by BEN MOOREHEAD
Town, the Nationwide
Conference side, were at
home to Arsenal in the FA Cup tie
played last weekend. In which case
Farnborough recorded the highest
attendance - 35,108 - of any
Conferance side in the history of
Everything about the game
seemed to suggest Farnborough were
at home. Arsenal wore their blue away
kit. If you looked up the result in the
papers the next day it read:
Farnborough 1 Arsenal 5. And yet the
match was played at Highbury.
It seems it was all a ridiculous plot
by the FA to convince the footballing
world that Farnborough were indeed
at home. I hope you weren’t fooled.
The draw for the fourth round of
the cup determined that Farnborough
would play at home against the
Double champions. But as has been
the custom of recent years, the tie was
switched to Highbury for reasons of
safety and money.
For a poor conference side like
Farnborough, switching the tie would
reap enormous fiscal gains. The safety
issue seems more to be a cover for this.
But what about the magic of the
FA Cup? One can sympathise with
Farnborough’s motives for moving the
tie, but it is the vision of a non-league
side playing a Premiership hotshot on a
crusty, tiny little ground which so
encompasses the special nature of our
competition. Who knows what might
have happened at the Aimita Stadium?
Matches must be played as the
draw dictates. Only then can the FA
Cup hold on to the title of being the
world’s greatest domestic competition.