The Magic of the FA Cup

It’s that time of the year again, where the FA cup is bought to our attention. There have been preliminary rounds in which non-league sides have battled it out for a chance to compete in the first official round which happens this weekend.

I am looking forward to covering my first FA Cup match for Sky Sports Gillette Soccer Saturday, as Plymouth Argyle play AFC Fylde at Home Park. Fylde have been flying this season in the Conference North where they currently sit in second position. This has been coupled with a fantastic FA Cup run and even though tomorrow is the first official round, they have already played in the competition five times including one replay.

Plymouth are also having a good season so far. They are sixth in the League Two table and pretty much have a fully fit squad to choose from. They will be full of confidence hoping to extend their seven game unbeaten run.

But this is the FA Cup, the home of upsets. I remember fondly Shrewsbury Town beating Everton 2.1 in 2003, I played for the Girls  then and there was a huge buzz around after such a shock result, particularly as Shrewsbury were really struggling that season.

There are many games that have gone down in FA Cup folklore as producing moments of magic and also hope for lower league clubs. No one will forget Wigan beating favourites Manchester City to win the competition in 2013. Hopefully this year we will see another fairytale again!

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