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Strange things are happening in televised sport. The top TV event of the weekend is the women’s FA Cup final, which will be broadcast live on BBC2. It promises to be a belter: Birmingham City take on Manchester City at Wembley, and if the traditional roar will have a higher pitch than usual, it will be no less fervent.
And the TV ratings will be hefty, too. It’s possible more people will watch the women’s final than the men’s Premier League coverage. The BBC’s best audience for a women’s match was 1.9 million for a Euro qualifier last year; the average audience for a Premier League match on Sky is 1.3 million
Manchester City Women’s Football Club begin the FA Cup final on Saturday with memories of last year still serving to galvanise them. When we sat down at the beginning of the season, we spoke about the FA Cup,” said midfielder Jill Scott.
“Last year getting beaten in the semi-final, in the last minute of injury time, it was heartbreaking, but I think that