THE HALF DECENT FOOTBALL MAGAZINE

The FA Cup final of 1996 is remembered for Eric Cantona's last-minute winner and Liverpool's terrible white suits. When previewing the tournament at the semi-final stage in WSC 112, Dave Cohen hoped Chelsea would meet Liverpool in the final, making the match a contest between teams from the north and south: "The North-South FA Cup final encapsulates those deeply-rooted prejudices and differences that make us the country we are." As the Manchester clubs contest the Premier League and clubs from Liverpool and London compete for a place in this year's Cup final, rivalries now seem to be more pronounced within cities than between the regions. Football culture, the economy and the country have moved forward and stood still in ways that were unimaginable 16 years ago.

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Comment by ale 2012-04-13 22:43:13

This season semi finals are largely a vagary of the FA cup draw..the two Manchester clubs played each other in the 3rd round and the winners then went to Liverpool...

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