FA Cup semi final draw

Discussion in 'Off-Topic Chat' started by Dave Payn, Mar 8, 2004.

  1. Dave Payn

    Dave Payn Active Member

    Sunderland v Millwall or Tranmere Rovers
    Arsenal v Manchester United

    Which means presumably, the winner of Millwall/Tranmere v Sunderland will automatically go into the UEFA Cup (unless Arsenal or Man U have a major collapse in the Premiership and don't make the Champions league!)
  2. ScrapingtheBottom

    ScrapingtheBottom Active Member

    Woopie doo! The prospect of a second rate club competing in a European competition fills me with so much joy!

    But then again arsenal might not qualify ...
  3. drums4monty

    drums4monty Member

    Chuffed to bits, I support Sunderland :bounce
  4. Straightmute

    Straightmute Active Member

    United and Tranmere would be a cracking final...

  5. Dave Payn

    Dave Payn Active Member

    Absolutely! I'd crack up if Tranmere won that one!

    Seriously though, what would be the ruling now? Long time ago but back in 1969 Swindon beat Arsenal in the League Cup Final. Even then, the winners usually went on to qualify for the Fairs Cup (as the UEFA Cup was then known) As Swindon were in the old Third Division at the time, they were not allowed to enter European competition and Arsenal took their place (and subsequently won the Fairs Cup the next season!)

    If the 'impossible' (maybe not so impossible...) happened and Tranmere did get to the final against Arsenal or Man U, would they be allowed in the UEFA Cup next season? Anyone know the rules on this?
  6. ScrapingtheBottom

    ScrapingtheBottom Active Member

    Weren't middlesborough in the same position a while back? I don't think they were allowed to compete though.
  7. geordiecolin

    geordiecolin Active Member


    Will someone PLEASE knock the mackems out please??

    Sunderland in Europe? I don't think passport office will cope, i mean they've never needed them before!
  8. ScrapingtheBottom

    ScrapingtheBottom Active Member

    Yeah, like any of them will be allowed to travel!
  9. Dave Payn

    Dave Payn Active Member

    A friend of mine here at work had wondered about the possibility of Millwall drawing Galatasaray in the UEFA next season...... that'll provoke an outburst of peace and camaraderie amongst the fans! ;-)
  10. ScrapingtheBottom

    ScrapingtheBottom Active Member

    Oh my dear god...
  11. sunny_jimbob

    sunny_jimbob Member

    Pah. Silly pointless competition anyway...

    /disgruntled Sheff United fan

    We Want To Concentrate On Promotion Anyway.

    :lol: :wink: :lol: :wink: :lol: :wink: :lol: :wink:
  12. lynchie

    lynchie Active Member

    another year, another meaningless final... ah well, I would like to see Millwall in Europe, show them how much English supporters have come on thanks to the ban in the 80s...
  13. cornetgirl

    cornetgirl Active Member

    Only cos you don't want to face the giggles of your bandmaster if United don't get through and the Rokermen do!!!

    Although Arsenal vs Sunderland may cause serious falling out with best mate.... :?

    Rach x
  14. stephen2001

    stephen2001 Member

    I remember Ipswich competing in the UEFA Cup the season after they were relegated to Division 1. This was only a couple of seasons ago though.
    As for a 2nd Division club taking part, I can't see any problem. Tranmere's ground probably has much better facilities than some Eastern European grounds they might end up going to!
  15. johnmartin

    johnmartin Active Member

    Even if a nationwide clubs ground isn't up to UEFA standard they can play their home games at another stadium anyway. UEFA don't have a problem with this. As it stands I believe the winners of the nationwide semi-final will qualify for the UEFA cup assuming both Arsenal and Man Utd qualify for the Champions League. The qualifying criteria are agreed between UEFA and the FA, in conjunction with the Premier League, at the start of the season.
  16. PeterBale

    PeterBale Moderator Staff Member

    Didn't Barry Town compete in Europe a few seasons ago?
  17. yorkie19

    yorkie19 Active Member

    And some Western European grounds too!
  18. dyl

    dyl Active Member

    Well they turned up - not sure they competed that well though! ;)

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