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Many cup competitions use the knock-out format which means that if a team beats another side they pass to the next round while the loser is knocked out and does not play again. If a team wins a couple of matches in this kind of competition (the FA Cup in England, for example) we say they are ‘on a cup run‘ – they have managed to win a couple of games. Fans at the start of the season hope for a good cup run – they want to see their team make progress in the competition. A cup run
- Example: Hull City enjoyed a great FA Cup run in 2014 when they managed to reach the final for the first time in the club’s history.
- Example: Spurs have not had a good cup run since 2010 when they reached the FA Cup semi-final.
- Example: Lower-league clubs hope for a good cup run as it can bring them increased revenue (and glory!)