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Gareth Ainsworth celebrates magic of FA Cup draw fightback against Aston Villa with coffee at Starbucks

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Call me a hopeless romantic, but for me for the magic of the FA Cup will never die. It really does not matter if giants like Liverppol field a bunch of kids and risk humiliation in a banana skin of a third round tie at Exeter.  The record books will forever show that the minnows earned a famous 2-2 draw and a Live TV audience on the BBC were thrilled by the drama.

Earlier today Wycombe Wanderers enjoyed the spotlight when they bravely fought back to claim a 1-1 draw and a replay at Villa Park against the Premier League’s former European Cup winners Aston Villa.

The FA Cup will forever be special for matching David against Goliath. It is reassuring to witness good, honest down-to-earth managers like man-of-the-people Gareth Ainsworth earn the right to savour a magical result. And just to illustrate the gulf between Premier League aristocrats and genuine football servants who do it for the love of the game, imagine my delight to see Ainsworth queuing up with the rest of us at my local Starbucks in Marlow just a couple of hours after his top billing on BT Sport this afternoon.


January 9th, 2016 at 5:39 pm