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Throwing The FA Cup Round 1 Game
Posted by Andy Bate on Sunday, Nov. 13th, 2011 at 12:10 PM

After some people chose to denigrate this noble competition by putting out their youth team (*ahem*) is it time for a simple financial inducement to ensure that teams try to win their opening cup game?  How about the following end of season cash bonuses?

FA Cup Winner 400k

FA Cup Runer-Up 300k

FA Cup Semi-Final Loser 200k

FA Cup Quarter-Final Loser 150k

FA Cup Round 2 Loser 100k

FA Shield Winner 100k

FA Shield Runner-Up 50k

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I don't agree any change is necessary at this point.  If a manager wants to field a sub-par team, that is his/her right.  There may be considerations behind the decision (e.g. desire to win the AP Cup, building FIT for star players, etc) that the manager(s) don't share and that is their right as well.

Brian Beerman on Sunday, Nov. 13th, 2011 at 3:45 PM
 

F A Cup game throwing is an interesting argument Andy, for those who have not made up there mind on whether to concentrate on rebuilding or going for a title.

As Anfy says FA Cup is financially benificial but you are always guarenteed a 2nd game in the way of 1st round shield games which allows two sessions of playing youth.

A debate I feel there is no winner sadly .. I think rebuilding its worth throwing

Graham Wilkes on Sunday, Nov. 13th, 2011 at 3:49 PM
 

Well I threw my FA Cup game, isn't that right Max?

Hadn't intended to but reckon Max must have used a bundle of those GPPs. :)

Carl Oakes on Sunday, Nov. 13th, 2011 at 8:54 PM
 

@Brian: You can still decide to throw the game, but this makes it a much harder decision.  In United 1 it's usually a no brainer that you play the youth team and hope to get a replay and then squeak through in that.

Andy Bate on Sunday, Nov. 13th, 2011 at 11:30 PM
 

In hindsight I think perhaps I would have been better off trying to secure two wins in the AP cup, rather than giving the FA cup a go. Losing one of my AP cup games was bad as it's not likely I will get through in the AP Cup now. It looks a lost cause and hte money differential between the FA and AP cups does not seem that great?

Vick Hall on Monday, Nov. 14th, 2011 at 12:26 AM
 

Well, throwing the cup game can definitely backfire on you - always play to win I say!

John Holden on Monday, Nov. 14th, 2011 at 7:33 AM
 

With the need to play my apprentice GK two games I decided to use him in the FA Cup and concentrate on the AP Cup. I was hoping to hang on for a draw, especially as playing away, for a replay but also knowing I had the FA Shield to fall back on.

Steve Turner on Monday, Nov. 14th, 2011 at 3:22 PM
 

I can understand why people make the choice to field a lesser team in the FA Cup 1st round, as stated earlier by other people. I had the luck of drawing a NON-League so fielded a lesser team and nearly got punished for it. If I had, so be it, I don't see the necessity to give extra money for the FA Cup.

Rene Wilkens on Monday, Nov. 14th, 2011 at 10:00 PM
 

Session 1 ... 2 Ap Games if you win both and loose the Fa cup game, In the next session u can normally afford to loose the 3rd ap game allowing 1 games in session 1 and 2 to concentrate on youth

Its a tactic that some use in united 1 and some dont

Its like the hardness no hardness debate

Its all tactics!!

Graham Wilkes on Monday, Nov. 14th, 2011 at 10:14 PM
 
 
 
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