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Dare to Dream

Dare to Dream
Although Portsmouth are not expected to win the Famous Old Cup against Chelsea come May 15th, Pompey fans may dream that a miracle can be performed by the 11 men in white lead by Avram Grant. Dreams can come true, and dreams have come true, but for so many football followers, for Pompey to dream that they can win the FA Cup this time, is far fetched. It has been a very difficult season at the South Coast. Failure to manage the club's finances has created a fiasco that has never been seen before in the history of Premier League Football. The club went on from one bad news to another; change of owners, change of managers among many.

However, Pompey has all it takes to win the FA Cup again. FA Cup Shocks: The FA Cup has been famous in producing "football shocks" or "giant-killers", where a less quoted team beat a more respected one. English football has seen it happening time and time again; perhaps the most famous of all was when division 2 West Ham beat Arsenal in 1980 to claim FA Cup victory. This means that when Portsmouth's players walk out on the field to play Chelsea on May 15th, anything can happen. More recently as 2008, Barnsley has produced a "giant-killer" when they beat none other than Chelsea (1-0) in the latter stages of the competition. In 2010, Tottenham were hot favourites to reach the final against a relegated Portsmouth, but after 99 minutes Frederic Piquionne lead the way to victory which was sealed few minutes later from Kevin-Prince Boateng.

Statistics: Even if stats are just numbers that mean nothing, the football world talks statistics every now and then. Portsmouth has played a total of 7 hours on Wembley as from April 2008 in which goalkeeper David James is yet to concede. In the meantime, Portsmouth has scored 4. Semi Final 2008 - Portsmouth vs West Bromwich Albion 1-0 (Kanu) Final 2008 - Portsmouth vs Cardiff 1-0 (Kanu) Community Shield Final 2008/09 - Portsmouth vs Manchester United 0-0 (1-3 penalties) Semi Final 2010 - Portsmouth vs Tottenham 2-0 (Piquionne / Boateng ET)

Chelsea have failed before: Whoever dares to think that Mighty Chelsea has never failed is seriously wrong. In fact throughout the course of this season's premier league campaign, Chelsea have failed to win on 11 occasions; 6 defeats and 5 draws. The strange fact about these statistics is that they lost a mere 3 points to top-4 finishers; against Tottenham last month; just a few days after their shock FA Cup exit. Teams like Hull, West Ham, Blackburn and Wigan have taken points away from the lion's mouth; teams that succumbed points against Portsmouth. Wigan 3-1 Chelsea; Aston Villa 2-1 Chelsea; Manchester City 2-1 Chelsea; Chelsea 3-3 Everton; West Ham 1-1 Chelsea; Birmingham 0-0 Chelsea; Hull 1-1 Chelsea; Everton 2-1 Chelsea; Chelsea 2-4 Manchester City; Blackburn 1-1 Chelsea; Tottenham 2-1 Chelsea. On the other hand, Chelsea has a habit of scoring 7!

Avram Grant: Being just a spot kick away from becoming the first Chelsea manager to lift the Champions League Cup, Avram Grant deserved more respect from his previous bosses, something he did not achieve. Avram Grant knows Chelsea very well (most of the players in his Chelsea days are still at the club), is a tactical genius, is a good motivator and would love to write history by putting one against a club that has mistreated him.

The Fans: Well-known to be the best in England, Pompey fans will surely turn up on May 15th in full numbers and colours supporting and cheering their team on the way to victory. No team in England can look up at the noisiest fans after a football match, but Portsmouth can.

These are some facts why Pompey fans dare to dream.

Written by Pompey Malta.

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Date:Friday May 7 2010
Time: 1:15PM


Damn right Rug, just imagine what a game to get your first win over a team, just imagine what it would mean to us, just imagine what it would mean to Avram. Oooh I'm going all Churchillian LoL - well my chins and hair are.
07/05/2010 14:45:00
Damn it Malta - you've convinced me!
07/05/2010 14:54:00
Not sure if you've been enjoying too much of the lovely maltese sun but yes we have a chance, even if it is a tiny chance. When you're a goal down away to Coventry, it's in injury time & we are about to be knocked out of the cup, heaven only knows how grateful we were to win that game, let alone get to the final. In truth I expect us to lose & as long as we give it our all & they don't put 7 past us, I'll be happy. Now if all the gods are on our side & miracles go our way, then this would top everything. Do we dare to dream???!!!
07/05/2010 15:35:00
At least if we get beaten 7-0 we write our name in the record books yet again, Matt! Lol!
07/05/2010 15:44:00
Well done Malta, in my emotion I missed that you did the article.
07/05/2010 16:49:00
The most positive is that it seems to me to that we are just stronger at Wembley than at Fratton Park. 7 hrs of football with no goal against us! that is great. I just hope that we can score another and succeed another 90 mins (just 90 mins are nothing next to 7 hrs) without conceding! PuP
Pompey Malta
07/05/2010 19:08:00
And all those chelsea players with one eye on the World cup... Come on Brownie do your worst!
08/05/2010 11:09:00
I think that we are going to give Chelski a hard game, I beleive we can win, cos I just recieved my cup final shirt from me mum, its grouse, I feel so proud, I will be shouting the life out of my computer (first time in 35years that New Zealand hasnt broadcast the FA cup final (Wa***ers))So I have to watch stick figures on a small screen, but watch it I will, we can do this, I just sense it, I dare to dream, PUP!!!!!!
10/05/2010 08:45:00
I must credit Eastneydave with this fact, but only 2 clubs have won the FA cup since the new Wembley stadium opened. And they are . . Chelsea and Pompey. And its our turn this year!
10/05/2010 14:27:00
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