Leeds United And The Magic Of The FA Cup, Or Lack Of!
By Sid1
Saturday 05 Dec 2009 00:27:00
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There's a certain romance about the FA Cup that no-one can deny, whether it's Ronnie Radford's wonderstrike for Hereford United over Newcastle United, those two saves in the 1973 FA Cup final, or in more recent times Histon vs Leeds - our FA Cup is something which holds a special place within English football's heart.

The scene: Wembley 1972, Billy Bremner receives the FA Cup from the Queen before lifting it aloft in the direction of that towards the United fans - Leeds had broken their FA Cup voodoo, or so we thought at the time.

A year prior to 1972, United faced another United, one in the shape of Fouth Division Colchester at Layer Road. Leeds lost 3-2. Two years onwards and United reached the final for consecutive seasons, the opponents Second Division Sunderland. A side as formidable as Leeds could not possibly lose to a struggling Second Division side from Sunderland, but they did; 1-0. Not long after 1974 arrived, United faced Bristol City, a club like Sunderland struggling in the Second Division. Once more, United lost.

Even in the year 2009 United failed to overcome Kettering at the first time of asking, the year prior Leeds travelled to Histon. The less said about that the better. And so with the draw vs scum in the next round should United defeat Kettering, will the tag of major underdogs work in the club's favour? If we're being honest, probably not, but in that old famous silver cup, the infamous magic is still there, even if it's fading somewhat.

In recent years cup shocks involving sides from the elite of the Premiership have been nearly non-existent asides from Barnsley defeating both Chelsea and Liverpool en route to the semi final.

In modern day football United have been on the end of some magic that only the FA Cup can produce: Cardiff in 2002, Wolves in 1998, Hereford in 2007 and Histon in 2008, one would imagine it's about time that magic rubbed off some good fortune on United. A win at Old Trafford would nearly make up for the aforementioned losses, nearly.

The clash of scum vs Leeds can only have ITV drooling over such a prospect, yet United have the small matter of a second round replay at Elland Road against Kettering.

Either way though, United won't win the competition, so the chance of a trip over the Pennines is something of a refresher course, and a taster of what's to come in the next few years once United return to the Premiership.

Magic of the cup being on Leeds' side? I'll see it when I believe it, preferably in the Third round, please.

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