Would This Ever Happen in the English Premier League?

Imagine it’s May 5, 2012 and Tranmere Rovers — after making an illustrious run — are about to face Arsenal in the FA Cup Final. While Rovers enter the Wembley pitch in their traditional blue and white kit, their counterparts enter the field sporting the famous red and white threads of North London. You have a team of world-class footballers against a lower league side.

Tranmere get lucky early when the Gunners hit the post and create quite a few half-chances, though Tranmere’s good fortune runs out when Robin van Persie scores. The match is hard fought, with Arsenal enjoying heavy possession, while Rovers defend, occasionally breaking out into forceful thrusts forward, dreaming of scoring the equalizer. However, Arsene Wenger’s troops hold on to clinch their first trophy in six years.

The Tranmere side was resilient and their run in the “Magic Cup” had come to a disappointing end – from their point of view. Regretfully, the Merseyside squad drag themselves up the Wembley steps to receive their runners-up medals. In deep thought on the pitch, while Arsenal collect their prizes, Tranmere captain John Welsh is approached by Robin van Persie. With RVP’s teammates impatiently waiting to get their hands on the oldest prize in the sport, the Arsenal captain has convinced Welsh to come up with him. While the TV cameras are focusing on Theo Walcott and Gervinho embracing, van Persie walks into the frame with Welsh. Once handed the trophy, van Persie makes the Tranmere captain grab the other end of the draped silverware, and the two skippers lift the cup as one.

It sounds to good to be true, but it’s exactly what happened Saturday in France when US Quevilly, of the nation’s third-tier, were ousted by powerhouse Lyon in the 2012 Coupe de France Final. During the proceedings of the trophy presentation, Lyon’s Brazilian back named Chris brought Quevilly’s center-back Gregory Beaugrad to the winner’s podium. Chris’ decision to co-lift the cup with the Frenchman must be a contender for the classiest moment in the history of sport.

But would van Persie or the captain of another “Sky Six” team do the same, as in the fictional tale above? Was Chris’ decision even appropriate? After all, his opponent had just lost the match of his life. Had you been Quevilly’s captain, would you have accepted the offer? Chime in readers!

10 thoughts on “Would This Ever Happen in the English Premier League?”

  1. no, it wouldn’t happen but your example is a little different. Tranmere is a professional team where Quevilly are amateurs so that makes a big difference.

  2. This is the classiest thing I have heard this year. ALLEZ les frances. A victory for sport,decency and competitiveness. Don’t think anyone in the premierleague would do that. Round of applause,faith in humanity restored!

  3. No, I don’t see RVP doing such a thing.
    There are only a handful of team captains in the EPL that would consider doing such a thing.

  4. Robin Van Dirty wouldnt even shake hands with wigan after loosing in the league, so, no chance in that scenario.

    The only non league team to win the FA cup was Spurs in 1901 when the fa cup was only 30 years old and the football league was 12 years old I think.

  5. Does no one seem to realize that losers don’t belong on the podium hoisting the cup? Proudly accept your runners up medal, you deserve it for your hard work and good cup run, but you don’t deserve the trophy. No player worth a dime would walk up the steps and hoist the winners cup when they just lost the final on the field.

  6. How about Wrexham beating Arsenal in 1992. That happened.
    or Grimsby Town killing off Tottenham in 2005 in the League Cup.
    there are other upsets bigger then these, but these two always come to mind.

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