Magic of the cup my Arse-nal!

It’s official; I’ve fallen out of love due to a lack of romance. Remember watching FA Cup games between plucky lower division teams as they struggled against the odds? Remember full strength Manchester United and Liverpool sides battling on bog standard pitches and producing feisty, end-to-end cup-ties? I do too.

  Last weekend made me question the validity of the ‘world’s oldest cup competition’ as understrength Premier League teams took to the field against their less illustrious opponents. Even Jonjo Shelvey didn’t want to be there!

  Man United were at full strength and extremely poor while Liverpool were under strength and poor and other Premier League teams like Villa and Swansea looked like they wanted out as soon as possible.

  The fact of the matter is that most clubs in the bottom half of the league value Premier League survival more than a good run in the cup and that is not surprising.

  The top four, apart from Arsenal, don’t seem to care too much and that’s not surprising either. Europa League qualification means a chance to win that competition and qualify for the Champions’ League, which has become the Holy Grail for English teams.

  I miss the days of Jimmy Hill, Des Lynam and John Motson. I miss the days of top class footballers being kicked around the mud in places like Hereford, Northampton and Yeovil. I also miss being able to watch it for free!