The other FA Cup semi final should be pretty interesting too, right?
“… and left, two, three, right, two, three…”
The FA cup semi final between Manchester United and City is sure to be bloody exciting and – after Scholes lit the sky blue touch paper with his comments about City not being real rivals – we’re looking forward to it even more.
However, we shouldn’t – and bloody hell, we won’t – overlook the other semi final between Stoke and Bolton. This is what this stage of the competition would’ve looked like ‘back in the day’ with Nat Lofthouse and Stanley Matthews strutting their stuff.
Based on nothing whatsoever, The Spoiler is gonna stick its neck out and say this will be the better of the two games…
Both managers seem completely smitten with the competition. Which is nice. Stoke boss, Tony Pulis, had this to say about the whole shenanigans to the Daily Mirror:
“When I was younger the only live games you watched were the FA Cup. That was so, so special. I understand the world moves on and we get a little bit blasé because there is so much live football on the television.
“I do recognise you have international football and Champions League, the Premier League, then the FA Cup. That’s sad. The FA Cup used to be the pinnacle. But it will always be special to me and to people of my generation.
“To reach the final for me would be absolutely fantastic, not just for me but for everybody connected with the club.”
The Spoiler occasionally needs to be reminded about Mr Pulis’ redeeming qualities, but for him to seem so genuinely chuffed to be involved is an enormously endearing quality.
Not to be out done, Owen Coyle has made himself EVEN MORE LIKABLE (!) by also going on about how much it means to him and the club by taking his players on a road trip to look at Wembley on Tuesday.
“I thought it would be a good idea to let the lads see Wembley at first hand. I want them going there at the weekend and ready for everything about the day.
“I did the same at Burnley before the promotion play-off final. I took the players to the ground the night before to let them see what it was like – it’s one less thing to get used to.”
One player who probably didn’t make the trip was Chelsea’s best striker, Daniel Sturridge, who is cup-tied for the final and can’t play for the Trotters.
Anyway, It’s great to see two clubs with a great histories once again making it to (nearly) the biggest stage of domestic cup football and being so bloody thrilled to be there – good luck, chaps.
Should be a good ‘un, no?