FA Cup third-round replays take place this week, with English football clubs still recovering from a hectic festive schedule and looking to concentrate on the second half of an already congested season.
Yes, the FA Cup is the oldest football competition in the world, and folks are rather tetchy about messing with established traditions. However, replays are clearly an unnecessary and avoidable inconvenience in the modern calendar.
Here are some alternative—and extremely entertaining—measures of settling deadlocked FA Cup ties that do not involve 90 minutes of gruelling play on a cold Tuesday night in Preston.
If you like any of the ideas, please write to the FA immediately and demand change.