Old Shep Posted January 5, 2013 Share Posted January 5, 2013 For the uninitiated, the FA Cup is England's premier football knockout competition, contested not only by the big clubs but also all the non-league amateurs. As such, it has a romance to it, because if the minnows make it through the early rounds, they can end up facing the biggest names in the land, and there is therefore the potential for upsets, or 'giant-killings'. Today saw the 3rd Round, which is the point where all the Premier League and Championship clubs join the fray - and indeed, there have been a couple of Championship teams (i.e. the division just below the Premier League) knocked out by non-league opposition today - but so far, there have been no big surprises involving Premier League clubs. Little West Ham just came close to beating Man Utd, but Legend Van Persie saved the day, and the match will be replayed. Earlier on, Premier League strugglers Newcastle were beaten 2-0 by Championship club Brighton. Some might view this as an upset, but in reality Brighton are only 14 places below Newcastle, who used to be a big club many years ago but have been punching above their weight for some time, and are now widely considered to be a Championship side-in-waiting. Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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