This is the only competition in the world where a plasterer, electrician, postman or bus driver can take his place on the same pitch and play against the Premier League’s mega stars! The history of the FA Cup is a long and famous one, where minnows and giants can and do often cross paths.
The draw for the third round is always eagerly anticipated because it is the stage where Premier League and Championship teams enter the competition, and that’s when the real giant killings can begin. The competition is at a relatively advanced stage by then though, with the real minnows who exist the foot of the footballing ladder will have to have negotiated six qualifying rounds just to reach the 1st round proper!
Our great nation has a reputation for loving an underdog, so betting on the FA Cup fits the bill perfectly for any punter out there who has an eye for an upset. Naturally we expect bold showings from the Premier League’s big boys, and rarely a season goes by where they are not represented in the final, but the romance of the most famous cup competition in the world is still alive when we see that Portsmouth, Cardiff, Millwall and Southampton have all reached an FA Cup final within the last 10 years.
Wigan are the current holders of the trophy, causing a significant upset by beating Man City 1-0 in the 2012/13 renewal.