Dreams can come true... Written by Kedge
So there I was, Seat 132, Row R, Block V in the West Stand at Roots Hall, on Tuesday 7th November 2006, at 8:26 in the evening. A hush had settled on the crowd. Breaths were held. Hearts stopped. Time stood still.
Some guy wearing a blue shirt kicked a white, spherical object which came to rest in some nylon mesh attached to some white posts.
The crowd went mad. I went mad. Total strangers were jumping up and down, hugging each other.
We all sat down again. There was a lot of running around by people in red shirts and blue shirts, the white spherical object was kicked and thrown and chased all over the place, and then at 9:50 a man dressed in a green shirt blew a whistle and the world went mad again.
So? What was that all about?
Well lowly Southend United, bottom of the Championship, without a win in 11 games, had just knocked Manchester United, Top of the Premiership, one of the richest and most successful clubs in the world, out of the Carling Cup.
To put it into perspective, before anyone thinks, well Dah! Anyone could beat the Man Utd 2nd team, Here is the lineup on the night:Mancheser UnitedTomasz Kuszczak
Polish International GoalkeeperJohn O’Shea
Republic of Ireland International DefenderWes Brown
England International DefenderMikael Silvestre
French International DefenderGabriel Heinze
Argentinean International DefenderCristiano Ronaldo
Portuguese International Midfield/WingerDarren Fletcher
Scottish International MidfielderDavid Jones
Uncapped MidfielderKieran Richardson
England International MidfielderAlan Smith
England International StrikerWayne Rooney
England International StrikerSouthend United
No international appearancesLewis Hunt
No international appearancesSpencer Prior
No international appearancesEfe Sodje
Nigerian International (9 appearences)Steven Hammell
Scottish International (1 appearance)Jamal Campbell-Ryce
Jamacian International (3 appearences)Peter Clark
No international appearancesKevin Maher
No international appearancesMark Gower
No international appearancesFreddy Eastwood
No international appearancesGary Hooper
No international appearances
I’m sure there were some other things that happened, but to be honest the only thing that mattered after 8:26 was that the scoreboard stayed as it was.
And so to the quarter finals. Who do we fancy? Well, Arsenal at home would be nice. Bring it on!
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