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The time is here... almost!

The time is here... almost!

The greatest moment in most, if not all of our Pompey supporting days is just about here - the FA cup final, and does it get much better than this...

Pompey in the cup final, something that most of us could, and have only dreamt about over the years is about to become a reality when at 3pm tomorrow afternoon we take to the field to battle it out with Cardiff to be crowned the best team in the worlds premiere knockout competition.

Yep, we have known for several weeks that we were going to be in the cup final, and the form on the whole since we made it through has shown that the players had become well aware of this too with little or no chances taken as a chance to miss out on this showpiece event was not wanted - but the reality of exactly just what we are about to embark on has 100% without doubt sank in for me this week.

My whole life I have watched the FA cup final, taking in the hours of build-up and then enjoying - or not as is often the case - the cup final itself, always dreaming that I would one day be able to see Pompey as one of the sides on that day… Even with our growth over the past few years, as much as the hope become more and more a possibility I still did not fully believe that we could do it - but we have, so lets enjoy and revel in it.

The past X amount of weeks are all forgotten now, we go in with a clean slate and we will win... I am not saying this with me expecting a win as Cardiff are 'only a Championship side' I am saying this as I have full belief that we will go on and lift the cup to compensate in some way for our disappointing end of season form.

I had some lingering doubts that perhaps we would lose, and although I am still concerned as to who might score the goal(s) as we do not look like scoring, and who the creative influence might be, as again we have not seen a lot of this recently we will finish the job and as I say these lingering doubts are now gone - they went on Sunday after the Fulham game when Harry Redknapp came onto the pitch during the lap of honour to address the crowd, his words that 'we will win the cup' convinced me that we can and will do it!

Other than winning the league does it really get much better than the cup final?

I am excited, expectant but most of all relishing the day out at Wembley, seeing the players walking out on the turf in their suits, taking to the pitch for the anthems and the thought of seeing Pompey parading around the Wembley turf with the FA cup in hand makes me immensely proud...

Now lets go and win the cup!


Pre-match meet up

Prior to the game we also need to confirm a Vital Pompey meeting for a couple of pre-match beers?

As said before I have to meet my sister and her boyfriend, as well as several people that I have travelled to games with for the past decade or so, with these meetings scheduled to take place at The Torch, which along with the other pubs Pompey have been allocated is along Wembley Park.

Those coming in on the tube need only get off at Wembley Park Station and it is 150m away apparently. You go to the end of Wembley way - walking away from Wembley stadium - and then turn right and keep walking alongside the main road and you will find it - it will be packed out though, but then again what pub will not be tomorrow!

More details about The Torch - and its location can be found here.

The First Class Sports Bar is another being mentioned by some people, which is also along the same route, but in fact even closer to Wembley stadium than The Torch!

More details about The First Class Sports Bar - and its location can be found here.

I am almost certain The Torch is where I will be though, so anyone who wants to meet up just give the word, if you have my contract details you know what to do, if not just ask or contact someone else that is going who most probably will.


Join the Vital Pompey Debate

Date:Friday May 16 2008
Time: 11:48AM


I am bricking nervous ...butterflies, no finger nails....excited ..proud of the lads PUP
16/05/2008 12:15:00
Less than 27 hours to go. Neves kicking in. The thought of losing is scaring me too much, even though I think & hope we will win. Forever Pompey.
16/05/2008 12:19:00
I hope you all have a great day and the cup comes back to Pompey. The tipsters over here are jumping on the Cardiff bandwagon and 80% of them are tipping a Cardiff win.
16/05/2008 12:53:00
I follow United but go to the Cup Final every year with my Father-in Law,I wanted you to win it after beating us at OT,so don't let me down tomorrow.See you all in The Green Man beer garden.
16/05/2008 13:18:00
Tomorrow will be a day of destiny for many of our players! It their time to come of age and prove themselves as men! (Right enough cliches) Lets do the Club, the Players, the coaching staff, Joe , Tony Harry and Sacha proud tomorrow and prove that we ARE the 12th man in the Pompey team. No matter what happens we all need to sing out our hearts for the best season that we have seen in decades! PUP PPU! PUP PPU!
16/05/2008 14:05:00
Y A W N............Biggest non event final in the history of the cup. Pompey v Cardiff ??? Cup winners 2008, who cares
16/05/2008 15:07:00
sod off threestands. What do you want Chelsea-Man Utd?
16/05/2008 15:10:00
threestands you're a ******** muppet - keep telling fans of pompey and cardiff it is 'Biggest non event final in the history of the cup' and see what repsonses you get... they probably wouldnt be as polite as mine you tool!
no matter what some muppets think i cannot wait for this, we have dreamt about this all our lives, now the time has come - we will win it, scrappy 1-0 win or goal fest doesnt worry me so long as we do, and we will! play up pompey...
16/05/2008 15:46:00
Listen boys,take no notice of the pleb threestands,I am going to Moscow(via Poland) through the week to watch United,but as I said earlier,I go to every F.A.Cup Final and I'm looking forward to this more than I did last year.Two clubs who really didnt think they would win it back in January in the Final makes out for a great day. Mr threestands knows he wishes he was going with whoever his team are.
16/05/2008 15:56:00
Sod off, threestands, your just jealous! WEMBERLEE, WEMBERLEE! Hope we bring the Cup back, Firstly for Harry, then for the boys and especially for US! Only 22 and three quarter hours to go!
16/05/2008 16:15:00
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