Date:Friday January 4 2008
There used to be famous cup teams, Arsenal, Aston Villa, Chelsea, Everton, Liverpool, Manchester United, Newcastle United, Sheffield Wednesday, Spurs and even Portsmouth the longest holders of the cup.
Now it seems no one gives a hoot about the competition and all the sides with the great cup traditions are more concerned with league success
Wigan Athletics game against Sunderland tomorrow in the 3rd of THE Cup is likely to see two reserve teams (or very nearly) compete and it makes me feel sad and a little cheated
Maybe its the price of our success or maybe the Cup has lost some of its glamour (thanks Manchester United) but things aint what they used to be
I remember only four seasons ago getting very excited about the draw wondering who we were going to meet, now it seems most clubs don`t care if they go through or not.
The pressure of surviving in the different leagues taking precedence above all else, though I remember the FA Cup saving Alex Fergusons job at Old Trafford back in 1990
I also remember teams getting fined by the league for fielding weakened teams in league matches prior to cup finals, oh how times have changed
Perhaps the prize should be upgraded, maybe a Champions League spot as previously suggested by some commentators or a whopping great big cash prize, maybe £20 million, the FA can afford it.
Anything to get teams fielding their strongest line ups and getting some credibility back to the competition, the competition that was once declared the greatest Football Competition in the World
A cup run can lift a whole town never mind a club, lets put the magic back, please.
Remember how cup final appearances used to spawn so many spin-offs, the team song, the fans 'It`s a Knock-Out`, the TV show 'How the Cup was Won`
Lets bring back the magic lets have a cup run
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Date:Friday January 4 2008
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