the real fa cup


Top Field Saved

Earlier this year Hitchin Town successfully fought their campaign to “Save Top Field” from redevelopment. Next steps.

A Sponsorship Too Far?

Why are people so angry that the FA Cup is to be sponsored by Emirates? Has the removal of one word, ‘sponsored’, lost football forever?

FA Cup – Better Than League

Almost every January the tabloids tell us the FA Cup is becoming insignificant and attendances are dropping. We prove that’s bollocks and the FA Cup is better supported than the leagues.

The Wembley Way?

“What exactly do Budweiser think they are going to get out of this that couldn’t be done in a more humane way? They could chuck carrots around a lot more clubs more constructively, more proactively and more beneficially to grassroots football in general.”

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:

In The Park

The FA Cup makes an appearance at a kids’ football tournament, the kids attention span wanders and parents take the Under 10s section far too seriously. Alan Fisher gets it off his chest …

Finding Horley

Juliet Jacques travels from Horley to Horley, returning for FA Cup football and maybe finding something, among the horribly familiar, she’d never encountered before.


“Ladies and Gentlemen, yesterday at Wembley we might have lost the Cup but you the Liverpool people have won everything. You have won the admiration of the policemen in London and you have won the admiration of the public in London.”

Non League Day
Bobby Robson Foundation