The last weekend in sport must be the greatest in recent memory. In the rugby’s Six nations, Scotland beat former World Champions England to win the Calcutta Cup. In football, Premiership sides Chelsea, Manchester United and Middlesbrough all fell at the quarter-final stage of the FA Cup.
Portsmouth are the only Premiership side left in the competiton, while the other three semi-finalists came from the Championship, the league below them. Here is the draw for the semi-finals:
Portsmouth- West Bromwich Albion, Barnsley- Cardiff City.
Both matches will be played at Wembley on the weekend of April 5.
What happened in this season’s competition is fantastic news for most fans who are simply fed up of seeing the same old top sides winning the trophies. Here are some stats:
- The last time a team from the Big Four (Arsenal, Chelsea, Liverpool, Manchester United) failed to reach the final was in 1991 (Nottingham Forest played Tottenham Hotspur)
- The last time a team from outside the top flight to win the trophy was West Ham in 1980 (they beat Arsenal 1-0)
- The last team from outside the top flight to reach the final was more recent. Millwall did so in 2004.
This season at least, the magic of the FA Cup competition has been truly restored. Long may it last!