FA Cup

A cross-party group of politicians fear a certification scheme could be divisive.
In a historic first, all 32 FA Cup matches will be delayed by one minute in a campaign supported by the Duke of Cambridge.
The match was abandoned in the second half after players were led off the pitch by their managers.
A spokesperson for the FA said it was investigating the incident 'as a matter of urgency'.
Labour has pledged to clamp down on ticket touts and force Premier League clubs to invest more in grassroots football. Arsenal
In my view now is the time to find a solution to help get these decisions right. Elevating pressure of the match officials, who remember currently have to make a decision after seeing an incident just once. So what's the likely hood of us seeing this in the not to distant future? Well the Football Association are currently in advanced talks to consider use video technology in some way, and have highlighted next seasons FA Cup as a potential competition to trial a video referee system.
Shaw's mistake may have had no greater agenda - and on the surface appears to be a fun publicity stunt - but anything that brings the integrity of sport into question must be stamped out. Sutton brought in a PR and Communications agency to help them after they were drawn against Arsenal - but having secured Sun Bets as a sponsor, everyone at the club should have been reminded of the rules surrounding gambling.
This weekend saw the second qualifying round of the FA Cup, but how many teams from level 10 of the English game - the lowest
The FA Cup final was won by Crystal Palace manager Alan Pardew for his reaction to the fact his team might have just won
So, will The FA Cup ever get its Prestige back or is the demise set to continue? Personally I would love to see the Clubs and players get some passion back for it with the help of some chart toppers to join them, Chelsea - I'm totally available for the Cheesy music Video FYI!
If you happen to be attached to anyone of South London ancestry aged, say, 35 and over, expect extreme behaviour from next
Louis van Gaal, the current manager of Manchester United, is a confusing figure. Frequently disarming and able to display a self-deprecating humour, he's occasionally also abrasive and blinkered. Sometimes, he's just downright weird, a facet of his personality that came to the fore after the most recent act of thuggery from one of his least admirable players, a certain Monsieur Fellaini.
The FA Cup is a stranger beast than normal this year - in most cases, a semi-final line up where only one of the five is counted among the traditional big boys, and a quarter-final where both Arsenal and Chelsea were comprehensively beaten, would make for a major shock that would be talked about for days.
No wins in November. One win in January, before a run of four games without tasting triumph. The team have been shooting themselves in the foot for so long that any slip-up really does look like it rips the heart out of the side. It just screams 'here we go again'. How can anyone believe Arsenal can win the Premier League if they don't seem to truly believe it themselves?
With plans possibly afoot to kill off FA Cup replays and play games midweek in order to increase English chances in Europe and in international tournaments, we should enjoy the cup in its current form. Although looking ahead, I'm not seeing too many possible shocks.
The traditional view of the FA Cup upset is that the minnows must be at home, welcoming the posh, pampered top tier side to a ploughed field, grimy dressing room and gnashing, foaming fans at uncomfortably close quarters. Recent history, however, has suggested otherwise.
Footie fans are used to roller-coasters of emotion, but this January is a particularly breathless experience for many. After the FA Cup action over the weekend, there are busy programmes both midweek and next weekend - and cup replays for some the midweek following...
This Saturday I went to Goodison Park to see my local team Dagenham & Redbridge take on Everton in the FA Cup. This is what it meant to me and many other full time and part time Daggers fans.