18:24, Thu 6 Dec
Squatnose
Spike
Isn't there some stat that every FA Cup tie Man Utd have played for 8 years has been televised or something? It might even be longer than that.

It is bloody ridiculous.

It goes back further than that I'm afraid. January 2005 at home to Exeter City was the last FA Cup game they played that wasn't televised. So much for the "magic of the cup".

Last year 3rd round wasn't televised. Was on a Friday night but not televised.
19:16, Thu 6 Dec
Oldham
You could argue that's their duty as a public broadcaster - to show the game that they can prove will have the highest viewing figures and therefore attractive to the most people.
I'd say that's the duty of a commercial broadcaster.

A public broadcaster should show the more interesting programming and, if necessary, eschewing cheap ratings.
20:04, Thu 6 Dec
Blue Berni
wasn't it man ure who opted out of the cup to play in a world club competition some years back?

That was when little aston got to play Chelsea in final and got well beat. W e all said at the time,that if LA won the cup it wouldn't count because man u wasn't in it😁
20:06, Thu 6 Dec
Man U were forced by the FA to opt out
Fat Buddha - 'Rab C Nesbitt. He's a contrary fecker, but invariably right. He has his finger on the motherfecking pulse.'
20:12, Thu 6 Dec
It's a frickimg viscious circle. WestHam Blues isn't on telly because we're not popular. We're not popular because we"re not on telly.
20:13, Thu 6 Dec
Our game shouldn't be televised imo
Fat Buddha - 'Rab C Nesbitt. He's a contrary fecker, but invariably right. He has his finger on the motherfecking pulse.'
21:38, Thu 6 Dec
Spike
Isn't there some stat that every FA Cup tie Man Utd have played for 8 years has been televised or something? It might even be longer than that.

It is bloody ridiculous.

They did it for something like 168 ties in a row, until there was such a backlash when their last game against Reading incidentally was broadcast, that they mixed it up a bit.

I like how people always dive in on these threads to look clever about TV ratings. Obviously they're chasing the money but you haven't got a football soul if you think it's ok.
We deserve our club back

H-Bomb

"Oh Nikola Zigic"
10:33, Fri 7 Dec
MAN UTD V READING

FFS WHY is there a rule that Man Utd have to be on TV can't think of a worse Cup tie...when will we find out our day and time?

Money money money moneyy MOOONEHHHH!
DES
10:53, Fri 7 Dec
bernie

allegedly it was the FA who thought it would help with a world cup bid (moronic decision in hindsight)

KRO
11:48, Fri 7 Dec
Haircut1000
It's a frickimg viscious circle. WestHam Blues isn't on telly because we're not popular. We're not popular because we"re not on telly.


Dildo & Chopper didn't want people to see all the empty seats in the home areas
11:51, Fri 7 Dec
I agree completely, there is no chance of me watching the Man U game, but I'd love to watch a game with a potential upset, like those Lincoln matches in a recent season.

I can just understand why a public broadcaster does what it does.
13:24, Fri 7 Dec
Whilst Man Utd vs Reading is not an intriguing tie, at least they are in different leagues. Wolves vs Liverpool on tv is a bad choice. There are so many interesting ties and surprise surprise they choose the Prem vs Prem tie.

West Ham vs Blues
Norwich vs Peterborough
Chelsea vs Forest - I'm shocked this hasn't been chosen.
Derby vs Saints
Newcastle Blackburn
etc
14:12, Fri 7 Dec
Deckchair
Whilst Man Utd vs Reading is not an intriguing tie, at least they are in different leagues. Wolves vs Liverpool on tv is a bad choice. There are so many interesting ties and surprise surprise they choose the Prem vs Prem tie.

West Ham vs Blues
Norwich vs Peterborough
Chelsea vs Forest - I'm shocked this hasn't been chosen.
Derby vs Saints
Newcastle Blackburn
etc
None of them are more appealing to the neutral than Wolves v Liverpool. To say they shouldn't have all Prem tiesvon is ludicrous
Fat Buddha - 'Rab C Nesbitt. He's a contrary fecker, but invariably right. He has his finger on the motherfecking pulse.'
Rab C Nesbitt
Deckchair
Whilst Man Utd vs Reading is not an intriguing tie, at least they are in different leagues. Wolves vs Liverpool on tv is a bad choice. There are so many interesting ties and surprise surprise they choose the Prem vs Prem tie.

West Ham vs Blues
Norwich vs Peterborough
Chelsea vs Forest - I'm shocked this hasn't been chosen.
Derby vs Saints
Newcastle Blackburn
etc
None of them are more appealing to the neutral than Wolves v Liverpool. To say they shouldn't have all Prem tiesvon is ludicrous

But how is an all premiership tie in the 3rd round ' the magic of the cup' which is what the BBC uses to flog the fa cup to us?

You can bet your life Ronnie Radfords goal will be in the opening titles. They bang on about sutton beating Coventry, Hereford beating
newcastle, wrexham beating Arsenal etc etc and then what do they do after all that....... Go live to molineux or wherever to show 2 prem teams
play each other again!
14:51, Fri 7 Dec
Yep, it does come down to cash against romance. For The Beeb especially, The FA Cup used to be about sniffing where there might be an upset or big story and giving yourself a chance of catching history in the making.

Now it's about filling pubs and armchairs in Croydon with Manchester United fans.

In the late eighties - when we were proper shit - we were so shit we were in the FA Cup 1st Round proper. We played at Colchester and Aunty Beeb had it on as a main game. In the event we won comfy but they were there...just in case we fecked it up. Nowadays they would show Man Utd against Fulham or something instead.

Like I said before - I understand it on a business level but I agree with H Bomb, the desire for ratings has driven all the soul out of it. Which is fine, but The Beeb should stop navel gazing and wondering where "The Magic of The FA Cup" has gone to.