Thursday, October 26, 2006

It's a funny old... Cup

Written by Kedge

Yesterday I was full of the joys of spring as my local side, the Mighty Blues (Southend United) had won away to Leeds United in the 3rd Round of the Carling Cup. This joy was just slightly diminished when I realised that my favourite team Manchester United’s match against Crewe was only being shown on Sky Sports. I’ve switched from Sky to cable and no longer have a subscription to Sky Sports. Then this morning, joy of joys, I find that the 4th round draw has paired Southend and Man U together with a tie at Roots Hall. My first thought was “Got to get tickets for this!”

Then I thought, “OK… Where does my allegiance lie? With my local club or with the big boys from 200 miles away?” And the answer was instant! I want Southend to win. No two ways about it. My local club comes first. That’s the way it has to be. My first experience of live football (watching, not playing) was at Roots Hall. I followed them throughout my childhood and into adolescence, and despite my passion for Man U, when it comes to the crunch, it can only be Southend that I will be cheering for.

On a lighter side, Chris was regaling us with the words from Monty Python’s ‘Always Look On The Bright Side Of Life’, and last night’s local paper had coverage of West Ham’s defeat. They cover all the Hammers’ matches as they consider them to be the local ‘top flight’ side. They certainly took Chris’s words to heart with the headline:

‘Hammers Lose Again (but at least they scored a goal)’


Smart said...

Its West Ham's turn to have the psss ripped out of them, but it will come to an end soon.

There are even suggestions that Sven Goran Erikson is on his way to manage the club. They wont like his long ball game at the Boleyn Ground, thats for sure.

I remember when Martin Jol was first in charge at Spurs and we had lost 6 games in a row. We then went on to win the next 6 games.

Fortunes can change that quickly in football.

I did laugh when I saw the mighty Reds were visiting the mighty Shrimpers in the next round, Kedge!

The Carling Draw in full is...

Notts County v Wycombe
Tottenham v Port Vale
Birmingham v Liverpool
Chelsea v Aston Villa
Watford v Newcastle
Chesterfield v Charlton
Southend v Man Utd
Everton v Arsenal

Ties to be played November 7th\8th.

Chris said...

I can't believe Southend follow West Ham as the nearest top side in the area!!! Oh don't get me wrong - I'm flattered and everything...

Apparently Sven's agent has denied that he's about to take the West Ham manager's job. Even though Sven was seen having a meal with the man who wants to finance the takeover bid of Iranian tycoon Kia Joorabchian and Israeli football agent Pini Zihavi.

Nothing dubious about that, then. And of course it was only a coincidence when Ashley Cole was spotted talking to Jose Mourinho and Peter Kenyon in a London hotel about the likelihood of a transfer to Chelsea. Oh and did I mention that Pini Zihavi was there too? Sorry - not important. Probably just a huge misunderstanding on my part...


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