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May 21, 2005

A weekend without West Brom

I know theres the 3rd division playoffs, and the FA Cup final, but I'm already missing the away trips and the atmosphere at home. I cant watch football on TV, im too bad at it… I start shouting things, and if I have to make do with the radio I'm terrible…

I would go and watch the cup final, but I really don't have much interest in it. Neither side has valued it, played understrength teams throughout it, and there is no underdog. Now they treat is as though its a massive achievement, fielding weakened squads in the final few games of the league (although it allowed us to snatch a point at Old Trafford – which ultimately kept us in the race for survival). Both sides have qualified for Europe, so their isnt a great deal at stake, not even financially. Granted, it gives both sides the oppertunity to please their fans by winning some silverware this season, but aside from a great day out for the fans is it really that great a feeling? Man Utd and Arsenal fans are used to winning the League and winning in Europe (well Man Utd's fans are) The FA Cup no longer goes to the best side in the country, just the side that has overcome the challenge of lower league opposition with understrength sides.

If only Exeter had put away that chance at Old Trafford it could be a very different story. The only final I've been interested in lately was the Millwall-Utd one, and poss. the S'ton-Arsenal one. I'm a West Brom fan, I like the underdog… this year's doesn't interest me at all.

Oh and while im on the topic, I hope AC Milan beat Liverpool in the Champs League in the coming days. Rafa Benitez disrespected the true value of the FA Cup with his team at Burnley and then devalued it with his post-match comments. Hopefully we will see the underdogs of Merseyside in the champions league next season, and not a bunch of foriegners, claiming to be Liverpool!


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