The FA Cup has been running since the 1871-72 season, breaking only for the duration of the First and Second World Wars. Beginning in August, the competition consists of 12 rounds, a semi-final and then a final. The fixtures in each round are determined by a random draw, and the first six rounds are qualifiers, with draws organised on a regional basis. For the next six rounds all clubs are in one draw. Because of the way the fixtures are organised tiny local clubs are often able to knock out the giants of the higher leagues. In this competition there have already been a few upsets. In November Salford City - famously bought by the Neville brothers, Paul Scholes, Ryan Giggs and Nicky Butt - knocked out Notts County, and in February, Reading knocked out West Bromwich Albion. We're looking forward to seeing what happens on final day!
Of course a competition like this also gives the opportunity to fans of smaller clubs to see some top-flight footballers on their home turf, and to practise some of their chants in the stands! Face paints at the ready; it's time to wear your team's colours with pride!
We imagine fans it will be like all their christmases have come at once so maybe get into the festive spirit a little bit early and dress as a bunch of Sporty Santas? Or maybe as a team of Subbuteo players in our official costumes based on the classic table football game Subbuteo
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