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The new Wembley Stadium, home of the FA Cup

The FA Cup is the oldest club football competition in the world and for most of its history it has been the most prestigious. It is a knock out competition open to eight levels of English football clubs from the Premier League at the top to Football Conference (North) and (South) at the bottom. It was first held in 1871-72 and the final was watched by 2000 fans at the Kennington Oval in London.

The FA Cup became synonymous with the twin towers of Wembley’s old stadium from 1923 when the 127,000 purpose built stadium opened its doors for the infamous White Horse Final. Operating a pay-at-the-gate system, officials seriously underestimated interest in the final at the new stadium heralded the ‘world’s greatest sporting arena’ and it is thought around 240,000 people crammed through the turnstiles. Crowds overflowed onto the pitch which became defined by the where the crowds stopped after being pushed back by Billy the white horse and his mounted police rider.

In the days before satellite TV, the final was beamed around the world and was one of very few live football matches that could be seen on television. This accessibility combined with the romantic notion that part-time footballers and players at lowly clubs might have the opportunity to play and beat the stars of the world’s most popular sport made the FA Cup one of the world’s greatest sporting competitions.

Betting on football has always been popular and bookmakers FA Cup ante-post markets were always well supported. After betting shops were legalised in the 1961, FA Cup final day would see crowds queuing in betting shops to place their bets on the game.

The advent of Sky and satellite television has seen the FA Cup being surpassed in popularity, in viewing figures, attendance and betting turnover by the Premier League in England and the Champions League in Europe although it still retains huge interest among millions of grass roots football fans around the world.

Free Football Bets for the FA Cup

New customers signing up with online bookmakers will qualify for their introductory free bet offers which can be used to bet on football. You will be able to place your free FA Cup bet on any of a wide variety of FA Cup betting markets ranging from outright winner of the FA Cup, the individual match outcome, first goalscorer, correct score and many more special football markets. Some of the best bookmakers offer over 50 betting markets on an individual FA Cup match up to kick off with just as many in-play betting markets if you fancy a bet while you are watching during the game.

There is a lot of competition between bookmakers and with so much interest in football betting and on FA Cup weekends there are some good opportunities to receive more free football bets after the initial introductory free bet offers have been exhausted. There are a variety of offers and promotions that can reward you with free FA Cup or football bets by way of a consolation or refund. Typical free bet refunds are given if a game ends goalless, a named player scores the last goal, if the winning goal is scored late in the game after a specified time. This is not an exhaustive list as online bookmakers are constantly coming up with new circumstances under which to give unlucky losers a free football bet and in most instances the free bet can be used for any sport.

Betting tips for the FA Cup

If you are going to the game, it is possible to place a bet on your mobile phone and most online bookmakers have special mobile friendly versions of their websites or specially developed mobile phone and smartphone applications to make the website easy to browse and place a bet while you are out and about. It is worth mentioning because some online bookmakers will give you a free bet for trying out their mobile service, even if you already hold an account with them.

If you like a regular flutter on the FA Cup and other football betting events then its worth considering having accounts with a number of online bookmakers. Free FA Cup bets give you an excellent chance to increase your winnings or the opportunity to bet a winner without risking your own money. You also get the opportunity to conveniently shop around for the best odds which will also help boost your winnings compared to sticking to the same bookmaker for all your football bets.

One of the most traditional football bets is an accumulator where the punter tries to pick four, five, six or more winning teams and they all must win to get a return. Despite the vast number of football betting markets now available, betting on football accumulators is still very popular and more tempting on FA Cup day when some of the bigger teams look certainties against lower league minnows. A word of caution, the FA Cup got much of its romance from some of the giant killing acts over years and there is nearly always a shock result. That’s great for football, every true football fan will agree, but what a blow when it flattens your accumulator.

Bestfreebets recommends you look for an online bookmaker that will offer you a free FA Cup bet refund if one team beats your accumulator or even adds an extra bonus if your accumulator is successful. The bookmaker reviews at bestfreebets provide details of regular football promotions offered by the best online bookmakers and will also point out those bookmakers who change offers regularly but are worth looking at for extra value from your betting.

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