True Spirit of the FA Cup: Barnsley 1 - 0 Chelsea

Simon MartinSenior Writer IMarch 8, 2008

The spirit of the FA Cup has returned, as Barnsley--Championship team Barnsley--have beaten Chelsea in the FA Cup quarterfinal this evening!

I can't remember the last time I screamed in such delight--after listening to such a fantastic match, one that truly had it all: close shaves, fouls, spills, and a superb amount of determined, soulful playing from Barnsley.

This plucky little club has now beaten Liverpool and Chelsea--two giants of the EPL--and has made it to the semi-finals at Wembley!

This will be their first time there in almost 100 years, and this--THIS--is the magic of the FA Cup!

I'm sorry, but a proper match report? I'm too excited to write one!

Alright, a second-half header from Barnsley's Kayode Odejayi has sensationally dumped Chelsea out of the FA cup!

Chelsea fought hard, but Barnsley held on, and held on...and despite a crowd invasion (quickly dealt with) two minutes from the end...stayed ahead to record a historical win!

For the first time in two decades, the winner of the FA Cup will not be Manchester United, Arsenal, Chelsea or Liverpool--and it can only be a good thing!

Chelsea fans will be devastated--their dreams of a quadruple have been destroyed in two weeks. Do I care? Not really! Given that I am more concerned and delighted for the courageous Barnsley!

From a Charlton fan to the whole host of Barnsley fans--I will be supporting you guys in the next round, and to the final! 

Good luck, and well done!


The magic of the FA Cup has well and truly returned!