York City Supporters’ Trust are appalled by the unilateral decision taken by the Football Association (The FA) and The Premier League regarding the future of the FA Cup. It is disgraceful for fundamental changes to be made to our country’s flagship competition without, it seems, any consultation outside of The Premier League.

To us the FA Cup is Magic because of replays against Newcastle and Liverpool, fixture congestion never bothered us. The removal of replays from the first round erodes part of what makes the FA Cup special.

Making the decision seemingly without any voice outside of the Premier League threatens the integrity of our game, confirming that an Independent Football Regulator with genuine powers cannot come quickly enough. The status quo of backroom deals that prioritise the ‘big six’ and their billionaire owners must stop.

To The FA and The Premier League, we say this, Football is not yours. Pause your plans now, consult the pyramid and everyone this decision affects.


About York City Supporters’ Trust

Established in 2002, York City Supporters Trust is a not-for-profit Community Benefit Society, regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority. We were formed to protect the long-term future of the football club and represent the interests of the fans. We are also 49% shareholders in York City Football Club Ltd.