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F A Cup Giant Killers

Paul Harrison


From the victories of Boston Town and Spennymoor United in the 1920s, through to the Twenty-First Century exploits of Tamworth and Burscough, Paul Harrison's book is a must for any football fan interested in FA Cup giant killers.  Lavishly illustrated, it takes an affectionate look at the amateur players who secured famous victories against Football League Clubs.  Some, like Tottenham, who were the first non-league side to win the FA Cup, went on to be rich and successful clubs.  The exploits of others, like Spennymoor United and Chilton Colliery, are now largely forgotten.  Paul Harrison's book deservedly recalls their achievements, making good use of contemporary photographs, newspaper cuttings and memorabilia.  One of my favourite characters is Charles Burgess Fry, who played in eight aches series for the England cricket team and full-back for non-league Southampton at the beginning of the Twentieth Century.  A world record long-jumper at the time of the first Olympics in 1896, when asked why he wasn't among the finalists in Athens replied 'I didn't go as I was unaware they were taking places'. 

Highly recommended, this book is available from Paul direct at