Match Of The Week: FA Cup Second Round – Histon 1-0 Leeds United

Three times they have been the champions of England. FA Cup winners thirty-six years ago. Leeds United’s mere presence in the early rounds of the FA Cup is a powerful symbol of how far from grace they have fallen in recent times. In contrast, ten years ago Histon were a village club playing in the Eastern Counties League. Their rise towards the top of the Blue Square Premier hasn’t been without concerns over their long-term sustainability, but FA Cup days aren’t for worrying about reality. This afternoon, on a pitch that was almost completely unplayable, Histon more than matched a Leeds United team that doesn’t, on current form, look terribly likely to make a serious challenge for promotion this season. ITV’s coverage of the match focussed, perhaps predictability, upon the fairytale element to Histon’s story, but this season has been seen more than its fair share of controversy for the club. Rumours started to circulate concerning the club’s financial stability after goalkeeping coach Lance Key was made redundant, and crowds have fallen as the economic circumstances have deteriorated. There was talk that they would have to enter into administration which were quashed by the club itself, but still the suspicion remains that pushing for a place in the Football League with a part-time squad may come at a cost that is simply too high to be worth it. Last...

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