Kentish Express Ashford & District - - POINTS OF VIEW -

This week­end used to be one of the most ea­gerly an­tic­i­pated in the foot­ball cal­en­dar.

And while some of the magic of the FA Cup has been shed over the years, the third round, with the po­ten­tial of pit­ting min­now against gi­ant, still re­tains a spe­cial place for many.

League One Gilling­ham en­ter­tain Pre­mier League Cardiff City on Satur­day – the only Kent team left in the con­test – but the de­sire to progress in the world’s most fa­mous club com­pe­ti­tion will not be di­min­ished.

Not least be­cause of the fi­nan­cial re­wards smaller clubs can ben­e­fit from.

We take a look back at some of the clas­sic FA Cup games in­volv­ing our lo­cal teams over the years – not all from the third round – as a re­minder to just how this com­pe­ti­tion can still leave mem­o­ries which last for­ever.

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