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Cardiff it is then...

Well we now know that we will be facing Cardiff in the FA cup final on May 17th then fellas!

Cardiff managed to fend off the challenge of cup giant killers Barnsley to advance, like us, with a scoreline of 1-0 and will now battle it out with us to be crowned FA cup winners for 2008. Can we claim another Championship scalp or will this run finally end? Surely we must fancy our chances but should not take anything for granted, as that would be a major mistake.

From the looks of it we will not be able to wear our blue kit though, as the fixture is reading Cardiff v Portsmouth - this would suggest that Cardiff will be the 'home side', so will have preference over kit colour, and as they play in blue it looks like we will be in Black?

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Writer: pompeyrug Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Sunday April 6 2008

Time: 6:33PM

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got to be honest fellas im worried about 'potential' trouble, for this reason alone i didnt really fancy cardiff? hopefully it all goes off without any major incident tho...
pompeyrug
Don't know if the old Soul crew are still around, but Cardiff haven't been as violent as they used to be, the police will be on top if it
paultsmouth
Got to be honest Rug, thats my thoughts exactly. Even the baggies fans yesterday said they were glad it was us they drew and not them, for that same reason
pentonpompey
lets hope so eh, i meant no offence to cardiff fans at all as we have some nutters too, lets not beat about the bush. football isnt like it used to be is it so all being well it will pass without any fuss...
we cant let this pass now can we? surely not...
pompeyrug
...when i say cant let it pass i mean the chance of winning the cup.
pompeyrug
It's going to be a strange final!
Fan of Blues
Has there been a decision on Cardiff's appeal against not being permitted to represent England in the UEFA Cup? If they think they're fighting for a place in Europe, it's going to make them even more hungry for it. Regardless, even with Dave Jones in charge, they shouldn't be more than we can handle. Not only do we have a lot of talent, but we have a big, strong side, so we shouldn't be vulnerable to the kind of physical football which often helps teams from the lower leagues beat Premiership teams.
PhilTaglia
so unless the uefa cup rules are bent at all we're in europe fellas before a ball is kicked arent we?
pompeyrug
"Whilst the pub my daughter was challenged by a plain closed security chap/old bill - asking why we had come over from Waterloo?? (which we hadn't)

Basically the station security/old bill had not anticipated any Pompey fans travelling into Paddo and there were several hundred in Paddington already. The chaps words were "oh ****, if it is a Cardiff - Pompey final, we have a big problem at this station"."

I read that on the net earlier.

To be honest I'm still in dreamland, not in my wildest dreams did I think we'd be playing in the cup final to win. Sure when you play in the final you try but I thought we had a chance of getting to the final to play one of the big four which would have guaranteed us European football - something our fans would have celebrated even if we lost. But now we're favourites and only have it to lose.
stillthewhizz
Uefa spokesman on Sky sports News just said that in all probability the rule would be changed for them
pentonpompey
I don't think Cardiff have much pace so they shouldn't really worry our rock solid defence. However in the last two games they've scored a couple of crackers and it's those goals from nothing which scare me.

I think we'll be playing in white rug as Cardiff's home shirt is darker than ours therefore it might clash with the black. I'm not a fan of the black anyway.
stillthewhizz
M. Platini, that well known welshman. I know the winners qualify for "his" competition, but why is he quoted as saying he will do what he can to ensure Cardiff can enter Europe. Butt out Sir.
UKTony
Anyway, back to the match. I thought Barnsley outplayed them until 15 mins from then end; then they ran out of the steam. I don't think Cardiff have anything to fear on the footballing side but, hey, I don't want to sound confident after all this time.
UKTony
I don't think Cardiff are confirmed home team yet, I'm sure they toss a coin later on to decide
paultsmouth
Sky are billing it as Cardiff v Portsmouth. Perhaps it's just an alphapbet thing
UKTony
Which team gets which end? wern't boths the winners fans in the same end?
pentonpompey
good luck lads, keep the trophy in the Prem and don't let it go to Wales!
merlin
Both teams were in the Away end
paultsmouth
They just said on SSN that should Cardiff win they would be given a wildcard spot. Dont know if thats an extra place or not.
pompey4me
dosnt matter....cause we gonna WOOP ASS!!!!!!! :).....soooo excited!!...yesterday was s amazing, game wasnt great, but it just didnt matter!!! the occasion was just awsome!!! I LOVE POMPEY!!!!!
CharlieChimes
Wasn't that just the best day ever Charlie.......totally and utterly fantastic. Having to have a hair of the dog, as the fog hasn't lifted!!
pentonpompey
Does anyone know the attendance today?
pentonpompey
It was 82000 plus. We still hold the record.
pompey4me
thank the lord for that
pentonpompey
I have to agree - the atmosphere was electric - shame I'm in the US for the final
WalshWasGod
someone earlier mentioned paddington. at least u dont have to get that train! this is going to be fun :P
jbaker
Time for England, Harry & St George to slay the dragon. A welsh one. Yes I was hoping for Barnsley but if we can't win it now, they all need shooting. Yes we had the same end as Cardiff so one of us will have a different view. I think we even had the same dressing room. We will win. 1-0.
storagematt
Maybe we can get our clock they nicked in 1983 back!!
eastneydave
1. any one who read my comments prior to the MUFC cup game-infact when that draw was made-will have noticed I said i had a feeling we were going to meet Cardiff on the cup run,obviously my assumption at that time was that we were going to get knocked out by SurreyUtd. Any way the whole stupid feeling statrted when i noticed the almost identical design of their shirt to the Jakko "Great Escape" Shirt. you may find this interesting but the word/name "Wales" comes from the Saxon word for "Forriegner" which is "Whealas". The Cornish call them selves "Kurnow"- the Saxons called then Kurnow Foreigners -"Kurnow whealas" hence Cornwall...
plymouth graham
We have never met Cardiff in the FA Cup but four times in the League Cup. They have not beaten us since October 1982 in the League but they did win both League Cup ties in 1995.
eastneydave
look at the bright side, they probably wont be able to get the support of the masses for being the underdog...they're welsh! (no offence meant to any welshmen, but reports from the game suggest that the cardif fans wernt to... well... respectful... of english footballing heritage, and there is the fact that ...they're welsh ;-) ...)
pompeycarpet
Re the UEFA qualification. At the moment the FA are against Cardiff being allowed to play. FIFA are for Cardiff being allowed to play. If Cardiff win the CUP and aren't allowed to play then apparently somewhere in the mirade of rules there is an option for the FA to award the place to either the losing finalist OR the 6th placed team in the league. On that basis we had better finish 6th as well just to make sure. Just on a financial note, Cardiff are struggling to survive financially and only last week gave a warning that they may need to appoint an administrator. If they are in this position now, how are they going to run a UEFA Cup campaign as well next season? It will be hard enough for Pompey and we are in a far better position than Cardiff. All of this is pure rhetoric as Pompey will win the cup anyway and save the FA all the grief.
frattonaussie
Further development. FIFA have said that if Cardiff wins the cup they will be given a wildcard entry to the UEFA cup. Presumably this means that Pompey will get the FA cup entry win or lose, but UEFA haven't made this clear.
frattonaussie
That's because UEFA don't really know what they are doing. On the radio this morning, it was reported that Platini had asked a committee to look in to whether Cardiff, should they win, can be granted an entry by invitation of UEFA. That committee meets in Russia on 19th May.
UKTony
UEFA hate the english. end of story.
pompeycarpet
Cardiff won't win anyway. But we must play better than we did on Saturday! If nothing else but for pride! Its embarrassing when pundits say we played poorly and you have to agree. But how good are Cardiff really? I thought Barnsley played poorly and Cardiff were just slightly better. We should assume we have to win the cup to get a UEFA cup place and just go for it. After all, even if we do get awarded the place already - we still want to win the cup anyway.
tracyc
Cardiff will be the home team as they with Barnsley were pulled out as the first match. Cardiff will wear their 'lucky' black kit & we will wear our home blue. Not sure about the uefa ruling, if we lose they may give the place to the highest finishing team, thus 6th place. The easiest thing is to win the cup & we will & end that argument.
storagematt
It seems pretty clear the entry is for the winner, it is a wild card for cardiff because they are welsh, we lose we dont go unless it's through the Intertwobob although given Harry's thoughts about europe i wouldnt bank on it
russellm
...and we arnt going into the intertoto. so its finsih 5th, or win the cup...or pursuade platini that he wants us in the cup, nor cardif.
pompeycarpet
Scenario - Cardiff are admitted into Europe to represent England; fans go beserk on trip to xxxxxx; UEFA ban English clubs from European competition for 5 years!! Does it make sense? No. Cardiff can only represent their own FA and that if FAW (Welsh).
eastneydave
 

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