Can we win a cup next season?

The FA Cup.

The FA Cup.
Up for a cup?
With Manchester City winning the FA Cup just a few days ago it got me thinking. Can we, the most trophy-shy of teams, win a cup next season?

With Stoke getting to the final of the FA cup and Birmingham winning the Carling Cup it makes you wonder why we can’t go all the way and finally win the trophy that us loyal fans have patiently waited for – some of whom have been waiting patiently for longer than others!

Granted Birmingham are probably now paying the price of winning the cup and playing their strongest team throughout the competition, but Stoke are prime example of how to go about it. Consolidate for a few seasons and then target a cup. In the end they just came up short against the richest team in the world in Manchester City.

Barring the last two years we haven’t taken any of the cups seriously. You can blame the luck of the draw where a lot of the time we seem to get drawn against one of the ‘big boys’ but a big factor is that whatever manager we’ve had we always seem to play not just a weakened team but a completely different starting eleven. If you do that then your not even giving yourselves a chance.

Now I’m barring the last two seasons because last season was solely about gaining promotion at the first time of asking and this season was purely about surviving no matter what, and I would of sacrificed any trophy for doing so, as I’m sure Birmingham fans would do right now.

I’m not saying that we should definitely be winning a trophy, or even get to the final, but we should be at least giving it a go, and I feel that under Alan Pardew that’s what we’ll do. He played the best team possible at Stevenage in the FA Cup and he personally couldn’t have done anymore to try and win that game. And I think next season again he will take the same approach.

Next season will be our second season in the Premier League and with plans to spend and improve the squad in the summer we should end up with a highly competitive squad added to the core that we already have. With new signings coming in and a few youngsters who are starting to make a name for themselves we can start to built a side which not only has quality but also has some quantity.

Hopefully when we are stretched, like around Christmas time, and we have about fifteen games in the space of four days including a Cup game away at a Championship team we can tweak the team and make one or two changes and still be as strong as before.

So with everyone talking about building on this season and where we might finish next, lets not forget that there are two realistic trophies on offer, and that we should be doing our best to try and win one of them.


185 thoughts on “Can we win a cup next season?

  1. O’HURLEY! 😆 😆
    Hey.. I am in London but grew up near Toronto, family still there. No, you don’t know me, but I’ve been reading here since er… when there only used to be the other place 😐
    I just singled you out because I actually have been to Tennessee, and don’t reckon there’s many on here that have! It was many years ago mind!!

    Great blog by the way Toonsy, and everyone. The Jackie Milburn article for Army, and young Dan writing up about the youngsters, stuff like that is just class and helps me learn a lot about the team. And congratulations Toonsy on your exam successes and life change 😀

    I think the orange kit is not too bad….


  2. It’s nice of Robert to reply on twitter like, I know he doesn’t have that many followers but most footballers hardly ever do it.


  3. Couldn’t happen to a nicer club and nicer people! Jones will go, so will half the team! I want bellamy and long


  4. BB…no we won’t, even if Pardew had £200m to spend…..unless Messi came… Pedro would slot straight into Barca’s present team now, nae probs.


  5. Good evening Lads whats the craic
    As for a Cup would love to win one even the carling cup would do 😆 but would prefer the FA 😀


  6. Dont think we can win a cup next year, but a good cup run would be nice.
    make a change from whimpering out in 3rd round as per norm 👿


  7. Evenin Dave.

    I suppose at a push I’d settle for either, we’d have to go some tho to top the Kirin cup victory of ’83 😉 😆


  8. AndrewNUFC
    Posted May 17, 2011 at 9:14 PM
    Warren Barton follows him and has tweeted him so I think it is.

    Forgot to mention this earlier but you should have seen Warren beaming in the FSC post-match show on sunday. He is unashamedly pro-Newcastle and it really showed after the chelsea match…


  9. I like that away kit. Although in saying that as handsome as I am I don’t think I could pull off orange.

    I wish Nike made our kits. Rarely see a crap one.


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