Thoughts For The Week
- Dean Ashton in 2006 was the last former Alex player to make the FA Cup Final, but who would have thought the next in line could well be Stephen Foster? Needless to explain, but Foster and his Barnsley team mates somehow defeated a strong Chelsea sides, causing one of the biggest upsets in recent FA Cup times. How many Alex fans can't be happy for Foz? An excellent player whilst he was here, he deserved a lot more than the treatment he had at Burnley where his chances in the first team were limited. Barnsley are up against Carduff in the semi final at Wembley, standing a great chance of making the final, and I will definitely be cheering Foz on.
- Talking of the FA Cup semi finals... whose brainless idea was it to play them at Wembley (again)? West Brom could now be in for three trips to Wembley in the space of weeks if they make the final and the play-off final. This after a trip for last year's play-offs too. Surely the whole idea of the final is for it to be grand, to be treasured and for it to be a show case. Why stifle all the excitement before a team like Barnsley even make the final? It's ludicrous and takes away the enjoyment. They say Villa Park and Old Trafford aren't big enough to cope with the demand for tickets. Two words - Millennium Stadium.
- And finally on the FA Cup, I hope it's an all Championship final. You won't find anyone who detests the Premiership & everything that goes with it much more than me. I hope it loses the Premier League money and I hope it really grates on all the big wigs, from the 'big four' to Brian Barwick. It will do, make no mistake about it. All that revenue lost... Barnsley don't have the same pull in Singapore.
- It's now time for Gary Roberts to grow up or go away. His disruptiveness since the turn of the year has been nothing but a disgrace; first disciplined for not turning up for training and now for a reason Holland describes as a training ground incident. If rumours of what he did and said are true then I personally hope he never plays for this club again. If he wishes to leave then he knows where the door is.
- The defeat at home to Vale is probably the most depressing in years. It's nothing to do with them being rivals, if it had been against Bournemouth it would have been the same. I don't think any fan left that game thinking we'll be playing in this league next season. If we go down though, will we really be big fish in a small pond? Will we really get more wins than defeats? Were we not saying this two seasons ago? Were the likes of Grimsby saying this prior to their relegation? Relegation would be a disaster for this club.