest went wild when Wally Taylor scored what proved to be the winner. The victory set up a tie which has gone down in cup history as one of the most famous of all time though not for anything particularly notable on the field. City were paired with Bradford City and the sides fought out four hours of football without a winner and so a second replay had to be staged at a neutral venue, as was the custom. Lincoln's Sincil Bank was chosen but the Government then stepped in citing the distractions of football as a possible reason that shells were failing to detonate at the front. Lincoln had a munitions factory so the Football Association agreed that the cup tie should be played behind closed doors. The Canaries lost on the day though many hundreds of curious spectators did manage to get in for free to see it. This could have been Norwich's last ever cup tie as the club went into voluntary liquidation in 1917, a course of action that proved fatal for many other clubs but fortunately the Canaries did survive and were reformed after the war.

Norwich City:1:Joe Lansdale, 2:John Allen, 3:Jock MacKenzie, 4:Allan Collins, 5:Arthur Woodlands, 6:George 'Pompey' Martin, 7:Cecil Potter, 8:Wally Taylor, 9:Danny Wilson, 10:George Ritchie, 11:Harry Woods

Tottenham Hotspur: 1:Bill Jaques, 2:Tommy Clay, 3:John Pearson, 4:Findlay Wier, 5:Bobby Steel, 6:Edward Lightfoot, 7:Fanny Walden, 8:Billy Minter, 9:Jimmy Cantrell, 10:Bert Bliss, 11:Bert Middlemiss

Norwich team by courtesy 'Sing up the River End website'