Are you joining me, up for the FA Cup?
Given a choice, what would Newcastle supporters prefer in this day of the EPL dominated national game.
To stave off relegation to the Championship….
Or to have an FA Cup run all the way to the final of this year’s competition and a potential shot at silverware for the first time in 53 long years?
The same FA Cup which was once regarded as the greatest domestic one in the World, a competition that made Newcastle United famous and admired the length and breadth of the land.
Before the Fergies and Wengers and this crazy, money grabbing top four qualifying for the “Champions League” palava….the FA Cup final was the stand out fixture of the entire footballing calendar.
The FA Cup competition was once a romantic journey of sorts, that has sadly been neglected, humiliated and downgraded.
A competition that provided fairytales and heroes. Without it we would never have seen the likes of Southampton, Coventry and I dare to say it…Sunderland, shake the football establishment to its foundations.
We would never ever have remembered the likes of Bobby Stokes, Keith Houchen or Ian Porterfield, who gave the aforementioned three clubs their finest ever hour.
I also would never have witnessed nostalgic footballing moments like Arsenal’s Charlie George lying like a prostrate crucifix, after his dramatic extra-time winner in the 1971 final.
Or Leeds United’s Mick Jones bravely trotting around Wembley, with his broken arm and shoulder in a sling, because Leeds had already used their one substitute (imagine one of today’s softies doing such a thing haha).
For decades, Toon fans have constantly been battered, belittled and reminded of the fact that “We have won F.ck all”. Even the smoggies and the mackems have won a trophy since our last one, which is criminal considering we are by far the biggest club in the region.
Now nobody wants Newcastle United to stay up more than me, but if it is not to be I don’t believe it will be a disaster, and will only set our club back 12 months.
An FA Cup run can reinvigorate a team’s fortunes in the league too, good results with the potential of glory inspires players and creates confidence.
We have been given a good draw in the third round of the FA Cup this year and with the ambitious new ownership, I believe that we won’t just squander and surrender our place in the competition tamely, like under Fat Mike.
So I for one would take excitement and potential glory, rather than the manufactured Premier League gravy train in the short-term.
Am I just another daft romantic because I can already imagine some of you smirking (haha)?
Fight the good fight anyway and Howay the Lads forever.
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