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My first memory of the FA CUP was Chelsea beating Leeds at old trafford in a replay in 1970

The year after I moved to england and realised the magic and non league hereford beating newcastle utd was iconic

The television coverage on bbc and itv all day made it special in that era as it was a fun day .

Like everything good things dont go on forever and a world cup bid and sir alex ferguson pulling his team out

was the start of the decline of this cup where the big teams starting treating it as a poor excuse compared

to the mega bucks earned through the champions league .

Modern times and greed have come in but it was never the greatest competition of all time

even in its prime the world cup is and always will be the one the world remembers the winners.

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Sky TV and the premiership have fucked it, pretty sad really :disappointment:

people are quick to blame sky. They are part of it. The CL is also part of it and the fact that qualification for Europe via the FA cup is for thr Europa league which hold no real financial gain for the bigger clubs. Top 4 finish is a much bigger target than winning the FA cup. Back in the day when you qualified for the Cup Winners Cup which was a very highly respected tournament the cup competitions all over Europe were hel in high regard.

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