FA Cup

Sunday, 20 April 2014

Szczesny or Fabianski: Who should be Arsenal's number one for the FA Cup Final?

Arsene Wenger faces a huge battle on his hand to clinch fourth place this season, but he also has a massive decision to make ahead of the FA Cup Final on May 17. Does he stick with Fabianski, the man who performed heroics in the penalty shoot out against Wigan in the semi-final, or does he replace...

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Saturday, 12 April 2014

Arsenal: Top four or the FA Cup - What's your priority?

A few weeks ago Arsenal were being talked about as potential Premier League winners. Today they are in danger of not even making the top four. However, after nine years without a trophy, the Gunners could move to within 90 minutes of FA Cup glory if they can see off the cup holders Wigan tonight...

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Thursday, 10 April 2014

Wigan close in on another amazing FA Cup feat

Wigan Athletic pulled off one amazing record in last years FA Cup - albeit an unwanted one. The Latics became the first club to win the competition and be relegated from the top division in the same season. Now a year on, they are threatening to make history again. West Bromwich Albion take pride o...

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Tuesday, 18 March 2014

Arsenal must put aside the memory of the 2011 Carling Cup final

Its around this time in the season when Arsenals campaign starts to unravel. Yet another exit from the Champions League knockout stages following a few weeks where the Gunners have been caught in the race for the title - familiar territory. They could still win the title but not many would put m...

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Thursday, 13 March 2014

Hull City and Sheffield United get their shot at FA Cup history

The FA Cup semi-final draw gave us a tie that will break new ground whichever team comes through. As Squarefootball noted before the quarters, a Hull City winwill see the Humbersiders secure a first appearance in the showpiece after 108 years of trying. But arguably a victory by Sheffield United wo...

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Wednesday, 12 March 2014

Squarefootball's Team of the Week - Week 29

Arsenal booked their place in the FA Cup semi-final at the weekend alongside Hull City and Sheffield United, while Manchester City were dumped out by current holders Wigan Athletic on their home patch. Meanwhile, back in the Premier League under-fire David Moyes saw his United side leave West Br...

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Tuesday, 04 March 2014

Can Hull City Finally Make Their Mark In The FA Cup?

After the Capital One Cup Final Gus Poyet missed out on writing himself into the folklore of Wearside, but former Black Cats boss Steve Bruce still has a fighting chance of making history on Humberside. When the eight teams for this seasons FA Cup quarter-final were finalised, seven of themhad won ...

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Monday, 27 January 2014

FA Cup: City to host Chelsea and Arsenal will face Liverpool - who will win the FA Cup?

After a pretty non eventful fourth round in the FA Cup, the fifth round looks like being a corker with two massive games coming our way. The first biggie out of the hat was free-scoring Manchester City against Jose Mourinhos Chelsea followed by Premier League leaders Arsenal hosting the resurgent L...

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Friday, 24 January 2014

FA Cup: Man City are favourites but can Arsenal or Chelsea win the cup?

Manchester City are the bookies favourites to win this seasons FA Cup but anything can happen in the worlds greatest cup competition. The fourth round gets under way tonight with Premier League leaders Arsenal hosting the 1987 winners Coventry City. The Sky Blues head to the Emirates for a reminder...

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Tuesday, 17 September 2013

Outside the Box – Football on TV: With Vinnie and Fash around, watching TV footy doesn’t get tougher than this!

I think we can probably all agree that football isn’t really… let’s say the toughest of sporting activities. An ever-softening underbelly in our national game has rendered some of its most prized exponents meek overripe children that wilt at the merest of touches. Anti-gladiatorial windsocks ...

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Tuesday, 28 May 2013

Outside the Box – Football on TV: The Germans and the Ladies take centre stage in football’s finals weekend

Well, that’s about your lot for this season. After yet another tireless football campaign that has seen everything from retiring Scottish legends to hungry Uruguayan strikers, it came down to the concluding bit of elite business this weekend: the Champions’ League Final. The 58th European Cup...

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Monday, 13 May 2013

The five biggest FA Cup Final shocks

Wigan Athletic became the 43rd team to lift the FA Cup on Saturday thanks to Ben Watsons late header against Manchester City. Before the game, nobody gave them a hope in Hell. And why should they have?Manchester City won the Premier League title last year and have money coming out of every orifice w...

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Saturday, 11 May 2013

FA Cup Final: Man City v Wigan - Can the Latics lift the cup?

Manchester City may have relinquished their grip on the Premier League title this season but Roberto Mancini can still end the season as winners if they beat Wigan today in the FA Cup Final. The Latics though, in their first FA Cup Final, will be hoping to follow in the footsteps of Wimbledon wh...

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Tuesday, 16 April 2013

Outside the Box – Football on TV: Millwall, Chiles and Aguero ensure unedifying scenes all round, but let’s keep the One Direction boys out of it

It was a weekend of football in which the seamier, more ugly side of the game sprang forth. A dispiriting reminder of a time we’d hoped had passed; a nightmarish collage of unedifying horror and depressing folly. Yep, Adrian Chiles was fronting the FA Cup again. Obviously, the game on Saturd...

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Sunday, 14 April 2013

Chelsea v Man City: Who will meet Wigan in the FA Cup final?

Chelsea are the current FA Cup holders. This afternoon they take on the 2011 winners and current Premier League champions Manchester City, but who will meet Wigan at Wembley next month in the showpiece final? Between them, Chelsea and Manchester City have won the last four finals and with Wigan wai...

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Saturday, 13 April 2013

Wigan Athletic: Wembley woes and Super League talk

Poor Wigan Athletic. In the clubs finest hour the Latics are still getting stick from the media, as theLancashire side hasfailed to sell around 10,000 tickets for todays FA Cup semi-final clash. Regular Squarefootball readers will know Im a great admirer of Roberto Martinezs side.We alw...

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Saturday, 09 March 2013

Chelsea, Everton, Man City or Man United: Who will win the FA Cup?

The FA Cup is taking centre stage this weekend and what a game we have instore at Old Trafford when Premier League leaders Manchester United take on the champions of Europe in Chelsea. Its a game where the winners will really fancy their chances of success, but can United or Chelsea really go on to ...

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Thursday, 21 February 2013

Manchester United: Can United win the Treble again?

The Premier League title looks like it is in the bag for Manchester United and the Red Devils have a home tie against Chelsea or Middlesbrough in the next round of the FA Cup, but can they go the whole hog and emulate their record-breaking season of 1999 and win the Treble again? Standing in their ...

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Tuesday, 19 February 2013

Outside the Box – Football on TV: Schmeichel talks us through United’s trip to Madrid while Piers talks down to Owen

For me this past weekend’s football was filled to the brim with acute annoyances and irksome irritations. To start with it was FA Cup Fifth Round and all the best games were on ESPN, and as I’m still too cheap to upgrade it means I had to go without. On top of that, my beloved Leicester didn’...

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Tuesday, 29 January 2013

The View Outside The Premier League- Luton Stun Norwich, Stead Boosts Bristol City And Liverpool Fall At Icy Oldham

In ornithological terms Luton Town made the Canaries as sick as parrots but the Robins (Bristol City) went bob-bobbing along thanks to Jonathan Stead. The weekend saw FA Cup and league action mixed together and the biggest story was in Norfolk. The stat that Luton Town are the first non-leaguer...

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Outside the Box – Football on TV: Not-so-safety Hazard means the game’s integrity takes another kicking

There just aren’t enough programmes on TV that include adults kicking children are there? Since the good old days of exploitation and corporal punishment were deemed “unacceptable”, we’ve slowly evolved into a culture in which little toe rags run around doing whatever the hell they please. Sm...

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Tuesday, 08 January 2013

Outside the Box – Football on TV: Big Sam Hammers home his credentials as the FA Cup heralds Joe’s return

“On CV, who is there to beat me?” was the question. “Sir Alex?” came the reply. “Arsene; perhaps Rafa?” Not the bullish claims of Mourinho as you might expect. Not the mad rantings of Neil Warnock either. No these were the lofty claims of Mike Bassett… erm, sorry Sam Allardyce on Saturday ev...

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Saturday, 05 January 2013

Whose name is on the FA Cup? Arsenal, Chelsea, Liverpool, Man City, Man United?

The FA Cup Third Round gets under way this weekend and everyone is dreaming of Wembley. Even the big boys, Arsenal, Chelsea, Liverpool, Man City, Man United and Spurs will all be looking forward to a sunny day under the arch in May. But who will win the FA Cup this season? Chelsea are the current ...

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Tuesday, 04 December 2012

Outside the Box – Football on TV: Adrian Chiles and The FA Cup try, and ultimately fail to make the Wimbledons common

We are taught from a very young age that all things essentially fall into one of two categories; good or bad; right or wrong; noble or evil; Gary Lineker or Joey Barton. Except the subtleties, the shades of grey that only creep into our ethics as adulthood tightens its relentless grip, prove...

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Monday, 03 December 2012

The View Outside The Premier League - Dons rock AFC Wimbledon and Bolton struggle

The Championship shared top billing with the FA Cup Second Round this weekend with just a handful of League Two games scheduled. The waterlogged pitch at Barrow that caused postponement signalled that we’ve reached that time of the season when it pays to check the radio before setting out. Bolt...

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Friday, 16 November 2012

FA Cup: MK Dons v AFC Wimbledon is on

Dust off those cliches about the lure of the FA Cup and the ability of the competition to write unlikely scenarios. Two replays on successive nights hasmade the potentialthe tie of this years Second Round a reality - AFC Wimbledon travelling to MK Dons. An overseas visitor unfamiliar to the English...

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Wednesday, 07 November 2012

The View Outside The Premier League: Ollie gets a Palace welcome and it could be Dons v Dons in the cup

Its a truism of football that managers usually take over teams when they are in trouble and the last incumbent has resigned or been sacked. Thats certainly not the case at Crystal Palace though, where Ian Holloway has inherited a bunch of players full of confidence and fairly fizzing on the park...

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Tuesday, 06 November 2012

Outside the Box – Football on TV: A feelgood Focus for Muamba is the highlight of the BBC’s wonky weekend of football

As ever it was a big weekend in the Barclays Premier League. This after another extraordinary week in football with those League Cup games ending in rugby scores, referees accused of all kinds of ungodly crimes, Andrey Arshavin actually being of some use, and even Ashley Cole managing to go ...

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Tuesday, 14 August 2012

Outside the Box – Football on TV: An Olympic hangover means Dixon’s debut fails to inspire

It’s been a gruelling few weeks for fans of sport hasn’t it? Ever since Spain cemented their place as football’s frontrunners at Euro 2012, there has been a disorientating vacuum of sport on television and no amount of frantic bashing of the Sky remote has been able to render any nourishment for s...

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Friday, 01 June 2012

Coventry City: Twenty Five years on from their FA Cup glory

Every football club is defined by their history. For Coventry City fans the events of May 16 1987 will never be forgotten, asthe unfancied Sky Blues beat Tottenham Hotspur 3-2in a memorable FA Cup Final. The 25th anniversary of that historic triumph is been celebrated at the citys Herbert Art ...

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Tuesday, 08 May 2012

Outside the Box – Football on TV: A long time ago in a Stadium far far away, ITV began their FA Cup Final coverage

The 2011-12 football season will probably be looked back upon with a real intrigue in future decades. It has been a long, incident-strewn expedition encompassing an abundance of controversy, drama and despair. It is hard to remember another campaign with more extraordinary talking points. The Luis S...

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Monday, 07 May 2012

Chelsea: Time for the Blues - with Di Matteo - to become one big happy family?

They say a picture is worth a thousand words. That the most complex data, notion or intricate philosophical muse - which would usually be explained with a lot of weight and attention to detail - can be explained within the stillness of one static picture. It’s a bounded about phrase; a common sayi...

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Friday, 04 May 2012

FA Cup Final: Chelsea v Liverpool - Will Torres break Kop hearts at Wembley?

The FA Cup used to be the showpiece finale of the English football season. A chance for everyone to gather round the telly once last time before heading off on their summer holidays. Not any more. Not only is the coveted final now played on the same day as a league fixture, it is two weeks earlier t...

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Tuesday, 20 March 2012

Outside the Box – Football on TV: Failure, hope and horror – just another weekend in the lives of Leicester City and ESPN

Despite the fact it has reached the ‘business end’ of the competition, I have so far abstained from reviewing ESPN’s FA Cup coverage; this is for two purely righteous reasons. Firstly, I believe that everyone should have the opportunity to watch England’s foremost domestic cup competition and I a...

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Sunday, 18 March 2012

Bolton Wanderers: Fabrice Muamba and the tweets that never were

In seven or so months of writing for Square Football, I and the site have witnessed it all. We’ve seen the first hand demolition United suffered at the hands of City. We’ve seen the impetuousness of many El Clasico games. We have even seen the hilarious image of Roberto Di Matteo slipping over befo...

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Friday, 17 February 2012

Chelsea: Can Birmingham knock Chelsea out of the FA Cup?

High-flying Championship side Birmingham City take on the mighty Chelsea tomorrow (Saturday) in the FA Cup, but all is not well at the Bridge. Andre Villas-Boas is under severe pressure from Abramovich as their top four chances hang in the balance, rumours of player unrest persist and their winless ...

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Wednesday, 08 February 2012

FA Cup: Is Tottenham’s name on the trophy or can Arsenal end their trophy drought?

While the FA Cup holders Manchester City and Premier League champions Manchester United have been knocked out of the world’s most-loved cup competition, Harry Redknapp’s Tottenham Hotspur have breezed through to the fifth round of the FA Cup. They saw off Cheltenham 3-0 at the Lane before just edgin...

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Tuesday, 31 January 2012

Outside the Box – Football on TV: A prosperous week for Liverpool in the cups but off the field is a different story

The days leading up to the weekend’s FA Cup Fourth Round ties were not particularly pleasant for many football fans, a week in which the unseemly and murky face of football was glaringly apparent. Many column inches were devoted to the tax-evasion trial of Spurs manager Harry Redknapp, as well as th...

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Friday, 27 January 2012

Liverpool: Can the Reds complete a Manchester Double against United?

Kenny Dalglish’s men booked their place in the final of the Carling Cup in midweek with an aggregate win over Premier League leaders Manchester City, but on Saturday they host the Premier League champions and fierce rivals Manchester United in the Fourth Round of the FA Cup. Can Liverpool do the d...

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Tuesday, 17 January 2012

Swindon: I'll Accept Di Canio's Cuffs But Mourn His Spontaneity

One of the better games over the FA Cup weekend was Swindon Town taking on Wigan. The League Two side defeated the Latics with a last-gasp goal; a goal which sent a certain enigmatic manager absolutely nuts on the touchline. And yes, Paolo Di Canio was given a one-match ban for his ‘exaggerated...

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Saturday, 14 January 2012

How can the FA and League Cups regain their magic?

I am not sure who had the worst week, Manchester City or the two English cup competitions. A comparatively modest crowd of 36,017 witnessed City’s defeat in the first leg of Carling Cup semi-final. The low turn out even drew comment from BBC pundit and former England striker Alan Shearer. After a w...

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Tuesday, 10 January 2012

Outside the Box – Football on TV: Manchester disunited but the magic of the FA Cup is alive and well

The much talked about magic of the FA Cup was present in abundance this Sunday during the huge third round Manchester showdown, in fact there was more magic contained in the 90 minutes than during a Paul Daniels swingers party. Chris Foy’s card tricks, a disappearing City captain and most mystifying...

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Saturday, 07 January 2012

Sunderland: Can O’Neill guide the Black Cats to FA Cup success?

Is Martin O’Neill the second coming or is he just a very good manager? The former Celtic and Aston Villa boss has had an immediate impact at the Stadium of Light and has transformed a side that couldn’t score in a brothel to one that is now scoring for fun. The Black Cats have climbed into the top ...

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Manchester City: Can They Compound The Misery For United?

It just goes to show the big boys can be dismissed; a point or even three can be taken from them. City drew with West Brom and lost to Sunderland whilst United made it two defeats in a row against Blackburn and Newcastle. The situations are reversed: usually it is United coming back after a loss,...

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Monday, 05 December 2011

The View Outside The Premier League: Southampton Lose Again While Bristol Rovers Stage Goal of the Season

Saturdays Championship results would have delighted the bookmakers as both Southampton and West Ham United went down to unexpected defeats. Middlesbrough and Leeds United were both beneficiaries as the top two lost, while Doncasters victory threw more gloom towards Coventry City. Nigel Adkins has e...

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Friday, 02 December 2011

FA Cup Second Round: How Many Non-Leaguers Will Reach Round Three?

This weekend is one with the promise of early Christmas presents for a select band of non-league clubs. Twelve are in the draw for the Second Round of the FA Cup with a chance to mix it with the elite if they can progress. It may be a cliche to say they will be dreaming of being paired with Manches...

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Thursday, 01 December 2011

Bristol Rovers: 10 Handy facts on AFC Totton

Bristol Rovers could become the victim of an FA Cup giant killing this weekend when they travel to AFC Totton, but how much do you know about the hosts? The Pirates saw off the threat of Blue Square North side Corby Town in the last round, but that was at the Memorial Stadium. This time they are aw...

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Tuesday, 15 November 2011

Outside the Box – Football on TV: Spain conquered, but Fabio gets a reality check from a Spurs and England legend

I don’t know if you noticed but the greatest footballing nation of recent years popped over during the weekend. You could quite legitimately be forgiven for letting it pass you by though, as the life of an England supporter over recent times has left the vast majority of us bare husks, bereft of hop...

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Thursday, 10 November 2011

Plymouth Argyle: 10 Handy Facts on FA Cup opponents Stourbridge

This weekend the Pilgrims host to Stourbridge in the First Round of the FA Cup, but how much do you know about your opponents? Stourbridge started their FA Cup campaign with a 2-1 win at Bewdley in the first qualifying round before travelling to Barwell and easing past them 2-0. Their first home ga...

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Wednesday, 09 November 2011

Bristol Rovers: 10 Handy facts on FA Cup opponents Corby Town

Bristol Rovers play host to Corby Town in the First Round of the FA Cup this weekend, but how much do you know about the visitors? Corby got their FA Cup campaign off with a 3-1 replay win over Histon at home in the second qualifying round after being held to a draw at the Conference strugglers. Th...

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