The magic of the FA Cup returns


This year’s edition of football’s most oldest competition which is the FA Cup is nothing short then magical and the magic of the FA Cup which lacked in so many years has returned last weekend.On saturday the FA Cup showed it magical side when the non-league side Lincoln City has beaten Burnley which stands 12th on the Premier League table,while last season’s sensation the Foxes of Leicester City have suffered another embarassement when they were defeated by Millwall who plays in the EFL Division in the final seconds of the match and Huddersfield Town which is chasing the promotion to the Premier League scored a draw with Guardiola’s Manchester City and the match will go on replay next tuesday.The FA Cup was founded in 1871 which makes it the oldest competition in world football and the 2nd oldest competition in world sport right behind the America’s Cup.Over the decades the FA Cup produced clubs which are known as giant-killers which are mostly clubs outside the Premier League and Football League structure which made a run in the competition to the 5th round.Those clubs are Colchester United which in the 1947-48 season made it to the 5th round where they were beaten by Blackpool 5-0,Yeovil Town which made to the 5th round in the following year where they were beaten by Manchester United 8-0.After that the FA Cup had to wait 29 years till 1978 and the run of the Blyth Spartans which they made to the 5th round where after a 1-1 draw against Wrexham they lost in the replay match 2-1 and with that they missed to make history to make it to the final 8 clubs of the FA Cup.The only non-league success before Lincoln City were Telford United which in the 1984-85 season after defeating Preston North End and Bradford City were routed out by Everton which would play the final against Manchester United,Kidderminster Harriers which in the 1993-94 season after defeating Birmingham City and Preston,they were defeated by West Ham by a single goal and most recently came the run of Crawley Town six years ago where they made it to the 5th round Derby County and Torquay United only to be defeated by the Red Devils of Manchester by a single goal.And now Lincoln City this year has made history because it became the first non-league side since 1914 to make to the final 8 of the FA Cup which means for the Imps from Lincolnshire sky is the limit,they might by joined by Sutton United which tonight plays against Wenger’s Arsenal and the Gunners should take a careful approach since the Yellows made it to the 5th round for the first time in their history and want to join the Imps in the final 8 and if they beat the Gunners tonight,we might see a non-league match in the final 8 of the FA Cup which would be between the Yellows of Sutton United and the Imps of Lincoln City with both clubs to make a shot for history books and glory,since never before in the post WWII era of English football two non-league sides have played one against each other in the 6th round of the FA Cup for a place in the semifinals of the competition.That would be perfect for the whole competition since the magic of the FA Cup is in the underdog clubs from lower divisions which very rarely had such a moment to create history.Sutton has its chance tonight to make a sensation against the Gunners who are all but out from the UEFA Champions League since Bayern has destroyed them in the 1st leg of the 2nd round and in the Premier League it will be another mediocre top 5th finish with the fans demanding Wenger’s resignation from the bench and there the Yellows of Sutton United come in play since they could tonight with a shocking upset even further add the fuel to the fire of Wenger’s eventual leave of the Gunners.The final piece of the puzzle besides a possible upset of the Gunners tonight,will be Huddersfield Town,the Terriers have a terrific run in the EFL Championship and they can catch the 2nd automatic promotion spot and if they make it next tuesday against Guardiola’s Sky Blues.only the sky would be the limit for the Terriers which could write history this season.But the FA Cup has returned its magic after all these years and the giant-killers have their day in football’s oldest competition.

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