Sunday, April 17, 2011

Was Stanley Matthews in the team?

I thought I had watched the shock result of this weekend's televised FA CUP SEMIFINALS when MANCHESTER CITY edged high-flying rivals MANCHESTER UNITED, 1-0, yesterday.
Instead, I sat blinking in wonderment today as STOKE CITY scored three goals within a half hour on their way to a 5-0 rout of BOLTON WANDERERS -- the first 5-0 FA Cup semifinal since 1939.

Bolton looked absolutely baffled, and the television commentator described the scene as "undiluted agony" for the vanquished Trotters.

It was joyful amazement for the Potters, on the other hand, as Stoke reached their first FA Cup final in their 148-year history.

Gordon Banks never made it with Stoke, George Eastham never made it with the Potters (although both lifted the League Cup) and not even Sir Stanley Matthews made it to the final while wearing the red-and-white stripes of Stoke City.

What a marvelous result for Stoke.


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