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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.

Blyth Spirit

Here’s a little treat thanks to Spartans fan Ross Teasdale. With due respect to Mr Ian Brown, a Dublin DJ has added commentary from Blyth’s 1978 FA Cup Run and the Spartans fans to give … F.E.A.R a new lease of life. Ross: “It brings a tear to the eye and the hairs on the back of your neck stand on end, even with me and my mates who weren’t even born at the time!  It’s the first song on my FA Cup megamix CD which is played over the speakers at Croft Park. We gave it to the Management to put it on in the dressing room in the previous Round”. Listen – F.E.A.R. SPARTA    

Tweet Your Scores

Have you ever noticed that it’s almost impossible to find out FA Cup scores in the early rounds? Well so have we – so we decided to fix the problem using Twitter. If you are going to a cup game this weekend and you are on Twitter, if you use the #facup hashtag in your tweets any scores you tweet will be shown on our live scores page. At the moment the service relies on users using the team names EXACTLY as the database has them – we are hoping to change this in the future to be more flexible but for now, your score tweets will have to have the team names exactly right. Tweets only need to contain the home team, the away team, the score and the #facup hashtag to update our database. The format should be:- <anything you like> HomeTeam United 1 AwayTeam City 0 <anything you like> #facup <anything you like> or:- <anything you like> HomeTeam United 1-0 AwayTeam City <anything you like> #facup <anything you like> If you put FT anywhere in your tweet, the match will show as being finished. This is the very early stages of this service so please bear with us if things go horribly wrong or don’t work at all. Any scores you see on here are dependent on people’s tweets so please don’t take them as read until the FA confirm them. We can’t be held responsible for overdrafts and hangovers caused by all-night celebrations after by an erroneous result.

FA Cup Replays

Given the dearth of collated replay dates [hint hint to the FA], here’s the ones we’ve found. Please tweet/DM/email the ones we’ve missed, bound to be loads.

Into Battle With TRFAC!!

The new season must nearly be here, for the FA Cup Extra Preliminary Round fixtures are out. This season we’ll have the usual sloppily arranged previews/reviews/randoms, some attempted arty photos of ephemera and possibly some exciting new stuff that will no doubt please one or two people, annoy a few others and be met with significant indifference by the vast population of England, nay, the WORLD.

Down And Out In Woodbridge And Ipswich

It’s not the FA Cup but the essence of a local derby is very cup-like. Bragging rights to the victor, the vanquished has to wait another year (at least) for revenge. Derbies are effectively regionalised cup finals. And, as it’s not top flight, therealfacup can just about get away with a Championship derby – and what better one than El Tractico, Ipswich Town .v. Norwich City. This is going to be very painful reading … Matt Townsend


You’ve heard from the runners up in The Real FA Cup’s Team Of The Year, Hythe, already and now we hear from the winners, FC United of Manchester. Sparing us a few personal, honest and thought-provoking words on FC United and his relationship with the FA Cup is Ed Barrett. As a founding member of FC United, Ed has an equal share in the club and an equal say in running it, just as it should be.

The Disappearing Magic Of The FA Cup

Just before the transfer window slammed shut, we snapped up the highly sought after young buck, Stuart Fuller, from theballisround for an ‘undisclosed fee’ right from under the noses of Chelsea. WIN! West Ham 3 Nottingham Forest 2 was his poison …

Thank You

We’ve been a bit quiet on therealfacup in recent weeks due to other commitments. Well, this isn’t our real job you know? We’ll be back up and running in the new year when the FA Vase and/or Trophy will no doubt get our attention and we’ll hopefully be spreading our wings further afield.

FFS Use Your Imagination!

The draw for the 9th Round of the FA Cup is here and, for some odd reason there are only two teams left in!! We thought there were 5 or 6 rounds left yet but, apparently, no, it’s all down to the last two already.

FA Cup 1st Round Draw

The Not Real bit of the FA Cup hove in to view and we watched with interest. Fat Boy Slim and Hells Bells did the honours … shame they didn’t choose some non-league legends, ho-hum. Vampire Jim cheesed up the ante and it flew past in a second. Here are the ties that interest us, where to go is now the big question. If Carshalton pull off the unexpected, our taste buds and bar billiard buds are duty bound to return. Corby Town .v. Luton Town Harrow Borough .v. Chesterfield Notts County .v. Gateshead Southport .v. Sheffield Wednesday Havant & Waterlooville .v. Droylesden Hayes & Yeading .v. Wycombe Wanderers Dagenham & Redbridge .v. Leyton Orient AFC Wimbledon .v. Ebbsfleet Lincoln City .v. Workington or Nuneaton Town Hereford United .v. Hythe Town Carshalton or Chelmsford .v. Hendon or Met Police Swindonw Supermarine or Bath City .v. Eastwood Town Gillingham .v. Farnborough or Dover Tamworth or Grimsby Town .v. Crewe Guiseley .v. Crawley Town Brighton .v. Woking Rochdale .v. FC United of Manchester or Barrow Carlisle United .v. Sheffield or Tipton Town Leiston or Dartford .v. Port Vale Forest Green Rovers .v. Northampton Town Fleetwood Town .v. Walsall Hartlepool United .v. Vauxhall Motors Full fixtures and results at the FA website and highlights and reviews of previous rounds on the itv FA Cup website

What’s In A Word?

We follow non-league football teams, on the whole, we don’t much like that phrase but someone didn’t like ‘low level football’ and we used that – well, one of our contributors did. What do you reckon? Over sensitive or a fair point?

Dynamo, Corinth & Emley

It’s FA Cup Prelim weekend. We’re off to Corinth, a nod to Dulwich, a wave at the Charlton Brothers, lighting up the Dynamos, West Ham get a fright and the tale of one club becoming two and heading for a possible FA Cup match up.

Episode 3 – Kiwi

This week, New Zealand are the star attraction, round up of recent games, ‘Call My Fact’, The Bard, Ilunga Mwepu, Chris Waddle, Alf Di Stefano and Mark Knofler, Mark Bresciano and some coach theft.

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