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FA Cup excites Burnley defender Clarke Carlisle

Clarke Carlisle
Carlisle has made 145 appearances for Burnley

Burnley defender Clarke Carlisle believes the FA Cup has lost none of its prestige.

The Clarets will book their place in the quarter-finals if they beat Premier League strugglers West Ham United at Upton Park on Monday.

"It is certainly the epitome of domestic club football," Carlisle, 31, told BBC Radio Lancashire.

"The chance to progress in this competition means not only a lot to me but to everyone at the club.

It is almost a century since Burnley's only FA Cup Final success when they beat Liverpool 1-0 in 1914.

And despite only 7,500 turning up for Wigan's fourth round replay with Bolton on Wednesday, Carlisle says the cup still has its own unique appeal.

The whole idea and notion behind the FA Cup is that anyone can play anyone and that dream tie can happen

Burnley defender Clarke Carlisle

"Every footballer grew up dreaming of playing in the final at Wembley," he said.

"As a player nothing would delight me more than playing in an FA Cup Final. None of our zest and passion for this competition has abated.

"In the current climate you can understand why the public can't afford to come and watch so many games on top of the normal domestic season. But in context of the position of the tournament it's the foremost domestic club competition in the world, and I don't think that will ever change."

There are suggestions the format of the competition could be changed with leading clubs being seeded.

But it is not an option the former Watford man agrees with.

"I think it would seriously devalue the competition and take way that air that it has," he said.

"The whole idea and notion behind the FA Cup is that anyone can play anyone and that dream tie can happen, just like it did with Crawley going to Manchester United.

"But I'm not going to say whether anyone's devaluing the cup because in my eyes it hasn't been devalued at all."



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