The Giant Killers

Every F A cup giant killing since 1888

Giant Killers



1953 - 1955 

Sunderland 0-2 Doncaster Rovers
Third Round: Saturday January 9th 1954
Attendance: 49,435         

Scorers: Eddie McMorran {18, 31}

Ranked at the time:  Outside the top 100

This tie had the potential to act as an audition for Doncaster to see if they would be a worthy replacement for Sunderland in next season's top flight. For the Rokerites, their position in the relegation zone of First Division was a shocking indictment that a policy of trying to buy their way to success was failing. The club had been dubbed the Bank of England on the back of a string of headline making transfers, twice breaking the record in their pursuit of building a trophy winning side around star man, Len Shackleton. Instead they struggled at the wrong end of the division and regularly fell foul of cup upsets. Memories of a horrible day at Yeovil were still fresh for these fans.

Doncaster were in stark contrast to their rich hosts. Under former Sunderland hero, Peter Doherty, they'd gone from yo yo second to third tier club to a side making a genuine promotion push at the turn of 1954. They arrived at Doherty's old stomping ground just a point off the top two in one of the tightest promotion races for years and with recently fresh giant killing memories of their own. It was just two years since their only lowering of top flight colours, also at the expense of a north east club, Middlesbrough.

In addition to his duties in charge at Doncaster, Doherty was also in charge of the Northern Ireland national team, which introduced him to Eddie McMorran, an Irish cup winner with Belfast Celtic before a lucrative move to Manchester City proved disappointing. McMorran dropped a division to Leeds but yet again failed to deliver enough goals to satisfy Elland Road before Doherty brought him to Doncaster.

Snow fell for most of the week leading up to the tie but heavy rains cleared most of the nation's pitches in time to turn them into the quagmires that typified the idea of 50s cup tie Football. Roker park was no different and as soon as the referee was satisfied that the chances of any player drowning in the mud was minimal, the game went ahead.

A colour clash of the two club's traditional red and white stripes meant both teams changed kit as Sunderland emerged in Preston North End style white while Donny resembled Sheffield Wednesday in their blue and white stripes. On a virtually unplayable pitch, quality Football was at a premium and most players opted to keep the ball in the air as much as possible and keep lung bursting runs to a minimum. Both sides struggled to carve out chances until McMorran rose to head the visitors in front. A second goal on the half hour signalled that the cup wasn't going to provide the beleaguered home fans with any comfort from their League woes this season. The bus loads of fans who travelled from Doncaster, by contrast, enjoyed a fantastic away day.

Sunderland's relegation fears would persist until two victories at the end of the season ensured survival while Doncaster's season would ultimately prove very anticlimactic. They repeated their third round result at fellow Second Divisioners, Plymouth before a very disappointing defeat at Third Division Leyton Orient ended what was looking like developing into an exciting cup run. League form also fell away with a disastrous run of games in February and March that killed off their promotion bid.    

Sunderland: 1:Jimmy Cowan, 2:Jack Hedley, 3:Arthur Hudgell, 4:Stan Anderson, 5:Ray Daniel, 6:George Aitken, 7:Billy Bingham, 8:Len Shackleton, 9:Tommy Wright, 10:Harry Kirtley, 11:Billy Elliott. Manager:Bill Murray 

Doncaster: 1:Ken Hardwick, 2:Brian Makepeace, 3:Len Graham, 4:Tommy Brown, 5:Bill Paterson, 6:Jack Teasdale, 7:Bert Tindale, 8:Kit Lawlor, 9:Ray Harrison, 10:Eddie McMorran, 11:Ronnie Walker. Manager:Peter Doherty

West Ham United 4-0 Huddersfield Town
Third Round: Saturday January 9th 1954

Attendance: 25,250         

Scorers: Harry Hooper {2}, Dave Sexton, Tommy Dixon  {Half Time 1-0} 

Write about this one as a top 100 cup tie. remember that Huddersfield took revenge in 1960.

Ranked at the time: 31         

United: 1:Ernie Gregory,  2:George Wright, 3:John Bond, 4:Andy Malcolm, 5:Malcolm Allison, 6:Doug Bing, 7:Harry Hooper, 8:Dave Sexton, 9:Tommy Dixon, 10:John Dick, 11:Jimmy Andrews. Manager:Ted Fenton 
Town: 1:Harry Mills, 2:Ron Staniforth, 3:Laurie Kelly, 4:Bill McGarry, 5:Don McEvoy, 6:Len Quested, 7:Gerry Burrell, 8:Jimmy Watson, 9:Jimmy Glazzard, 10:Willie Davie, 11:Vic Metcalfe. Manager: Andy Beattie

Wolverhampton Wanderers 1-2 Birmingham City
Third Round: Saturday January 9th 1954

Attendance: 36,786          

Scorers: {Wanderers} Denni Wilshaw {14}: {City} Ken Rowley {16}, Peter Murphy {68}

Ranked at the time: 35           

Wanderers: 1:Nigel Sims, 2:Jack Short, 3:Roy Pritchard, 4:Bill Slater, 5:Bill Shorthouse, 6:Billy Wright, 7:Johnny Hancocks, 8:Peter Broadbent, 9:Roy Swinbourne, 10:Dennis Wilshaw, 11:Jimmy Mullan. Manager:Stan Cullis

City: 1:Gil Merrick, 2:Jeff Hall, 3:Ken Green, 4:Noel Kinsey, 5:John Newman, 6:Len Boyd, 7:Gordon Astall, 8:Peter Murphy, 9:Jackie Lane, 10:Ken Rowley, 11:Alex Govan. Manager:Bob Brocklebank

Leicester City 3-2 Middlesbrough
Third Round replay: Thursday January 14th 1954

Attendance: 29,736           

Scorers: {City} Arthur Rowley {3}: {Middlesbrough} Wilf Mannion, Johnny Spuhler

Ranked at the time: 357           

City: 1:Johnny Anderson, 2:Arthur Lever, 3:Ron Jackson, 4:Eddie Russell, 5:Reg Warner, 6:Jimmy Baldwin, 7:Mal Griffiths, 8:Johnny Morris, 9:Derek Hines, 10:Arthur Rowley, 11:Peter Small. Manager:Norman Bullock
Middlesbrough: 1:Rolando Ugolini, 2:Ray Bilcliff, 3:Ronnie Dicks, 4:Harry Bell, 5:Dicky Robinson, 6:Joe Birbeck, 7:Lindy Delapenha, 8:Wilf Mannion, 9:Johnny Spuhler, 10:Seamus O'Connell, 11:Sam Lawrie. Manager:Walter Rowley
Arsenal 1-2 Norwich City
Fourth Round: Saturday January 30th 1954

Attendance: 55,767      

Scorers: {Arsenal} Jimmy Logie : {City} Tommy Johnston {2} 

Ranked at the time: 28           

Arsenal: 1:Jack Kelsey, 2:Len Wills, 3:Lionel Smith, 4:Bill Dickson, 5:Bill Dodgin, 6:Alex Forbes {sent off-33}, 7:Arthur Milton, 8:Jimmy Logie, 9:Cliff Holton, 10:Doug Lishman, 11:Don Roper. Manager: Tom Whittaker
Norwich: 1:Ken Oxford, 2:Dennis Morgan, 3:Bill Lewis, 4:Roy McCrohan, 5:Reg Foulkes, 6:Ron Ashman, 7:Peter Gordon, 8:Ron Hansell, 9:Tommy Johnston, 10:Bobby Brennan {sent off - 33}, 11:Johnny Givan. Manager:Norman Low
Cardiff City 0-2 Port Vale
Fourth Round: Saturday January 30th 1954

Attendance: 27,295         

Scorers: Ken Griffiths, Albert Leake  

Ranked at the time: 109           

City:1:Ron Howells, 2:Charlie Rutter, 3:Alf Sherwood, 4:Billy Baker, 5:Colin Gale, 6:Derek Sullivan, 7:Tommy Northcott, 8:Wilf Grant, 9:Trevor Ford, 10:Dougie Blair, 11:George Edwards. Manager:Cyril Spiers
Vale: 1:Ray King, 2:Tommy Cheadle, 3:Reg Potts, 4:Stan Turner, 5:Roy Sproson, 6:Albert Mullard, 7:Colin Askey, 8:Albert Leake, 9:Basil Hayward, 10:Ken Griffiths, 11:Dickie Cunliffe. Manager:Freddie Steele  
Port Vale 2-0 Blackpool
Fifth Round: Saturday February 20th 1954

Attendance: 42,000         

Scorers: Albert Leake {15}, {26}  

Ranked at the time: 28

{Image: Two goal hero Albert Leake trying for his hat-trick}           

Vale: 1:Ray King, 2:Tommy Cheadle, 3:Reg Potts, 4:Stan Turner, 5:Roy Sproson, 6:Albert Mullard, 7:Colin Askey, 8:Albert Leake, 9:Basil Hayward, 10:Ken Griffiths, 11:Dickie Cunliffe. Manager: Freddie Steele 
Blackpool: 1:George Farm, 2:Harry Johnson, 3:David Firth, 4:Ewan Fenton, 5:Eddie Shimwell, 6:Hugh Kelly, 7:Stanley Matthews, 8:Len Stephenson, 9:Ernie Taylor, 10:Allan Brown, 11:Bill Perry. Manager: Joe Smith