THE GIANT KILLERS
Every major F A cup upset since 1888
By Captain Beecher*
Every occasion where a top flight club has been beaten by lower division opposition(and any occasion since 1921 where a non league club defeated a Second Division side}View the records...
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THE TOP 100 GREATEST GIANT KILLINGS OF ALL TIMEThe 100 greatest of all time was built by comparing nearly 800 FA cup upsets looking at league positions, reputation at the time, home advantage, scoreline and the strength of the respective line ups. Each tie was given a score and rated accordingly as each year is added to the site so the entries will increase.
CONTRIBUTEAs time goes on this site will continue to add to the history of F A cup giant killing with more years. If you have ever been to a cupset please get in touch as your memories will help bring the cup ties of the 40's to today alive. n.b. Readers may find that the site only goes up to a certain year and then stops. This is because the site is being built as a live, yet unadvertised site. If you have stumbled across it incomplete, well done and keep coming back to see the entire site when it gets bang up to date.There are many links on the site and hundreds of games covered so errors and omissions are naturally possible, as are broken links. If you find any broken links, errors or omissions please contact the webmaster for correction.
*The Author: Captain Beecher is the pen name of Steve Porter who has been a fanatical football fan since the days when "footballers still had long hair and dirt upon their face." with cup final day being his favourite football day of the year. The author was brought up in the Northern Irish city of Londonderry where football meant supporting either Manchester United or Liverpool but he resisted the temptation to follow either side, opting instead for another team after being given a set of football programmes in 1975. Steve has remained a dedicated fan ever since, though the team shall remain nameless to avoid any accusations of writing bias in their favour on the site [feel free to have a guess]. Despite the general perception of the FA cup having lost its prestige over the last quarter of a century he still feels that it carries a level of romance and enjoyment among the neutral fans that the Champions League and Premier League cannot match. The former being a much more corporate competition that often fails to ignite the same sort of cup fever among the home towns of smaller teams as the FA cup can do, while the elite division in English football has never been more uncompetitive as it is currently with only two or three teams carrying any serious title hopes. This compares to the pre Premier League days when anything from six to twelve teams entered the season with genuine title credentials. Steve has found when talking with other football fans that the Champions League and Premier League largely are about the here and now and that, for the greater part, these competitions carry very little weight of nostalgia among neutral supporters whereas the FA cup, by contrast, still has the ability to have fans of various different clubs being enthused about the memorable events of its past. This site was created on the back of that enthusiasm for cup nostalgia among fans, which still makes the FA cup the greatest club competition in the World.
Use of content: The author has written this site for the sheer pleasure of keeping the memories of these ties alive and has no interest in financial gain of copyright. the copyright for these ties in his view lies with the men who made the stories and it is an honour to be able to present them to the public.
That said, in the interests of the writer's effort, it is asked that if using any of the content of this site for reproduction in print or other websites that a full and clear credit be added as follows.
'The Author - Steve Porter, who writes under the pen name, Captain Beecher is a historian of the F A cup who has written in detail on F A Cup Giant Killing at www.thegiantkillers.co.uk