On Saturday March 21st, Newcastle should be competing for a chance to go to Wembley.
The Magpies were set to face Manchester City in the FA Cup quarter final, but the game has now been postponed.
It is not known when the football will return, with the English game currently suspended until the start of April. But it seems unlikely that things will be back to normal by April 4th.
Uncertainty surrounds the world right now. But in our little bubble, the uncertainty of football is surreal.
There is talk of cancelling the season or making the Premier League bigger. There’s multiple theories but nothing concrete as of yet.
But what should happen to this season’s FA Cup?
Cancel the cup
Newcastle fans are desperate to go to Wembley.
The only time we’ve played at the new national stadium is in the Premier League during Tottenham’s brief spell there.
But in the FA or League Cup, we haven’t came close to reaching the latter stages most seasons.
In fact, this was set to be our first FA Cup quarter final appearance since 2006.
But our Wembley dreams should be put on hold. The FA should make the decision to cancel this season’s competition.
While the Toon Army dream of going to Wembley, the FA Cup isn’t the most important competition to sort out.
The Premier League and Football League should be the priority. There are too many financial ramifications in comparison to the FA Cup.
Cancelling the league seasons would be incredibly harsh. Teams in the Championship have invested huge sums of money to attempt to win promotion.
There is less at stake with the FA Cup. Sure a place in Europe is on the line as well as a piece of silverware, but the clubs remaining won’t rely on the possible financial reward.
If football can return, the season must be completed. But the cups can’t be the priority. They should be scrapped to free up time to complete league fixtures.
It would be a blow for Newcastle fans, but it would make reaching Wembley in the future all the more special.