|View single post by kargol|
|Posted: Fri Jun 18th, 2010 03:29 pm||
1. Losing to Liverpool in the 2001 League Cup Final. Since our formation in 1875, we have only won one major trophy, and against Liverpool we were massive underdogs in the final; yet we equalized in the 90th minute, and in extra time Andrew Johnson was felled in the penalty area. Penalty and a red card for the Liverpool defender. But no, the ref bottled the decision and gave a goal kick. An outrageous decision, and one that cost us the game, as we lost on penalties. More of a gut-kick in retrospect, as at the time we were largely amazed we had reached a final.
2. Losing to Portsmouth in this year's FA Cup. Two shitty refereeing decisions cost us. We would have been in the semis, 90 minutes away from a third FA Cup Final AND a guaranteed European place. I still have deep suspicions about that game; I was so confident we would lose I made nearly $1000 on it as a result. (The FA wanted Portsmouth, nearly bankrupt, to go as far as possible in the Cup and earn more money.)
3. Losing to Watford in the 1999 promotion play-off semi-final. Not been in the top division since 1986, we knew that a poor Bolton were waiting in the play-off final, we had a 1-0 deficit from the first game to overcome, and scored within the first five minutes; only we had to contend with (a) a goalkeeper having the game of his life and (b) a cheating Watford team who practically gangraped the referee into sending David Holdsworth off for an innocuous header. Lost on penalties. Fucking Graham Taylor.
4. Losing to Wrexham in the FA Cup 5th round in 1997. Unusually we knew the quarter-final opponents because the game had been rescheduled - and the opponents were third division Chesterfield. There was only 1 team left in the competition (Chelsea) that were any good. We should have been in the Final, but a stupid sending off when we had the game under control meant a comfortable 1-0 lead turned into a 3-1 deficit.
5. Losing to our local rivals Aston Villa in the League Cup 2nd round in 1993. Not because we lost, that was expected, we were bottom of the second division at the time, they were near the top of the first, but HOW it happened, two 1-0 defeats in the two legs, the first after a clear penalty was not awarded to us, the second in one of the most bent refereeing displays I have had the misfortune to see; highlights being Paul Tait sent off for retaliation after Kevin Richardson had put Scott Hiley on a stretcher (and had not been punished) and the most offside goal in history against us.
There have been a good few for England, but they have never had the same effect.