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How Would You Change The FA Cup?

We asked … and you responded, the general thrust being to give David equal footing to Goliath. We are going to use some of these to create the Fake FA Cup. Here’s a selection …

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.”

Player Of The Season

The Real FA Cup’s Player Of The Season Award. For the finest single performance by a non-league player in this season’s FA Cup. There’s one goal scorer, one engine room and one net minder. You decided. Vote!

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 …”


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.

Non League Day
Bobby Robson Foundation