Today is no different. It’s the fifth round of the English F.A. Cup, the world’s oldest and best knockout sports competition on the planet..in my humble opinion. The stories today are simply extraordinary, but if you thought it was only one giant killer, there was another.
Lincoln City, a non league club, have beaten Championship sides Brighton and Ipswich and today Premiership Burnley were the next to fall to the mighty Imps from Lincolnshire. Let me put into context. No non league club has ever made it to the quarter finals of the F.A. Cup. History men indeed and I just love the scenes at the end as the final whistle went. Truly remarkable and inspirational.
Not to be outdone, League One side Millwall have beaten Premiership Bournemouth, Watford and now current English champions, Leicester City in another amazing run to the quarter finals. And the galacticos of Manchester City have been held to a 0-0 draw by Championship Huddersfield.
Why do the English love an underdog? Why do we love the spirit and joie de vivre these teams produce when faced with the prospect of playing the best? It’s just an English thing. We don’t like winners, we like the losers, or the Davids of this world against the Goliaths.
Inspirational for us all. Proof that we can all achieve something, when we put our minds to it. Life is designed to get us down, but it’s how we fight back that counts. Lincoln City, Millwall and Huddersfield prove that anything is possible.