The Groundsman’s Shed


The BEST FA CUP EVER is missing something… by groundsman

When I looked at the options for FA Cup quarterfinal summaries, features, and bits that go down a little too easily, I decided to let “THE BEST FA CUP IN HISTORY©” speak for itself with a weekend of upsets and firebellied ranting from Sir Alex of the Football Players.

Instead, I’ll remind you to breathe a sigh of relief as you look back at the headlines you’ve been subjected to in past years during the FA Cup Final… and know this year will be different:


-[The Sun, 2007]

Wag Goes in for Coleen Sweep

COLEEN McLoughlin is all smiles after sweeping up goodies at the shops yesterday.  She even kept her cool when she was mobbed by Liverpool schoolkids on WEMBLEY Road.  Fiancé Wayne Rooney, 21, was focused on winning today’s FA Cup final at the new stadium in North London…


-[The Sun, 2007]

We’ll make up for snore draw

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RIO FERDINAND has promised a rip-roaring Cup final to make up for bore at the Bridge…

-[The Sun, 2006]

Tottenham TROTspur

SPURS’ dreams flushed as players struck with suspected food poisoning…


-[The Guardian, 2005]

Wenger’s Numbers Game Adds Up to Apology for Tactics

At least no one can accuse Arsenal of being unable to win ugly any more. They were horrid and triumphant at the Millennium Stadium…


Ah, bless you, non-Premier League teams (and Portsmouth).  The FA Cup’s magic will never be fully restored, but this may be as close as we come to romantic, interesting, evenly matched football games in this modern day of the sport.
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