The Giant Killers

Every F A cup giant killing since 1888

         HUDDERSFIELD TOWN

Huddersfield's golden age was the 1920s when, under Herbert Chapman they becamethe first club to win three consecutive titles in 1924-1926. Amazingly the club, formed in 1907 and who made their top flight debut in 1920 had never been champions before and have never been champions since, playing their last top flight game in 1972. The thirty plus years since have seen the club play in the second, third and fourth tiers of the English game. In the cup Huddersfield made their mark before reaching the top flight when playing in the 1920 final while still in the second tier. Two years later Billy Smith's penalty against Preston brought the cup to Leeds Road for the only time. Huddersfield's golden era of the twenties naturally brught with it cup humiliation in 1927 against Millwall but worse followed in 1934 when Northampton won at Leeds Road. The post war generation weren't spared either when humiliated by West Ham in 1954 but within a decade the club had turned giant killer when humbling the mighty Wolves in 1961.

Magic Moments

1913

3-1 vs Sheffield United


First round: 15th January 1913

Attendance: 9,000

Scorers: Frank Mann, Tom Elliott

Ranked at the time: 100

Today: Outside the top 600

 Team: 1:Sandy Mutch, 2:Charles Dinnie, 3:Fred Bullock, 4:Simon Beaton, 5:Fred 'Tiny' Fayers, 6:James Dow, 7:Andrew Armour, 8:Tom Elliott, 9:Jimmy Howie, 10:Frank Mann, 11:Joe Jee

1920


1-0 @ Newcastle United


Second round: Saturday January 31st 1920

Attendance:

Scorer: Frank Mann

Ranked at the time:108

{Image right: Huddersfield Goalkeeper Sandy Mutch kept a clean sheet on this day on the way to the cup final but would go on to spend a record sixty-four years in the employ of Newcastle United in various capacities before his death in 1987}
Team: 1:Sandy Mutch, 2:James Woods, 3:Fred Bullock, 4:Charlie Slade, 5:Tommy Wilson, 6:Billy Watson, 7:George Richardson, 8:Frank Mann, 9:Sam Taylor, 10:Jack Swan, 11:Billy Smith

1920

2-1 vs Liverpool

Quarter final: Saturday March 6th 1920

Attendance:44,238


Scorers: Jack Swann, Sam Taylor

Ranked at the time:79

Today: Outside the top 300

{Image left: Sam Taylor's whose late winner set up a semi final clash with Bristol City}
Team: 1:Sandy Mutch, 2:James Woods, 3:Fred Bullock, 4:Charlie Slade, 5:Tommy Wilson, 6:Billy Watson, 7:George Richardson, 8:Frank Mann, 9:Sam Taylor, 10:Jack Swan, 11:Billy Smith

1960
5-1 @ West Ham United
 
Third Round replay: Wednesday January 13th 1960

Attendance: 22,605        

Scorers:  Les Massie {2}, Bill McGarry, Jack Connor {2}

Ranked at the time: 119

{image: Les Massie nets one of his two goals with Denis Law on hand to make sure. John Bond and Noel Cantwell are the powerless Hammers}

Team: 1:Ray Wood, 2:Brian Gibson, 3:Ray Wilson, 4:Bill McGarry, 5:Ken Taylor, 6:John Coddington, 7:Derek Hawksworth, 8:Jack Connor, 9:Denis Law, 10:Les Massie