More Cup Football

Resorted to a combination of occasional radio updates (BBC Essex) and text snippets on the ‘match centre’ via Football365.com for this Football League Trophy match. Is this a cup worth getting excited about? Well yes, since we got to the final a few years back (1997) and enjoyed a Wembley visit – even though we didn’t enjoy the result. It’s supposed to be a chance for the two lower leagues to earn some more revenue from the extra games but in reality I reckon they make a loss with very low attendances (2,456 tonight). The early rounds are also used to give a few players some much needed match practice, unless of course you get through to the later rounds when it becomes a matter of pride that you’re on a cup run and suddenly it’s as important as any other competition.

It does have the advantage of adding some extra rivalry to the league matches as there’s a good chance of playing teams from your own division. Of course there’s also the extra fun of watching Leeds United playing for a trophy that they clearly think is beneath them. In its early days this trophy was won by current Premier League clubs Wigan, Bolton and Stoke, so it hasn’t done them any harm.

It’s getting a bit like cricket now in a way. They have 20, 40 and 50 over competitions and 4 day games mixed up throughout the summer. We’ve already had League Cup, League One and Trophy matches (in our 7 games to date), with the FA Cup to come in November. Maybe they could do a Twenty20 here and make the Trophy into a 6-a-side competition of 2 x 20 minutes and played on a regional league basis, with a finals day at Wembley. Then it really would be a fitness test for bit-part players. Actually I can see some specialist 6-a-side players evolving. We’ve got several players who only make an effort for part of the game anyway – it would suit them down to the ground. I’m sure every club has got some of these too.

So, another first round away cup win, with a clean sheet. Exactly the same as in the League Cup. That was a Tuesday night as well.

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