Regular readers will know one of my friends has been following the road to Wembley this season. Having started a mere 500 yards from his front door at Chertsey Town for their extra preliminary round replay against Wick, Andy has travelled some 2354 miles, sticking with whichever team won the previous game and finally making it to the F.A. Cup Final last Saturday. You can read his report of Cup Final day here.
It was a remarkable journey, one which proves the magic of the cup is still alive and well, and that the Premier League is not the be all and end all when it comes to great football. In my view it was a special year for the F.A. Cup and, whilst not a classic game of football, the final was as enthralling as any in recent years. Congratulations to Portsmouth fans everywhere (even the annoying tattooed one with the bell!) for being the first winners from outside the big four for thirteen years. I started following Fulham after our F.A. Cup final appearance in '75, I'd love to see us get back there with Roy.