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Football: Life beyond 'big four' BLUE WATCH MARK O'BRIEN - NOT QUITE A EURO SCEPTIC UEFA CUP ROUND OF 16 SECOND LEG.

IT'S genuinely good to see that the FA Cup will be won this year by a side outside of the traditional top four.

Some have suggested that this somehow devalues the competition further, because it shows that a lot of clubs aren't that bothered about it any more, but you only have to read the quite astoundingly sour comments coming out of Old Trafford, for instance, to see that Manchester United were in no hurry to get knocked out.

Portsmouth are obvious favourites now, but would anyone be surprised if one of the lower division sides left in the competition went on to lift the trophy?

The temptation, as an Everton supporter, is to wonder what might have been if we had triumphed over Oldham at Goodison Park, but the fact is that we never, and even if we had, who is to say that Barnsley or Cardiff wouldn't have beaten us? It would be arrogant in the extreme to simply assume otherwise.
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Publication:Daily Post (Liverpool, England)
Date:Mar 12, 2008
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