The league is dead, long live the Cup!
As I sit here reflecting on a nil nil draw against the team marooned at the bottom of the SPL, I could feel downhearted by United's inability to break down Dunfermline's resistance, I could even become dismayed by the fact we have now went 4 league games without a victory but I'm not. Why not? Because its Scottish Cup week and a trip to
What is it about the cup that draws supporters from their slumber and the general malaise of SPL football? Supporter's Club Busses were full almost as soon as they were put on, the trains are jam packed and a good convoy of Arab packed cars will make the trip up the A9 to cheer on the tangerines.
Make no doubt about it, short of a last day relegation battle match up, United will take a support well in excess of double the number usually expected to make the journey up to Inverness. These fans will arm themselves with tangerine coloured attire, balloons, scarves and flags – hey, some will even indulge in a few party drinks en route!
It's the romance of the cup. It's that day when nothing else matters other than making a day out of your trip and praying you will see your team progress to the next round of the cup. What else could matter? The spark has no doubt been ignited by Manager Craig Levein's apparent ability to get the players to raise their games when it really matters and Saturday is one of those occasions. The usual Monday morning feeling of a slight regret about Saturdays result was replaced this week by a genuine enthusiasm for the week ahead. Its cup week, it's special and us Arabs can't wait.
So is the enthusiasm misplaced? Can we leave
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