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Semi Final Memories

Semi Final Memories: West Bromwich Albion 2008

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West Brom fans still fill cheated by defeat in the 2008 semi-final to a Portsmouth team living way, way beyond its means, writes Frank Heaven.

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Spring 2008 was a strange time in our recent history.

The good times were still just about rolling, but the first ominous rumbles of the looming financial thunderstorm could be heard.

Semi Final Memories: Plymouth Argyle 1984

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Second up in this week's series looking back to non-top flight appearances in the FA Cup semi finals, we look back 31 years to a time when George Reilly broke Devonian hearts. Here's Roger Willis:

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In 1984 I was in my first year of higher education and living in Gloucester, Mrs Thatcher bestrode British politics like a colossus and unfashionable, unfancied, unlikely Plymouth Argyle made it to .

Semi Final Memories: Cardiff City 2008

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This Saturday, Reading will take the field against Arsenal in the club's first FA Cup Semi Final since 1927 against a team that has scored no fewer than 16 goals against the Royals in the three most recent meetings between the clubs and famously overturned a 4 goal deficit to win 7-5 in the first of these.

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Video: Brendan Rodgers recalls Wembley being called Anfield South

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Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers has been casting his mind back over childhood FA Cup memories ahead of this weekend's semi-final against...

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FA Cup Semi-Final Preview: Aston Villa vs Liverpool

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Liverpool resume their quest to cap a transitional season with silverware when they visit Wembley Stadium for an FA Cup semi-final clash with Aston...

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Why the FA Cup needs Arsenal and Liverpool to play in the final

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Why the FA Cup needs Arsenal and Liverpool to play in the final - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

With Chelsea looking increasingly likely to lift this season's Premier League and having already won the Capital One Cup, the FA Cup is the last piece of domestic silverware up for grabs.

The historic competition's semi-finals take place this weekend, with Liverpool going head-to-head with an improved Aston Villa and Arsenal facing Reading.

Photos: Liverpool training ahead of Aston Villa semi-final

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Liverpool vs Aston Villa Preview, Possible Lineups & Key Stats

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Liverpool vs Aston Villa Preview, Possible Lineups & Key Stats - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Two Premier League sides do battle at Wembley Stadium this weekend for a place in the 2015 FA Cup final.

Nearly 24 hours will have passed between knowing who the other finalist is that the winner of this match will be facing next month as Arsenal and Reading play on Saturday.

Wenger: Theo Walcott will have a great future at Arsenal

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Wenger: Theo Walcott will have a great future at Arsenal - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Theo Walcott has yet to sign a new contract but Arsene Wenger has insisted that the England international has a bright future at Arsenal.

The 25-year-old has just over a year left on his current contract and has been linked with a summer move to Liverpool.

Semi Final Memories: Wycombe Wanderers 2001

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Next up in our semi final series, it's TTU regular Kerry Andrew @kj_funk on twitter and a supporter of one of the most unlikely teams to reach the FA Cup semi finals, Wycombe Wanderers. Throughout their history, the Chairboys have been no strangers to cup success but the FA Trophy and FA Amateur Cup triumphs of yore were as nothing compared to their run to the FA .

Video: Daniel Sturridge will be back for Aston Villa semi-final, says Liverpool boss Brendan Rodgers

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Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers says striker Daniel Sturridge will be fit to play in this weekend's FA Cup semi-final clash with Aston Villa...

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Reds Through To Wembley Semi Final

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Liverpool progressed to the semi finals of the FA Cup on Wednesday evening after a 70 minute Philippe Coutinho strike was enough to see Brendan Rodgers' side through. It was a tough game for the Reds who held a lot of possession but did little with it.

Visualized: Liverpool 1-0 Blackburn

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Previous Match Infographics: Arsenal (a), Manchester United (h). Swansea (a), Burnley (h), Manchester City (h). Besiktas (a), Southampton (a), Besiktas (h), Tottenham (h), Everton (a), West Ham (h), Chelsea (a) [League Cup], Chelsea (h) [League Cup], Villa (a), Sunderland (a), Leicester (h), Swansea (h), Burnley (a), Arsenal (h), Manchester United (a), Basel (h), Sunderland (h), Leicester (a), Stoke (h), Ludogorets (a), Crystal Palace (a), Chelsea (h), Real Madrid (a), Newcastle (a), Hull (h), Real Madrid (h), QPR (a), West Brom (h), Basel (a), Everton (h), West Ham (a), Ludogorets (h), Aston Villa (h), Tottenham (a), Manchester City (a), Southampton (h)

Match data from WhoScored.

Video: Highlights of Blackburn 0-1 Liverpool, including Philippe Coutinho’s goal

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Liverpool are through to the FA Cup semi-finals after a narrow win over Blackburn Rovers in last night's sixth-round replay at Ewood Park. A...

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Philippe Coutinho takes Liverpool to Wembley

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Philippe Coutinho takes Liverpool to Wembley - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Liverpool are off to Wembley after registering a hard earned 1-0 victory against Blackburn at Ewood Park in the FA Cup sixth-round replay on Wednesday.

Phillipe Coutinho's second half strike proved to be the difference between the two sides and the Reds will now face Aston Villa in the semi-final.

Jordan Henderson races from newborn baby to play for Liverpool at Blackburn

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Liverpool midfielder Jordan Henderson left his newborn baby daughter to captain the side in last night's FA Cup sixth round replay at Blackburn...

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Tactics Review: Blackburn 0-1 Liverpool

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Blackburn Rovers tactics Gary Bowyer packed his midfield by opting for a 4-5-1 formation, so injury doubt Rudy Gestede started on the bench with top...

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Watch Blackburn 0-1 Liverpool FA Cup quarter-final replay match highlights [VIDEO]

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Brendan Rodgers thought the much-publicized review meeting he held with Liverpool's players on Sunday paved the way for them to get back to winning ways in the FA Cup.

The Reds boss had denied a report that an internal meeting following the 4-1 defeat to Arsenal had descended into crisis talks and his players responded on the pitch by booking their spot in the FA Cup semi-finals at Wembley with a hard-fought 1-0 replay victory over Blackburn.

Watch Blackburn 0-1 Liverpool FA Cup quarter-final replay match highlights [VIDEO]

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Brendan Rodgers thought the much-publicized review meeting he held with Liverpool's players on Sunday paved the way for them to get back to winning ways in the FA Cup.

The Reds boss had denied a report that an internal meeting following the 4-1 defeat to Arsenal had descended into crisis talks and his players responded on the pitch by booking their spot in the FA Cup semi-finals at Wembley with a hard-fought 1-0 replay victory over Blackburn.

Blackburn vs Liverpool 2015 Highlights FA Cup 0-1 Coutinho Goal Video

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Photos: Philippe Coutinho gives Liverpool the lead at Blackburn

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PHOTOS: @Phil_Coutinho scores and celebrates his opening goal for #LFC against Blackburn pic.twitter.com/mgYDAamoGB Liverpool FC (@LFC) April...

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Blackburn Rovers vs Liverpool, FA Cup quarter-final replay: TV times and open thread

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Liverpool supporters dreaming of a FA Cup semi-final against Aston Villa will want to be cautious about today's quarter-final replay against Blackburn. The Rovers are a tough team to beat and feature quite a few dangerous players such as Jordan Rhodes, Rudy Gestede, Joshua King, Martin Olsson and others.

Blackburn Rovers vs Liverpool, FA Cup quarter-final replay: TV times and open thread

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Liverpool supporters dreaming of a FA Cup semi-final against Aston Villa will want to be cautious about today's quarter-final replay against Blackburn. The Rovers are a tough team to beat and feature quite a few dangerous players such as Jordan Rhodes, Rudy Gestede, Joshua King, Martin Olsson and others.

Confirmed Team News: Blackburn vs Liverpool lineups

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Blackburn team to play Liverpool TBA Rudy Gestede, Chris Brown, Simon Eastwood and Chris Taylor are all doubts while Craig Conway, Grant Hanley, Josh...

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FA Cup Preview: Blackburn vs Liverpool

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Liverpool will hope to return to winning ways when they visit Ewood Park for an FA Cup quarter-final replay against Blackburn Rovers on Wednesday....

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MATCH PREVIEW: Blackburn V Liverpool

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Liverpool travel to Blackburn on Wednesday evening as they aim to secure a place in the semi finals of the FA Cup. The Reds are still attempting to recover after a disastrous defeat to Arsenal at the weekend and with rumours of dressing room bust ups also doing the rounds, it is vital that Liverpool are focused on Wednesday in what realistically is their last hope of any glory this season.

Liverpool at Blackburn 04.08.15

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2:45pm ET, live in the US on Fox Sports 1

Last four head-to-head:
0-0 (h) 03.08.15
3-2 Liverpool (a) 04.10.12
1-1 (h) 12.26.11
1-3 Blackburn (a) 01.05.11

Last three matches:
Liverpool: 1-4 Arsenal (a); 1-2 United (h); 1-0 Swansea (a)
Blackburn: 3-0 Leeds (a); 0-1 Brighton (h); 2-3 Brentford (a)

Previous rounds:
Liverpool: 0-0 Blackburn (h); 2-1 Palace (a); 2-1 Bolton (a); 0-0 Bolton (h); 2-1 Wimbledon (a)
Blackburn: 0-0 Liverpool (a); 4-1 Stoke (h); 3-1 Swansea (h); 2-1 Charlton (a)

Goalscorers (all):
Liverpool: Gerrard, Sterling 10; Henderson 7; Coutinho, Lallana, Sturridge 5; Balotelli 4; Lambert, Markovic 3; Moreno 2; Borini, Can, Johnson, Lovren, Rossiter, Skrtel, Suso 1
Blackburn: Rhodes 17; Gestede 16; Marshall 6; King, C Taylor 4; Baptiste, Cairney, Conway 3; Duffy, Evans, Hanley, Henley, Spearing, Tunnicliffe 1

Referee: Kevin Friend

Guess at a line-up:
Mignolet
Johnson Lovren Sakho
Markovic Henderson Allen Moreno
Coutinho
Sterling Sturridge

A quarterfinal replay in the FA Cup, the last chance for any meaningful reward from this trying season.

Why Arsenal are not in the Premier League title race

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Why Arsenal are not in the Premier League title race - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

This season we have seen a new Arsenal. The Gunners have shown in several of their games that they have everything that is needed to be an all-conquering side. While their ability to play good football and win pretty was never doubt, this year has revealed a new side to them as well.

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FA Cup Semi-Final Preview: Reading vs Arsenal

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Holders Arsenal are firm favourites to reach the final when they take on out-of-form Reading in an FA Cup semi-final at Wembley Stadium on Saturday....

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Video: Arsenal’s Per Mertesacker ready for biggest game of the season vs Reading

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Arsenal defender Per Mertesacker says this weekend's FA Cup semi-final against Reading is their biggest game of the season. The Germany World...

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Video: Arsenal training ahead of Reading semi-final

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Arsenal have been preparing for their FA Cup semi-final against Reading at Wembley on Saturday with a training session at their London Colney. The...

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Arsenal vs Reading Preview, Possible Lineups & Key Stats

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Arsenal vs Reading Preview, Possible Lineups & Key Stats - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

A place in the 2015 FA Cup final is at stake as holders Arsenal take on Championship side Reading on Saturday evening.

The Gunners are the country's in-form team with 16 wins in their last 18 games in all competition.

Video: Arsene Wenger’s press conference ahead of Reading clash

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Random Great Goals: Arsenal’s Eduardo Tucks Away A Beauty One Year After His Gruesome Leg Break, 2009 (Video)

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In an attempt to buck upthe Arsenal fans among our flock on this sour day of introspection and soul-searching, we thought we'd transport them back to a happier time the day they successfully beatBurnley 3-0 in the fifth round of the FA Cup in March, 2009.

English Premier League

Top Brass Ruin Season For Second Year In A Row

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The Newcastle fans seem to be losing faith in John Carver fairly quickly, and maybe that's because he has lost six of the last seven league games and five in a row, and John sometimes seems to be in a different world when he talks to the press. Mike Ashley the way he runs [...]

If We Have Six Cup Finals Left – We’ll Lose The Lot

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After the 2-0 defeat at Liverpool last night John Carver was positive again and we suppose we have to be grateful for small mercies and it wasn't a 5-0 walloping that we took at Manchester City or the 3-0 hammering at Everton so 2-0 looked a fairly narrow defeat at Liverpool [...]

The Huge Disconnect Between Ashley And Newcastle Fans

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It was a strange day indeed yesterday for Newcastle United, as they released what on the surface were stellar financial results with record revenues of £129.7M and record profits of £18.7M, but the odd thing was the talking point was that there was close to £30M costs for last year not yet accounted for in [.

Reading

Gymnastic Pitch Invader Manages Four Front Somersaults Before Being Escorted Away By Reading Stewards (Video)

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By Chris Wright

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Reading comprehensively put paid to Bradford City's impressive FA Cup run at the second time of asking last night with a 3-0 victory in the quarter-final replay at the Madjeski.

However, performance of the night probably belonged to the interloperwho managed to hurdle his way onto the pitch and perform a stunning gymnastic sequence of four front roly-poliesbefore being dragged off by a horde of fluorescent orange coats.

Reading vs Bradford 3-0 Highlights 2015 FA Cup McCleary Mackie Morais Goals Red Card Video

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Aston Villa Fan Lands Surprise FA Cup Semi-Final Ticket Thanks To Best Grandad In Whole Wide World (Photo)

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By Chris Wright

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When Aston Villa bookedthemselves a berth in the FA Cup semi-finals with a win over West Brom in the quarters last month, the frenzied race for tickets began.

Thinking he was going to miss out on the festivities against Liverpool this weekend, Villa fanTom McGowan received anoteaddressed to him yesterday.