Today marks the end of the English domestic football season and although we have a long summer of no football to enjoy… We still have today to cherish. Singing ‘abide with me’ and enjoying every aspect of this magical day is top of my priority list. In recent years ‘Cup Final Day’ had started to play second fiddle somewhat, with the final being played before the end of the season rather than being the showpiece event to finish the footballing calendar. However, it is now back in it’s rightful place. Today sees a London derby as Arsenal take on Chelsea. It’ll be a fight affair full of tension, but going on this seasons league results it should give us some goals. The gooners triumphed in the first meeting 3-0 at the Emirates, but Chelsea replied with a 3-1 victory at Stamford Bridge.
Here are my favourite cup finals of years gone by…..
1985 – Manchester 1 Everton 0.
I only really have fond memories of this game because it was the first I remember as a small boy. Not greatly entertaining, but Norman Whiteside’s strike low in the corner just beyond the hands of Neville Southall sticks in my mind.
1997 – Chelsea 2 Middlesbrough 0
Fond memories on a personal level. As a Chelsea fan I’d never seen any real success until this day. The nerves were jangling, but Di Matteo scoring after only 43 seconds soon calmed the tension. Home grown hero Eddie Newton added the 2nd and I can still say that even now it’s one of my favourite Chelsea moments despite all the recent success.
2006 – West Ham 3 Liverpool 3
This game simply had it all. The hammers raced into a 2 goal lead, but the reds hit back. West Ham retook the lead and must have thought it was going to be their day. However that man Gerrard hit a cracking injury time equalizer and sent the game to extra time. After 30 minutes of being unable to find a winner it was time for a shootout to decide who lifted the famous old trophy. Liverpool prevailed 3-1 and the cup was heading back to Merseyside
2013 – Wigan Athletic 1 Man City 0
This result summed up the magic of the FA Cup. Wigan up against the much fancied Man City. Only one winner was expected, but the latics defied all odds and to top it off won it ‘Roy of the Rovers’ style with Watson netted a 91st minute winner. A fairytale ending to a magical day for everybody associated with the club
So who will win today. Vote here…..