April 10, 2024


Andy Dunn rages over FA announcement for Everton, ‘unimaginative, depressing’

Andy Dunn has blasted broadcasters for deciding to show Crystal Palace versus Everton on television in the third round of the FA Cup.


On 7 December, the FA announced the third-round games that will be shown on live TV. All of them include Premier League clubs and half of them are all-Premier League ties.


Maidstone United, Eastleigh and Chesterfield atre three non-league clubs who’ve made it to the third round while Aldershot could have a trip to West Brom and Alfreton could play Southampton if they win their upcoming replays. Scarborough Athletic were also in the hat but are still to play their first-round match versus Forest Green Rovers.


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Dunn has blasted the dullness of the draw and has particularly hit out at the Palace v Everton fixture for the fact that it’s a top-flight tie and also the fact it’s being played on a Thursday night.


Writing in the Sunday Mirror on 10 December (page 61), Dunn said: “If anyone from the terrestrial TV channels tries to bang on about the magic of the FA Cup, point them in the direction of the third-round schedule.


“Between them, the BBC and ITV are showing six ties live… and all six involve Premier League clubs. Three are all-Premier League ties.


“It is predictable, unimaginative, faintly depressing. No wonder the great old competition has long lost its shine.


“Crystal Palace versus Everton, Thursday 8pm? Never mind the huge inconvenience to any travelling supporters, it is the most ordinary of cup draws imaginable.


“Half of these Premier League teams will probably play reserve teams anyway.”





We’re not sure if it’s the broadcasters or the FA who have decided these games but the fact that some of the lower league teams have made it this far and won’t be shown on TV is a farce.


Even away from the non-league clubs, some of the ties like Shrewsbury v Wrexham or Plymouth v Sutton United sound better than some of the ones selected.

Sunderland versus Newcastle, fair enough. And maybe Arsenal versus Liverpool too as they are the top-two teams in the league. But the other four are dull and uninspired, as Dunn says.


Everton fans will watch the game and are probably happy about that as it means they won’t have to go down to South London on Thursday night just after the Christmas and New Year period ends.


But then the attendance might not be as great as it could be and we all know how the fans can pump energy into this bunch of players.


All in all, it’s an awful selection of fixtures. No one outside of Palace or Everton will want to watch this game and if they do watch it, it’ll be because nothing better is on.

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