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Jones: Cup is reinvigorated

04 April 2008 12:22
Cardiff City boss Dave Jones believes the exploits of lower division clubs this season have reinvigorated the FA Cup. Speaking before his side's semi-final meeting with fellow Championship side Barnsley at Wembley on Sunday, Jones believes the FA Cup has lived up to its reputation as the biggest club competition in the world. The other semi-final pits another Championship side, West Bromwich Albion, against the only remaining top-flight club in Portsmouth. "This year has proved the FA Cup is most definitely alive and kicking," said Jones. "It is usually the big teams there, but this season it is unbelievable that four teams who did not expect it have done it. "Anyone who says 'oh well, we did not want to be there to concentrate on other things' would like to be in the situation we are in. "It is a fantastic competition and something that will stay with you for ever. "This is probably the biggest game in the club's history for many, many years. "In Cardiff they are still talking about the last time the club got to Wembley in 1927, which tells you how big a competition it is."

Source: ESA