the real fa cup

FA Vase

Crocus & Cockles

Eastbourne Town 5-4 Greenwich Borough. Our first bit of FA Vase action this season, thanks to Warren Carter.

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


In some ways, the FA Vase is the real FA Cup, the still beating heart of the damaged football pyramid. When the FA Cup started, communities were, obviously, more localised than now, they were the sporting equivalent of a royal street party

Interview – Paul Robinson

After Saturday’s warm up of watching our adopted Dulwich Hamlet try to get promoted we’re off to Wembley to watch our kind of adopted Northern side try to win the FA Vase. Again. How many professional players do you know who’ve played at Wembley? It’s a select club. This chap has, twice, and will be doing so again on Sunday. He’s scored too, an even more select band. 2010 was quite a season for Football Pubcast’s ‘Man Of The Year’ and Whitley Bay midfielder Paul Robinson and we had a chat with him about … errr … football … and I didn’t even make any Neighbours gags.

Whitley Flowers, Poole Wilt

FA Vase weekend. A long trip to Poole for me, even longer for Whitley Bay fans. Daffodils, Fabio Capello, late goals, and the continuation of a quite unbelievable run.

Whitley [heart] Vase

Whitley Bay, 23 games Not Out in the FA Vase. A legend in our eyes, modushopperrandom’s Graham Yapp agreed to do us a piece on the continuing saga of Whitley Bay’s record-breaking FA Vase run. And this despite us being at fault for sending him all that way north. He really is too kind and indeed too good…

Burgers & Pancakes

Yasser travels to Hertfordshire for the 5th Round of the FA Vase and finds some football players who seem to get pleasure from winning a game that isn’t a Champions League game. How can this be?!

Yachtsmen Drown in Bay

No, I also can’t believe I had the gall to keep that appalling headline … THE FA Vase final was perhaps always going to be the most likely source of season finale for therealfacup

Vase Final – Football Special

… how much of a life highlight would it be to sit in the England dressing room, coveting the seat on which Goldenballs’ golden balls have perched, hanging your hoody on the peg that supported the full weight of Rio’s wardrobe…

Chertsey 1 Whitley Bay 1

As I Tweeted after the game, this game annoyed me. Immensely. For several reasons. For several reasons. I wrote my original match report on the Sunday and it was, essentially, a hatchet job on the Chertsey fans. I thought better of publishing the match report and thought I’d give it a few …

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