Football's greatest day

PUBLISHED: 14:46 11 November 2006 | UPDATED: 09:49 14 September 2010

Move aside the stars and traditions of Liverpool, Arsenal and their other big Premiership chums. For me, today marked one of the greatest days in the English football calendar.

Move aside the stars and traditions of Liverpool, Arsenal and their other big Premiership chums. For me, today marked one of the greatest days in the English football calendar. If ever I try to remember how to set the video to record BBC's Match of the Day it will be tonight. What else in football can live with FA Cup first round proper day?

For players, chairman and fans alike, the magic of the greatest club cup competition in the world enables dreams to come true and gives ordinary folk a platform to have their five minutes of fame. I'm certain John Motson will have spent this week researching the livelihoods of Yeading players as they prepared for a visit to the once European Champions Nottingham Forest; there always seems to be a postman, a butcher and factory worker in every non-league team.

Looking through the fixtures I note that King's Lynn were drawn away at Bishop's Stortford, perhaps a realistic chance to progress into round two. Millwall have a tricky visit to the south coast on Monday night when they take on Conference South Havant and Waterlooville. MD Dons, who some would argue are a former winner of the FA Cup in their previous life as Wimbledon FC, travel to Farsely Celtic tomorrow. Forget Accrington Stanley, who are Farsely Celtic? I'm sure Motty will fill in the gaps.

If nothing else, the diversion of the cup may give us a break from the perpetual whinging and whining of the so-called top managers. Yes, Jose and Arsene, I'm particularly talking about you. I'm becoming sick and tired of their boring and pathetic antics. I bet the manager of Farsely Celtic won't be bemoaning his luck and berating the decisions of the referee this weekend.

Don't get me wrong, I'm hardly as white as the driven snow when it comes to graciously accepting the referee's decision when I think he's got it completely wrong; I've questioned the parenthood of more officials than I'd like to admit to.

But I pay my money and no one's going to deny me the right to expend a little passion and spur of the moment hot air when things perhaps don't quite go our way. I'm not always proud of my actions and choice language at these, of course very occasional, outbursts but I'm not in any position to cause the game to be brought into disrepute.

I think it's time for the FA to put a stop to this nonsense. If multi-millionaire high profile, professional managers don't have the good sense to do it themselves, then they need to be told by someone who does and can.

What odds Farsely Celtic at Carrow Road in the third round?

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