the real fa cup

2011-12

Bring Me The Head Of Diego Garcia

While the air of novelty hung heavy over this fixture, there was something about it that struck a chord with therealfacup. In an era of football when money is king and fans and players alike think they deserve to win, both the Chagos Islands and Sealand have a reason not only to just play football but to simply be recognised by the World

Penfold! Shhhh!

FA Vase, Chas & Dave, Darryl Hannah, ice cream van, Bovril, one (no, two) sendings off, six goals and some to and fro. Smashing. VCD Athletic 3 – 3 Tunbridge Wells

Stand Up, If You Hate The Pig!

Bath 1-3 Daggers: A rant about the offside rule. A pig, not as annoying as Chelsea. A perma-tanned old midfielder. And when he says ‘rant over’, it’s not true … Simon Field at Twerton Park.

Blyth’s Bogie Team

Blyth Spartans 0-2 Gateshead. Conference high flyers make light of their North East rivals, Jon Shaw tormentor in chief. Andy Hudson at Croft Park.

An Afternoon Of Indecision

Brentford 1-0 Basingstoke Town: “… Ron Noades was self-appointed manager of the team, which sounds even more ridiculous as I write this than it seemed at the time …”

Oxbridge

FA Cup stalemate at Oakside. Redbridge 0-0 Oxford City. The Cup’s lowest-ranked remaining side live to fight another day. And they nearly nicked it.

A Rallying Cry

1977/78: Jackie Marks, Blyth Spartans coach, interviewed at St James’ Park after the Blyth .v. Wrexham game by Match of the Day:

Redbridge’s 5th Cup Final

“I don’t think we’re going to win it [the FA Cup], although I’m not sure yet” – Redbridge Gaffer Terry Spillane. He’s the chirpiest nervous manager we’ve spoken to.

Harem Scarem

Leatherhead 2-3 Sutton United. Classic cup tie goes to extra time: banana skin, goals, silly red cards, saves, dubious penalties, chewed fingers and some morons leaving a poised cup tie with five minutes to go. Idiots.

Hebburn Week – The Players

No fewer than nine Hebburn players have their say on the Gateshead game, the FA Cup and the future. And they talked to Andy Hudson, of course.

No Sweet Heaven

No Sweet Heaven for Hebburn as Heed Progress: Gateshead 3-0 Hebburn Town. Andy Hudson reflects on some Northern League heads held high.

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