The Giant Killers

Every F A cup giant killing since 1888

BRIGHTON & HOVE ALBION

Brighton were formed in 1901 with their greatest moment being their helicopter fuelled appearance in the cup final of 1983 where a golden chance was squandered and saw the Seagulls hammered in the replay. As a non league club Brighton's first great day in the cup had been back in 1908 when Preston were disposed of at the third time of asking. The Seagulls were original members of the Third Division in 1920, which was where they stayed until gaining promotion to the second tier in 1961. Albion then dropped down into the fourth tier before their rise in the 70s, which clminated with the Seagulls hitting the big time in 1979. They remained there for just four years with relegation coming in the same season as their cup final. Curiously perhaps Brighton's biggest cup upset came just a year after playing in the cup final when, as a second tier club they knocked champions Liverpool out of the cup in front of the Kop.

Magic Moments

1908

1-0 vs Preston North End


First round second replay: Monday 20th January 1908

@ Stamford Bridge, London

Attendance: 26,000

Scorer: Dicky Wombwell

Ranked at the time: 3

Today: Still inside the top 100
 
1914

1-0 vs Oldham Athletic


First round replay (after extra time): Wednesday January 14th 1914

Attendance: 11,000

Scorer: Booth

Ranked at the time: 12

Today: Outside the top 100

Team: 1:, 2:, 3:Miller, 4:Parkes, 5:Higham, 6:Joe Leeming, 7:Bert Longstaff, 8:Billy Booth, 9:Billy Jones, 10:Webb, 11:Tylor
 
1921
 
2-1 vs Oldham Athletic

First round: Saturday January 8th 1921

Attendance: 16,972

Scorers: Zach March, Jack Doran {image right}

Ranked at the time:16

Today: Outside the top 100

Team: 1:Billy Hayes, 2:Harry Bentley, 3:Jim Rutherford, 4:George 'Comber' Coomber, 5:Jack Bollington, 6:Jack Woodhouse, 7:Bert Longstaff, 8:Andy Neil, 9:Jack Doran, 10:Ted Rodgerson, 11:Zach March

1922

1-0 vs Sheffield United


First round: Saturday January 7th 1922

Attendance: 15,238

Scorer: Wally Little

Ranked at the time: 20

Today: outside the top 100

Team:1:Billy Hayes, 2:Jack Woodhouse, 3:Jack Feebury, 4:Wally Little, 5:George Coomber, 6:Harry Bentley, 7:Jack Nightingale, 8:Andy Neil, 9: Jack Thompson, 10:Ted Rodgerson, 11:Zach March

1924

5-2 vs Everton


Second round: Saturday February 2nd 1924

Attendance:

Scorers: Tommy Cook {3}, Wally Little, Andy Neil

Ranked at the time:20

Today: Outside the top 100

Team: 1:Billy Hayes, 2:Jack Thompson, 3:Jack Jenkins, 4:Billy McAllister, 5:George Coomber, 6:Wally Little, 7:Jack Nightingale, 8:Andy Neil, 9:Tommy Cook, 10:Jimmy Hopkins, 11:Ernie 'Tug' Wilson {Manager:Charles Webb}

1930

1-0 @ Grimsby Town


Third round replay: Tuesday January 14th 1930

Attendance: 12,000

Scorer: Hugh Vallance {89}

Ranked at the time: 109

Team: 1:Stan Webb, 2:Harry Marsden, 3:Jack Curran, 4:Reg Wilkinson, 5:Jack Williams, 6:Harry Dutton, 7:Bobby Farrell, 8:Dan Kirkwood, 9:Hugh Vallance, 10:Thomas Potter-Smith, 11;Tug Wilson

1930
 
1-0 @ Portsmouth

Fourth round: Saturday January 25th 1930

Attendance: 37,592

Scorer: Hugh Vallance {63}

Ranked at the time: 76

Today: Outside the top 200

Team: 1:Stan Webb, 2:Harry Marsden, 3:Jack Curran, 4:Reg Wilkinson, 5:Jack Williams, 6:Harry Dutton, 7:Bobby Farrell, 8:Dan Kirkwood, 9:Hugh Vallance, 10:Thomas Potter-Smith, 11;Tug Wilson

1931

2-1 @ Leicester City


Third round: Saturday January 10th 1931

Attendance: 25,000

Scorer: Thomas Potter-Smith

Ranked at the time: 59

Today: Outside the top 100

Team: 1:Stan Webb, 2:Billy Moffatt, 3:Frank Brett, 4:Reg Wilkinson, 5:Paul Mooney, 6:Harry Dutton, 7:Bobby Farrell, 8:Dan Kirkwood, 9:Geordie Nicol, 10:Thomas Potter-Smith, 11:Tug Wilson
 
 
2-1 vs Chelsea

Third round: Saturday, January 14th 1933

Attendance: 23,580

Scorers:  Attwood, Wilson

Ranked at the time:122

Today: outside the top 300

Team: 1:Stan Webb, 2:Harry Marsden, 3:Ernie King, 4:Reg Wilkinson, 5:Frank Brett 6:Dave Walker, 7:Stan Thompson, 8:Bobby Farrell, 9:Arthur Attwood, 10:Thomas Potter Smith, 11:Ernie 'Tug' Wilson
 

2012

1-0 vs Newcastle United

 Fourth Round: Saturday January 28th 2012

Attendance: 21,558 

Scorer: Mike Williamson {o.g. 76} 

Ranked at the time: 498

Team: 1:Peter Brezovan, 3:Gordon Greer, 5:Lewis Dunk, 6:Adam El Abd, 14:Inigo Calderon, 26:Liam Bridcutt, 10:Matt Sparrow {replaced by 8:Alan Navarro -46 mins}, 30:Will Buckley, 35:Jake Forster-Caskey {replaced by Ryan Harley-65 mins}, 9:Ashley Barnes, 12:Craig Mackail-Smith {replaced by 7:Will Hoskins-90+1mins}

2013

2-0 vs Newcastle United

Third round: Saturday January 5th 2013

Attendance: 21,740

Scorers: Andrea Orlandi, Will Hoskins

Ranked at the time: 591

{image left: Andrea Orlandi celebrates breaking the deadlock}

Team:16:Casper Ankergren, 3:Gordon Greer, 6:Adam El-Abd, 28:Wayne Bridge, 4:Dean Hammond {replaced by 8:Andrew Crofts [83]}, 11:Andrea Orlandi {replaced by 25:Kazenga Lua Lua [60]}, 18:Gary Dicker, 21:David Lopez, 26:Liam Bridcutt, 9:Ashley Barnes, 12:Craig Mackail-Smith {replaced by 7:Will Hoskins [70]}