The British love an underdog.
And Watford are always likely to be underdogs in an FA Cup Final.
Manchester City became champions by getting one more point than Liverpool after 38 games and Pep Guardiola wants to win everything.
Pep always thought that Raheem Sterling could improve a lot and Raheem is now versatile enough to play just behind the centre forward, or on the left, or up front, or even wide right, which he has always hated.
He’s 24 and can make goals and score them and win the ball and dribble and get free kicks. He can do a bit of everything, as required. and is now playing a major role at City. He’s become a leader, a good finisher, and one of Gareth Southgate’s most reliable England warriors.
Edersen is a bold and athletic Brazilian goalkeeper who loves to show what he can do, especially with his feet.
Talking of Brazilian keepers, Heurelho Gomes was going to retire after his contract with Spurs ended in 2014. The family’s furniture was in crates and he was heading for the airport when he got a call from Watford, then in the Championship with promising youngsters who needed a senior pro.
He signed and played 44 games in their promotion season.
Last summer bookmakers thought Watford would be relegated.
They came up in 2015 and in 2019 finished 11th, just below West Ham, Leicester and Everton.
This is their first Cup Final for 35 years.
Not seeing last year’s Chelsea-Man Utd final has sharpened my appetite for this one. I’m up for it and really hope twinkletoes Deulofeu starts the game.
A year ago we went to Brighton for the festival and stayed two nights with Caroline and on the Sunday morning were running around looking at art in studio-houses, after going on Saturday night to Brighton & Hove High School to see The Big Book Group with host Craig Melvin with David Shrigley,Matt Haig and Jess Kidd.
Did I remember all those details? Of course not.
Last week I was reading Show And Tell, a brilliant collection of New Yorker profiles by John Lahr, the legendary theatre critic. and I had used the tickets as a bookmark after picking up that paperback in a second-hand shop,.
Chelsea v Man Utd was the only FA Cup Final I’ve ever failed to watch on TV and I’ve seen about 20 from a Wembley press seat.
Just hoping this will be a great game.
It will have to be good to equal Derby County beating Leeds in extra time the other night. What an exciting battle that was!