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Cup Fever Pitch!

Now I knew that the big fours dominance of the cup went way back, but I little snippet from Saturdays Currant Bun by Greavsie caught my eye.
Greavsie bemoans the fact that the cup is mere trinket passed around by the Premiership big boys. At his time of writing 2 were still active in this years cup, Manu have now been dispatched by our own boys, Barnsley have done the business against Chelsea, magic still alive? Paul Daniels couldn't have done it himself.

History shows that since Wimbledon 20 years ago, only 6 other winners have got their filthy rich hands on the cup,the usual 4 and Everton and Spurs. Before the Premiership was founded there was 14 different winners in 19 years, well the monopoly has been broken.

Out of the 6 teams still in the draw, West Brom are the most recent winners (1968), then Pompey as recent as 1939, Cardiff 1927, and Barnsley back in 1912. 'Boro and Bristol are still waiting, although Boro did lose a final with Juninho and all in 1997, in fact with a League cup win in 2004 you could say they have the best pedigree of the teams left.
The Pirates have already reached as far as they ever have, a quarter-final spot is real achievement, but the way this cup has gone, who would bet against another leap forward?
Greavsie goes on to say 'For the cup's sake and future, I really hope one of them takes the cup home', wish granted Greavsie.

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Writer: paultsmouth Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Sunday March 9 2008

Time: 10:16AM

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I don't care who wins now, as long as they have a "P" in their name!
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09/03/2008 10:18:00

Do you think Everton, Villa, Blackburn and City will be rooting for Pompey now?
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09/03/2008 10:19:00

I'm a United fan,and I certainly am.
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09/03/2008 10:31:00

who would have thought that the league would 'only' offer 1 european place this season - as looks likely... the european push is going to look even harder now for everyone isnt it - i'll happily take 9th if 'when' we win the cup :-) it is good for the game that it will be a different winner, its also good for the cup as it brings back that magic, some say it has lost.
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09/03/2008 10:33:00

Very gracious of you SLF, do you think your manager is?
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09/03/2008 10:34:00

probably not.I get tickets EVERY year for the cup final,through my local amateur club,and obviously I wish my team were going to be at Wembley,but I'm glad none of the other "top four" will be there either. Its going to be the best day out for years this time,and I'm truly rooting for you lot(nothing to do with the 5 I had on you to win it at 25/1 in December!)
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09/03/2008 10:39:00

Hope you guys go on to win it! It's nothing more than your excellent club and tremendous support deserves. Well in lads and good luck. (Another Gooner)
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09/03/2008 10:46:00

sorry chaps - we're sticking with Barnsley on Vital CHELSEA :-)
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09/03/2008 11:35:00

Merlin - I think you are on your own there all others want a Pompey win.
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09/03/2008 11:43:00

Its good that a team for outside of the big 4 will get the trip to Wembley twice. Merlin i dont blame you for rooting for them, i hope Arsenal win the European Cup!! Only joking, Chelsea will win something this year i am sure.
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09/03/2008 13:02:00

Shaun Custis of the Sun has been on Sunday Supplement has come out and said the cup is now dead, because none of the big 4 is in it the commercial side won't be as great, what a load of bolox!
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09/03/2008 13:14:00

How cares how wants us to win or not. Thw country was behind us to beat the mancs but I imagine now everyone will want Barnsley. Who cares.
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09/03/2008 15:12:00

yep i saw that muppet and his thoughts - total rubbish isnt it paul... we want pompey to win, thats all that matters - if others want it to then great...
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09/03/2008 16:34:00

i have a feeling people will be devided on this one. arsenal supporters, will possibly want pompey to win, and maybe a few others - but i have a feeling mostpeople would now like to see a non premiership side win it...
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09/03/2008 20:29:00

What makes you think that carpet? Won't we have all the support from ManU fans, Southampton fans lol. Add to that the Cheries fans who will definately and genuinely support us. I have spoken to both of them and they assure me we get there support. Enough of the sarcasim. Do you think the premier league clubs will take the Cup seriously next year now they all (apart from Pompey) have egg on their faces. We may not get this far again for a long time so lets enjoy it and say up you to those who don't support us.
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10/03/2008 06:35:00

I had this peculiar dream this weekend. I dreamt I went to Man Utd and saw Pompey beat them. At some point Ferdinand was playing in goal! And then I dreamt Pompey were the only Premier League side left in the FA Cup! It felt so real I fear the men in white coats will come and take me away!
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10/03/2008 07:49:00

What were u doing before you went to sleep tracyc.?
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10/03/2008 08:41:00

you know what tracyc i had that exact same dream :-)
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10/03/2008 08:51:00

We have enough fans not to worry about who wants us to win, lets just show those prawn sandwich eating, corporate hospitality loving fans what real support is really all about.
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10/03/2008 19:44:00

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