Drawn Again

There aren’t many things that transport me back to my childhood more than the fact that FA have reinstated the draw for the FA Cup to its rightful place, on Monday lunchtimes. Of course, times have changed since I was a child. In the days of my youth, the FA Cup draw was treated like some sort of masonic ritual that we could peek at through a metaphorical key-hole. If you weren’t lucky enough to hear it live on the radio, you’d have to wait until the evening news on the television or even wait for the following morning’s papers to find who’d you’d drawn in the next round. These days, with rolling news channels, the internet and other forms of saturation coverage, the mystique has been lessened slightly, but that’s not to say that it doesn’t still exist. In offices the length and breadth of the country, designated football geeks will have been assigned by their peers or their bosses to check the draw and report back. The more organised ones will send a group email to everyone that cares. In others, though, hearsay will reign supreme as Chinese whispers sweep the building – “Chelsea have drawn Arsenal, Manchester United and Spurs? How did this happen?”. So, what have the Gods Of The Plastic Tubs And Multi-Coloured Ping Pong Balls granted us this time around? Well… it’s not...

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