Writer: Ryan Kalisz
Date:Monday April 18 2011
Well I would have done more updates for you but my phone battery died, so that brought an end to the slightly annoying and random updates. But who cares?! What an absolute riot! A superbly bonkers day of mayhem and madness and I wouldn`t have missed It for the world!
Who`d have thought that the final outcome would be 5-0?? Definitely not pessimistic 81% of you who voted "no" when Vital Stoke asked if we could get through to the final! Are you happy now? I bet you are to be fair because I most certainly am!! In fact, I`m so happy, I`ve been driving round town with my Wembley flag and Stoke City scarf trapped in the windows, blowing around as I peep the horn to those who give me a wave. Don`t worry, I haven`t been sniffing glue, or need to be sectioned; I`m just that ecstatic about our glorious day down Wembley way!
The game was one of many highlights and individual performances. Such as Mathew Etherington`s cracking opener, Rory Delap`s throws reaching the penalty area despite claims they wouldn`t, Jon Walters` screamer to make it 4-0, Jermaine Pennant`s outstanding pace and skill, I could go on forever. But it was the team as a whole that strung together goal after goal after goal, and write a new chapter in the club`s history.
As for the stadium; it was extravagant, extraordinary and emphatic. I couldn`t believe my eyes when I wandered into the beacon of light that was Wembley. The sight took my breath away and the only thought that floated round in my mind was: "ooh 'eck this is a bit bigger than the Brit". I managed to take loads of pictures, with the help of the magic battery rub (I didn`t have much luck with batteries - let`s face it, the eon signs had more energy than my stuff did).
But most importantly I have memories; the coach trip, the picnic in the coach park, the taunting of the one Bolton fan walking past the sea of Stoke fans, the first impressions inside, the game, the celebrations, and the coach trip home. Memories I will never forget, and will be telling my children and grandchildren (if I ever find a girl).
We have deserved every moment of that magnificent victory and the spine-tingling renditions of Delilah that echoed around the ground. I was one of the 34,000 fans, and together we were all a part of the historical journey to the FA Cup Final!
Wow. Just wow.
To sum up; many people are speechless (mainly due to ruining their voice boxes), but I never shut up and I`ll still be singing the praises of everyone involved in Stoke`s success story.
Date:Monday April 18 2011
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