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The Healing Properties Of The FA Cup
By Harry Hotspur -

Arsene Wenger was arguably on the back foot from the moment The Emirates Stadium opened its doors in 2006. This footballing legend had steered his sides to 5 Premier League titles, but the 2003/04 season was the last time that Arsenal were the champions of England. After the summer of 2006, everything changed. The only silverware that kept their fans heads up, came from the FA cup, with the Gunners lifting the once cherished domestic trophy 3 times, in 2014, 2015 and 2017. The

The FA cup was always a big betting event much like the Grand National where everyone was looking for hints on the right team to back, using the services such as soccer-betting.pro to have the edge for the big occasion. After all, this was the trophy that was synonymous with open top bus parades and fans lining the streets.

The ‘street value’ of the FA cup sadly began to dwindle, mostly due to pressure from the elite sides needing to prioritize the Champions League, simply because it was a better payer. The combination of prize money and broadcast rights from UEFA inevitably left both the FA Cup and League cups as poor relations, afterthoughts. There had been a mood shift across English football’s fanbase. Some millennial fans have become fascinated with Deloitte reports, record attendances and in-stadia refreshment options. Older fans inevitably felt their own interest wane, clubs frequently fielded second tier selections in the rounds and TV companies no longer gave the final hours of build up. The competition had sadly lost its cachet.

As for Tottenham, the situation for us has been inarguably worse. In the 21st century, we’ve won a solitary League cup. There were no “happier times” before we redeveloped our premises.

Arsene Wenger weathered the choppy waters for 12 years before being pressured out of his job. Mauricio Pochettino walked into Spurs’ new home on April 3rd 2019 and was handed his P45 barely six months later on November 19th 2019.

Poch had no tangible feel-good factor from silverware to keep him going.

In fact, the Argentine had publicly debased the FA cup, claiming it wouldn’t change lives of take Tottenham to a different level.

5 and a half years of “building” ultimately resulted in Mauricio reaching the European cup final. But this was a peculiar game, in which the Spurs players looked utterly fatigued, not just physically but mentally.

An unpalatable but not entirely unexpected dreadful start to the 2019/20 season cost Poch his job. Pochettino’s magic had evaporated and Levy watched Tottenham sink down the Premier League table.

So what of José, will there be any discernable variance from the ENIC strategy? Mourinho is a serial winner and already we’re witnessing the Portuguese field strong XI’s in the FA cup.

The irony or course, as the gaffer pointed out in his presser yesterday, is that Spurs are so handicapped by injuries, there weren’t really any other options open to him!

Tottenham currently have a stellar stadium, but only a threadbare team with which to showcase within it.

Mathematically, Spurs are still in the race for Champions League qualification, but the moment one starts using such phrases, its clearly coded language for “don’t hold your breath”.

An FA cup win would work wonders for Tottenham. It might not send the club’s accountants cartwheeling, but it might go some way to restoring confidence in the FOOTBALL club with fans who care more about silverware than the somewhat esoteric business of being London’s highest earning club.

The cold reality of football is that fans expect to have a decent strength and depth in their squad. Nobody looks at the gaping hole in our midfield and says, “Ah but the club income was £459.3million”.

It is a proven fact that FA cup wins have healing properties, Mr Levy.

Who knows, Spurs succeeding on grass, opposed to just paper may be a useful factor when it comes to season ticket renewals.

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7 responses to “The Healing Properties Of The FA Cup”

  1. Eleventstonedidiots says:

    Oh to have a visionary such as Irving Scholar at the helm again. Ok he let his heart rule his head but was a spurs nut who took us to another level commercially. Scholar was all about a winning team that played entertaining football with signings such as Gazza, Waddle & Lineker. What must he make of Levy…

    • James McKevitt says:

      Probably thinks he gave Spurs away for buttons, if only he had hung on until the mega Sky TV money kicked in.

  2. James McKevitt says:

    The rise of Chelsea and Man City, which no one foresaw also stymied Arsenal and eventually Man United. That’s why Levy’s gamble that he can always get fourth place and Champions League riches with net spend is so risky. Who knows who could be the next City, could be a Wolves or Everton or any club that lucks out with a sugar daddy owner. That fourth place which we think is ours by some right is anything but.

  3. James McKevitt says:

    Naming rights not yet sold, but Levy’s hand isn’t as strong if there is no Champions League football next season. He’s not the only business man who can play hardball. Any bidder can ask for a big discount because Europa League doesn’t cut it as a brand versus the Champions League.
    Like every fan I’d love to win the FA Cup, and Poch probably got in the players heads with his constant dismissal of it, guaranteeing failure.

  4. Billy the yid says:

    Wow. I find it bewildering that anyone thinks this team can win anything. They are crap. Under motivated, in some cases lacking the basic ability to play the game. Liverpool won’t field their first team in the Cup. But it will be enough to beat our lot that’s for certain. A bigger question would be why are we scrapping around for loans given what the club brought in in terms of cash? If a miracle happens and we beat leipzig then there will be a decent return in the CL again. A full season of revenue from the shrine to all things non football, plus the additional incomes from it, and we can’t identify, or secure signings that will improve us in the summer either I’d be willing to bet. In Daniels world he’s done brilliantly because we are the top London side. In our terms we are way behind them other 2 in terms of trophies simple as that. That will not change until there is significant investment in players of real ability and winning mentality

    • ronan1882 says:

      Yes our strongest side has not beaten anybody of note for a very long time. These days I would not be confident of them getting past saints in the next round let alone the likes of liverpool and city.

    • James McKevitt says:

      How could we beat an all guns blazing Liverpool or City, their reserve teams maybe, dream on, ain’t happening this season.