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FA Cup Sunday, Open Thread: 4th Round Replay and 5th Round Action

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Sunday features four different matches involving Premier League clubs. The first is the Black Country derby between West Bromwich Albion, with Roy Hodgson in charge of his first match for the Baggies, against Wolverhampton Wanderers. The next match on deck is the Fourth Round FA Cup replay between Manchester City and Notts County at Eastlands. Then we have the FA Cup match between Fulham and Bolton, followed by Leyton Orient versus Arsenal.

Depending on who you support or what type of football match you prefer, there should be plenty to enjoy out of those four. I have a feeling that City will cruise at home against Notts County, so I’m not expecting much of a contest there. The derby between West Brom and Wolves should be very tense, so that may end up being the most riveting match of the day. Although don’t expect a tirade of goals there. Fulham against Bolton could be a close encounter, while Orient against Arsenal will be interesting to see how the Gunners perform at a lower league team after beating the best team in the world, Barcelona, earlier this week.

As always, post your questions, rants or observations about the matches either before, after or during the games on Sunday, in the comments section below.

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  1. MCHobbit

    February 20, 2011 at 10:00 pm

    All the stuff from the United fans sure sounds a lot like Yankees fans in the early 00’s – they could see the Red Sox coming, but couldn’t imagine a world with them finishing ahead of the “Traditional” power.

    Hrmmmm . . .

    • [OPTI]Madschester United

      February 20, 2011 at 10:04 pm

      anyone comparing United to Yankees does not know the history of the british football. Hint: it did not start in 1992.

      • MCHobbit

        February 21, 2011 at 10:49 am

        As the current “gold standard” by which other clubs are judged? That was my primary point there – I know Liverpool has more championships, but the Yankees returned to prominence in the 90’s, and it was in the 00’s that the Red Sox finally broke through.

        The similarities don’t end there, but they also aren’t exhaustive.

        Brittish football didn’t start with the formation of the Premier League!?!? Tell me more!

      • Tuttle

        February 21, 2011 at 10:57 am

        It seems like MCHobbit was comparing United fans of today to Yankees fans of a decade ago in regards to their reactions to their rivals’ increasing quality. That United, City, the Yankees and the Red Sox have all existed for over a century seems somewhat tangental to that point… at best.

        • MCHobbit

          February 21, 2011 at 11:39 pm

          Exactly – I wasn’t making too historical an argument, just what I noticed as an outside observer of the NY/BOS shift (I’m a fan of neither), and the current rise of United’s “noisy neighbors.”

  2. Why?

    February 20, 2011 at 9:24 pm

    Awww Troy found a lil glory hunting friend did he!

    ‘^ typical City inferiority complex… always talking about United… :D’
    I never come on here to talk about Utd only on my own team. It my of escaped your attention Troy started talking crap about them, or can’t u see that take those red tinted specks off you will see much better!

    1, Why would I care less about Utd or the Glazers? Let alone hate either off them I leave that to the Utd supporters (not to be confused with fans), funny to see some them today at Eastland’s in the County end, pathetic how low will they go with this new found hatred!

    2, Utd have spent more than City all through out history, but this more than trebled when the keep the top teams top money of the prem, SKY and Europe started to totally ruin football for real, we were paying peanuts while Utd were paying £30m on one player!! What up don’t u lot like it when the shoe is on the other foot?

    3, If Utd fans are not the bitter ones how do u explain tools like Troy or the nobs at Eastland’s? Troy is like many bitter Utd fans on here just look through the posts to prove it. there was one here called Tyson king of the tools seems to have been re-born in Tory though couldn’t post without saying something like ‘the dirty Arabs will be skint soon’ ha what a guy I miss him LOL. What is Troy’s bitter rant above all about then if he’s not bitter and havin a snide dig at City because of this bitterness? Why did he show so much interest in City he even went on the website?

    LOL on me is it really, ur tool mark 2? Hahaha nob.

    • [OPTI]Madschester United

      February 20, 2011 at 9:41 pm

      look at how you responded to the liverpool fan in comment 1 on this post… always about United…

      I don’t understand your 2nd point? Through history you guys have spent more (due to last 3 years)… on 30 million are you referring to Veron? When you win the Treble, you can splash the cash… when you haven’t won a trophy for 34 years and you spend 300million in 3 years, it is getting comical and reeks of desperation…

      I cannot speak for individual bone-heads and neither can you (there are plenty of City boneheads too). But it was City that wanted to intensify the Rivalry with “Welcome To Manchester” campaign (posters, constant comments to press about Manchester being blue)… you get what you ask for, especially when you cannot prove your merits on the field — AKA you cannot beat United 😀

      Glory Glory Man United!!

      • Why?

        February 20, 2011 at 10:08 pm

        How’s it about Utd???? The only other game similar at that time was Utd v Crawley. Are u so twisted you think everyone is having a go? how is it having a go it’s a simple truth you could do those things with that money it’s not a lie, the problem is every TV station in the world would state the things about City that LMNOP said so I feel a bit sorry for him in a way but why do they always do this with City? I mean what he supposed to think as they didn’t do the same when it came to Utd, Arsenal etc even though it’s they could have done! For Christ sake Arsenal fans seem to think that there team is all from the youth team and that they didn’t spend money on them when they have spent money that many in the prem could only dream of yes the spending has slowed lately but only cos the are in debt for the Stadium. Think about that eh. I am making a point of saying all the other top teams who played the lower league teams costs are similar when compared to them!! Not having a go at Utd but at LMNOP. As I said before maybe u should take off them red glasses before reading any more.

      • Why?

        February 20, 2011 at 10:21 pm

        ‘it was City that wanted to intensify the Rivalry with “Welcome To Manchester” campaign (posters, constant comments to press about Manchester being blue)…’

        Oh right City’s poster is bad but the 34 yr one that in Old Trafford is ok it’s just banter, City shouldn’t be allowed to do it to, it’s not fair would that make u happy get a grip, in my clubs whole history they never did anything like that. What are these constant comments to the press you refer to??? just felt like saying them did u? or do u think Mancini says to the press Manchester is blue every day? Are u refering to the City Team poster on the building? What has that to do with Utd. My god you like trying to twist things don’t u, but ur not bitter at all LOL.

        • [OPTI]Madschester United

          February 20, 2011 at 10:31 pm

          I tried to be nice… so please, take out your blue tampon from your nether regions and stop acting like the little brother all the time… waaah waaah waaah is all I hear from you.

          You want rivalry, yet you cannot take it (nor can your team win on the field).

          Actually, the banner at OT is by the fans not United and it says 34.5 now 😀

          Good luck spending another 100 million on Kaka next summer… too bad you can’t buy the trophies 😀

          • Why?

            February 20, 2011 at 11:11 pm

            It’s put there buy the club u tool its there now why didn’t these fans take it with them? The club said put it there it’s fine stop reading shite and look at the facts. Then do a bit of your waaaa waaaa waaaing with a bit of noisy neighbour and small club insults to name but a few when City give it back, thats just banter though it‘s just good old Utd avin a laugh, but City’s Tevez poster that‘s just going to far lol. 😉

            U Sir are as plastic as Troy, and only know what you read in some rag, which 80% of that is what we in the North like to call pure bollocks. Good day a good riddance!! Good luck losing another £50m+ and keeping within UEFA’s rules nxt yr while buying class dossers like Bebe for £7m, Hey look I can be as pathetic as u 😉

        • Why?

          February 20, 2011 at 10:51 pm

          ‘I don’t understand your 2nd point? Through history you guys have spent more (due to last 3 years)… on 30 million are you referring to Veron? When you win the Treble, you can splash the cash… when you haven’t won a trophy for 34 years and you spend 300million in 3 years, it is getting comical and reeks of desperation…’

          No, Utd have spent more than any club in the UK my friend! Veron I could be on about Rio, Rooney the list goes on with huge money signings, I mean while we were buying Gareth Taylor and Kit Symons you were buying Van Nistelrooy and Ferdinand you could not have such a huge spending gap if it was pre premier league. Even well before that Robson, Hughes etc cost a fortune you hadn’t won nowt then pal. As for ‘When you win the Treble, you can splash the cash’ you can only do this if the odd are so stacked in your favour money wise that no other team could ever catch u unless they were in the same litte click that u yourselves were in, you know the one that’s ruined football. There is another way but the scum other wise known as UEFA & FIFA have just put and end to that, no more rich owners to dare challenge their little cash cows. Football is nothing short of vile and disgusting and has been since the start of the premier. No more Nott’s Forest’s or Ipswich Town’s, and now rich owners can no longer invest in club who could make Everton or Newcastle etc contenders as they are not allowed to play catch up any more cos they might go out of business don’t u know, like many already NOT! The only Clubs goin out of business are in the lower league because of UEFA’s and the Premier league‘s greed . City have managed sneak in to join the party though and as much as u and UEFA hate it, you will have to like it or lump it!!!

          • Evan

            February 20, 2011 at 10:58 pm

            Don’t waste your time writing so much for thus lunatic rag. Glory hunting plastic United fans are all the same. They know f*ck all about football.

          • Why?

            February 20, 2011 at 11:15 pm

            I enjoy it Even, It’ fun ripping tools lol.

          • Why?

            February 20, 2011 at 11:16 pm

            I love ripping tools Evan what can I say lol.

    • Troy

      February 21, 2011 at 5:33 pm

      Not bitter, just stating some more of those pesky stats, Mr. Summerbee. The fact is that MCFC had no more than 28,000 people in a 47,000 seat stadium for a cup match that City could possibly go all the way and win. Secondly, by your logic, Utd sold 12,000 of the 14,000 available tickets (meaning they sold 85% of available tickets) that’s still a pretty good gate considering there’s no way City sold 85% of its available tickets.

      I know that cup tickets are tied into MUFC ticket packages, however, not every fan that purchases has to go. They can sit home if they want (which ironically, is exactly what about 20,000 city “supporters” did).

      Also – although it shouldn’t surprise me considering my past dealings with you – the link I used was actually from an online ticketing site, NOT a MCFC site. However, I suspect little things like actually researching and not jumping to conclusions are far too difficult for someone with such a low mental capacity. It’s cool though.

      Specifically, I found the picture using a little thing called “google”, you might try it once in a while to try change up your sad, butt-hurt attempts at insulting me (seeing as how “tool” and “knob” are clearly your two favorite words – and they’re both a whole four-letters long, oh my).

      And now, I will wait for some ridiculous response littered with grammatical errors and childish insults in 3…2…1…

  3. Troy

    February 20, 2011 at 7:04 pm

    City’s only chance at a trophy is in the FA Cup, they’re practically giving away tickets (15 pounds for adults and 5 for kids) and yet there’s still about 20,000 empty seats. If not for the 6,000 supporters from Notts County, there would have been only 21,000 people in a 47,000-seat stadium. How embarrassing. Manchester is blue indeed….

    Pretty much what it looked like.

    • Why

      February 20, 2011 at 8:31 pm

      Hey it’s Troy the tool talkin Shxte again about things he knows nothing about. Troy you could get a Utd ticket for £27 minus £10 discount against Crawley that’s £17 pound u mug!! Crawley had to pay £41!
      City sold 23,000 tickets as County only took 4,000, but Utd only managed to sell 12,000 how do I come to this conclusion? Well I’ll tell u, Utd season ticket holders are FORCED to pay for cup match tickets. Now Utd have 52,000 season ticket holders, the ground holds 76,300 and there were 10,000+ from Crawley, the attendance was 74,000 so it looks like 12,000 Utd fans bothered to go and buy them the rest were forced an no one else could be arsed, hmmm. Oh by the way if City did force their fans to go to cup match games it would guarantee 36,000 (City’s did sell out ;)) and that’s before any other fans do, you not think they would have sold out this game? But City obviously think more of their fans than the owners at Utd who treat them like piggy banks to empty constantly.
      Now one of these teams hasn’t won anything for 34 yrs and the other has won constantly for 21 yrs (through spending more than anyone else I must add) this team supposedly has millions on a waiting list that clearly does not exist, if it does why haven’t they been able to sell all the season tickets or sell out there games? They have taken to advertising in news papers and radio to sell their tickets!! Now that’s embarrassing Troy!! World biggest club? In their own minds maybe.
      Keep on being a bitter City hating, plastic (fake) and glory hunting Utd fan Troy it really does suit u LOL.

      • [OPTI]Madschester United

        February 20, 2011 at 8:48 pm

        ^ typical City inferiority complex… always talking about United… 😀

        1. All United fans hate Glazers so go ahead and join us in hating them.
        2. City have spent a LOT more than United over the past 3 years… still can’t win a mickey-mouse trophy! Even Top 4 is tough for you guys 😀
        3. United fans are not the bitter ones…

        LOL is on you!

        • Evan

          February 20, 2011 at 9:21 pm

          You’re joking right?? United fans are some of the most bitter in the world. They’ve been buying the title for the past 2 decades. Give me a break. You United fans act like you have a divine right to everything.

          • [OPTI]Madschester United

            February 20, 2011 at 9:32 pm

            dont confuse having high expectations with being bitter. If you are used to gold and silver the current slop they’re serving us is tough to handle politely… however, we are not bitter (and DEFINITELY not jealous of City)… that’s your fantasy and hence the “Welcome to Manchester” campaign your club started.

          • Why?

            February 20, 2011 at 9:50 pm

            [OPTI]Madschester United,

            Sounds like ur are really saying that you’re an Arrogant fan who follows a team that you’re used to seeing winning and if they don’t for a bit you’ll spew out venom and bitterness at others try to put them down then try cover this behaviour by saying every one else is bitter and twisted. Yep I’d say that this seems to be the way of it.

  4. arsenalfan

    February 20, 2011 at 4:28 pm

    gaffer i missed today’s match of arsenal against orient so please tell what were the weak and strong points of arsenal in this match. please hurry! bec still i cant believe that the team who beat barca played draw with npower league team.

  5. Ethan

    February 20, 2011 at 3:28 pm

    Obviously, a disappointing result from Arsenal but I can’t say I didn’t see it coming. We were working with a depleted Squad today, and we just seem to be worn out from the Barcelona match. I think that we win the replay with flying colors, and all will be OK. Another positive- Rosicky got back on the scoresheet, something he’s been meaning to do for a long, long, LONG time.

    • Joe

      February 20, 2011 at 5:09 pm

      I hope the FA fines Arsenal for fielding a weakened side.

      What? You mean they’ll do that to Blackpool, but they won’t do that to one of the big clubs?? Shocking!

      • trickybrkn

        February 20, 2011 at 7:32 pm

        The logic is flawed on both ends… Arsenal always field youth players in cup ties. So by Arsenal standards that was a pretty strong cup squad. As for being fined, You don’t fine a team for fielding weakened teams in Cup matches. The only team to gain an advantage is the one you are playing. Teams are fined in the league because it effects the points total for the entire league, the top and bottom etc.

        • Joe

          February 21, 2011 at 5:00 am

          The entire idea of fining a team for their squad selections is flawed. Teams should be able to field who they damn well please. I obviously don’t think Arsenal should be fined, but Blackpool shouldn’t have been fined earlier this season either, cup tie or no.

  6. Evan

    February 20, 2011 at 1:39 pm

    Great win by City! should have had 2 penalties though to make it 7-0

  7. trickybrkn

    February 20, 2011 at 1:34 pm

    Up the O’s!!!!!

  8. LMNOP

    February 20, 2011 at 6:23 am

    A single person from the Manchester City bench is worth the whole Notts County team, and I’m not just talking about Dzeko

    • Why?

      February 20, 2011 at 12:58 pm

      Well, well another little bitter City hating ignoramus. You are totally wrong by the way but lets just play along anyway.
      Firstly the difference in teams was clear for all to see and Dzeko wasn’t on the bench he started.
      Secondly why did u not mention something say like a weeks wages for Utd would have bought the whole Crawley team, there ground, many new signings and possibly even the Town itself?
      Thirdly you could have said the same for Liverpool against Northampton Town (only they cost much, much less than Nott‘s County), you know the team that plays in England’s lowest division, yeah u remember the ones that dumped them out of the league cup at Anfield!! But you didn’t why?
      Sick of bitter tools like u, give ya head a wobble u clown!!

      • [OPTI]Madschester United

        February 20, 2011 at 8:49 pm

        who is the bitter one?

        • Why?

          February 20, 2011 at 9:28 pm

          What’s bitter here tool 2?

        • Why?

          February 20, 2011 at 9:38 pm

          The point he makes could have been made about Utd, Liverpool, Arsenal, Spurs, Chelsea the list go’s on, but he doesn’t he chooses to make it against City why? I’ll tell you, with the help of a bias media some people are ill informed and have taken to hating City (only the bitter minority) even though they would love rich owner at there own club ( is this mostly jealousy?)especially Utd who indecently hate anyone who challenges them.

          • Up the Chels!

            February 21, 2011 at 5:05 am

            It is also possible that he made the connection between Notts County’s bench and Man. City because Notts County played Man. City. Not everything is a conspiracy against the nouveau riche.

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