Re: FA Cup
As much as I'd dearly love to see us play in the FA Cup next season, I just don't see it. Teams at our level would have to enter by September, maybe October at the latest, and I don't see us playing league football by then. And if we don't have a league then no-one really has a squad together to play in the FA Cup.
If Premier League clubs aren't in it because their late finish leads to fixture congestion then the same would presumably have to apply to Championship clubs. You're then just left with a glorified version of the EFL Trophy with some non league teams added, it would be the FA Cup in name only and I don't really see the point of it.
It's not the biggest clubs who have ruined the FA Cup - sure, they sometimes field weakened teams in the early rounds but their squads are so strong they generally get away with it, and they take it seriously as the tournament progresses. The 'big six' have won all but three of the FA Cups since 1989. The problem is the rest of the Premier League and the Championship who don't take it seriously, which is odd when that and the League Cup are their best, perhaps only realistic, chances of ever either winning a trophy or qualifying for Europe.
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