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FA Cup final–just another game

Ah, the FA Cup Final.  Used to be the only club game played at Wembley, and the only one that was live on TV.  Now we have the FA Cup semi-finals at Wembley, play-off finals, the League Cup, the Charity Community Shield and I don’t know how many other matches played there.  And hundreds of games live on TV.

There was a time when winning the FA Cup was also special because it provided entry to the Cup Winners Cup, but today it gives entry to the interminable Europa League, and the place usually goes to the runners-up (when the FA Cup winners are a big club who have qualified for the Champions League).

It also used to mark the end of the football season, but now we always have play-off finals after the FA Cup final, and this year there’s another set of Premier League fixtures coming up  next weekend – but worse than that we actually have four Premier Leagues matches being played at lunchtime today, including the game that will most likely see Manchester United being confirmed as champions, so you could argue that the FA Cup Final isn’t even the biggest game being played today.

Still, at least we have “It’s a Cup Final Knockout” on BBC One.  Surely?

Er, no:

1.30 pm Cash in the Celebrity Attic
2.15 pm Bargain Hunt Famous Finds
3.00 pm Father of the Bride
4.40 pm Don't Scare the Hare


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