In Praise Of… FA Cup Replays

It’s the Third Round of The FA Cup this weekend, and Alan Smithy will be looking forward to not all of the matches played being decided on the day. Alan writes Football Hobo, and you can follow him on Twitter here. We all love a good cup replay, don’t we? Perhaps not so much when our side is involved; although there is something to be said for the atmosphere of a do-or-die midweek night cup match, particularly when you’re at home. Without them we wouldn’t have Ronnie Radford’s famous goal, after all. But when all’s said and done, it’s usually preferable to get the tie settled first time round and avoid the extra fixture congestion on the players’ weary limbs, and extra strain on the fans’ weary wallets. With third round day coming up this weekend, some Liverpool fans may well be hopeful of getting Manchester United back to Anfield after a hard-fought draw at Old Trafford. It’s not just a proportion of the travelling support who’ll take a draw on Sunday, either – there are 32 non league chairmen who’d quite like it, too. It’s not that they’ve lumped together and piled on the 14/5 available for the draw on Betfair – chairmen, unlike competing players, aren’t prohibited from betting on the competition after all. But while non-league finances aren’t that crazy (at least not in most cases)...

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