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Good Weekend, Bad Weekend

We’re nearly there. Just two more sleeps to go and it’s an early rise from bed on a Sunday morning. That’s something that isn’t usually looked upon with any kind of excitement within the Custard Cream household – but this time it’s different as we’re off for our first trip to Wembley for ten years.

That cup final - the last at the ‘old’ Wembley - has mainly been forgotten. Later put forward as the most boring cup final of all time, Villa ground out their way to a loss without even threatening Ed de Goey’s goal (though Wikipedia mentions Gareth Southgate heading wide at some point). The journey back on the bus that day was horrible – silence apart from the occasional “beep” from the phone belonging to the annoying bloke in front of us playing ‘Snake’ on his phone.

It wasn’t the very fact that we’d lost which was the problem – well, certainly not for me. Whilst obviously disappointed I don’t think anyone can put their hand on their heart and be genuinely angry at a team for losing against opponents who are better than themselves – it was more the performance. The lack of any attacking intent shown that day was the beginning of the end for John Gregory.

I think (and hope) Sunday’s game will be slightly different. Sure, I don’t think we’ll be gun-ho from the first minute, putting Manchester United’s goal under siege. But we never do that in any game. But what you can always guarantee under Martin O’Neill is that even if we are camped in our half of the field you still fancy us to maybe steal a goal from somewhere – from a quick break, corner or free kick.

In the previous two games against Manchester United this season we’ve played a game of being prepared to do some pretty serious defending and then attach on the break. To be fair to Martin O’Neill, it’s worked pretty well.

So of course I’m going to the game on Sunday with the expectation that Manchester United are the better team. And whilst the opportunity to win this trophy isn’t perhaps the most important game they’ll play this year, they’ll still want to win it. I’ll have a Polyphonic Spree CD ready in the car for the journey back so not only do I avoid having to relive it listening to the news I can have some ‘happy clappy’ stuff to convince me into a better mood, and my phone ready to send a text message to Mr Fear of this Parish as tends to happen when things are looking tough on the field.

But there is hope. We can actually do this. Our players are more than capable. So on the other side, I’ll have the bottle of ‘Kalms’ ready and SKY+ set up on my phone ready to record(to record Match of the Day beforehand would jinx us, obviously).

Manchester United are used to winning things. Their fans don’t even seem that bothered about this trophy. And to be fair, when you are within a chance of winning the Champions League you can almost understand that attitude. We’ve been fourteen years without a trophy.

Please, Villa. Just win the bloody thing.

And if that plea isn’t good enough, then I’ll throw in an additional one. It’s my birthday next week. I am rapidly approaching being ‘old’ now. A win on Sunday would make up for that.


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Writer: custard cream Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Friday February 26 2010

Time: 11:19AM

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Nicely put as usual Custard Cream, looking forward to the texts! I do agree, the cup appears to mean so little to them but so much to us, just hope we come out the winners and also give a good display on the day.
The Fear
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26/02/2010 11:26:00

Nicely put as usual Custard Cream, looking forward to the texts! I do agree, the cup appears to mean so little to them but so much to us, just hope we come out the winners and also give a good display on the day.
The Fear
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26/02/2010 11:26:00

Thank godness United are playing. i was worried it would be a bore to whatch otherwise...
Mix26
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26/02/2010 11:40:00

Screw sleep, I am just gonna get right on it from 5.30pm onwards. Wembley weekend has landed!!!
Stig
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26/02/2010 11:51:00

Screw sleep, I am just gonna get right on it from 5.30pm onwards. Wembley weekend has landed!!!
Stig
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26/02/2010 11:51:00

Thats why I wanted City in the final - it would have meant SO much to them as well!!! I am already talking to Man Utd fans at work about it (wearning the claret and blue tie, home shirt over office door etc) and not one Man Utd fan seems bothered about the game!! One even said those 'Mickey Mouse' words!! Truth is I am buzzing about it!! I would love the opposition fans to be the same!! Thats why if we do reach the FA Cup final - anyone but Chelsea in the final will make the build up that much more interesting!!
deano.avfc
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26/02/2010 12:42:00

Thats why I wanted City in the final - it would have meant SO much to them as well!!! I am already talking to Man Utd fans at work about it (wearning the claret and blue tie, home shirt over office door etc) and not one Man Utd fan seems bothered about the game!! One even said those 'Mickey Mouse' words!! Truth is I am buzzing about it!! I would love the opposition fans to be the same!! Thats why if we do reach the FA Cup final - anyone but Chelsea in the final will make the build up that much more interesting!!
deano.avfc
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26/02/2010 12:42:00

I think any trip to Wembley can be considered a good day - even if we lose, the club is surely set to profit by over 1m+? (anyone know the proper details) for TV cash and seat sales... still think we'll have them 2-1 though ;) UTV
thorpyuk
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26/02/2010 12:55:00

It means alot to potential inbound players aswell to see us contesting major finals. FA Cup next.
Stig
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26/02/2010 12:59:00

It means alot to potential inbound players aswell to see us contesting major finals. FA Cup next.
Stig
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26/02/2010 12:59:00

Just don't repeat the 2000 Wembley performance, that was truely woeful, thankfully I had a rubbish seat and couldn't really see!

It does mean so much more to Villa that Utd, I have no idea what type of team Fergie will put out, but got to be positive and say Villa Win ~ Let the games commense :-D
davidsands1982
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26/02/2010 13:03:00

Just don't repeat the 2000 Wembley performance, that was truely woeful, thankfully I had a rubbish seat and couldn't really see!

It does mean so much more to Villa that Utd, I have no idea what type of team Fergie will put out, but got to be positive and say Villa Win ~ Let the games commense :-D
davidsands1982
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26/02/2010 13:03:00

Great article by the way Custard, thanks. Not sure Polyphonic Spree would be my choice, but whatever helps us through the hard times!
davidsands1982
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26/02/2010 13:05:00

Great article by the way Custard, thanks. Not sure Polyphonic Spree would be my choice, but whatever helps us through the hard times!
davidsands1982
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26/02/2010 13:05:00

Getting very excited now, setting off early 2moz morning, come on u villa boys.!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
astonsteve
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26/02/2010 13:34:00

Getting very excited now, setting off early 2moz morning, come on u villa boys.!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
astonsteve
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26/02/2010 13:34:00

See you on the way down Steve. We are heading off Saturday morning too. Win or lose. On the Booze.
chocolate teapot
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26/02/2010 16:57:00

See you on the way down Steve. We are heading off Saturday morning too. Win or lose. On the Booze.
chocolate teapot
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26/02/2010 16:57:00

mix26 - spurs are shat.
benji_starsky_avfc
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26/02/2010 17:31:00

shat? hmmm another boring post benji
Mix26
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27/02/2010 09:59:00

 

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