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25/01/2013 16:13, Report by Nick Coppack
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Fans to create Cup classic

Manchester United and a number of supporters’ groups are determined to make this Saturday’s FA Cup fourth round match against Fulham a day to remember.

Old Trafford’s public address system will be pumping out classic United tunes in the lead-up to kick-off and during half-time, including fan favourites Come On You Reds, Onward Sexton’s Soldiers and the United Calypso.

Supporters can play their part, too, and are being encouraged to bring along their old “barcode” scarves to help celebrate the Reds’ rich FA Cup history.

There's also a fans' march planned, which will start at the Bishop Blaize pub on Chester Road and head towards the ground at 17:00 GMT. The march will move down Sir Matt Busby Way and circle the ground before fans peel off to enter the stadium and continue singing once inside.

Reds songsmith Pete Boyle, who’s credited with inventing a number of popular terrace anthems down the years, says he hopes the initiatives help to create an atmosphere reminiscent of some of Old Trafford’s best FA Cup ties.

"It's sad that some of the magic of the FA Cup has been lost in recent years," Boyle said. "There's so much emphasis placed on the Premier League and the Champions League nowadays, so the FA Cup comes in third on the list of priorities for many fans.

"To me and thousands of other United supporters, though, it's a special competition. I remember, as a six-year-old, going to every game from the fourth round onwards when we won the cup in 1977.

"Since then we've had plenty of great FA Cup memories and many people still claim it was the FA Cup that saved Sir Alex's job in 1990. And just try telling the likes of Norman Whiteside, who never won

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