Taking The Piss Out Of The FA Cup

The slow burning feeling that football is set to turn into little than a reality TV show has been growing over the last few years. Whether through Setanta invading the dressing rooms before, during and after matches or Ebbsfleet United and the ongoing row over whether their supporters should pick the team (not to mention the number of even paler imitations currently doing the rounds), one suspects that there are a number of people that simply don’t think that the traditional relationships of football – the crowd, the players, the owners and the media looking on – are quite enough any more. Some of you may have seen The Legends series on the television. Played out during the summer, it’s something like the equivalent of pro-celebrity football, played in front of half-interested crowds on the eve of the season proper, it’s a reasonable way to pass an hour or two, providing that you don’t mistake it for proper football and turn the sound down whenever Ant & Dec appear. It’s produced by a company called Toast Media, and it’s probably safe to assume that it has been rather successful, because somebody at Toast has had a brilliant idea, if you’re a PR type that doesn’t seem to give a toss about the history and traditions of English football. They want to enter their “Legends” team into next year’s FA...

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