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The Grecians Earn

by | 20th, January 2005

‘EXETER City’s interest in this season’s FA Cup may have come to an end last night with a 2-0 defeat at the hands of Manchester United, but the memories will last a lifetime.

United’s stars earn more than Grecians

Not only will the Conference club be £1m better off for their two ties against the Premiership giants, but the 9,033 supporters who packed St James’s Park can for ever say “I was there”.

The Times puts it nicely: “United’s tie, Exeter’s triumph.”

This is what the FA Cup is all about – something that Rafael Benitez might like to reflect on after he fielded a second-string Liverpool side on Tuesday night.

Indeed, the Times says the biggest compliment Sir Alex Ferguson could pay Exeter was in his team selection with Ryan Giggs, Paul Scholes, Gary Neville, Wayne Rooney and Cristiano Ronaldo notable additions to the starting XI.

It was Ronaldo who opened the scoring for United and Rooney who finished it, but in the intervening 80 minutes it was “a performance of great defiance” from the minnows.

Great defiance is what England’s cricketers are going to have to show in the fifth and final Test against South Africa which starts tomorrow.

The Telegraph reports that the hosts are preparing to gamble all on a series-drawing victory at Centurion by preparing a bowler-friendly wicket and adding an extra bowling option to their side.

The paper says on yesterday’s evidence the pitch could have been flown in from Emerald City.

“It was,” it says, “a sickly, luminous green, the kind of colour municipal hospitals like to paint their walls.”

Even with another day under the

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