Congratulations to all those who have made progress in cups this week. Among the giant-killers are Curzon Ashton beating Exeter, but the big result has to be Burnley's defeat of Chelsea at Stamford Bridge. OK, it wasn't a full-strength Chelsea team, but Drogba, Kalou, Malouda, Alex and Deco are hardly push-overs. And the received wisdom is that teams from lower leagues get tired by the pace of the Preiership game. Sadly for Chelsea, Burnley held out and kept their nerve - even in a penalty shoot out. Apparently Drogba's goal was the first they have conceded in this competition. Not a bad record, then.
Was also pleased to see Eastwood Town go through to Round 2 of the FA cup on Saturday, beating Brackley. Eastwood are in the Unibond Premier Division - only 3 more promotions needed for League 2 football, then! I was a curate near Eastwood (DH Lawrence country), and I remember the ground, although I never went along to see them in action. It must be the greatest football achievement the team has seen, and their reward is a home tie with Wycombe. They must fancy their chances of a Third round game with a premiership side.
Apparently Jeff Astle and Tony Woodcock, both England internationals came from Eastwood, so there is some football pedigree in the area.