How much of that, however, is just me raging against the dying of the light? Like a good number of other people who were born in north London in the early 1970s, the FA Cup has a disproportionately special place in my psychological make-up. Never mind the fact that they needed a replay on each occasion and might easily have lost either if not both matches, Spurs winning the FA Cup twice in a row slap bang in the middle of my formative years as a football supporters have, especially when coupled with a hearty interest in the non-league game, proved to be highly determinative in terms of my personality as a football supporter, and even though the professional game has moved away from the FA Cup, I’ve spent a decade and a half, may be two decades, seeking to defend it against a steadily growing group of detractors.
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