FA Cup Semi final. Villa 2 – 1 Liverpool; The longest day.


Quite simply, what a brilliant win that was!

But it was a bit of an up and down game for me for reasons I’ll go into below.
This is more of a personal post, just for posterity, just in case I want to look back sometime in the future, but the truth is I doubt very much that I’ll ever forget this game.
What I saw of it anyway.

As some of you may know, I’d decided to book a last minute holiday to Cyprus, as work has currently dropped off, before we go on a big push again. It’s just an ideal time.

The flight went okay and I’d pre booked a car, no problem.
Until I went to pick up the car and they basically wanted to jack up the price by 50%. Being a man with some principles, I quite simply refused to be held to ransom and ended up refusing to pay. I then
had to get a taxi to the hotel. It was expensive and frankly a pain.

So we arrived at the hotel at around 1am Sunday morning and of course, the first mission (along with getting a well deserved beer or two) was to try and find out where I could get to see the game.
I was chatting to the barman and he assured me that if the game was on Fox sports, I’d be able to watch it. There happened to be some Spanish footy on the telly and up flashed a list of games, with the semi final included.
“There you, no problem” says the barman. All Good stuff then and it was bedtime.

After a few hours sleep, the next mission was to sort a car, as the missus isn’t too mobile these days.
We sorted that out and were basically all set, so I felt a few more beers were called for as I warmed up for the match.
Imagine my horror then, when I discovered that the game wasn’t on.
With two minutes to go, I scrabbled around to find a stream for my Lappy, which I managed, but the Broadband is of such low quality that it was basically unwatchable.
The missus suggested that she drive us down to an area where we could probably get to see the game. Which we duly did.
It had cost us the first half near enough though and we walked into a bar, to see that Benteke had just equalized.
I was fuming, as by the sound of it I’d missed a big chunk of what was apparently a very good game, something that annoys me in a normal game, let alone one as big as this.

Fortunately, I managed to watch the second half fine and of course was able to witness a result that is the biggest for the Villa in many a year, especially when you bring the media darlings that are Liverpool into the equation.
How sweet it’s been to put one over those and ruin the Gerrard fairytale story.
Regardless of what I’ve thought of him as a player and captain for his club and country, I’ll never be able to forgive him for that cheating dive at VP, which earned him a freekick, which Pool went on to beat us with, a few seasons back.

Me watching the game must have been quite a comical sight for the others in the bar, to be honest.
Those watching the game were mostly ex pat old timers from up north who constantly rattled on about Liverpool, even though they weren’t fans.
Then Delph scored to take the lead and I automatically screamed out a monster “Yeeeeeessss!”
The whole pub looked around and I felt massively embarrassed, but didn’t care.
As the game went on and Pool put us under more and more pressure, where it looked inevitable that they would score, so my arms were flapping around and my practically getting on my knees and praying had the locals in bits.
Another massive cheer at the final whistle then and that was it, a game where we were the better side, although from what I saw it was more an utterly resolute performance.
Back to the hotel for another pint and then straight to bed, totally elated and thinking about Wembley again.
Where I’ve just slept for the best part of 14 hours.
I think it was a combination of things, in the flight, the stress and the pure emotion (and probably the beers too), which made me so tired, but it was worth it.
Certainly one of the longest days I’ve had in years.

Langford has it right and his comments have been echoed by me to other footy fans I’ve spoken too, in that we can now score goals, which quite simply means you can win a game.
Hence I’m no longer scared of anyone.
Bring on Man City next week.
Indeed, bring the lot of them on, as although I certainly don’t think we’re unbeatable, we can beat anyone on the day, in my opinion.

As for “Tactics Tim”, whatever we think, he’s plainly got results when they’ve mattered and if that’s poor tactics, let’s have a load more of it, I say.
It’s all about results and when you’re playing decent footy too, it can’t be bad can it?

Proud of the lads today and it’s ended up a superb start to my holiday.



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  1. badger123
    badger123 April 21, 2015 at 1:12 pm . Reply

    I suspect we might get a £150k fine Langford, but there’s no way they can kick us out.
    The supporters association would be up in arms, let alone us.

    As for the fine, they can ram it, the money grabbing bastards.

    We’re another half a mill up for reaching the final (I think).

    1. OohAhPaulMcGrath
      OohAhPaulMcGrath April 21, 2015 at 2:01 pm . Reply

      Wouid Liverpool want to play in final by default anyway when they were soundly beaten by us. Most scousers I know are quite fair minded and probably wouldn’t want that anyway. I wouldn’t if it was the other way round

      1. badger123
        badger123 April 21, 2015 at 5:53 pm . Reply

        Agreed Ooah.

    2. langfordvilla
      langfordvilla April 21, 2015 at 2:27 pm . Reply

      Badger…I know your right mate but the timing seems a little suspicious to me. They have waited this long for ‘a reason’……whatever that reason I feel a little ‘uncomfortable’ about it….something stinks IMO

  2. Andrew
    Andrew April 21, 2015 at 1:28 pm . Reply


    This is the guy supposedly leading the consortium. Was reportedly after Southampton last season so it’d make sense. Worth 24 times more than Lerner is.

    1. OohAhPaulMcGrath
      OohAhPaulMcGrath April 21, 2015 at 2:05 pm . Reply

      Well the good news is he’s a philanthropist and we are a worthy cause lol

      1. langfordvilla
        langfordvilla April 21, 2015 at 2:37 pm . Reply

        I was philanthropist after the semi final win 🙂

  3. badger123
    badger123 April 21, 2015 at 1:31 pm . Reply

    Semi final losers £450k, Final losers £900k, Winners £1.8 mill (or priceless in our case).

    1. OohAhPaulMcGrath
      OohAhPaulMcGrath April 21, 2015 at 2:05 pm . Reply

      So an extra 900k for us not bad

    2. Mr_cheese
      Mr_cheese April 21, 2015 at 2:16 pm . Reply

      This is prize money though right and doesn’t include TV rights or even the amount of money you get from automatic Europa for winning FA.

      There is a lot to gain and a lot of hearts to be broken.

      1. badger123
        badger123 April 21, 2015 at 5:39 pm . Reply

        You are of course correct Mr C.
        For us, it’s more about raisng our profile, I’d suggest.
        That’s sunk lower than Whale shit over the last few years.

    3. langfordvilla
      langfordvilla April 21, 2015 at 2:36 pm . Reply

      Give the prize money to Vlaar for his undoubted loyalty……erm!! I bet the glory hunting twat wont be injured for the final. He thinks his ‘loving the Villa’ claim is his passport to the final. I hope he gets dropped ….rather have Clark and Okore if available!

      1. OohAhPaulMcGrath
        OohAhPaulMcGrath April 21, 2015 at 5:23 pm . Reply

        Me too can’t stand the bloke rather have Clarke and Okore

      2. Andrew
        Andrew April 21, 2015 at 6:09 pm . Reply

        I’m baffled by people’s opinions on Vlaar. So he was supposed to extend when we looked down and out, with no hope of getting points and probably going to get destroyed by Pool? The guys nearing the end of his contract, and is nearing 30, why would he not expect better? The fact he’s thinking about renewing is proving Villa are only getting better.

        1. OohAhPaulMcGrath
          OohAhPaulMcGrath April 22, 2015 at 9:51 am . Reply

          We might be getting better but he’s getting worse.

  4. badger123
    badger123 April 21, 2015 at 1:43 pm . Reply

    Sorry Andrew, my post crossed yours.
    Good find mate.

  5. Andrew
    Andrew April 21, 2015 at 1:52 pm . Reply

    Not a problem at all.

    Seems according to the Daily Mirror they’re most interested in Villa because of the huge following we have in China, have taken steps to get into the market in China and are in the top 12 most popular European sides there. Could make a lot of sense, they could largely get us into the top 5 and Villa could make them even more popular around the world.

    Best part of consortium’s for me is they all have connections, meaning they could probably find higher paying sponsors easier.

    1. badger123
      badger123 April 21, 2015 at 5:51 pm . Reply

      Yes, I remember this.
      We have an inordinately large following in China, for some reason I forget.
      That’s simply a MASSIVE market, so the link makes some sense.

      I proposed that the club should look to the south of Asia too, given Brum’s demographic, but I’m not convinced my thoughts went down too well.
      The scummers never really took to the hairdresser, even before he was found to be a crook.
      I think it’s because most fans want to keep the support for locals.

      1. Andrew
        Andrew April 21, 2015 at 6:07 pm . Reply

        Definitely interesting but I think Fox could really get us even bigger in that market, which would do wonders for VIlla. China, India, Vietnam, Cambodia, etc could be a market we should be looking into.

        1. OohAhPaulMcGrath
          OohAhPaulMcGrath April 22, 2015 at 9:51 am . Reply

          That market is already saturated with sky 4 teans

  6. langfordvilla
    langfordvilla April 21, 2015 at 2:32 pm . Reply

    Chinese??? Dont ‘takeaway’ my Villa!

  7. Andrew
    Andrew April 21, 2015 at 2:50 pm . Reply

    A lot of talk about signing Sako on a free, but Stoke reportedly interested.

    Linked to Birmingham City youngster, Demarai Gray.

    And last but not least, linked to Cordoba’s Romanian striker, Andone.

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