‘It’s completely unfair’ – Tottenham FA Cup hero joins campaign to save replays

Tottenham’s FA Cup final hero Paul Stewart has joined a campaign to save replays following the announcement that they will be axed from next season.

The 59-year-old, who played alongside Gary Lineker in one of the most memorable finals of all time, scored as Spurs beat Nottingham Forest in 1991 despite Paul Gascoigne being withdrawn. The 2-1 win gave the north London side a then-record eighth FA Cup victory.

Stewart spoke as fan groups warned the decision to scrap the lucrative replays would have a devastating impact on communities.

“They should revive these replays,” he told the Mirror, which is running the campaign. “Clubs in the English Football League have been devastated by this. I deal with them as part of my job. They were not properly consulted.

“Replays are the opportunity to get big days for them and help grow the communities around them. It’s completely unfair to do this to struggling clubs, to help the wealthy elite.”

The Mirror’s mission to prevent the loss of FA Cup replays has won notable support from former England stars Peter Reid and Malcolm Macdonald, as well as football royalty such as Sir Bobby, Jack Charlton and the families of Nobby Stiles.

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