There are thousands of people struggling to come to terms with the gut-wrenching nature of our defeat at Wembley last Saturday, but the piece attached below will undoubtedly help you push through the grieving process.
Much was made in the national press of the symmetry between the FA Cup Final of 1990 and the one we have just witnessed in the build-up to it. Not only were the same two clubs involved, but their respective journeys chimed well with that of 26 years ago. Sadly for us, the sense of history repeating itself eventually meant that we suffered the same crushing sense of defeat when the final whistle blew, prompting vast hordes of our fan-base to search for solace from anything other than the game we all love.
Thankfully, Dan Cooper has penned an absolutely brilliant piece summarising the sense of emotion, exhaustion and collective spirit which made the entire experience of our most recent FA Cup Final loss as special as anything else he’d ever witnessed in his time following the club.
It’s easy to stray into the realms of self-congratulatory back-slapping when it comes to the business of assessing what your own football club means to those who follow it up and down the country on an emotional level, but throughout the article in question, Dan treads the line between heartfelt observation and misty-eyed nostalgia perfectly. Make no mistake, it is an incredibly impressive piece of writing.
It will no doubt take us all months of not years to completely get over the heartache of losing a second FA Cup Final in such dramatic circumstances, indeed some may never manage to fully move on from that feeling of regret, but within the words of the feature attached above, Mr Cooper has managed, probably better than anyone else I know of, to encapsulate the collective emotions we all went through on the day.
Believe me, reading this will only serve to improve your day. It is fantastic.