The curious case of the Hillingdon Borough Curse!
When Liverpool face Brighton in the FA Cup Fifth Round on the weekend of February 18th, who would have thought that Hillingdon Borough would have an influence on the match! But that is exactly how things have panned out, as the Hillingdon Borough Curse stretches to sixteen matches.
It all started at the very beginning of the 2010-11 FA Cup tournament, when Borough lost 3-0 away at Haringey Borough in the Extra Preliminary Round. Since then, the team that has won the match that stems from this original tie goes on to be knocked out in the next round. The next fixture in this sequence is the match at Anfield.
The full list of results so far is as follows:
Extra Preliminary Round: Haringey Borough 3-0 Hillingdon Borough 0
Preliminary Round: Burnham Ramblers 5-1 Haringey Borough
First Qualifying Round: Burnham Ramblers 0-3 Chesham United
Second Qualifying round: Wealdstone 4-1 Chesham United (replay)
Third Qualifying Round: Wealdstone 1-2 Met Police (AET replay)
Fourth Qualifying Round: Met Police 0-2 Hendon (replay)
First Round Proper: Chelmsford City 3-2 Hendon
Second Round: Wycombe Wanderers 3-1 Chelmsford City
Third Round: Wycombe Wanderers 0-1 Hereford United
Fourth Round: Sheffield Wednesday 4-1 Hereford United
Fifth Round: Birmingham City 3-0 Sheffield Wednesday
Quarter Final: Birmingham City 2-3 Bolton Wanderers
Semi Final: Bolton Wanderers 0-5 Stoke City
Final: Manchester City 1-0 Stoke City
Now, as Manchester City won the tournament, and don’t enter the tournament until the third round, that is where the “curse” picked up from this season:
Third Round Proper: Manchester City 2-3 Manchester United
Fourth Round: Liverpool 2-1 Manchester United
Fifthe Round: Liverpool v Brighton & Hove Albion
So, there you have it. Irrefutable proof that Brighton will beat Liverpool in the fifth round! It is an unbelievable coincidence that this run of results would turn up, the odds must be astronomical. Surely, surely, it won’t continue at Anfield on Sunday, February 19th? The game is being broadcast live on ESPN, so be sure to watch it for yourself!