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Wednesday, 22 February 2017

The magic of the FA Cup


Millwall keeper Leslie punches clear from Alan Gilzean

The FA Cup draw has handed us with an excellent chance of making the semi-finals if we take the competition seriously.

The semi-final may well see four of the top five or six teams in the country going through to the next round which will be a sponsors dream for the interest it will generate. The cup has seen some of the magic return this year with the exploits of lower league teams and especially the non-league boys of Lincoln City.

Being the first team since 1914 to get to the quarter-finals, it reminds me of the only team to have won the FA Cup as a non-league side, Tottenham Hotspur. I think that record is safe though.

The Tottenham victory happened in 1900/01 when we were a Southern League club beating Sheffield United in the final 3-1 after a replay. The first game finished 2-2.

On the way we beat Preston North End (1-1, 2-4), Bury (2-1), Reading (1-1, 3-0), WBA (4-0) and Sheffield United.

The Millwall tie at White Hart Lane is on Sunday 12 March at 2pm and will be shown live on BBC1.

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