The Giant Killers

Every F A cup giant killing since 1888

  WEST BROMWICH ALBION

The Baggies are one of the few current clubs who can trace their trophy success back to the days before the Football League, recording their first Cup final victory in 1888. Since then though the cup returned to Stoney Lane and later The Hawthorns just three more times in 1892, 1954 and most recently when Jeff Astle's shot finally broke the deadlock in extra time against Everton in 1968. Albion have spent most of their league existence moving between the top two divisions with their greatest ever team being the immediate post first war side, which brought the title to the Hawthorns for the only time in 1920.The club's blackest days were in the early 90s when two seasons were spent in the third tier of English football, since when the Baggies have made it back to the elite tier. As fate often dictates it was Albion's title winners who suffered their biggest pre war cup exit when losing to Barnsley in 1920 but that was topped by their exit at the hands of Woking in 1992 while their defeat by Leyton Orient in 1985 still makes Baggies fans wince to this day.

Magic Moments

1907

2-0 vs Stoke


First round second replay @ Villa Park, Birmingham: 21st January 1907

Attendance: 32,050

Scorers: Ted Pheasant, Tommy Dilly {pen}

Ranked at the time: 56

Today: Outside the top 600

Team:
1:Jimmy Stringer, 2:Amos Adams, 3:Jesse Pennington, 4:Arthur Randle, 5:Ted Pheasant, 6:Jack Manners, 7:Tommy Broad, 8:Fred Buck, 9:Eli Bradley, 10:Tommy Dilly, 11;Bruce Rankin


1907

2-0 vs Derby County

Third round: 23rd February 1907

Attendance:

Scorers: Willie Jordan, Fred Buck

Ranked at the time: 63

Today: Outside the top 600

Team: 1:Jimmy Stringer, 2:Dick Betteley, 3:Jesse Pennington, 4:Arthur Randle, 5:Ted Pheasant, 6:Jack Manners, 7:Jimmy Williams, 8:Fred Buck, 9:Willie Jordan, 10:Adam Haywood, 11:Tommy Dilly

1907

3-1 vs Notts County

Fourth round: 9th March 1907

Attendance:

Scorers: Willie Jordan-2, Fred Buck

Ranked at the time: 61

Today: Outside the top 600

1908

2-1 @ Birmingham


First round replay: Wednesday 15th January 1908

Attendance:

Scorers: Harry Wilcox, Rev Willie Jordan

Ranked at the time: 68

Today: Outside the top 600

1910

4-2 vs Bristol City


Second round replay: 9th February 1910

Attendance:

Scorers: Charlie Hewitt {2}, Bob Pailor {image left}, George Simpson  

Ranked at the time: 60

Today: Outside the top 500

Team: 1:Jimmy Stringer 2:Harry Burton 3:Jesse Pennington 4:? 5:Sammy Timmins 6:Jack Manners 7:Charlie Hewitt 8:Sid Bowser 9:Billy Garraty 10:Bob Pailor 11:George Simpson

1931

1-0 @ Portsmouth


Fifth round: Saturday February 14th 1931

Attendance: 30,891

Scorer: Ginger Richardson

Ranked at the time: 158

Team: 1:Harold Pearson, 2:George Shaw, 3:Bert Trentham, 4:Tommy Magee, 5:Bill Richardson, 6:Jimmy Edwards, 7:Tommy Glidden, 8:Ginger Richardson, 9:Jimmy Cookson, 10:Teddy Sandford, 11:Stan Wood

1931

2-1 vs Birmingham

The 1931 F A Cup Final


Saturday 25th April 1931


@ Wembley Stadium, London

Attendance 92,406

Scorer: W.G. Richardson {2}

Ranked at the time: 88

Today: outside the top 100

Team: 1:Harold Pearson, 2:George Shaw, 3:Bert Trentham, 4:Tommy Magee, 5:Bill Richardson, 6:Jimmy Edwards, 7:Tommy Glidden, 8:Joe Carter, 9:Ginger Richardson, 10:Teddy Sandford, 11:Stan Wood  {image: Richardson scores the winner}

 1939

5-1 @ Manchester United

Third round replay: Wednesday January 11th 1939

Attendance: 17,641    

Scorers:

Ranked at the time: 134

Team:
 
 
2-1 vs Leeds United

Third Round: Saturday January 11th 1947

Attendance: 31,007      

Scorers: Roy Barlow, Davy Walsh

Ranked at the time: 291 

Team:
3-0 vs Chelsea
Fifth Round: Saturday February 12th 1949

Attendance: 57,843      

Scorers: Dave Walsh {3} 

Ranked at the time: 258

     

Team: 1:Jim Sanders, 2:Jim Pemberton, 3:Len Millard, 4:Ray Barlow, 5:Jack Vernon, 6:Glyn Hood, 7:Billy Elliott, 8:Cyril Williams, 9:Dave Walsh, 10:Jack Haines, 11:Arthur Smith