Of course, while the gap between the rich and the poor gets bigger, this means that upsets or culture clashes are even more tantalising for football fans. The 2017 FA Cup may have ended up with an Arsenal triumph, stopping Chelsea from doing the double, but for many football fans, it was a tournament when the magic of the Cup came back to the fore.

The run of Sutton FC, overcoming AFC Wimbledon and Leeds United before being rewarded with a tie against Arsenal, reminded many people of how exciting and unique football is at non-league level. The sight of players such as Theo Walcott and Alexis Sánchez stepping onto the field in this cramped stadium with excited fans packed into the stands was a reminder of what made us all fall in love with football. In the end, the class of Arsenal made the difference, but it was only a 2-0 victory for the FA Premier League side, and the non-league side gave a very good account of themselves on a match that was shown live on the BBC.

Sutton’s reserve goalkeeper also made a name for himself that night, and while not everyone likes to gamble on football, it is part and parcel of the modern game. Some of the best sports betting sites UK fans can choose from only enhance interest in the game, ensuring that there is something to cheer for in every match.

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