22nd January 2019 at 9:03 pm #31938
Quite surprised by the responses so far in being excited about the FA Cup.
Priorities have changed over the years – loved it when it was held at the Millennium Stadium as it worked a treat for us and served us well.
Never like New Wembley and detest the idea of Semi-Finals being played there when there are plenty other top quality grounds that facilitate the event.
Other than the matches and ties themselves, there’s not really a lot to feel enticed about. Due to squad levels and depth of quality, one would suspect with my club that in recent years, not a great deal effort or desire has been shown to want to progress – real shame that.
Need somebody new in FA Headquarters that will listen to fans in what they want and not just think about money first – somebody really open minded.
Friday should be buzzing, here’s hoping.22nd January 2019 at 9:34 pm #31939
9, not sure you’re correct on restricting players by age, would be interested to see where you think that’s written down. By my understanding you if you’re registered to play in a competition you’re eligible to play. The only thing they could say in a league is the result could affect others but in a knockout it’s not the same…..Pagan22nd January 2019 at 9:38 pm #31940
Cup Final day has to be a stand alone day all of its own and the FA Cup should always ko at 3pm Semi Finals would be better off at neural grounds but I understand with Wembley to pay for why the Semi Finals have to be played there other than that there’s not to much wrong with the grand old trophy.
Oh and Wembley is the home of the FA Cup old or new I’ve been to Chelsea Finals at both Wembley and the Millennium and whilst the Millennium is a wonderful Stadium it’s in Wales and it’s not Wembley.
Massive day great if you win b****y awful if you lose. And Semi Finals at Villa Park felt just the same as did Semi Finals at Wembley but personally I preferred Villa Park.
Wonderful to be the current FA Cup holders love to do it again but I’ve a sneaky feeling for United or Spurs if they can get through their injury crisis and past a sticky tie at Palace.22nd January 2019 at 9:53 pm #31941
Never had the privilege of going to Wembley, but always think the FA took a wrong turn and should have left the Old Wembley as it is. I sincerely detest certain Landmarks and heritage being changed – why?
Money and Greed once again which is foolish as it only for the benefit to line their own pockets – nothing else.
It’s like changing Big-Ben. Leave things as they are in my opinion.
Anyway, feel gutted my club don’t or haven’t progressed for years and seeing other Prem Teams win it gets me down. Also, it’s those same Prem teams and their fans that previously look down their noses.
Maybe it’s down to the big squad and priorities thing, but have respect for those clubs and their Managers who have exerted an interest wholeheartedly.22nd January 2019 at 9:54 pm #31942
The prize money for the FA Cup is still tiny, even though it has doubled this season. £7 million accrued total for the winner. What does that even do for a top club today??22nd January 2019 at 10:14 pm #31943
Yeah I get where you’re coming from re the Old Wembley Nil and the Twin Towers were very special and the two big black doors that opened up to let in the player coaches but it was getting tired and old and would have probably cost a lot more to modernise than start again personally I would have gone with modernisation and retained the Towers.22nd January 2019 at 10:42 pm #31944
unfortunately, there in lies the problem. That type of figure you’ve stated is now deemed a drop in the ocean, but already, there is a better distribution of money in the Prem from TV Revenue.
Clearly, there’s a gulf, and there’s more choice for those in the Prem regularly able to qualify for either Europa or Champions League.
Even for those who don’t the attitudes and mindset from club Hierarchy is changing so the reward for winning a Trophy for the fans comes second and generating Revenue is Priority Number One (plus of course Prem Status).
Players from Teams regularly featured in the First 11 wont be risked.
Sadly to a degree, these are the times we are living in. The polar opposite is those teams below us outside the Prem relish getting past the 3rd, 4th and 5th, because not only is it an outing for them and to play the Big Teams, but it’s a huge pay-out for them in the Piggy Bank.22nd January 2019 at 10:45 pm #31945
Pagan@9:34pm 6.5 Each Club shall play its full available strength in and during all Cup Competition matches, unless some satisfactory reason is given. The Board will from time to time issue a policy as to what constitutes ‘full available strength’. In the event of the explanation not being deemed satisfactory the Management Committee shall have power to impose such penalties as they shall think fit. The provisions governing disciplinary matters in relation to the Competition are contained in Rule 24.
Think the above League Cup ruling would probably prevent Club’s fielding full U 21/U23 teams in the League Cup.25th January 2019 at 4:02 pm #32080
If Arse plays like they did against Chelsea,United will get spanked tonight.25th January 2019 at 6:10 pm #32083
Great for us football purists the FA Cup. Not meant for those other lot.25th January 2019 at 7:35 pm #32084
9, sorry it’s a late reply, thanks for that, however the league cup has its own rules, I’m pretty sure yellow cards don’t count towards the player’s league total as the ones picked up in the FA cup do. It’s a mute point though as nothing will change….Pagan25th January 2019 at 7:48 pm #32086
Moos, just hanging in there.
Every other retrospective clip I see on BBC re Solskjaer gives me bad reminders!
I know this a forum where I’ve developed good relationships, but post 1996 FA Cup Final in itself, and Ferguson Steamroll, I would find it hard to be any form of Purist.
25th January 2019 at 8:10 pm #32088
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Pagan, you’ve lost me mate the rule I highlighted was in ref to the League Cup and playing weakened teams but as you say every which way it’s a mute point.25th January 2019 at 8:22 pm #32092
Trying to hang in there; just find it hard to watch. Not so much the cancelling each other out, but there’s just no entertaining football; no individual skill so far, no nothing.
Barely out of First Gear and consuming time, thus free money!25th January 2019 at 8:28 pm #32094
Lovely goal by United brilliant ball by Lukaku and take by Sanchez.
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