Sunday, January 30, 2011

Cup magic!

I love the FA CUP.
I especially love the world's oldest and premier domestic cup competition this season. LEYTON ORIENT are through to the last 16 for the first time in 29 years!

The O's edged Swansea, 2-1, yesterday to book their place in the Cup's fifth round.

Orient are now one of three League One sides to face Premier League opposition in the fifth round, hosting Arsenal.

Another of my favorite clubs, SHEFFIELD WEDNESDAY, are another of the League One trio. The Owls travel to Birmingham. Brighton face Stoke in the third League One-Premiership match-up.

CRAWLEY TOWN made some wonderful history this weekend as well. They beat Torquay to become the first non-league side in 17 years to reach the fifth round. The minnows have been paired with the biggest of giants in the round -- Crawley travel to Old Trafford to face Manchester United.

This morning we watched a rather minor FA Cup upset on television, as FULHAM beat 10-man TOTTENHAM, 4-0, to advance to play the winner of a Bolton and Wigan replay.

Yes, it's been an enjoyable cup competition thus far.


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