There was a time not so long ago that an FA Cup weekend would have soccer fans throughout England and in other parts of the world enthralled.
From the first tournament in 1872 the FA Cup has offered affiliated clubs in England and Wales, no matter how small, a chance to enter the single match knock-out competition. Progress rested simply on who was best on that particular day.
The format of straight knock-out generated shocks and surprises and naturally created local heroes, many of the unlikely variety. With each win by a local David over a big-town Goliath another layer of the mythology was added to the FA Cup.
But somewhere in the last twenty years or so the FA Cup has lost much of its lustre. Many place the blame firmly with ……
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