I had the pleasure of meeting Wolstenholme at Stoke Gabriel, Devon. He was stood in the scrumpy queue in front of me. I heard him speak and recognised the voice. He was sharing his 1966 experience with a small group. He only got paid £29 for the whole of the tournament.
Bit of trivia about today’s game. Two players, Luiz and Giroud, become the first players since a fella in 1895 to play for a side In a Cup Final after playing for the team they opposed in a previous final.
Not maybe now no but back when the FaCup Final was one of the most watched games globally you would. I have had the pleasure to see a lot of finals live. My first was Spurs v Man City in 1981. I saw the replay as well. The next was Brighton v Man United replay in 1983. I didn’t go again until 1997 and our final. I saw Chelsea v Arsenal in 2002 in Cardiff. And then a few at new Wembley as my mate had a couple of debenture seats. The early ones were amazing to go to
I have no interest anymore in the FA cup bar if we are involved.
The leagues most prestigious knockout contest has now been sold off to the highest bidder, and is now pretty exclusively geared towards the far easts armchair football fans.
Always bbc for me, though used to switch to ITV for half time analysis if Big Jack was one of their pundits! Wasn't it strange how Jackie was always ITV and Bobby BBC! Lawrie McMemenemy and Paddy Crerand regulars too.