The Giant Killers

Every F A cup slaying since 1888

Wolves started out as original members of the league in 1888 but spent more time out of the top flight than in it during the League's first fifty years, including one season in the Third Division. Although Wolves won the cup in 1893 and 1908 it wasn't until the 1930s that they finally established themselves as a strong top flight club. A third cup success in 1949 was followed in 1960 when Norman Deeley's goals saw them cruise to a 3-0 victory over a hapless Blackburn side. Those success came either side of the greatest team in Wolves' history, The fifties side that claimed three titles in 1954, 1958 and 1959. The sixties and seventies were spent moving between the top two divisions before the eighties saw the club hit rock bottom when they dropped into the fourth tier in 1986. Since the 1990s the second tier has been where Wolves can most commonly be found with brief highs in the Premier League and single season trip back into the third tier. Their greatest 21st Century cup moment came as a giant killer when silencing the Kop at Liverpool's Anfield in 2017.

Magic Moments


2-0 vs Bury

Second round: 1st February 1908


Scorers: Walter Radford {2}

Ranked at the time: 43

Today: Outside the top 400

3-1 vs Newcastle United

The 1908 F A Cup Final

@ Crystal Palace, London: 25th April 1908

Attendance - 74,967

Scorers: Kenneth Hunt, George Hedley, Billy Harrison

Ranked at the time: 26

Today: outside the top 200

Team: Tommy Lunn, Jackery Jones, Ted Collins, Kenneth Hunt, Billy Wooldridge, Albert Bishop, Billy Harrison, Jack Shelton, George Hedley, Walter Radford, Jack Pedley


1-0 Manchester City

Second round: 4th February 1911

Attendance: 25,000

Scorer: Archie Needham

Ranked at the time: 93

Today: Outside the top 600

Team: 1:Frank Boxly, 2:George Garratly, 3:Ted Collins, 4:Albert Groves, 5:Billy Wooldridge, 6:Albert Bishop, 7:Billy Harrison, 8:Archie Needham, 9:George Hedley, 10:Jack Needham, 11:Alf Walker


1-0 vs Blackburn Rovers

First round replay: Thursday January 15th 1920

Attendance: 36,000

Scorers:Tancy Lea
Ranked at the time:98

Today: Outside the top 500
Team: 1:Teddy Peers, 2:Dicky Baugh, 3:George Garratly, 4:Freddy Price, 5:Albert Groves, 6:Alf Riley, 7:Billy Harrison, 8:Harry Wright, 9:Tancy Lea, 10:Dick Richards, 11:Sammy Brooks


1-0 vs Derby County

Second round replay: Thursday February 3rd 1921

Attendance: 30,000

Scorer: Dick Richards

Ranked at the time:123

{image right: Wolve's English international winger, Sammy Brooks}

Team: 1:Teddy Peers or Noel George, 2:Dicky Baugh, 3:Maurice Woodward or George Marshall, 4:Val Gregory, 5:Joe Hodnett, 6:Alf Riley, 7:Tancy Lea, 8:Frank Burrill, 9:Eddie Edmunds, 10:Dick Richards, 11:Sammy Brooks

1-0 @ Everton

Quarter final: Saturday March 5th 1921

Attendance: 50,000

Scorer: George Edmonds

Ranked at the time:69

Today: Outside the top 300

Team: 1:Noel George, 2:Dicky Baugh, 3:Maurice Woodward or George Marshall, 4:Val Gregory, 5:Joe Hodnett, 6:Alf Riley, 7:Tancy Lea, 8:Frank Burrill, 9:Eddie Edmunds, 10:Dick Richards, 11:Sammy Brooks {manager-Jack Addenbroke}


2-0 @ Stoke City

 Third round: Saturday, January 7th 2017

Attendance: 21,479

Scorers: Hector Costa, Matt Doherty 

Ranked at the time: 419

Team: 1: Carl Ikerne, 18: Dominic Iorfa {Replaced by 9:Nouha Dicko-77}, 30: Kortney Hause, 60: Mike Williamson, 2: Matt Doherty, 8: George Saville, 14: Lee Evans, 17: Helder Costa, 26: Bright Enobarkhare {Replaced by 4:David Edwards-71}, 10: Joe Mason, 22: Jon dadi Bodvarsson. {Manager: Paul Lambert} 

2-1 @ Liverpool

  Third round replay: Tuesday January 17th 2017
Attendance: 9,054
Scorer: {Albion} Nathan Arnold {90 +1}
Ranked at the time: 140
After six years of struggle at Sincil Bank, in which relegation to the sixth tier had loomed large several times, things were looking up again
 for Lincoln fans as their team seemed to be marching towards the National League title and a return to the Football League. A trip to inconsistent Championship side, Ipswich in the third round of the cup offered a chance of a bit of extra icing on the cake for a side clearly brimming with confidence.  5,000 Imps fans made the trip to Portman Road, intent on a good old fashioned cup day out and got just that when Theo Robinson deservedly set up a possible cup shock not once but twice in a topsy turvey afternoon when a lacklustre home side salvaged a replay four minutes from time.
The 2-2 draw set up a live televised replay for the Imps at Sincil bank with over 9,000 fans packing into the ground for an evening that was also tinged with sadness. In the days between the cup tie and replay, Lincoln's legendary former manager, Graham Taylor passed away at the age of seventy-two. The future England Manager began his management career at Sincil Bank and was still the last man to take the club into the fourth round of the cup forty-one years early. Fitting then that, on the night the club paid tribute to Taylor, the men of 2017 emulated his 1976 team in impressive style. On a night when Mick McCarthy's Ipswich side were simply awful, Lincoln repeatedly failed to turn their dominance into goals with Dean Gerken producing one fantastic first half save when it seemed certain the deadlock would be broken.
That stop set up a tense finish as a rare Ipswich attack resulted in a dangerous free kick as the game ticked into stoppage time with all in 
the stadium and watching on TV feeling that a goal now would be cruel to deny the Non-League side an extra half hour, not to mention an unexpected late night for the BBC's News at  Ten team. The Championship side threw extra bodies forward in the hope of achieving just that but when the poorly effected set piece broke to Adam Marriott he suddenly found himself deep in his own half but with just one blue shirt between he and the Ipswich goal. With a hopelessly exposed Ipswich defence desperately trying to get back into position, Marriott showed great composure to not race on himself, instead checking his own break before laying a great through ball to Nathan Arnold who equally calmly rounded the defenceless Gerken before slotting into the empty net to clinch the victory and a fourth round tie against Championship high flyers, Brighton. 
Lincoln: 1: Paul Farman, 2: Bradley Wood, 5: Luke Waterfall, 25: Sean Raggett, 3: Sam Habergham, 28: Nathan Arnold {Replaced by 7: Jack Muldoon 90 +3}, 30: Alex Wodyard, 8: Alan Power, 11: Terry Hawkridge {Replaced by 27: Jamie McCombe 90 +5}, 31: Theo Robinson {Replaced by 10: Adam Marriott 80}, 9: Matt Rhead. {Manager: Danny Cowley} 

Fourth Round: Saturday January 28th 2017

Attendance: 52,469

Scorers: {Liverpool} Divock Origi {86}, {Wolves} Richard Stearman {1}, Andreas Weimann {41}

Ranked at the time: 160

After six years of struggle at Sincil Bank, in which relegation to the sixth tier had loomed large several times, things were looking up again

Team: 31: Harry Burgoyne, 16:Conor Coady, 5:Richard Stearman, 30:Kortney Hause, 2:Matt Doherty, 14:Lee Evans, 8:George Saville, 17:Helder Costa {replaced by 43:Connor Ronan 67}, 4:David Edwards, 63:Andreas Weimann {Replaced by 10:Joe Mason 77}, 9:Nouha Dicko {Replaced by 22:Jon Dadi Bodvarsson 71} {Manager:Paul Lambert}  

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