In England, one of the great sporting events is the Football Association Cup. The FA Cup competition begins in winter and the final is played in mid May. Every footballer and fan dreams of being in and winning the FA Cup Final. It is watched live by millions of football fans throughout the world.
I have been a fan of Portsmouth Football Club - known as Pompey, since I was a boy of 5 in 1948. They won the league that year and the year after. They won the FA Cup in 1939. Things drifted after the 1950s. They spent many years in lower Divisions, had a brief resergence in the 80's but it was only a few seasons ago that they returned to the top flight Premier Division.
This year they hit the jackpot. They stumbled through the early rounds then came up against mighty Manchester United in the last eight. Pompey had luck on their side that day and won 1-0. They went on to to final by beating West Bromich and played Cardiff in the Final on May 17 2008. Another 1-0 win and the cup was won. Pompey fans were ecstatic - this old one in particular.
A few photos give some idea of what it meant to some of us.