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Harry Redknapp's FA Cup

Congratulations must go to Portsmouth Football Club and especially Harry Redknapp for lifting the 127th FA Cup trophy in the history of the esteemed cup competition.

There are few clubs that deserve the trophy as much as Portsmouth. The south coast club has won a lot of respect for the way its fans sing during matches, as well as being a very family-friendly Premier League club. Their manager, Harry Redknapp, is a rare breed — one of the last few great English managers. And now they’re rewarded with a berth in next season’s UEFA Cup as well as playing in the Community Shield match against Manchester United on Sunday, August 10, 2008 at Wembley Stadium.

The remarkable fact about Portsmouth is that it wasn’t that long away (two years precisely) when the club escaped relegation on the last day of the season.

Let’s hope that Redknapp’s Portsmouth team can build on what they achieved today. They’ll be looking forward to proceeding through the rounds of the UEFA Cup and will hope to be a stronger side in the Premier League next season. Trophies are a massive confidence boost for players.

Here’s a video of Portsmouth hoisting the trophy:


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  1. JLay

    May 19, 2008 at 11:39 am

    Yeah, whats wrong with defense? I think it’s a matter of playing to your strengths in this case as well.

    Who exactly would you suggest that they attack with?

    I have tremendous respect for what they’ve accomplished, they’ve done very well the last couple years, and they’ve done it on a shoestring budget with limited talent at their disposal.

    Good for you, ‘Arry.

  2. Mike

    May 19, 2008 at 8:21 am

    Defense wins championships; making a one-goal lead stand up in a cup final is an art form.

  3. JenniP

    May 19, 2008 at 7:29 am

    Portsmouth have mainly been a “defensive” team in the FA Cup because we have no strikers who can actually play in FA Cup games, Nugent has been injured most of the seasons (and doesn’t seem that good anyway), Baros just cant score, Benjani left before the majority of the cup run and Defoe who is cup tied, which leaves Kanu who isnt a particularly fast player. So that tends to leave us in a 4-5-1 with Kanu up top which stops us playing fast attacking football since we need the time for Kanu to get up the field and for people to go and support him.

    Next season should be different when we get a couple more strikers in, Pompey do play attractive attacking football, but Harry Redknapp knows what to do to grind out results and if that means play ugly then we will do.

    Also playing Championship teams (as we have during most of our cup run) you do have to play a slightly different game, playing the “Premier League” style will often get you knocked out against Championship as the “lower leagues” still play physical football.

  4. AtlantaPompey

    May 18, 2008 at 4:30 pm

    Yes, we are a defensive team, much like what Rangers did to get to the UEFA Cup final, but with a little more scoring ability than Rangers, or maybe we were just luckier, like having an own goal in injury time against Plymouth.

    The FA Cup was reduced to also ran status this year because no big teams were in it. I’m sure the PPV numbers were way down. We’ve played some great football along the way, but not in any of the FA Cup matches. Oh well. We still lifted the trophy.

    Man, I’ve got a hangover…

  5. wanderer_abroad

    May 18, 2008 at 12:27 pm

    Love the club and its supporters, hate the team and the manager. Its a shame that the FA cup has been reduced to being won by such a boring and hapless team (no offence pompey fans but you can’t tell me Portsmouth played inspired football at any time along their cup run!) Hopefully we can see a nice young, exciting, ENGLISH team win it next season……Aston Villa anyone?!

  6. Kevin

    May 18, 2008 at 11:44 am

    really happy for Harry

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