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IMPS BRING BACK ROMANCE TO FA CUP

Back in the early sixties the only live football on television was the FA Cup final.

Once a year football fans around the country were glued to their black and white television sets watching the build-up from the time the players left their hotel until both sides had trudged up the steps to meet the Queen.

Over the years the time of kick-off has changed and even the time of year has been adjusted to fit in with television rights or Premier League demands.

During that time the world’s most famous cup competition lost a little of its gloss.

The ultimate insult to the competition was when Manchester UnitedĀ preferred to play in the World Club Championship in Brazil 17 years’ ago.

Yesterday National League Lincoln City restored much of the romance the FA Cup is famous for after their giant-killing victory over Premiership Burnley.

As Chelsea boss Antonio Conte said after his team’s 2-0 win over Wolves: “This is a great achievement for them (Lincoln City) and also this is the beauty of football and the FA Cup.

“I’m pleased to live this story with them. Now we are with Lincoln in the quarter-final. It’s fantastic.”

Peter Hayward

sportslinc@hotmail.com

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