Wednesday, February 28, 2007

Have a say on replays

An interesting debate is currently taking place on the Guardian's website, with Glenn Roeder and Brian Barwick going head-to-head on the issue of FA Cup replays.

Glenn is (perhaps unsurprisingly given events of this season) keen to see them consigned to the same fate as the Anglo-Italian Cup and Tab Clear, whereas Barwick displays the FA's typical approach to forward thinking and change, and seeks to defend them on an historic "think of the great replays of the past" basis - presumably he also still takes his rattle to matches.

To be fair, I was with Barwick's plucking of the heart strings right up until the point that he notes that if we hadn't had FA Cup replays, Newcastle would never have been forced to play Hereford on a quagmire back in 1972.

I don't suppose there's any chance of them being scrapped retrospectively?


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