The FA Cup First Round – What The Papers Say


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. ejh says:

    Not pertinent to the content of the piece, but as it’s been winding me up – is there any reason why the first letter of “the” is almost always capitalised on this site? Correct would be “the First Round of the FA Cup”: the use of the definite article does the job which capitalisation would do, to wit making it clear to the reader that a specific first round and a specific cup is being referred to. (Indeed, the capitalisation of the first letters of First, Round and Cup also performs that task.) There’s a lot of this about – I think it derives from the attempt to brand sporting grounds, as in, say, The Oval” – but it’s not necessary and not correct.

    Sorry about that. Do carry on. Lynne Truss for the Cup.

  2. Paul Blackwell says:

    Following on from ejh’s capitalisation -noting that he or she chooses to be lower case-could I invite a worthy contribution to a charity each time any of the following occur:
    a) an apostrophe before a plural ‘s’ – so commonplace now one almost gives up, although the more learned do argue that this is a modern form of the Greek final sigma , ahem ,
    b) different to -dear God , when will people learn that it is different FROM and similar TO -convergence and divergence – are you listening class ..
    c) compared to – for the same reason – compare WITH, contrast FROM

    Reet – just gerrin’ me coat on fer Boundary Park ….

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