THIS past weekend has seen upsets galore in the Emirates FA Cup third round. Lower league Blackpool got past Premier League West Brom on penalties, tier six Chorley overcame, albeit a depleted, Derby County, and the biggest of them all League Two Crawley Town hammered Leeds United 3-0.

Bradford (Park Avenue) have their own forgotten history when it comes to the world's oldest cup competition. Yes, in their heydays, they reached three quarter finals and beat one of the country's biggest clubs.

The other team in the city is mostly known in recent times for their exploits against Arsenal but flashback 73 years ago and it was their then-Second Division neighbours who took down the First Division champions-elect.

Bradfordian Billy Elliott's 36th-minute strike crowned off an excellent 1-0 win in front of 47,738 spectators at Highbury.

Just for a bit of context, Avenue were dangerously looking at the wrong end of the table while the hosts had only lost twice in 25 and fancied doing the double. Surely there was only one winner, right?

This was not in the days where you see the creme de la creme resting their stars in the opening rounds, it was the strongest side Tom Whitaker had at his disposal who were surprisingly dominated by the visitors in the first half.

It was the sign of things to come when Roy White and Johnny Downie each tested ex-Bantams stopper George Swindin early on.

Gerry Henry slid through Elliott who buried past the keeper to give Park Avenue the well-deserved lead.

The fleet-footed winger almost netted again before the break only to be denied by Swindin, the Gunners were lucky only to be the one goal down.

The match only received coverage, via radio, in the second period so those unable to make the trip down south, of which there were plenty due to petrol shortages, missed out on the dominance.

What made matters worse was that the ending stanza was a dull affair. Nevertheless, faces still beamed with delight once the final whistle went to classify the seismic shock.

Fred Emery and Co were met with a great reception upon their return to Bradford train station shortly before the day was out.

Unfortunately, the run came to an abrupt end in the next round as non-league Colchester United rallied to a 3-2 home win.


Arsenal - 1:George Swindin, 2:George Male, 3:Laurie Scott, 4:Archie MacAuley, 5:Les Compton, 6:Joe Mercer, 7:Don Roper, 8:Jimmy Logie, 9:Reg Lewis, 10:Ronnie Rooke, Ian McPherson

Bradford - 1:Chic Farr, 2:Ronnie Hepworth, 3:Arthur Farrell, 4:Roy White, 5:Ron Greenwood, 6:Bill Deplidge, 7:Jackie Smith, 8:Gerry Henry, 9:George Ainsley, 10:Johnny Downie, 11:Billy Elliott