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Cup Fever Pitch!

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
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!
paultsmouth
09/03/2008 10:18:00
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Do you think Everton, Villa, Blackburn and City will be rooting for Pompey now?
paultsmouth
09/03/2008 10:19:00
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I'm a United fan,and I certainly am.
SweetLeftFoot
09/03/2008 10:31:00
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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.
pompeyrug
09/03/2008 10:33:00
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Very gracious of you SLF, do you think your manager is?
paultsmouth
09/03/2008 10:34:00
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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!)
SweetLeftFoot
09/03/2008 10:39:00
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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)
flv
09/03/2008 10:46:00
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sorry chaps - we're sticking with Barnsley on Vital CHELSEA :-)
merlin
09/03/2008 11:35:00
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Merlin - I think you are on your own there all others want a Pompey win.
eastneydave
09/03/2008 11:43:00
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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.
Owenspompey
09/03/2008 13:02:00
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