Growing up as a child, my father worked for cigarette pedlars, Rothmans. My older brother and sister took advantage of the free fags that filled our garage, but for me, as a 7-year-old, the biggest perk of my old man’s job was the annual delivery of the Rothmans Football Yearbook, a tome stacked full of amazing facts and figures about the English game. In our house, we had a collection of these books dating back to the mid-seventies, and I used to pour over the data within them. Towards the back of each edition, would be a section devoted to the previous season’s FA Cup results, where you could trace back through the matches, and see at what point your team had been dumped out of the competition. One of my favourite games was to go back through the rounds and work out which team was the unluckiest in the competition. This I defined as the team who got knocked out in the very first round, but subsequently, the team who had knocked them out, also got beaten in the very next round, and so on. Effectively, this team set off a chain reaction of disastrous, losing results, culminating in the team who eventually lost the final.
Today, I’d like to redefine the club with this dubious honour, and present to you, the Winners of the 2010/11 Reverse FA Cup: Hillingdon Borough FC. Hillingdon Borough won the Final, in August 2010, thanks to a comfortable 0-3 defeat at the hands of Haringey Borough, in front of a bumper crowd of 62.