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Someone was shining down on us!

Someone was shining down on us!

The reality of what we did yesterday, and what it means has really hit home today, to be honest I am feeling quite emotional.

I can barely talk as I sang myself hoarse - and this from a fella who does not always sing at games, it usually depends who I am with, and where it is really. Self-conscious springs to mind, but sometimes you have to throw caution to the wind!

This is what we did yesterday - look at it, think about it fully and it will sink in, if it has not already…

  • we beat United
  • we beat United at Old Trafford
  • we are into the semi finals of the FA cup
  • we are playing at Wembley - it is just a shame in a way that the 1st time most of us here will be going to see Pompey at Wembley will be for a semi final, as opposed to a final if you know what I mean?
  • we are 90 minutes away from the FA cup final, and all the other trimmings which would come with it!

    The reality has sunk in, but the buzz is well and truly there, I am wired today but as I say emotional too.

    It was something special being at Old Trafford yesterday, another of those games and occasions that you want to be able to say 'I was there', and one you will talk about for the rest of your life, the stories will be passed on to others also, and it also makes you proud as hell - even more so - to be a Pompey fan with fans like we have, it shows how far we have come too.

    I cannot say enough how much I keep saying I feel this is our year, the luck is with us, but we are riding our luck and in all fairness I honestly think we deserved this luck yesterday as we were fantastic from the lowest point at Portsmouth Football Club right the way through to the highest - the fans!

    You sometimes get this feeling it is your day, Lassana Diarra showing Cristiano Ronaldo he 'was his daddy' set the tone early on and we went on from that, but one really profound moment in the 2nd half was when I knew in my heart that day, and quite possibly the FA cup destiny was ours…

    I am not a religious person at all, and this has not seen a new faith found, but it had been dark, raining, sleeting - or hailing I am not sure, but suddenly in the 2nd half the Sun shone bright and was beaming down on the Old Trafford pitch, so I turned to one of the fellas I was with and said 'this is the sign, we will win today and our name is on the cup', or words to that effect.

    There were people shining down on us yesterday fellas religious or not you cannot think any differently, someone, or a collective of people wanted us to win, and they made it so.

    When I got home I saw a comment from cornypomp - named that as he lives in Cornwall I think? - who sadly lost his father recently. He dedicated this game to him, and it was his father and other peoples' fathers, mothers, brothers, sisters, friends and loved ones, and of course people with Pompey connections that were shining down on us, someone wanted us to win and win we did.

    Clearly whoever we play will not be easy, but on that same day seeing Chelsea crash out as well to Barnsley - who I congratulate wholeheartedly by the way - well and truly shows someone, or a collective were shining down on us…


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  • Writer:pompeyrug
    Date:Sunday March 9 2008
    Time: 12:42PM


    Dont knock it mate, any trip to Wembley will be welcome, remember 1992, what we would have given to go, and then the following season both semi's were at Wembley weren't they? I cant wait to see Harry lead the boys out, it will be a dream come true. Jimmy Dickinson will be so proud of what we have achieved, and lets not forget Milan who helped to change things around.
    09/03/2008 13:05:00
    dont get me wrong mate im buzzing about going to watch us at wembley, im not saying that at all...
    09/03/2008 13:07:00
    Rug, i didnt think that for one minute, we are on our way to Wembley and i dont thing any Pompey fan is bothered that it is a semi.
    09/03/2008 13:24:00
    Pompey at Wembley is fantastic, but I do believe playing the semi- finals there, devalues the final itself.
    09/03/2008 14:40:00
    Wemberly Wemberly were the famous portsmouth city and were going to Wemberley! Have to say it's not just Fergie who is bad in defeat...there was lots of banter in our hotel the night before the game...your only here to make up the numbers etc, After the game there were many angry mancs lucky were you...penalty....Ronaldo targeted....Only 3 Irish fellas I got talking to said well done.
    09/03/2008 14:48:00
    There is no pleasing you is there 007. I hope you ain't going then. Moan out of the way. Brilliant, bl00dy brilliant. Happy to be wrong, I was convinced we would lose. Died a thoushand death, screamed myself horse & havn't stopped smiling. Having waited all my life, well the last 33 years since I first saw Pompey play, I vowed I would only go to Wembley, when we got there. I want to go twice now. Bring it on.
    09/03/2008 15:10:00
    Its yours to lose now fellas ul never get a better chance to win silverware especially with middlesboro losing 2-0. Good luck
    09/03/2008 15:16:00
    is definitely shining on us from somewhere.
    09/03/2008 15:58:00
    And Boro are out!! Only one EPL side left and odds on favourites too!! Someone
    09/03/2008 15:58:00
    Latest odd Pompey are 8/11 odds on favourites for the FA Cup!!
    09/03/2008 16:06:00
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