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  • "on thesubject of the fa cup can older fans remember the days before sky took over football that the fa obliged clubs to play their strongest side in it or face a fine nowadays premier clubs admit the cup is well down their list of priorities and they only field s strong side if they are paired with premier opposition. just watched west ham res get stuffed by forest and though forest played well the win would have meant more if it had been against a west ham first eleven. fans buy tickets in the expectation that they are going to see their team take on the opponents first eleven and to field a reserve side is taking money under false pretences. it would maybe help if the fa ruled that they had to field at least 8 of the previous weeks league team or not be allowed to enter the cup the next year, but this is very unlikely as the fa only flexes its muscles where small club are involved."
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Oxford United discover potential FA Cup opponents

Oxford Mail: Oxford United discover potential FA Cup opponents Oxford United discover potential FA Cup opponents

THE winner of Oxford United's FA Cup tie with Charlton Athletic will be away to Huddersfield Town in the fourth round.

It would mean tough back-to-back away trips to Championship opposition if Chris Wilder's men can reach the last 32.

The original tie with Charlton was due to be played yesterday, but was called off due to a waterlogged pitch.

It has been rearranged for Wednesday evening, but the Addicks have already raised doubts over whether the playing surface will be playable by then.

The fourth round tie is scheduled to be played on Saturday, January 25.

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