Contrasting fortunes in Cup for Nottingham Forest and Notts County 95 years ago
NOTTS County's FA Cup run in 1927-28 was brief as they were pipped 3-2 at home by Sheffield United in the third round on January 14.
BR Mills and Taylor got the goals in front of 28,232 fans. The Notts team that day was: Streets, Smith (G), Bisby, Kemp, Froggatt, Hilton, Taylor, Stainforth, Mills, Widdowson (Alf), Haden.
Goalkeeper George Streets was unlucky to be in the shadow of the great Albert Iremonger for much of his career at Notts, but still managed to notch up 133 appearances.
He also played for Raleigh Athletic, Mansfield Mechanics and Sheffield Wednesday.
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Paddy Mills, born in India, cost Notts the tidy sum of £3,750 when they signed him from Hull City in 1920.
The bustling centre-forward repaid them with 35 goals in 76 appearances before leaving for Birmingham City.
Keyworth-born Alf Widdowson also gave good service with 39 goals in 141 appearances after joining from the Army.
He later played for Newark Town and Heanor Town.
Nottingham Forest may have finished mid-table in the Second Division in 1927-28 after winning only two of their last 15 games, but at least they had the satisfaction of a good FA Cup run. They did well to reach the quarter-finals before going out 3-0 at Sheffield United in front of 52,640 fans.
Forest, with the reliable Arthur Dexter in goal, opened with a narrow 1-0 home win over Tranmere thanks to a goal from Wadsworth.
They drew 0-0 at local rivals Derby in the fourth round, but won the replay 2-0 through Cyril Stocks and Syd Gibson, who sadly quit the game at the age of 33 with a knee injury.
Stocks was on target again as Cardiff were pipped 2-1 in front of a City Ground gate of 30,570.
Forest were minus skipper Bob Wallace for the sixth round game at Bramall Lane.
He was replaced by Morgan in the following line-up: Dexter, Thompson, Barratt, Belton, Harrison, Morgan, Gibson, Stocks, Burton, Jones, Wadsworth.
Dexter, a printer by profession, was understudy to Len Langford for almost five years, but went on to make 274 appearances for Forest before he retired in 1937.
Popular Noah Burton was the star of the side after joining Forest from local rivals Derby County in 1921.
Born in Old Basford in 1896, he scored 62 goals in 320 appearances after guesting for Forest in the war.
For many years he ran a tobacconists shop in Nottingham.
Winger Stocks, from Pinxton, also had an eye for goal. He bagged 79 in 257 appearances after joining Forest from South Normanton Colliery in 1923.
Little Shirebrook made an appearance in the first round on November 26, 1927.
They lost 3-1 at home to Tranmere Rovers, but were far from disgraced.
Blackburn Rovers beat Huddersfield Town 3-1 in the final at Wembley Stadium, with goals from Jack Roscamp (2) and Tommy McLean.
Alex Jackson scored Huddersfield's goal, making this the first final in 18 years where both teams had scored.
1st round: Gainsborough Trinity 6 Stockton 0; Shirebrook 1 Tranmere Rovers 3.
2nd round: Gainsborough Trinity 0 Lincoln City 2.
3rd round: Notts County 2 Sheffield United 3; Nottingham Forest 1 Tranmere Rovers 0.
4th round: Nottm Forest 0 Derby County 0 (2-0 replay).
5th round: Nottm Forest 2 Cardiff City 1.
6th round: Sheffield Utd 3 Nottm Forest 0.