Hazaa! After another comfortable win in the Premier League, it’s time now to turn our attention to the FA Cup 6th Round replay with Fulham. The omens, I must admit, look promising. Not only are Spurs now unbeaten in seven, but Tottenham have never lost to Fulham in the FA Cup, and a glance at fulhamfc.com confirms as such.
“Fulham and Tottenham have been drawn together in the FA Cup on three previous occasions and although we have yet to come out on top, it’s worth noting that only in the February 1909 encounter were the clubs competing at the same level.”
Hmm. I think a bit of Soviet style propaganda is being enforced by fulhamfc.com here, because the fourth encounter between the sides at Craven Cottage on 18 February 2007 appears to have been airbrushed out of history…
On that day, I remember Robbie Keane and a moody Andy Garcia impersonator grabbing two goals a-piece in a classy 4-0 victory. However, I doubt it will be so easy on Wednesday night. Tottenham will be without a string of injured first team players, whilst Younes Kaboul will be cup-tied. Brede Hangeland will no doubt return for the West Londoners, and buoyed by their exploits in the UEFA Champions League ugly sister, the Europa League, Fulham will be full of confidence ahead of their trip to the Lane.
Whilst Tottenham’s love affair with the FA Cup is well documented, I would like to take this opportunity ahead of the quarter final clash to search deeply within the soul of every die-hard Spurs supporter, and ask, what does the heart desire more? Fourth place or the FA Cup?
The FA Cup brings with it connotations of romance and beauty. The images of Danny Blanchflower, Osvaldo Ardiles and Gary Mabburt holding the trophy aloft are burned into the retinas of most Spurs fans, whilst the current players could earn themselves a piece of immortality by bringing the cup home after nearly 20 years in the wilderness.
On the other hand, fourth place would give Tottenham the chance to play in the Champions League, and perhaps finally compete with the Premier League’s big boys for the top players around England and the world. With Manchester City looking ever-more likely to do a Chelsea, it’s D-day for Tottenham.
In an ideal world, Tottenham would secure a ‘double’ by winning the FA Cup and securing fourth place. However, if you had to pick one, which would it be? The practical answer is of course a place in the Champions League. The money and notoriety that the competition could bring to Tottenham cannot be understated. However, the heart answers differently. The FA Cup is our cup, and the thought of seeing King or Dawson hoist it into the air at our second home, and then parade it through the glistening streets of Tottenham, renders the question obsolete. It’s the FA Cup. Every time.
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