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“Why does it always have to be in London?”

The minister who is in charge of helping to curb carbon emissions from the transport network, Norman Baker, has agreed with Sir Alex Ferguson who has argued against the FA holding the FA Cup semi-finals at Wembley.

“Sir Alex Ferguson is right. There will be a huge number of people wanting to travel down from the North West. Why does it always have to be in London? We have got to be smarter about travel. It’s crazy. “One of the games is a Manchester derby and it should be at Villa Park or Anfield. That would help fans, saving them money and reducing their carbon footprint.”

Three clubs from the North-West (United, City and Bolton) and one club from the Midlands (Stoke) will be playing in the semi-finals, meaning all their fans have to make the journey down to London.

Why does it always have to be in London? Because the FA are greedy bastards who couldn’t care less about the fans.

“It’s going to be absolute chaos,” Ferguson said last week. “I don’t think the cost of people travelling down to Wembley is considered. You’ve got Villa Park and Anfield just there on your doorstep. It’s quite incredible but there’s nothing that can be done about it. It’s always nice to go to Wembley, but I think it’s much better if you just go for a final.”

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Scott is the editor of Red Matters - 50 Years of Supporting Manchester United and an author of Play Like Fergie's Boys and Not Nineteen Forever. He writes for ESPN, The Metro and Bleacher Report. Follow @R_o_M on Twitter.

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  1. ralph milnes left foot says:

    Fuckin ridiculous should be at Villa Park we always win cup semis there

  2. Whiteside says:

    They don’t call lucre filthy for nothing.

  3. Dre.FU= Forever United says:

    ”Why does it always have to be in London? Because the FA are greedy bastards who couldn’t care less about the fans”.

    Say No More!!!!!

  4. Costas says:

    Someone has to pay for Wembley…

  5. ralph milnes left foot says:

    I hope they’ve sorted that shit pitch out we could well do without anyone getting injured

  6. Dazbomber says:

    It’s going to be a blood bath , every thug in London will be out

  7. Xyth says:

    They need to pay for Wembley, don’t they?

    Fucking old farts!!

  8. willierednut says:

    London calling? A clash of styles.

  9. KingOfStretfordEnd says:

    I’m so peeved with the FA I’m immune already. What more stupidity can they commit themselves to?

  10. parryheid says:

    Its the hub of the country everything happens in London,anybody who’s anybody is in London Jeez even Richard and Judy moved there.

  11. Alpha_RS says:

    The atmosphere at Villa park for a semi final is always great.
    Remember United v Arsenal semi final replay 1999?! That was awesome!

  12. Whiteside says:

    It’s about the money. The fact that United always seem to well at Villa Park as a neutral venue is just a bonus for them.

  13. mattbw7 says:

    Its fair comment to a point, but being lectured off the goverment about carbon footprints is laughable, besides if it wasn’t for Wembley getting a ticket would be a bastard. So for my own self interest I couldnt give a fuck. The issue of having them at Wembley is a bit weak as well as tradition in the cup died the minute the FA let FIFA ask/force us to go to the World Club Cup.

    The only real issue is where for me is the location of Wembley which as with everything to do with fans (safe standing) we got fucked over and as there is no 60,000 plus venue outside of London except ours what are we supposed to do?

  14. Alpha_RS says:

    ”Why does it always have to be in London? Because the FA are greedy bastards who couldn’t care less about the fans”.

    Love it Scott. Say it how it is!

  15. ancha says:

    I read some where few days back that the pitch at wembley has been changed, is it true?

  16. mattbw7 says:

    It has Ancha, its now the same type as at the Emirates with a bit of synthetic weave to keep it in good nick, Im sure they do something similar at OT.

    Just re-emphasise my point about the no 60,000 plus all seaters outside of London which means we are fucked for own semi, isnt it a bit shit that in all the time th PL has been in existence we are the only club to have one, Im looking at you Liverpool, Leeds tee hee, Newcastle, even Everton and City who bang on about how big thier fanbase is but none have had the will to sort it.

    The real issue with say a villa park semi for me these days is with the expansion of OT it would mean a lot more match going reds would miss out on a ticket while all the fucking glory hunting fans of other clubs who cant be arsed to attend earlier rounds get the same allocation a Bolton supporting customer of mine who is a season ticket holder along with about 3 of his mates have been able 28 fucking tickets for thier game!!!

  17. ancha says:

    I think OT pitch sometimes is more wet than normal ,you can see our players slipping during the games

  18. mattbw7 says:

    Slipping on the bitter tears of our opponents.

  19. ancha says:


    rofl, I’m missing OT

  20. mattbw7 says:

    Can I have a rant about citeh why in a city with a population exceeding 450,000 inhabitants and the Greater Manchester area totalling over 2 million (didn’t want to leave Stockport out) can’t you fill your fucking ground week in week out after all its not as if you have competition from us as none of us live anywhere near Manchester according to the horrible bitter twats with thier media friendly Poznan dance, (who’s fans took the time visit OT when they come over).

    Has been two weeks without a game, am I going stir fucking crazy, yes yes, ffs give me the league back.

  21. Always Be Closing says:

    Anfield, Goodison, St Andrews, Villa Park, any of them but Wembley. Pointless considering there’s bugger all west or south of London to hold the semis there for. What if it was Newcastle v Sunderland? I’d be angry as fuck if I was a Geordie having to make that trip there and back, especially so for the semi and for the final. Also means not as much fucking about with ticket allocations with the ‘lost tickets’ that always occur when the FA has its finger firmly up the arse of the corporates.

  22. Kings says:

    Scott The Red – Like Costas and Xyth have already mentioned, It has to do with them cunts trying to recoup their ridiculous outlay on the project which took over 6 years to complete. About £750m was spent in total. It is because of this that whenever I go to Wembley to see United, I will not purchase any refreshments in there. I would rather go out with booze for a couple of hours than line their greedy pockets.

  23. 7seagulls says:

    Kings, Costas and Xyth – All spot on
    I’ve never been able to get tickets with United to Wembley, I did however go to the Championship playoff final in 2009 with a couple of Blade mates. I paid £40 to sit in the nosebleeds (seriously, nearly died getting up to where I was sat), then they tried to charge me about £7 for a beer and some chips. I did a runner (I was with Yorkshiremen, they thought nothing of scabbing off paying for something :P )
    Back to the point, theyre a bunch of robbing bastards who couldnt give a fuck about the fans, the football or the clubs. Its all about the dollar

  24. 7seagulls says:

    … God that’s a shit smiley. I take it back

  25. theboogeyman says:

    willie- That was a terrible pun mate lol.


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