Wembley Again - 2010
Much as I was looking forward to going back to Wembley again, I have to confess that in my heart of hearts I didn't truly believe that we would actually win.
In fact, now, the next morning, I still have trouble believing it.
I'm not going to trawl through the reasons why this has been such a miserable season, we all know about all that. And yet we've not only gone back to Wembley and won, but we're back in the final. And all of a sudden I am childishly sleeping in my Pompey kit-shirt, wanting to wear it loud and proud.
Because I am proud.
I am proud of all our fans - the way we got behind our team was fantastic. I don't want to dwell on the quality of support from the Spurs fans, because why kick them when they're down, but we were way better. We do have such Pompey, never say die spirit, such mad passion. That's why I'm Pompey Till I Die and so pleased to be.
I'm proud of Avram. To do what he has done with the players at his disposal is incredible. To take the club and its fans into his heart the way he has is just incredible, and to take a squad of (mainly) loan and free signings, with the biggest injury crisis of all time, to an FA cup final is deserving of the manager of the year award.
I was already proud of our players. They have taken pay-cuts, they have put up with all the rubbish going on at our club, just the situation itself would have got a lot of players' heads down - never mind being paid late. They even clubbed together to pay wages of club staff who were otherwise being made redundant. Jamie O is on loan from Spurs, but boldly came out and said he wanted his parent club to lose!
And against all odds they went out on that bad Wembley pitch, the same weekend the club was officially relegated, and turn over a side with Champions League aspirations to reach the FA Cup Final for the second time in 2 years. How can you not be proud of that?
I never realised getting to FA Cup Finals was so easy!!!
Pompey have had a lot of stick lately for winning the 2008 final with players that we subsequently couldn't afford, after Gaydamak pulled the money and wanted it back. I can't see how anyone in their right mind can criticise us this time round (although some will anyway).
It was important that yesterday was about Pompey, and not our former manager and players. But that said, what an amazing run to the final. We beat the scummers in their own backyard, and then beat Arry and some of our old players at Wembley to get back to the cup final without him/them. What a fairytale! It does make it all the sweeter whatever anyone says.
Isn't it fabulous, this season of all seasons, for Pompey fans to have something to celebrate and smile about.
WE'RE GOING BACK TO THE CUP FINAL!!!!!Written by tracyc
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