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All Sayed And Done

by | 10th, January 2005

‘IF you’re finding it hard to muster enthusiasm for the FA Cup, then a look through some of today’s press will not help lift your mood.

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Rather than celebrating football’s oldest knock-out competition, the Times leads its football review with a piece called “FROM ROMANCE TO HOLLOW FARCE” in which Britain’s foremost table tennis player, Matthew Sayed, tells us why the old tin pot has lost its lustre.

It’s nothing we’ve not heard before – the all-consuming Premier League, big clubs fielding reserve sides, the FA allowing Manchester United to forgo the tournament in 1999-2000 in preference to a jolly in Brazil.

But let’s be fair, if the Cup manages to prove anything, it is that the gap between a lower division journey man footballer and a gilded star of the elite need not be so very wide.

In holding Manchester Untied 0-0 at Old Trafford, Exeter City proved that their less-than-household names are every bit as good as United’s reserves who dream of making the big time and the big money.

And then there’s the curious case of Newcastle United. Although the Magpies saw off the spirited challenge of part-time Yeading by two goals to nil, they did so by a reliance on fitness and professionalism, rather than a superiority of skill.

But let us not discount the value of being fit as we read

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