Sunday, April 19, 2009

The FA Cup Final has now been decided with Everton taking on Chelsea following a game as exciting as watching paint dry this afternoon.

Following on from Friday's blog, the romance of the Cup (copyright all lazy football writers) seems to be on hiatus.

In days gone by the Everton-Man U game would have been played at a ground like Hillsborough, Villa Park or Anfield.

Instead both sets of fans had to endure a long trek to London for a 4pm kick off for a game which went to penalties and left some fans scrambling to get their last transport home.

In these recession hit times people will reconsider where they can spend their money.

If the powers that be don't start considering the fans a bit more in many of their decisions then the current bubble surrounding football will burst and it won't be too long before we see one of the top flight Clubs being hit with administration and points deductions as the fans vote with their feet.

For those fans that did make the trip they were rewarded with a bore no score draw and a weakened Man U side, showing how much they think of the FA Cup in priority terms.

People have said this week how the Hillsborough disaster changed the face of football forever. In the 20 years that have passed, the latter stages of the FA Cup have changed face too.

If only all the romance could last till the very end.
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