The Giant Killers

Every F A cup slaying since 1888


Mention of the F A cup and Blackpool in the same sentence will almost always conjure up black and white slow motion images of Stanley Matthews turning inside and out against a leg weary Bolton side before setting up the winner that complimented Stan Mortensen's hat-trick in 1953. The Seasiders first entered the cup in 1892 and entered the realms of giant killers in 1906 before finally hitting the big time themselves in 1930. Tangerines fans have since endured a thirty-nine year roller coaster from top flight to fourth tier and back again from 1971 to 2010..

Magic Moments


2-1 vs Sheffield United

Second round: 3rd February 1906

Attendance: 9,000

Scorer: Harry Hancock {2}

Ranked at the time: 35

Today: outside the top 400


4-1 @ Derby County

First round replay: Wednesday January 14th 1920


Scorers:John Charles, Jack Sibbald, Joe Lane [2] {half time 1-1}

Ranked at the time:82

Today: Outside the top 400

Team: 1:Harry Mingay, 2:Bert Tulloch, 3:Horace Fairhurst, 4:Harold Keenan, 5:George Wilson, 6:Billy Rooks, 7:John Charles, 8:Jack Sibbald, 9:Joe Lane, 10:Sandy McGinn, 11:Peter Quinn {Manager:Bill Norman}


1-0 vs Sheffield United

First round: Saturday January 12th 1924

Attendance: 12,567

Scorer: Bert White {63}

Ranked at the time:117

Team: 1:Harry Mingay, 2:Jimmy Leaver, 3:Herbert Jones, 4:Andy Curran, 5:Sandy McGinn, 6:Billy Benton, 7:John Charles, 8:Bert White, 9:Harry Bedford {image left}, 10:Matt Barress, 11:Georgie Mee: {Manager: Major Frank Buckley}


3-0 vs West Ham United

Third round replay: Wednesday February 25th 1925

Attendance: 15,190

Scorers: Harry Bedford [2]. Jack Meredith

Ranked at the time:75

Today: outside the top 200
Team: 1:Len Crompton, 2:Jimmy Leaver, 3:Herbert 'Taffy' Jones, 4:Albert Watson, 5:Andy Curran, 6:Billy Benton, 7:Jack Meredith, 8:?, 9:Harry Bedford, 10:?, 11:George Mee {Manager-Major Frank Buckley}


3-2 vs Arsenal

 Third Round replay: Thursday January 15th 1970

Attendance: 24,801       

Scorers: Micky Burns, Fred Pickering, Alan Suddick     

Ranked at the time: 371

Team: 1:Harry Thomson, 2:Jimmy Armfield, 3:Harry Mowbray, 4:John McPhee, {replaced by 12:Bill Bentley}, 5:Glyn James, 6:Dave Hatton, 7:Micky Burns, 8:John Craven, 9:Fred Pickering, 10:Alan Suddick, 11:Tommy Hutchison