The FA Cup: Magic or meaningless?

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The magic of the FA Cup is a phrase that comes around every year when a footballing minnow trumps a team with far greater resources in true David and Goliath style.

Fans across the UK generally love to see a giant killing providing its not their giant being dumped out the cup.

Then there are some football fans who follow their teams through the qualification rounds, through the first and second rounds and then cross everything they can for the draw to match them against a footballing powerhouse.

Magic. Or is it?

The FA Cup's historical value is unquestioned and it can provide financial security for clubs that would otherwise be in dire straits.

A team such as Wigan attempted to balance the FA Cup with survival in the Premier League and miraculously succeeded in winning the famous trophy.

However, the team simply did not seem to have the squad depth to manage both competitions and were subsequently relegated to the Championship.

Swansea played a fantastic brand of football under Michael Laudrup's guidance and went on to win the Capital One Cup against Bradford City 5-0.

Since then they have struggled in the Premier League this year with the prize of European football and currently are just four points above the relegation places.

Paul Lambert must be wishing he hadn't told SkySports that most managers could do without a cup distraction when trying to keep their teams in the league.

Following a home defeat to Sheffield United and being booed off the pitch by the Aston Villa fans a cynic might doubt whether the FA Cup was a high priority for Lambert.

Despite all the evidence though, these two competitions both fall under the category of major trophies in the UK.

Though a manager rightly can pick any squad they like for the cup games, any team that goes onto win the competition will remember the day they did so with immense pride.

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