8.1.2014. It’s semi final week of the Capital One cup, the second rate football trophy in the UK.
It’s had many names over the years. It started off as the League Cup, became the Milk cup, the Carling cup, the Littlewoods cup, all dependent on who is sponsoring the thing in any particular year.
This year, the semi finals are pitting the two big Manchester clubs against two smaller premier league teams, Utd against Sunderland and City against West Ham. The semis are played over two legs and this week has seen the first of those legs being played.
As a Utd fan, I’m disappointed that we are 2:1 down after the first leg, but how are the West Ham fans feeling after the game with City earlier tonight? They lost 6:0!
The funny thing (if you’re not a West Ham fan that is) is that in two previous times that they have been to the semi finals of this competition, they lost the first legs 5:0 and another 6:0. I was at the second of these games, because they were playing my home town team, Oldham Athletic and the great Frankie Bunn scored at least five of the goals.
To make matters worst this year, West Ham got knocked out of the FA cup at the weekend against Nottingham Forest. The score. Yes you’ve guessed it 5:0! At least they are consistent! Consistently bad!
Oh to be a West Ham fan!