Monday, March 01, 2010
The Glass Ceiling of English Football
Here we go, here we go.. Again.
Underdog team takes early lead in Cup final. The favourites equalise before half-time. They then win the match with a moment of star quality, from a very expensively bought player with around 15/20mins remaining.
That’s what occurred in yesterday’s League Cup final, and its also what occurred in last year’s FA Cup final.
Despite the fact that both Aston Villa and Everton gave it everything they had, once again a team from the Big Four has won one of English football’s three main trophies. And once again the underdog has lost in a final. There used to be a time when any old Wimbledon, Coventry, Ipswich or QPR could win a Wembley Cup final. Not any more it seems.
The facts speak for themselves: in the last five years only two teams from outside the top four have won a major trophy (Spurs, 2008 League Cup and Portsmouth, 2008 FA Cup).
How long is this boring monopolisation of the domestic game by a tiny handful of clubs going to continue?