Ex-Everton players: Gerard Deulofeu starts for Watford, while Tom Cleverly and John Stones are on the respective benches.
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1 Posted 18/05/2019 at 16:25:04
1995... my god, how long ago? But it's hard to get up for this one. Maybe once they kick off, but the warm-up is hard to get enthused about.
2 Posted 18/05/2019 at 16:29:01
3 Posted 18/05/2019 at 16:50:01
6 Posted 18/05/2019 at 16:55:27
7 Posted 18/05/2019 at 16:58:19
But it's only the warmup...
8 Posted 18/05/2019 at 17:13:18
9 Posted 18/05/2019 at 17:15:41
Yes, Abide With Me does something to you.
10 Posted 18/05/2019 at 17:19:55
11 Posted 18/05/2019 at 17:20:47
Can't understand Brian (@6) and his red fixation. Can't we forget about them fuckers for just one day?
12 Posted 18/05/2019 at 17:24:31
13 Posted 18/05/2019 at 17:26:13
14 Posted 18/05/2019 at 17:26:45
15 Posted 18/05/2019 at 17:49:09
Jaysus that is madness.
I have a soft spot for Citeh just because of imagining a fan like me, aged 58, who stuck with them in Div 2.
But, I imagine even he can see the dullness of money inevitability of modern football.
16 Posted 18/05/2019 at 17:52:36
17 Posted 18/05/2019 at 17:59:06
Mahrez has got Holebas on toast. Doucouré trying to be too cute in midfield, coughing up cheap possession for the opening goal. A MAGNIFICENT pass in behind the defence by Bernardo Silva for the second, which Jesus does well with, but to me it looks like a goal for Sterling.
There really doesn't look like a way back from here for Watford.
And watching the BBC feed, there is Bobby WHITE shoes pitchside!
18 Posted 18/05/2019 at 18:02:45
Get your coat Dermot!
19 Posted 18/05/2019 at 18:23:17
20 Posted 18/05/2019 at 18:27:29
21 Posted 18/05/2019 at 18:57:20
22 Posted 18/05/2019 at 19:05:14
23 Posted 18/05/2019 at 19:09:52
I felt sorry for Watford and their fans; after the first 25 minutes, they were mostly chasing shadows, but they stuck at it and never let the frustration they must have felt get the better of them – and that goes for their fans who got behind them, even though they knew it was a lost cause.
Well done, City, the FA Cup may have lost a lot of its glow, but I was glad I watched that exhibition of pure football, one to remember by everyone who saw it.
24 Posted 18/05/2019 at 19:14:03
25 Posted 18/05/2019 at 19:15:41
Or should that read 'Blutal'?
26 Posted 18/05/2019 at 19:32:39
"FA being petitioned by reds to have the FA Cup Final replayed between them and Watford!".
On 80 mins... "Just spotted John Terry putting on his Citeh kit!".
Both following on from this article earlier in the week:
27 Posted 18/05/2019 at 19:33:02
28 Posted 18/05/2019 at 19:40:01
29 Posted 19/05/2019 at 10:04:28
Incredible, lets hope we can progress and take inspiration from City, for next season.
30 Posted 19/05/2019 at 12:18:06
31 Posted 19/05/2019 at 13:06:59
Hopefully will go back to the traditional build up and possibly 3pm kick off. It's a cup final knockout, meet the players, fans build up like it used to be, before sky and bt took it away from the UK public viewers.
Let's hope they revert back to a Saturday 3 pm kick off.
32 Posted 19/05/2019 at 15:07:47
33 Posted 19/05/2019 at 15:43:10
Ranking All 20 Premier League Clubs on the Market Value of Their 2018/19 Squads
1. Manchester City - £953.55m
2. Liverpool - £801.9m
3. Chelsea - £787.28m
4. Manchester United - £769.5m
5. Tottenham - £751.05m
6. Arsenal - £498.6m
7. Everton - £389.70m
8. Leicester City - £300.15m
9. West Ham - £257.85m
10. Southampton - £239.04m
11. Fulham - £223.43m
12. Crystal Palace - £193.79m
13. Wolverhampton Wanderers - £177.93m
14. Burnley - £169.43m
15. Brighton & Hove Albion - £161.73m
16. Newcastle United - £159.03m
17. AFC Bournemouth - £147.83m
18. Watford - £147.78m
19. Huddersfield Town - £104.49m
20. Cardiff City - £85.64m
34 Posted 19/05/2019 at 15:52:34
What I liked to see is the minimization of mistakes. The accurate passing, the making space off the ball... taking shots at goal. Stones getting berated for not scoring the 7th takes it a bit far — the keeper's there to save it if he can.
35 Posted 19/05/2019 at 16:15:00
I firmly believe that the supporters are being short-changed, and youngsters are denied the once in a lifetime opportunity of seeing stars in the flesh. Imagine the expectancy of a young Rochdale fan, when his club is drawn at home to Arsenal, and his disappointment, on learning that only two first-team players have been selected. Just the ramblings of an old man, but I know that you will appreciate the true value of my views.
36 Posted 19/05/2019 at 17:15:38
Sad to say, I don't think the FA Cup - the world's oldest footballing trophy - will ever regain its 'traditions', as much of what made it such a great and much-revered competition, worldwide, has been eroded by its own custodians, the FA.
It started in the early 1990s with the 'staggering' of replay games, at the behest of the local constabulary. Until then, drawn games on a Saturday (because ALL games were played on a Saturday) would be scheduled for a mid-week game in the week immediately after the original game. The police said it was too short a turnaround time to ensure effective policing of such games, so replays were scheduled a week and a half after the original game.
So instead of protracted slugfests over 4-5-6 consecutive midweek games (Everton v Sheffield Weds, anyone? Was it 5-1 we finally twatted them at Hillsborough after FIVE games alternating between their place and Goodison...?), with now a minimum of a couple of weeks between replays, drawn games and replays started seriously impacting on the fixture list, especially for the top teams challenging on all fronts.
This resulted in the introduction of the penalty shoot out, after extra-time, at the end of the (now) one and only replay, again early 1990s. The first bit of 'magic' chipped off the cup.
The semi-finals followed a similar fate. Even before the above, from the early 1980s, the first semi-final (still played at neutral CLUB grounds), if the teams were still level after 90 minutes, extra time would be played. If still level, they would go to a replay then extra time and penalties, if needed.
By 1999-2000, semi-final replays were done away with altogether and the result was decided on the day in 90 minutes, extra-time or penalties. More 'sheen' eroded from the cup. After the completion of the new Wembley, the FA needed to maximize their investment and decreed that both semis would be played there, rather than the traditional semi-final neutral grounds.
And the slow-creep of undermining the attraction of the cup was continued by the FA. In 2016-17, the semi-final 'decided-on-the-day' rule was extended to the 6th round - the quarter finals, so gone were the battling draws to 'get them back on our own patch' games. This season - 2018-19 - this rule was extended to the 5th round, the last 16.
That now leaves but two rounds - the 3rd and 4th rounds (the 3rd round being when the top two division teams join the fray) - where the great tradition of a little club battling to get a giant club 'back on our own patch' is possible.
Anyone care to guess where the FA intend to go next with this 'finish it on the day' policy..?
Then you have the policy where teams are, potentially, 'throwing games' - fielding weakened selections to rest players for the higher priority, their league position. Supporters of a certain age group will be able to recall when teams did this in the past, the FA hauled them over the coals and fined them. Now, they just turn a blind eye to it.
The FA had a great 'product'. They themselves are solely responsible for devaluing it as much as they have and making it such an anaemic imitation of its original, which no longer is held in the highest regard and the greatest day out for players and supporters alike: to appear at a Wembley cup final.
37 Posted 19/05/2019 at 17:36:59
The more Premier League teams who are knocked out in the 3rd and 4th Rounds means less interest in the latter rounds, probably as far as the semi-finals. This season, we had Man City, Brighton, Wolves and Watford in the semi-finals. We all knew there and then there was only ever going to be one winner of the cup.
38 Posted 19/05/2019 at 23:46:25
39 Posted 20/05/2019 at 08:54:18
This season the RS were incredibly lucky with injuries, benefited from three outrageous goalkeeping errors and referees were continually conned by their diving and cheating antics.
If the introduction of VAR is used properly it could cost them at least 10-15 points compared to this season.
I'm not particularly bothered how they do against 'Spurs as they know they've blown what was probably their best chance of winning the PL and next year it will be, like us, three decades since they last won the title.
Maybe the CL should be renamed as this year's finalists haven't won their championship for a combined total of 87 years!
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