Fans love a home-grown youngster in their team
Add in teenage defender and life-long fan of the club Kieran Tierney rushing back from the hospital after having his jaw broken to lift the cup and it was a day that reminded fans of what football is all about. No matter how often you win, it can be exhilarating, and even for fans who see their side lose more often than they win, the sweetness of victory is addictive and can keep you going. It also more than justifies some of the bad days that football fans have to contend with.
There is definitely something about the connection when a player is also a fan of their club. In the modern day, this is becoming a rarity at the top end of the game, but as we move down throughout the leagues, there is a stronger connection between fans and players. This is a big factor in why non-league football is thriving in recent times.
There is still a magic to the FA Cup
Yes, the money at the top end of the game means that the gap between the haves and have-nots is wider than it has ever been, but this doesn’t change the feelings that fans have just from being close to their favourite players or seeing their team in person. There is a genuine level of excitement about supporting your team, and the sense of joy that we had as children is still present when watching your team.