Cup Football, Through The Prism Of The Hampshire Senior Cup

Ian

Ian began writing Twohundredpercent in May 2006. He lives in Brighton. He has also written for, amongst others, Pitch Invasion, FC Business Magazine, The Score, When Saturday Comes, Stand Against Modern Football and The Football Supporter. Ian was the first winner of the Socrates Award For Not Being Dead Yet at the 2010 NOPA awards for football bloggers.

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3 Responses

  1. Good article, i hope to read more no Scottish football next season

  2. Steve says:

    The Hampshire Senior Cup is particularly arcane. This season Maidenhead United were forced to postpone their Blue Square Bet South game against Havant as the Hawks were drawn to play Guernsey at home in the HSC. The Hants FA insisted that this game took place on a Saturday despite Guernsey not being in Hampshire and Havant intending to play a virtual reserve.
    This effectively cost Maidenhead a lot of money as a game on an October Saturday would have attracted about the season’s average crowd of 300+. Instead after several postponements the game was played in February in front of the season’s smallest crowd of 116.
    See this blog post for a radical solution to solve the problem of county cups:
    http://educatedleftfoot.blogspot.com/2011/01/branch-line-football_28.html

  3. Neil C says:

    Interesting proposal for a pre-season tournament. I think something certainly needs to be done about county cups. I wonder whether the problem though would be getting everyone to agree on a way forward like you propose as maybe it is easier for clubs to be laissez-faire and carry on putting out there reserves until someone somewhere decides to pull the plug.

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