Here’s something for all our English readers; the first round of the FA Cup bursts to life this weekend, and our good friends at the FA wanted us to have a think about our favourite FA Cup memories and get you to share yours with us too.
It’s a competition that’s renowned for throwing up the tastiest of local derbies and the biggest of underdog upsets, and that’s exactly why every football fan has a special memory or two from the legendary Cup competition.
We don’t have a Liverpool fan or a Hammers fan here on the Footy-Boots.com staff, but one of our favourite moments is the 2006 final, where – 3-2 down and 90 minutes just ticked over on the clock, Steven Gerrard hammered in an absolute thunderbolt off his right adidas Predator Absolute+ to take the game into extra time.
Too often nowadays Cup finals are reduced to sterile, tactical affairs; so a 6 goal thriller being taken to penalties is a perfect game for the neutrals!
Last season saw an old rivalry renewed as Leeds United were drawn away to Manchester United, and it was a day that would belong to the Division One side as they upset Premiership Giants United as they snuck a 1-0 win over the Red Devils.
Whilst we have fans of both teams, it was more the idea that a Division One side could go to Old Trafford and beat the title-contenders that really exemplifies the magic of the FA Cup.
Finally, to even things up for the Manchester United side of things, courtesy of our friends at the FA.com, we’ve got a great little interview with die-hard (Essex-born, naturally!) Manchester United fan Olly Murs to talk us through his great FA Cup moments.
Now, normally we don’t have a lot of time for Pop-Star types to talk about football, but anyone who watched this Year’s Soccer Aid charity event knows that chart-topper Olly is a pretty handy right-winger and has an exemplary taste in football boots, turning down the free Umbro boots on offer to bring along his own adidas adiPure III‘s – we respect that!
What are your favourite FA Cup memories? Drop us a comment below and let us know!