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Giant-Killing Remains One of the FA Cup’s Unmatched Attractions

As far as domestic competitions go, the FA Cup is unparalleled in its underdog fairy tales and hometown hero stories, and here’s exactly why

In the wake of the 2018-19 FA Cup’s fixtures once again largely taking a backseat to the results of the “bigger” English Premier League and UEFA Champions League matches, it’s hardly surprising that many of the fans who have been keeping score these past several years continue to grouse about the world’s oldest football competition having “lost its magic.” And it’s hard to blame them, really, since the FA Cup final is no longer quite the season highlight it once was, and even the EPL’s most successful clubs seem to have started treating the competition as less of a priority in the grand scheme of things.

At the same time, however, the FA Cup is and has always been a lot more than simply another stage for clubs playing at the highest tiers of the English football league system to distinguish themselves. In fact, it wouldn’t be much a stretch at all to say that the magic that has supposedly been lost actually has more been the result of smaller teams, often referred to as “minnows,” finding success in their fixtures against the veritable giants of the English Premier League and the Championship.

So if you happen to be one of the fans who happen to be feeling that the world’s oldest football competition has started losing its shine in recent years (and even if you aren’t), pull up a chair and pay attention bec...

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