Still Leicester won’t lie down! Nugent & Beckford playing their socks off in an attempt to get back on track, crowd favourite David Luiz comes on for the last 15 replacing the very impressive Ivanovic. Beckford finally gets his reward when he pounces onto the ball coming back off the post to steer it home 3-1. This goal brought a mighty cheer from the bloke sat behind me??? the guy then quickly realised what he had done & produced a betting slip with ‘Chelsea 3-1 Win’ printed on it to save his blushes & probably a few teeth lol lol. but i was soon to be showered with confetti made from his piece of William Hill paper when that man Torres was at it again with 5 minutes to go. 4-1.
“he scores when he wants…. he scores when he waaa-aaa-nts… FERNANDO TORRES… he scores when he wants!” i’ve got to say it, the Chelsea fans are great! They had me laughing at Birmingham with their ‘is there a fire drill’ song & before that at Loftus Rd. with various come-back songs when John Terry was getting a vocal bashing, how can that many people sing off the same hymn sheet without any warning?? Is it all planned on BlackBerry’s before each game just in case? Either way, just Brilliant!
Just a few minutes left in this fantastic game and we seen the goal of the day! i’m so pleased for the travelling fans as the score line was going to make it look like an easy win for Chelsea, when Ben Marshall hit an absolute screamer from outside the box into the top right hand corner that i doubt any keeper would have saved. In the words of someone else probably more annoying & defiantly more famous than me…. “take a bow son”
But as much as we admired Leicester’s spirit & commitment on the field as well as their travelling army in the shed, the day has to belong to Fernando Torres. Yes, you could say “it was only against a championship side” but Leicester turned up to play, and they played well! Torres was immense all afternoon & in time added on instead of smashing the ball home for a hat-trick he must be craving for to silence the critics, he had the noodle to square it for team mate Meireles to knock in the final goal of the game. FT 5-2.
The guy sat next to me tells me i’m Torres’ good luck charm & insists we come back for the Benfica game & sit in the same seats to watch the now-in-form Spaniard bag a hat trick! lol lol. in what way can a 1 legged bloke be a good luck charm???? lol lol
We make our way out of the ground & head for the Hand & Flower, we had been given directions for the place before the game that i had of course totally forgotten by now, but the big fella was there to guide the way. Surrounded by happy Chelsea fans we come across a large group of Leicester fans still singing & chanting as they had been all day! fair play to them as they shook hands with the Chelsea fans wishing them good luck for the semis, a true credit to their club, what a shame it can’t always be like that.
We arrive at the pub and the Liverpool game is only a few minutes old – NICE! Chidge & Steve have arrived before us and insist on getting the beer in… again! i’m going to need an extension on my overdraught when we meet at Wembley the amount of beer i’m going to have to buy back!
Over the next couple of hours i consume far too much & give up on trying to work my snazzy new camera. The Liverpool game is 1-1 and everyone is in high spirits with the result from Wednesday plus today prompting the sound of “ello – ello – Chelsea are back” to come from the beer garden.
Returning from one of my many trips to the gents, i look up at the screen to see Stewart Downing score what turned out to be the winner against Stoke, “everyone’s at it today” the big fella tells me “even Johnny Evans has scored at Wolves for United!” i look back to the TV and there’s a close up of Andy Carroll, knowing what i’m thinking the Rhino laughs down my ear…. “behave Tony, that would be asking too much!”
With the game now over there’s a hush in the pub as everyone’s eyes are on the famous Wembley ball-bag! In they go & a few seconds later the Hand & Flower erupts when Spurs are potentially drawn against the blues!
A nice tasty derby is possibly our next game with the Chel’s but i would be just as happy to see Bolton get through even though my ground-hopping young blogger pal @JoeBillGibbo has demanded beer off me if this happens! No problem fella….. oh, wait a minute… are you old enough????
Our train back to Manc-Land is at 9.40 & the Rhino is pretty anxious to get a little closer to Euston knowing we have to get 3 tube trains to get us there & i’m a bit ‘wobberly’ i take a quick shot of the big fella with a guy called Kev & i’ve seen that look on the Rhino’s face before….. do as i’m told or i’ll be in trouble!
Not sure how but we’re back at Euston! Knowing my beer monster chum has looked after me for most of the day i decide to treat him & sneak off to the M&S express to get him a few cans for the journey home. i get to the counter with a couple of 4 packs & a bit of food, the cashier lady then tells me that security have been over & told her NOT to sell me any beer! Thinking this is the case for everyone i ask the security guard on the way out what the problem was. “it’s not everyone mate, just you! I think you’ve had enough” outraged by this i asked “why can’t you serve me? do i need I.D.? i’m 47!” “i think that’s how many you’ve had… on yer way”
I returned to the station bar with the big fella none the wiser about my run in with security & i left it till Monday before i told him over the phone because i knew he would rib me big style over it lol lol!
I woke up as we pulled into Piccadilly around 1am and my one & only offspring Kev2Legs was on his way to pick us up, bless him. A great day had come to an end with me nursing a mild head ache & the big fella itching to get home where he had a full fridge waiting! A big thanks to all the Chelsea fans we met on the day for making a couple of Manc’s feel so welcome & a big shout to the Leicester fans who added to the day embracing the true spirit of the FA Cup.
So what next for a couple of cup-hungry idiots… Wembley for the semis? Back to the Bridge for the visit of Benfica? No, we’re off to Chorlton-cum-Hardy on Saturday 24th for the North West Counties Football League Division 1 QF Replay between Maine Road FC & Bootle FC of course! It finished 2-2 aet when the sides met in Bootle 2 weeks ago so there has to be a winner on the day even if it’s 0-0 at full time!
I’ve convinced the Rhino to use public transport for the game as it’s just 1 bus from outside our local, (The Sweaty Spaniard) to the ground & it’s only £3.70 for an all day bus ticket! Cheap as chips or more money for beer is another way to look at it.