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(From Leicester Mercury)
Byline: BIRCH ON THE BALL
There is nothing like the FA Cup anywhere in the world. Some say that the influx of overseas players over the last 15 years has diminished the FA Cup because they don't consider their cup competitions big deals on the continent.
But you ask anyone who sat by their TVs as kids and have been brought up on the FA Cup how special it is, and it remains so.
I was lucky enough to play in the FA Cup and it is special. I never got that FA Cup winner's medal that every football-mad young kid dreams of.
I played against all types of different teams, from old Division One sides to non-league and all City …