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The English FA Cup is arguably the most popular and most widely followed domestic club competition in the football world. With such a rich vein of history, there is no wonder that the numbers tuning in to watch live FA Cup football are measured in their millions. The FA Cup Final live from Wembley stadium is a spectacle keenly awaited by all fans and from the early qualifying rounds to the first round ‘proper’ and on to the inclusion of the Premier League teams in round three, live FA Cup football always produces shocks, excitement and entertainment second to none.
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The big four clubs in England reclaimed their grasp on FA Cup silverware last season after losing it for the first time in over a decade following Portsmouth’s surprise victory in 2008. Chelsea’s 2-1 win over Everton came after falling a goal behind to the quickest goal in FA Cup final history. Louis Saha’s strike after only 25 seconds rubbed Roberto Di Matteo’s 1997 cup-winning goal for Chelsea from the record books but the Blues were too strong and Didier Drogba’s header brought them level before Frank Lampard’s stunning strike took the cup to Stamford Bridge.
The competition this year will again be a battle of desire more than will. Manchester United, Chelsea, Liverpool and Arsenal will all be chasing the dual Grail’s of Premier League and Champions League but will not let the opportunity of further FA Cup glory pass them by unless it interferes with the other two. The occasional foray into first team action for reserves and youth-team players has caused the odd early cup exit for the big boys. The below-strength teams often fielded by those clubs for whom the FA Cup is a third priority offers the chance to progress to the latter stages of the competition and occasionally a shot at the trophy itself as in 2008. However, the 2010 final will probably feature at least one of the top four clubs in the Premier League.
A Brief History
The FA Cup proposal was made by Charles Alcock, then FA Honorary Secretary. He proposed that there should be a competition among the Association’s member clubs. His proposal was approved on October of 1871 and the FA Cup was born.
The FA Cup started small. In its first season, only 15 clubs joined and the final match was attended by a mere 2000. Now, there are more than 600 competitors vying for a place in the tournament proper (so the qualifying rounds had to be instituted) and the number of people who watched the final match at Wembley Stadium in 1923 numbered 200,000!
For a number of years, the final was played in Cardiff whilst Wembley was re-built. However, it has returned to its spiritual home and is now firmly placed as the season finale of English football.
Charles Alcock may have thought of the FA Cup, but he couldn’t have possibly imagined the immense proportions that this football tournament would eventually become. Millions of spectators now sit in breathless wonder and high exhilaration whenever the FA Cup is on TV.
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You can watch live FA Cup games right here on Live Sport Network. Live online streaming of FA Cup games brings the thrills and excitement of the FA Cup right to your pc. Through our dedicated members area, you are able to see live FA Cup football at the click of a button. Whether it is Manchester United, Chelsea and Liverpool or Bedlington Terriers, Blyth Spartans and Great Yarmouth Town, the lure of the FA Cup grows every season. And you can be part of it right here at Free-Football.TV.
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