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Winning Streak

by | 5th, April 2004

‘HOW all of Europe must have cheered when Tim Cahill’s goal yesterday propelled Millwall into the FA Cup final and, more significantly, into next season’s Uefa Cup!

Manchester shivered, Cardiff shivered, Theo Paphitis shivered

The London club’s fans are known the length and breadth of the land for their hospitality, good humour and willingness to welcome players and fans of all colours and creeds.

So, when the Guardian suggests that “Manchester shivered, Cardiff shivered and all across the continent, from Brussels to Istanbul, European cities shivered”, we can only assume it was with delicious anticipation.

Dennis Wise achievement in leading the First Division side to its first FA Cup final in the club’s 119-year history is saluted by all the papers this morning.

And the man himself tells the Sun that he is looking forward to chairman Theo Paphitis honouring his pledge to streak round South London if his side made it to Cardiff.

“Get yer kit off, Theo!” demands the Sun. “Get lost, Fergie,” demands the Mirror (on behalf of Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger).

The Frenchman insists that he will not be wound up by Manchester United boss Sir Alex Ferguson’s dig that he thinks Chelsea will beat the Gunners in their Champions’ League clash this week.

There are few more nauseating sights in sport than a happy Ferguson and happy he certainly was after his side beat the Gunners 1-0 in the other FA Cup semi-final.

And Wenger was quick to brush off the chippy Scot’s attempts to wind him up. “For a long time, we have not listed to what Alex Ferguson says,” he told the Mirror.

Meanwhile, England’s cricketers were enjoying a day on the beach after winning their first series in the Caribbean in 36 years at the weekend.

The Indy catches up with Michael Vaughan and his men taking on a group of British holidaymakers in Barbados.

And one suspects, getting a bit more of a workout than they got against a West Indies side which again capitulated in the face of some probing England bowling.

Star of the show was Matthew Hoggard, who became the 10th English bowler to get a Test hat-trick when he removed Ramnaesh Sarwan, Shivnarine Chanderpaul and Ryan Hinds in successive deliveries.

It was, says the Indy, the Yorkshireman’s second hat-trick. His first came for Pudsey Congregational thirds in the Dales Council League.

History does not record his three victims on that occasion.’

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