Just because Liverpool have won their last 11 games, beaten West Ham twice this season, not lost to them at all for seven years, finished 27 points ahead of them in the league and have kept 33 clean sheets in the last nine months some people think they’ll win the FA Cup final in Cardiff tomorrow.
However, Londonist is undaunted in our belief that the spirit of Sir Trevor’s head will see the Hammers through to victory by the time honoured cup shock score of 1-0, and, looking for something equally unlikely as a Brooking header, we suggest the winner will be scuffed inelegantly over the line off Teddy Sheringham’s knee.
FA Cup finals genuinely are lower scoring than other games as the contestants give the occasion a lot of respect so this isn’t that far fetched a scenario and if Shaka Hislop does indeed perform heroics on the big stage start getting nervous about Peter Crouch’s chances of doing any better in Nuremburg on June 15th.
Some people who’ll just be glad to have made it to the game are Rob Wells, Duncan Wells, Stuart Kinton and their friend Richard Bridge.
Last May, as we walked away from the Millenium Stadium after achieving promotion back to the Premiership, I joked to Rob (my friend from Nottingham) that we wouldn’t be coming back to Cardiff but instead going off to Wembley for the Cup Final ! Rob replied that if that happened, he would walk – I immediately said “OK” thinking there was no chance!
West Ham reached the FA Cup Final for the first time in 26 years and we are now committed to walking 160 miles from Nottingham to Cardiff through Burton-on-Trent, Sutton Coldfield, Droitwich, Ledbury, Monmouth and Newport.
A cunning (if extreme) way to avoid the vehicular nightmare that is the centre of Cardiff on cup final day while simultaneously raising funds for Cancer Research UK. If you’d like to join the folks who (as of Friday night) have already pledged over £1700 in honour of these heroic exploits visit Richard’s site at http://www.justgiving.com/walktocardiff
Commiserations to Hillingdon Borough, who sadly weren’t able to add last weekend’s FA Vase to their promotion from level 5 of the non-league pyramid, and all the very best to both Grays Athletic and Woking who take advantage of the landlord’s weekend absence to nip over to Upton Park and do battle for the FA Trophy at 3pm on Sunday.