As the row over FC United’s ticket allocation for the FA Cup second round game at Brighton continues, and our hosts slight our supporters’ reputations, ESPN commentator Jon Champion gushed praise on the reds who roared their club to victory at Rochdale in the previous round.
Champion said: “Without doubt, it [Rochdale] was the most invigorating football experience I’ve had in years. It was fantastic being sat at the back of that stand with so many FC United fans. It was an amazing way to kick off this FA Cup competition.
“We will see many great moments en route to Wembley and I will be extremely fortunate to be there covering the final I but can’t imagine will have a better day or be part of a more memorable experience than Rochdale v FC United. I am a huge defender of the FA Cup and I believe it emphasises the democratic nature of football. And you know what, it’s not about the final because it produces the most memorable moments in people’s lives. It doesn’t need to be a at Wembley or even on TV.
“This was a special occasion and that was evident in the fact that normally sane people were losing control a little bit and celebrating on the pitch. This year, like every year, we’ll see Ronnie Radford scoring against Newcastle and players and pundits will fondly remember people running on the pitch. The politically correct thing to do is tut or be outraged but I knew this was a special moment for followers of FC United and indeed for the FA Cup.”
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