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becky sharp



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PostPosted: Sun Jan 30, 2011 5:35 pm    Post subject: What a prize.... Reply with quote

...for little old Crawley Town in the next round of the FA Cup

Good luck to them... Very Happy

Don't think Spurs will be joining them in the next round... Crying or Very sad
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ruddlescat



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PostPosted: Sun Jan 30, 2011 5:43 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

It's a great tie for Crawley and should enable them to get in some good money for their push towards the Football League because if they get there they will probably need to strengthen their squad

i'm going to put 1 on Crawley winning because although it's unlikely there's probably much more chance than by buying a lottery ticket of getting anything in return

Also it adds a bit of interest for me as a Liverpool fan Smile
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PostPosted: Sun Jan 30, 2011 7:36 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Ruddles: Crawley will not need to stengthen their squad as they've already spent a fortune on players. Besides, they don't need to, they're already good enough for League One, let alone League Two.

They certainly deserve promotion from the Conference and will achieve it, unless they lose their games in hand for the sake of the Cup run.

It's a fabulous tie, I agree, and a bit of romance. They are a physical team though and the Premiership prima donnas won't like some of their game. I expect Sir Alex will choose a weakened side.
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PostPosted: Sun Jan 30, 2011 7:41 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I've only seen them occasionally on television Schiz and they are a very good side but you probably know them better than I do so I'll take your word for that

Most conference teams do find quite a big difference even in League 2
anyway I'm sure they will put the windfall to good use
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PostPosted: Sun Jan 30, 2011 8:19 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Stevenage and Burton Albion have done all right (at Newcastle and Middlesborough's expense in the Cup!). I think the standard of teams recently promoted from the Conference is far higher than ever before.
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PostPosted: Sun Jan 30, 2011 8:57 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I think what you say is correct up to a point but of course the so called 'big' teams now constantly seem to be fielding weakened sides and disrespecting the competition by using FA Cup games as an excuse to rest players for what they see as more important league matches

It's not a bad thing that the lower division teams get a look in but it obviously devalues any success they may have if their opponents are quite deliberately not at full strength
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becky sharp



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PostPosted: Sun Jan 30, 2011 11:38 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

ruddlescat wrote:
I think what you say is correct up to a point but of course the so called 'big' teams now constantly seem to be fielding weakened sides and disrespecting the competition by using FA Cup games as an excuse to rest players for what they see as more important league matches

It's not a bad thing that the lower division teams get a look in but it obviously devalues any success they may have if their opponents are quite deliberately not at full strength

It was suggested on the radio yesterday, by someone associated with the game, (didn't catch who) that the winner of the FA Cup should be given a place in Europe in an attempt to make more clubs take it seriously.... Smile
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PostPosted: Mon Jan 31, 2011 8:22 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Schizoidman wrote:
Ruddles: Crawley will not need to stengthen their squad as they've already spent a fortune on players. Besides, they don't need to, they're already good enough for League One, let alone League Two.

They certainly deserve promotion from the Conference and will achieve it, unless they lose their games in hand for the sake of the Cup run.

It's a fabulous tie, I agree, and a bit of romance. They are a physical team though and the Premiership prima donnas won't like some of their game. I expect Sir Alex will choose a weakened side.


Not sure about the sentiment of the second paragraph. Here's an alternative view of Crawley Town Football Club and its manager...

http://twofootedtackle.com/fa-cup/why-many-neutrals-wont-be-cheering-on-crawley-in-the-fa-cup/?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+ChrisNee+%28twofootedtackle%29
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Schizoidman



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PostPosted: Mon Jan 31, 2011 5:34 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

OK, he's a nasty piece of work, with a criminal record, and the provenance of the club's funding is doubtful.
But the same applies to the big Premiership clubs with their dodgy, foreign, tax avoiding owners.
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