The Romance Of The Third Round Of The FA Cup

The romance has gone from the game for some, whilst for others it can be difficult to say whether they still love it or hate it. This weekend, however, is a chance for all football supporters to put how seriously twenty-first century football takes itself and enjoy one of the hardier perennials of the English football calendar – the Third Round Proper of the FA Cup. It is now one hundred and forty-one years since the playing of the world’s oldest cup competition, and in recent years it has become rather fashionable to predict its imminent demise, but this weekend is an important one which we should all continue to cherish. For the smallest clubs still competing in this year’s competition, this weekend is a reminder of past glories as well as a offering a more prosaic, yet these days just as important, financial reward. For others, this weekend will bring back memories which stretch back for decades. This is a tournament which allows dreamers to dream of the impossible or the improbable. It is, for many, the essence of why we get involved with this game in the first place. For the supporters of Hastings United Football Club, today is a day which, regardless of what happens on the pitch, will never be forgotten. The meat and drink of the existence of this club is in the Ryman...

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