Like Paul Daniels’ circular saw, the Canesten Combi Cup group stages almost ended the magic.
Seven of the eight teams to qualify for the quarter finals are in riding high in the top half of the league.
It was left to Hairy Fadjeetas to tear up the form book and represent the bottom half.
Despite losing their final group game to Vasco De Beauvoir, Fadjeetas edged through by a whisker on goal difference.
The Bikini Lane faithful will be glued to their radios live for next Friday night’s transfer window, when their side will be drawn in the knock-out stages.
The team have struggled this term with Andrey Asharvin and Fernando Torres performances leaving them in danger of going down.
“With our lacklustre efforts in the league and our marquee signings failing to make an impact, we need the Canesten Combi,” said the Fadjeetas boss to his local pharmacist.
“The other seven teams are all strong and we’ll have some pretty stiff competition to deal with, but I can tell them that now we’ll take some licking if they want to get through.”