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The realisation has finally sunk in...

Who will ever for get that glorious day on 17th May 2008, or as it reads with the tattoo inscribed on the inside of my right arm to remind me every day, XVII - V - MMVIII.

One of the greatest days of my life - and of course most other Pompey fans' lives - was the moment on that day in mid May when a lifelong dream for just about every single one of us was fulfilled - the winning of the FA cup!

I have cherished that moment, maybe not as much as I should have, but to have been their with plenty of my family and countless other friends and mates meant the world to me - none more so, and as I am sure I have 'bored you with before', than being there with one of my brothers. For those not 'bored' by this before, or unaware if it, my brother was almost killed in a motorcycle accident a few years before that - for him and me his recovery coincided with so much good in our lives and in the life of PFC culminating in that cup final win. So on a day where we could stand, well at least sit, side by side was truly special for me.

Anyway, enough of this... I do not know if anyone else feels the same but for me this weekend the realisation that the defence of 'our cup', not 'his', is really over and we are out of the competition has completely sunk in for me - and this leaves me truly sad...

Of course I know we went out a couple of rounds ago - after firstly stuttering through round 3 - for my sins I was of course there on that miserable day when we were totally outclassed, outfought and outthought by Swansea, having literally crawled off my sick bed to leave at 'stoopid o'clock' in the morning to make it to the game via a combination of foot, bus, train and car!

The fact that we played Citeh in a rearranged game when the last round took place for me meant that the fact the holders were out was not anywhere near as apparent - but today, and over this weekend it is, as we do not have a game to distract from this and all I can do this weekend is watch the feast of games with nothing other than a 'if only' thought...

But hey, at least we can say 'we have' seen us win the FA cup, and I can say I was there!

You cannot expect anything in life but I hope, not expect, that I can one day return to the national stadium and see us win a domestic trophy again - I appreciated winning the best cup competition in the world, but maybe I was a little guilty of not fully appreciating this?

Oh, and this seems like a good opportunity to say so, one thing that I bloody well wish ITV would do is change their title captions!

It winds me up every time I see it that the likes of Eric Cantona, Dave Beasant, a keeper that we of course know well, and other winning captains are shown holding aloft the trophy yet 'he' is the one basking in 'our' glory - why is it not Sol pictured holding aloft the cup? Which to be fair is something that I would have felt should have been the case even if 'he' had stayed... well, maybe not felt quite as much :-)

You know what guys, later on I may well break the seal on my cup final DVD and recapture the glory of that day in surround sound with a couple of jars, and of course get all emotional and choked up again...

PLAY UP POMPEY!

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Writer: pompeyrug Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Saturday March 7 2009

Time: 9:53AM

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I had similar thoughts this morning - This weekend last year we were playing Manyoo and deep down we all thought we'd go out .. It may have gone and come May it will be somebody elses cup .. but for now we still are the current FA Cup holders and we have the memories that will live forever ..
Chix
I had similar thoughts this morning - This weekend last year we were playing Manyoo and deep down we all thought we'd go out .. It may have gone and come May it will be somebody elses cup .. but for now we still are the current FA Cup holders and we have the memories that will live forever ..
Chix
Hmm...it's silly to dwell on the fact we're out - if you think about it, we won the FA Cup, we were all there and it was a special day in all of our lives. I have a photo from that day on my keyring so I'm reminded almost every day of our awesome win. At the end of the day, nobody expected us to win it last year, so ypeople can't automatically expect us to win it year on year! In a way it's a blessing because we really need to concentrate on league form at the moment. Since 2002, every year we're surpassed all expectations and bettered ourselves....there was always a time when we weren't going to be as successful as before, and unfortunately that year is this year. Play up Pompey!!
PFCGino
Hmm...it's silly to dwell on the fact we're out - if you think about it, we won the FA Cup, we were all there and it was a special day in all of our lives. I have a photo from that day on my keyring so I'm reminded almost every day of our awesome win. At the end of the day, nobody expected us to win it last year, so ypeople can't automatically expect us to win it year on year! In a way it's a blessing because we really need to concentrate on league form at the moment. Since 2002, every year we're surpassed all expectations and bettered ourselves....there was always a time when we weren't going to be as successful as before, and unfortunately that year is this year. Play up Pompey!!
PFCGino
My thoughts exactly Chix - in my eyes, we are still the holders until that day in May when the next team place their hands on the cup. If it's anyone, I really hope it's Fulham - to pass the cup onto a team that's very similar to us, and has battled as hard as we did during this campaign would, in my eyes, justify 'the magic of the cup' and show it's not dead. Do we really want to see United make a clean sweep of trophies this season? In my mind, that would start the death knell of English football. Sure, it would be a great acheivment for S.A.F, but how many times have they done doubles and trebles? Too many in my opinion.
powered_by_pies
My thoughts exactly Chix - in my eyes, we are still the holders until that day in May when the next team place their hands on the cup. If it's anyone, I really hope it's Fulham - to pass the cup onto a team that's very similar to us, and has battled as hard as we did during this campaign would, in my eyes, justify 'the magic of the cup' and show it's not dead. Do we really want to see United make a clean sweep of trophies this season? In my mind, that would start the death knell of English football. Sure, it would be a great acheivment for S.A.F, but how many times have they done doubles and trebles? Too many in my opinion.
powered_by_pies
fulham... "great escape" followed by a good cup run, and man yoo in the quater finals. are they trying to copy us or something?! I only hope for there sake they don't overspend, and then see roy hodgsen join a second rate, overhyped team with crap supporters.
pompeycarpet
fulham... "great escape" followed by a good cup run, and man yoo in the quater finals. are they trying to copy us or something?! I only hope for there sake they don't overspend, and then see roy hodgsen join a second rate, overhyped team with crap supporters.
pompeycarpet
Roy Hodgson is not that much of a burke.
hammersmithblue
Roy Hodgson is not that much of a burke.
hammersmithblue
Its a sad day to hear the cup is leaving us, but we still won it, and its always going to be great to reminisce on that splendid day in Pompey's history and remember that we were there, we were there. Pies - yes of course its ours until someone else wins it. Pity they can't have the captain of the previous holders hand it over to the member of royalty (and I include Sir Bobby as royalty) who hands it to the new winning captain. At the beginning of this year's cup campaign ITV were showing Sol lifting the cup with Jamo next to him, but for some unknown reason they've dropped that now. Digging out the DVD is a good idea though, I haven't unwrapped my copy yet either.
tracyc
Its a sad day to hear the cup is leaving us, but we still won it, and its always going to be great to reminisce on that splendid day in Pompey's history and remember that we were there, we were there. Pies - yes of course its ours until someone else wins it. Pity they can't have the captain of the previous holders hand it over to the member of royalty (and I include Sir Bobby as royalty) who hands it to the new winning captain. At the beginning of this year's cup campaign ITV were showing Sol lifting the cup with Jamo next to him, but for some unknown reason they've dropped that now. Digging out the DVD is a good idea though, I haven't unwrapped my copy yet either.
tracyc
Yep me too. all day I have been reliving what happened twelve months ago. All the stress & high emotion the game took out of me. It will live with me forever.
storagematt
Yep me too. all day I have been reliving what happened twelve months ago. All the stress & high emotion the game took out of me. It will live with me forever.
storagematt
I really have missed us singing Wembeleeee at Fratton Park this season. I wonder if we will ever sing it again?
Gandor1
I really have missed us singing Wembeleeee at Fratton Park this season. I wonder if we will ever sing it again?
Gandor1
couldnt care less about still being in FA Cup, it keeps players focus on survival. Just winning once is good enuff really
nodster
couldnt care less about still being in FA Cup, it keeps players focus on survival. Just winning once is good enuff really
nodster
Yes the big thing is to provide us all with Premier League football. Our destiny is in our own hands. There won't be too many excuses if we go down. It will be because we cannot beat enough teams to stay there. We must beat teams like West Brom and Bolton coming to Fratton and maybe a shock or two on the road. Hull and Middlesbrough would be good for starters. Back to the Cup, yes may we long remember it. I am actually wearing the Cup Winners 'T' shirt as I compose this message.
pompeygray
Yes the big thing is to provide us all with Premier League football. Our destiny is in our own hands. There won't be too many excuses if we go down. It will be because we cannot beat enough teams to stay there. We must beat teams like West Brom and Bolton coming to Fratton and maybe a shock or two on the road. Hull and Middlesbrough would be good for starters. Back to the Cup, yes may we long remember it. I am actually wearing the Cup Winners 'T' shirt as I compose this message.
pompeygray
THe greatest memories will live with us forever - can't win the cup every season but I hope not 69 years agian!! We were there!!
eastneydave
THe greatest memories will live with us forever - can't win the cup every season but I hope not 69 years agian!! We were there!!
eastneydave
And looking at results over this weekend, it will be a boring final of top prem teams unless Boro get through and even then, not quite a "people's final" tho Boro people would disagree with me.
hammersmithblue
And looking at results over this weekend, it will be a boring final of top prem teams unless Boro get through and even then, not quite a "people's final" tho Boro people would disagree with me.
hammersmithblue
We won it, and nobody can take that away from us...it's another part of the clubs history now. How many of us even a couple of seasons ago would have thought we'd have lifted the cup and had a run out in europe. I for one will never forget it and who knows what the future years will bring. Small oaks and all that....
cornypomp
We won it, and nobody can take that away from us...it's another part of the clubs history now. How many of us even a couple of seasons ago would have thought we'd have lifted the cup and had a run out in europe. I for one will never forget it and who knows what the future years will bring. Small oaks and all that....
cornypomp
As with Manyoo, Arsenal and Chelsea in the final five .. It's a fair bet that one of them will win it and we we be known as the only team outside the top four to have one it in however many years it is !.. Pompey will be remembered for that if nothing else !!
Chix
As with Manyoo, Arsenal and Chelsea in the final five .. It's a fair bet that one of them will win it and we we be known as the only team outside the top four to have one it in however many years it is !.. Pompey will be remembered for that if nothing else !!
Chix
At least you were the holders and had some glory for a year.
Thaibluefan
At least you were the holders and had some glory for a year.
Thaibluefan
present tense Thaiblue, we are still holders until the next winners are presented with this in may :-)
pompeyrug
present tense Thaiblue, we are still holders until the next winners are presented with this in may :-)
pompeyrug
 

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