Cardiff City's FA Cup dream is over. The Bluebirds were unlucky to lose 1-0 to Portsmouth in yesterday's final at Wembley. But the team did Cardiff, Wales and football proud.
How ironic that a club that won the FA Cup in 1927 through a goalkeeping blunder should lose at Wembley 81 years later to a similar howler by Cardiff keeper Enckelman. Ultimately Portsmouth's Premier League quality was enough, although City had the best of the first half hour.
I was lucky enough to be at Wembley to watch City's success in the semi final. I watched yesterday's final with Mum and Dad in Penarth. After the game ended, my wife Karen asked, "Have you got over the disappointment?" I explained that a lifetime supporting the Bluebirds teaches you to expect and accept disappointment. But the huge consolation is knowing that City have doubled their tally of FA Cup final appearances.
Credit to the FA for agreeing that the Welsh national anthem, Hen wlad fy nhadau, should be played as well as God save the Queen. It was a fine gesture.
The BBC: the poor relation
Watching Cardiff City v Portsmouth in the FA Cup final on BBC tv made me realise how Sky have improved live television coverage of football. Half way through the first half, I wondered how much possession and territory City had enjoyed. Had I been watching Sky, I'd have seen charts and stats. On the BBC? Nothing. I saw just one such graphic, early in the second half. And that was it.