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  1. Birmingham City v West Bromwich Albion – a West Midlands FA Cup showdown

    I originally handed my special FA Cup bloggers baton to Tooting and Mitcham United. My unscientific choice was simply because the name struck a chord with me from the 1970s sitcom Citizen Smith starring Robert Lindsay.

    Tooting’s FA Cup journey had begun back in August last year with a 0-0 draw at home to Three Bridges FC, followed by a 4-1 win in the replay.

    Tooting stormed through the next round against Bishop's Stortford at the second attempt, before losing out to East Thurrock United in the competitions Third Qualifying round.

    East Thurrock had grabbed my hypothetical baton and proceeded to sprint past Bath City, giving them a 7-1 thrashing in the process.

    Hartlepool United then briefly took over ownership by knocking out the Essex ...

    Updated 18th January 2015 at 04:19 PM by Veritas

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    Competitions , FA Cup
  2. A FA Cup classic - Blues hold off brave Blyth

    By Steve Sands (AFS Contributor)

    It must have been a half time team talk of Churchill like proportions delivered by Birmingham City boss Gary Rowett to his troops at Blyth Spartans on Saturday.

    With his side trailing 2-0 to FA Cup giant killers Blyth at the break, Rowett sent the Blues out inspired for the second period. Birmingham stormed back to progress through to the Fourth Round of the competition with a 3-2 victory over the plucky Spartans.

    In many ways, the turnaround mirrored Birmingham’s season. Back in October when the former Burton Albion boss was appointed at St Andrews, the West Midlands side were next to bottom of the table with just 11 points from their first 14 games.

    Rowett was given the opportunity at the Championship ...

    Updated 4th January 2015 at 02:44 PM by Veritas

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    Competitions , FA Cup
  3. FA Cup – Giants against minnows; Scunthorpe United v Worcester City

    By Steve Sands (AFS contributor)

    I decided to feature the Scunthorpe United v Worcester City FA Cup game as soon as the balls came out of the pot.

    I remember as a teenager regularly going across the newly opened Humber Bridge on a Friday night, astride my first motorbike, to travel the 23 miles down the A1077 to Scunthorpe’s Old Show Ground.

    This would be in the early 1980s when the likes of Steve Cammack, Chris Cowling and Neil Pointon were playing for the Iron in the old Fourth Division.

    I particularly remember one occasion coming back across the Bridge in the middle of the most stunning of electrical storms - memories indeed.

    And Worcester has always been one of my favourite places to visit, although more for the ...

    Updated 4th December 2014 at 07:59 PM by Veritas

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    Competitions , FA Cup
  4. My blogging journey to date

    By Steve Sands (AFS contributor)

    In celebration of ten weeks, 20 blogs and 25,000 page views, here is a quick recap and update on the topics I’ve covered.

    Blyth Spartans
    The road to Wembley continues with Blyth’s live televised trip to Hartlepool on Friday 5th December with a 7.55pm kick off. In the meantime the Spartans have league games against Kings Lynn Town, Ilkeston and Witton Albion to concentrate on before their big day.

    Booing
    The Spurs fans seem to have decided booing your own team can have a positive affect!
    However, Emmanuel Adebayor recently told the Guardian that Tottenham’s players are struggling with the pressure of a negative atmosphere at White Hart Lane “Instead of booing people, which will make it even worse, ...

    Updated 21st November 2014 at 08:11 AM by Veritas

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    11v11
  5. BBC’s FA Cup focus – Hull, Hartlepool and howay the lads

    By Steve Sands (Hull correspondent)

    Recently, I put forward the argument that Hull was the true centre of the football universe. Right on cue, further evidence emerged this week to back up this assertion as the BBC announced that live coverage of the Third Round draw of the FA Cup will be coming live from the fair city of Hull.

    The draw will take place on Monday 8 December at 7pm on BBC Two and will be hosted once again by Mark Chapman. Cup excitement will hit fever pitch as the remaining League One, League Two and non-League clubs desperately hope to land a glamour tie against one of the big boys.

    To add a Newcastle theme to the event, the Premier League’s all-time top goalscorer Alan Shearer will be on hand to draw the balls. I’m sure he’ll be ...

    Updated 14th November 2014 at 06:10 PM by 11v11

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    Uncategorized
  6. Hartlepool United will play... number 39, Blyth Spartans

    By Steve Sands (AFS contributor)

    You only have to think of the FA Cup and you are immediately transported to a world of clichés, a land inhabited by giants and minnows, where cup fever is always on the boil and the magic of the competition is constantly in the air.

    I started this series of FA Cup blogs by picking a team to follow in the early rounds of the competition. That team was Tooting and Mitcham United, who were subsequently beaten by East Thurrock United. The ‘Rocks’ were then in my spotlight as they thrashed Bath City, before the plucky boys from Essex were knocked out by Hartlepool United last Saturday.

    At 1,000-1 to win the Cup, Hartlepool may not be the pick of this week's football bets, but I am now following the Pool into the Second ...

    Updated 11th November 2014 at 07:57 PM by Veritas

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    Competitions , FA Cup
  7. East Thurrock to face 'Pool after demolishing Bath

    By Steve Sands (AFS Contributor)

    Such was the extent of East Thurrock United’s demolition of Bath City in the Fourth Qualifying Round of the FA Cup last Saturday, the Somerset side found themselves apologising to their fans for the 7-1 thrashing.

    “This was the worst performance I can remember in all my time in football" was the response of Bath City director of football Adie Britton in the aftermath of the game.

    “I would like to apologise to the fans who travelled and we hope the players will as well," added Britton. "It was absolutely shocking but equally as hard to explain why it occurred.”


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    East Thurrock on the other hand, were ecstatic and have been rewarded with a long trip to the North ...

    Updated 29th October 2014 at 03:39 PM by Veritas

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    Competitions , FA Cup
  8. An FA Cup perspective- East Thurrock United

    By Steve Sands (AFS Contributor)

    East Thurrock United of the Ryman Premier Division is the club that we will be following into the Fourth Qualifying Round of the FA Cup this Saturday.
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    For those teams who are fortunate enough to emerge victorious at the weekend, there is the prospect of an attractive tie against a Football League club when the draw for the First Round is made at the National Football Centre at St. George’s Park on Monday 27 October.

    Neil Speight, the club secretary at East Thurrock United, has kindly given us an exclusive insight into his club’s FA Cup history and what the competition means to a club like his.

    “The biggest day in East Thurrock United's brief history - they were only formed in 1969 ...

    Updated 22nd October 2014 at 11:20 AM by 11v11

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    FA Cup
  9. We hand over our FA Cup baton to East Thurrock United

    By Steve Sands (AFS Contributor)

    We followed Tooting and Mitcham United into the FA Cup Third Qualifying round last Saturday but unfortunately they were beaten 2-1 away at East Thurrock United.

    So it’s now the Essex side that I turn my attentions to for the Fourth Round Qualifying round, due to be played on Saturday 25 October 2014 – the round before the non-league boys are joined by the clubs from the Football League.

    It’s already been a long haul for many of the teams as the competition, which began with an Extra Preliminary Round as far back as 16 August 2014, when 368 teams battled it out to progress to the qualifying rounds proper.

    The key dates coming up in the FA Cup are:
    First Round Proper Saturday 8 November ...

    Updated 15th October 2014 at 08:23 AM by Veritas

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    FA Cup
  10. Tooting march on

    By Steve Sands (AFS Contributor)

    I have to admit that I feel a bit like Dr Who after my recent blogs. I’ve been somehow transported back to the 1970s and have become stranded there.

    We had Hereford United’s FA Cup slaying of the Newcastle giant from the 70s, Malcolm Macdonald’s sideburns and even mention of the 1970s comedy classic Citizen Smith.

    As I sit here in my flared jeans and garish purple lavender tank top with floral Motif, I’m ready for my next adventure and hopefully a return to the reality of 2014 and this seasons FA Cup competition.

    You may recall that my plan was to follow the winners of the tie between Tooting and Mitcham and Bishop's Stortford, into the next round of the FA Cup this Saturday.

    After a ...

    Updated 9th October 2014 at 08:45 PM by Veritas

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    FA Cup
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