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Podcast 83: Will Lincoln City Win The FA Cup?

Oh, this week’s podcast asks the unaskable. Can Lincoln City, leaders of the National League, become the first non-league team to win the FA Cup in modern times? We have a look at the draw for the remainder of the competition, have a chat about where the FA Cup rests in most people’s lists of priorities these days, and have a look aat the remainder of the draw, and its permutations. As ever, you can download the 200% podcast by right-clicking and saving here, whilst the 200% podcast’s RSS feed is here and you can subscribe through Itunes here....

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AFCON 2017: The Semi-Finals

Mark Murphy’s tip for the AFCON 2017 top were toppled. But the psychological damage inflicted on a young Garth Crooks-lookalike hurt him even more. Egypt 1 Burkina Faso 1 (Egypt win 4-3 on penalties) Herve Koffi should be a Burkinabe hero. He isn’t. Herve Koffi will be the focus of Burkina Faso’s penalty shoot-out loss. He shouldn’t be. Hassam El-Hadary is Egypt’s penalty shoot-out hero. He should never have had the chance to be. The Burkinabe master-tactician who thought a 20-year-old goalkeeper the ideal choice for among the most vital penalties in Burkinabe international football history should be the...

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AFCON 2017: The Quarter-Finals

Blimey. The best of the four AFCON 2017 finals’ groups, Group B, will be unrepresented in the semi-finals. The worst, Group D, could yet provide the finalists. Mark Murphy tries to explain… Burkina Faso 2 Tunisia 0 Aristide Bance. Christian Benteke in a grated-cheese wig. But a Burkinabe cult hero before becoming a real one to consign Tunisia to a fifth (FIFTH!) consecutive defeat in an AFCON quarter-final. The “England of Africa,” you might say, but don’t. Bance’s impact may be the abiding memory of AFCON 2017. The sparse Libreville crowd were no collective shrinking violet. But the sight...

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FA Cup Shocks & The Two Faces Of The National League

The more things change, the more they stay the same. When the television cameras of the BBC visited Gander Green Lane in January 1989 for Sutton United’s FA Cup Third Round match against Coventry City, it was a very different place to today, a bowl-shaped ground flanked with trees, a completely idiosyncratic ground and completely unfamiliar territory for a visiting club that had won the FA Cup two years earlier. That bowl shape has gone now, replaced by familiarly utilitarian covered terracing behind each goal. And something else has gone too. The grass. The mud so commonly invoked by...

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The FA Cup Fourth Round: Awake, At Last

We have been damned by mediocrity in the FA Cup in recent times, but yesterday afternoon the Fourth Round of the competition truly sparkled. At the summmit of the list of achievements sits Lincoln City’s three-one win over Championship pacesetters Brighton & Hove Albion. They joined Colchester United, Yeovil Town, Blyth Spartans, Telford United, Kidderminster Harriers, Crawley Town and Luton Town as a non-league team to have reached the Fifth Round of the FA Cup since 1945. Furthermore, they thoroughly merited their victory against an admittedly under-strength Brighton team, coming back from a goal behind to win with room...

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