Mon, January 9th 2006

The Magic of the FA Cup

Somebody tell Ferguson

While so many lower league teams raised their games and fansí hopes, Manchester Utd once again treated the Cup with disdain.

Firstly, congratulations to all the teams who contributed to one the best 3rd rounds in recent history. From plucky efforts from the non league teams and a great giant killing by Leyton Orient, to some great perfomances from Championship teams against Premiership rivals, most notably Luton and Leicester.

While Burton rightly received enormous praise in the national media for their nil-nil draw with Manchester Utd, Alex Fergusonís choice to field a team of nobodies (again, after Exeter last season) was a huge let down. Until Rooney and Ronaldo came on as subs in the second half, it was a team youíd have been disappointed to see in a pre-season friendly and while Burton will be delighted with money spinning replay it will be a shame for the Burton players not to have been able to compete against Utdís international stars.

One has to wonder why Ferguson did it? Considering the are out of Europe and stand little chance in the Premiership, the FA Cup is their only chance for a major trophy. I cannot believe Ferguson is saving his players for the League Cup, so the depressing conclusion is that finish 2nd (or even 3rd or 4th) in the league is now more important than actually winning the FA Cup.

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Wed, January 4th 2006

Only 4 days into the new year Wenger and Ferguson have conceded the title to Chelsea. Liverpool could move into second place above Man U if they win their games in hand.


Sat, December 10th 2005

England have been drawn in Group B with Paraguay, Sweden and Trinidad & Tobago.

Hosts Germany will be happy with their group stage opposition, but Italy ranked 12 in the FIFA world rankings face the Czech Republic (ranked 2nd), USA (ranked 8th), and Ghana.

The full draw is:

GROUP A Germany, Costa Rica, Poland, Ecuador

GROUP B England, Paraguay, Trinidad & Tobago, Sweden

GROUP C Argentina, Ivory Coast, Serbia & Montenegro, Holland

GROUP D Mexico, Iran, Angola, Portugal

GROUP E Italy, Ghana, USA, Czech Republic

GROUP F Brazil, Croatia, Australia, Japan

GROUP G France, Switzerland, South Korea, Togo

GROUP H Spain, Ukraine, Tunisia, Saudi Arabia


Thu, October 27th 2005

Wrexham’s future still threatened

The future of Wrexham FC is still in doubt despite the High Court’s decision that club owner Alex Hamilton must return the Racecourse Ground to the club.

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