West Ham United striker Andy Carroll controls the ball. West Ham United have won the FA Cup three times – 1964, 19745 and 1980. The club’s 1980 victory was the last time a lower-tier club managed to secure the trophy. Photo: AFP West Ham United striker Andy Carroll controls the ball. West Ham United have won the FA Cup three times – 1964, 19745 and 1980. The club’s 1980 victory was the last time a lower-tier club managed to secure the trophy. Photo: AFP
West Ham United striker Andy Carroll controls the ball. West Ham United have won the FA Cup three times – 1964, 19745 and 1980. The club’s 1980 victory was the last time a lower-tier club managed to secure the trophy. Photo: AFP
Peter Simpson
Opinion

Opinion

Home and Away by Peter Simpson

FA Cup minnows could be swimming with big fish, literally

Eastleigh, the only non-league club left, roll out the welcome mat for Bolton Wanderers in David v Goliath match-up

West Ham United striker Andy Carroll controls the ball. West Ham United have won the FA Cup three times – 1964, 19745 and 1980. The club’s 1980 victory was the last time a lower-tier club managed to secure the trophy. Photo: AFP West Ham United striker Andy Carroll controls the ball. West Ham United have won the FA Cup three times – 1964, 19745 and 1980. The club’s 1980 victory was the last time a lower-tier club managed to secure the trophy. Photo: AFP
West Ham United striker Andy Carroll controls the ball. West Ham United have won the FA Cup three times – 1964, 19745 and 1980. The club’s 1980 victory was the last time a lower-tier club managed to secure the trophy. Photo: AFP
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Peter Simpson

Peter Simpson

Peter Simpson is a China-UK based journalist and the SCMP’s former Beijing 2008 Olympics news editor. He has covered major international news and sporting events, most recently the London 2012 Olympics and Euro 2012 in Poland and Ukraine. Peter is a Premier League season ticket holder at newly promoted Southampton FC.