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Sweet FA Cup
Member Name: Sparky101
Date: 21/11/00, updated on 21/11/00 (88 review reads)
Advantages: Tradition, place in Europe up for grabs
Disadvantages: Final not being played at Wembley
The FA Cup is back for another year. Described by most as the greatest competition in the footballing world, mainly due to it's long and distinguished history. Last season people were going a bit over the top, saying it was being devalued because Man United weren't competing. What a load of rubbish! The main problem with the FA Cup last year was moving the dates around. The third round where all the big boys join the competition is always on the first weekend of the new year. But for some reason last season they moved it to before Xmas.
We had also been spoilt a bit the previous season with the Arsenal Man U semi-final games. It'll be a long time before that game is matched for sheer drama and tension.
This season everything is back to normal, well almost. The third round is back where it belongs, all teams are entering the competition but Wembley is no more. This is going to have a big effect on the competition. The FA Cup for some teams is all about reaching Wembley and the whole occasion of the Final. This year the final is being played at the Millenium Stadium in Cardiff. No disrespect to the Millenium Stadium but it won't be the same. Still it's probably better than playing it at a league ground.
Oh and did anyone see that OG by a non-league player at the weekend. Can't remember his name but they were taking the mick out of him on Match of the Day. Laugh, I nearly fell off the coach!