Friday, January 07, 2011

The magic of the Cup - ESPN's FA Cup memories

 Edited from: ESPN


Ray Stubbs - ESPN UK presenter

 I could go on for hours and hours, I'm going to have to make a list. My first away game watching Tranmere away to Coventry at Highfield Road; actually scoring in the FA Cup in the millionth qualifying round, playing for Oswestry Town - we got beaten but to score was terrific; Tramnere's great run when they went to the last eight a few times at the turn of the century. Also, being part of going to finals as a broadcaster, and first and second round matches too. When you see the way an entire community gets onside, that really made a big impact on me down the years.

I could go on an on but finally, Rochdale v FC United of Manchester - ESPN's first live game in the competition - the FC United fans nearly nicked the cup to take it on an impromptu lap of honour purely out of exuberance. Yes, we are now celebrating the first round and it's great that the Premier League teams are in but 759 clubs entered - the grassroots of football should never be forgotten, it's a Cup that unites everybody.