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No Hammers but the result of the season

No Hammers but the result of the season

Ok no Hammers today butĀ  the result of the season so far giving the FA Cup some very badly needed magic.

What was the world’s greatest Cup competition has been losing its glamour for several years which is down to team playing weakened ties.

No Hammers but the result of the season

That hasn’t stopped the big boys dominating but there have been few results which have raised eyebrows and brought universal acclaim to the minnows.

You have to go back to Newport beating Leicester five years ago, Harlow Town again dismissingĀ  Leicester City in 1980. Southern League Wimbledon beating Burnely of the old First Division in the eighties and Sutton beating Coventry in ’75 to find some big shocks.

Until perhaps today maybe and it may just be the biggest of the lot because National League South Maidstone went to Portman Road a staggering 98 places below the Championship side, with Kieran McKenna’s side currently on track to earn promotion to the Premier League, and beat them 2-1.

In an amazing game – and with 4,000 of their own lucky fans inside the ground for a match they will remember forever – the club from Kent went ahead twice to win 2-1.

Ipswich had 38 shots and 78 per cent of possession, but they weren’t able to handle the United threat and ran out as 2-1 victors – despite having just two shots all game.

As a Kentish man myself I couldn’t be more pleasedĀ  but I am much happier for the FA Cup itself. This result was exactly what the competition required.

The Premier League dominates absolutely everything these days and it was so refreshing to be reminded that there is still some great stuff to watch at the grass roots of our game so let us know which is the local team with which you grew up.

Well done you Stones!

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About Hugh5outhon1895

Hugh Southon is a lifelong Iron and the founding editor of ClaretandHugh. He is a national newspaper journalist of many years experience and was Bobby Moore's 'ghost' writer during the great man's lifetime. He describes ClaretandHugh as "the Hammers daily newspaper!" Follow on Twitter @hughsouthon

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