FA Cup 1st Round

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  1. Kevin1954

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    I used to BL, but as soon as we are out it’s rarely a watch anymore.

    Remember when we used to start watching coverage at 1000 in the morning including watching players eating their cornflakes in the team hotel, right through to 6 at night.

    Now I couldn’t care less and rarely watch the final
     
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    Just down the road for me, thanks very much
     
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    Yes I agree - Cup Final day is a shadow of its former self. 5.30pm kick offs and semi finals at Wembley? In the later stages it's lost its magic.

    However the early rounds are fantastic. You can have teams from the rag bag league playing and knocking out teams from L1 and L2, and if they get to the later rounds when the Prem and Champ come in, and they're on TV it's a lifeline financially.

    So yes I agree, in some ways it's not as good as it once was, but still a magical competition for some.
     
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    The last FA cup final I watched Man City were still shite and Chelski were still broke.
     
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    Be nice to get Guiseley at home but we'll probably get Bath away..
     
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    That’s manufacturing the FA cup imho

    Totally agree BL fair point. Once it’s down to the big sides the magic goes.... period

    In fact it’s like watching boring match of day week in week out... . It didn’t used to be like that!
     
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    I won a works raffle a few years ago for the Everton / Chelsea final. Sat in the posh seats surrounded by rich Chelsea tossers. I was frankly bored shitless.

    I think I have only been to four non BCAFC lea games in my life.

    Leeds v Bristol City at Elland Rd about 67/68? Birthday party for a classmate
    Bournemouth v Watford at Dean Court in 66 whilst on holiday
    Avenue V Fulham Dad got two stand tickets . Early 60’s
    England v Israel not long after new Wembley reopened just to say I have been (look what happened since)
    And the Final above

    You know what, I preferred City v Hereford at VP in front of just over a 1,000 or so
    It’s a different animal when your team is not involved.
     
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    Truro City away! Just up the road for me and quite a few other City fans living in Cornwall and Devon.
     
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    Yes, FA Cup final day used to be probably the best sporting day of the year. As you say, we would follow the build up all day until the match itself. Remember Cup Final It's a Knockout, with supporters of the two teams battling it out?

    And the thing was, it didn't matter a fig which teams were in the final, it was still gripping. And, of course, in the 60s & 70s, the final stage of the competition wasn't dominated by the top six clubs like it is now - it was much more evenly spread around.

    So why the big difference? I think it's partly because the same big teams appear in the final so often. But the main reason is that live football is everywhere now. In those days the FA Cup final was the only domestic game shown live on TV so it was tremendously exciting and a real family occasion.
     
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    Wow. This got me thinking. Other than City I have only ever been to 3 other league games. 76 Leeds V QPR. Didn't like.
    76 Portsmouth v Leyton Orient. Dad living there are took me. 0 0 boring.
    Arsenal v Man Ure 2 1 Ronaldo and Henry era at the Emerates. Corporate jolly. Souless.
    I didn't attend the Hereford game unlike the 23,000 who were there;) but saw plenty similar. And they were all far better.
     
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    Agree 100% having attended a few finals at the old wembley (far more character and atmosphere than today's wembley) including the fantastic Sunderland v Weeds final I found the finals from the 80s onwards to be a bit stale and predictable So took to watching the Rugby league final a great Friday night out in London 100 thousand rugby fans of all different teams supporters gathered to watch the game hungover from the night before but great atmosphere and not a hint of trouble I think football supporters of today have too many live games to watch and the FA Cup of today is much undervalued
    Until we get there. !!!!!!!!!!!!
     
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    Wembley had an aura about it but that has now gone as the FA milks the stadium to pay for it. its all about money and commercialism now I'm afraid and for that reason I'm out. I still remember how excited I was to once play in the 1st Qualifying round when I was a youngster so the magic is still there but only at a much lower level. I'd love it if the 4th Champions league place or something like that came from the FA Cup but that will never happen. I think the fact that Man Utd have had there last 50 odd fa cup games televised says it all
     
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    Agree @Damo, although I'd been to the old Wembley a few times before we got there in 1996, as you say the old stadium had that magical aura about it, stood there in 96 with many other City fans soaking in the occasion that our team were playing at the home of football.
    With regards the FA Cup for me the magic has mostly gone and the only excitement now is when a team such as ourselves go on a great FA Cup run and turn over a few teams in higher divisions, I doubt very much I'd tune into a Spurs V Chelsea final especially played at the new kick off time.
     
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    The thing is without the FA milking the stadium it would never have got built so I suppose it is a balancing act between charging the corporates an arm and a leg to keep other tickets at a lower price. Imagine how expensive they would have been without the corporates funding it.
    As for Man Utd the TV companies want large audience figures to balance out their investment in the rights. The best way to do that is to put on the most popular team in terms of audience figures.
     
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    I see and agree with your point @Storck but during the rebuilding of HA9 0WS I thought the support the England team got whilst traveling the length and breath of England was great especially when playing at the Northern grounds the vocal support was totally different to the Wembley experience with England.
     
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    I went to two finals at the old Wembley.
    West Ham 1 Arsenal 0 FA Cup 1980
    City 2 Notts County 0 2nd Division Playoff.

    Both great days! So much more atmosphere than the new money pit.

    I'm sure @No longer connected will remember the first one fondly. Me & mate went to see Nine Below Zero at the Bridge House, Canning Town afterwards and I then had my first ever curry. A momentous day.

    I don't remember too much of the aftermath of Wembley 96. I suspect that drink was taken however.
     
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    There should be firm rules in place about who gets televised, for example, 2 lowest ranked teams left in it (as judged by previous season finishing position), game with the biggest gap between the two teams (judged the same as the previous) and the final game is at the choice of the broadcaster. No one wants to watch Preston v Man United on a Monday night or some other big team walking all over a middling championship side.
     
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    When I was a lad in 1975ish I think. A mate`s dad had got some free tickets for a Leeds European Cup semi at Bellend Road against Barcelona ?. Anyway he offered me one. But City were playing against someone that night in Div 4. It was a no brainer.........................off I went to Valley Parade...........what a bloody fool !!! haha
     
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