Too Big For The Cup?


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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7 Responses

  1. Ed says:

    My main footballing daydream is now thus:

    1. apply my lengthy experience on Championship Manager to becoming an actual football manager
    2. slowly build up my reputation and club, eventually rising to be a competitive proposition in the top flight
    3(a). sign Dave Kitson
    3(b). go on a dazzling, romantic run to the FA Cup final
    3(c). drop Dave Kitson from the final squad, let alone the team.
    4. Laugh my head off as the great lanky tosser moans on about being deprived of the “biggest game of my life” and “my footballing dream” without even the mildest hint of irony.
    5. Sell Dave Kitson to Crystal Palace for a set of shin pads.

    The end.

  2. Alex says:

    Dead on. The Big Four aren’t killing the FA Cup, it’s the clubs like Reading who might just have a shot at it, but don’t bother who are killing it. It’s their lack of competition that ensures we have to endure the same teams winning it year on year. As you say, they’d be adding maybe six games to their hardly packed season should they reach the final. It’s not that much to ask that they try, is it? I agree, the FA should suggest that if they care so little about it, they shouldn’t enter.

    What do you reckon West Ham fans remember about their 05/06 season? Their competant performance in the league? Or their thrilling FA Cup final defeat? Exactly.

  3. Anonymous says:

    Sorry, as much as the FA Cup means to British football, a reward of a couple million pounds and a UEFA Cup birth won’t cut it any more. There needs to be a more of insentive for football teams to take the FA Cup seriously.

  4. billmapguy says:

    Brighton may have been the first to be relegated and lose the FA Cup Final, but Middlesbrough did it 14 years later (plus losing the League Cup Final that same year ! Ouch.)

  5. Gervillian Swije says:

    Leicester did it in 1969 as well. Doesn’t detract from the main point though, that a run in the FA Cup will almost certainly not impact negatively on the mediocrity that teams like Reading subscribe to.

    Anyways, fielding a weakened team at home to Swansea in the third round of last year’s FA Cup and being twatted 3-0 at home – hardly helped Sheffield United’s season did it.

  6. Moore says:

    From a massively selfish point of view I actually approved of the attitude of these clubs. For what it’s worth, my beloved Man City at least try and take the cups seriously every year, due largely to extended trophy drought. The less clubs of around our standard who can be arsed with it, the more chance of a bit of a run if the top sides knock each other out.

    Having said that, trust us to draw West Ham in the third round, who appear to approach the competition with the same attitude. Fond memories of a recent final affecting the attitude no doubt.

  7. col says:

    Wow! Arsenal got killed last night! Anybody see it?
    The fans must have been furious! 5 – 1, I mean Tottenham played very well but Arsenal fielded barely any first team players, what were they thinking!? The Fans have every right to be annoyed! When you travel to see your team play you expect them to at least try! Whoever did a little football spread betting on Arsenal losing will be laughing all the way to work this morning! Maybe I Should start spread betting and see if I can win a few bets! I want to laugh on the way to work!

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