One of our regular visitors to The Mag has challenged The FA to take Newcastle United to task for playing a weakened team in third round of the FA Cup against Leicester.

John Carver having stated he would be playing as strong a team as possible before then making seven changes to his team, an amazing turnout of 4,300+ travelling United fans making their feelings known to Carver at the end of the match.

the faOur correspondent wrote to The FA and below we publish what he sent and the response back from the governing body.

Subject: The FA Cup

I emailed this time last year (after 3rd round defeat to Cardiff) re Newcastle United’s poor team selection and lack of effort, plus publicly coming out twice and informing the official fans forum that the club do not take the FA Cup seriously.

You highlighted (in your reply last season) it was a squad game but took every query very seriously and are monitoring it.

Well, after promising the fans they would put a strong team out, they backtracked and didn’t actually do this v Leicester in front of 4400 (travelling) Newcastle fans.

How long are you, the FA Cup committee, going to allow this to go on after several years of it and can you officially consider a warning or write to the club for clarification, this has gone on too far.  



….and the reply from The FA;


Thank you for contacting the Football Association.

The FA are satisfied that Newcastle did field a team at their full available strength for the fixture in question.

We do appreciate all of the feedback we receive from supporters. This feedback is collated and used to build a picture of public opinion and is subsequently fed back internally within the organisation. Please rest assured your comments will form part of this feedback process.

Kind regards

Simon Bower | Customer Relations

The Football Association

Wembley Stadium, Wembley, London, HA9 0WS

Postal address: Wembley Stadium, PO Box 1966, London, SW1P 9EQ

T 0800 169 1863 (option 3)| F 0844 980 0666

[email protected] | 

We published an excellent article on Saturday comparing Alan Pardew’s Palace Cup team selection to what had happened at Newcastle in recent years. In last three years Newcastle United have made five, seven and seven changes to their team for the FA Cup third round, read that article HERE.

  • RobBrown

    This is soooo funny!

    While you are at it why not ask the FA why the pies were cold, or why the wind was blowing in the wrong direction.

    Some fans really do think they are special, don’t they,

  • Carver for North Korea

    The FA are like everybody else in modern day football Money Money Money They couldn’t give a Toss about the Fans U0001f4b0 U0001f4b0 U0001f4b0

  • Carver for North Korea

    RobBrown  They are !!!

  • vbhgft

    Smithfield you really are pitiful. Unbelievable, yet again.

  • Bornunderabigbluestar

    Its in the FAs interests to create “cup shocks” with the minnows, that
    is their main marketing point as it gets everyone talking. Do you think
    it was a coincidence FA cup 3rd round came after 4 premier games in 13
    days? They want to even things out, create lower league interest and this in turn creates more
    marketing money, money money.

  • Demented_Man

    RobBrown Mick McCarthy was fined while manager of Wolves for doing what Newcastle do every season.

  • howaymebonnylads

    letter probably filed in the bin

  • Gillo81

    Although we all know that NUFC have a poor stance when it comes to cups, I would be keen to see a a team sheet from the subsequent game to the cup game for each of the last few seasons as well as noting the time between the cup game and next league game.
    I have no doubt that we rotate our squad more than necessary but it would be interesting to see what percentage of rested players returned and rotated players were retained in the team.
    I know at chelsea this year the facts were far from favorable to the hierarchy but is that the same each year?

  • RobBrown

    Carver for North Korea RobBrown No mate – I didn’t mean that kind of special

  • SusanCommon

    Gillo81 it was pretty obvious v leicester it was done on purpose with so many changes. i won’t criticise pardew in some respects as he can only put out what is available to him but i believe he has made up many lies about players being injured so its impossible to genuinely judge him on that theory because when the club says someone is injured we fans have no way of proving they are not injured, however, recently from memory brighton (2nd time) was a weakened team including an injured cisse who playerd the following week. Also, cisse was on the bench (until 75mins) away to man u in leg cup. stevenage we had some of our best players on the bench. Peterborough in leg cup not under Pardew but still under ashley we took a bus load of kids with Smith on the bench and had one header on target in the whole game. Correct me if i am wrong i just remember this as was at games

  • Mark McGuinness

    Typical lily livered response from the “sweet FA”.
    It won’t ever happen, but it’s gotta be time toon fans started boycotting cup games

  • Sickandtiredstill

    vbhgft You still Trolling? I am going to post you’re high brow stuck up bollox everywhere I can.