EPL Soccer Fans

Jumpers for Goalposts: Dare to Dream


The English Premier League may have been decided weeks ago, but the evergreen old man of domestic cup tournaments continues to throw up surprise after surprise.

This year Wigan Athletic will be taking on last season’s EPL champions Manchester City at the home of English football, Wembley Stadium.

Both clubs may be based in England’s top-flight competition, but they have had opposing fortunes so far this season.

City are high flyers once again with the only club ahead of them being cross-town rivals, United.

Wigan is at the other end of the ladder in a relegation battle with the likes of Sunderland, Norwich and Newcastle.

It’s a battle of David Vs Goliath proportions, but this is what sets the FA Cup apart in world football.

The 2012-13 FA Cup competition gave an incredible 758 teams the opportunity to play in this weekend’s final at the beginning of the season.

No, there aren’t 758 teams in the EPL but when you put together the lower leagues, including the Football League (which encompasses three divisions) and Steps 1 to 5 of the National League System into the mix, you end up with a competition where anything can happen.

Theoretically, anyone can win it.

The last team to win the FA Cup from outside the top-flight was West Ham United in 1980.

Sure, that was 33-years-ago but three non-EPL teams have challenged their more fancied rivals in finals since then, with the most recent being Cardiff City in 2008 when they went down to Portsmouth.

So, even though it has been a long time between drinks for the non-EPL teams, the magic is still there.

To have the opportunity to play on the big stage, to be 90-minutes away from holding aloft one of the most revered pieces of silverware in the sporting world, to become a “Giant-Killer” from the lower leagues, to make history, that’s the stuff of dreams and that is what makes the FA Cup special to so many people worldwide.

Dare to dream is the rallying cry.

Even if you aren’t an Englishman, you can’t help but get a shiver down your spine when it’s FA Cup Final time.

We’ll have a detailed preview of the big match later in the week.

In the mean time: choose a side, learn a chant or three and get the boys (and girls) together to witness the next chapter in the rich history that is the FA Cup.

FA Cup 2013 Final


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