An FA Cup Tribute - The Dogged Determination Of The Underdog

The Dogged Determination Of The Underdog


‘It’s not the size of the dog in the fight, it’s the size of the fight in the dog’

(Mark Twain)

By no means am I meaning to turn this blog into a cliche fest, but it’s hard to describe the feeling of endearment the English FA cup brings. I’m afraid a humble Dietitian like myself cannot begin to adequately articulate the history and magic without capitalising on someone else’s trained philosophical tongue (thanks Mr Twain).

The cup takes me back to the comparisons my Grandad made when I as a boy, referring back to the trenches during WWII when a squadron of soldiers would go over the top, and against all odds come out victorious. You see the majority of those men/boys were not elite soldiers such as the SAS, SBS or Marines, in fact they were just that…young men and boys fighting for a cause! Now it may be a bit loose to compare the brave souls of the war to those young men taking to a football pitch for what is, let’s face it, arguably the best job out there…but I feel the sentiment is similar, if not the same. Seeing as Discount Supplements are based in Essex, and considering the fact that my Father was a pro footballer at Colchester, I think it’s only right that I cast back to the 1971 classic which saw The U’s (division 4) scalp the then top division club Leeds Utd in an emphatic 3-2 thriller!

This (and many other similar instances) is a perfect example of how the underdogs can and do occasionally come out on top!

So I think it’s fair to say that the FA Cup provides an opportunity for your ordinary part time footballers to stand up and be counted against some of the best out there. Against all odds (and back to the war analogy), the FA Cup serves as an opportunity for David to beat Goliath and for the underdogs to beat the favourites. The FA Cup in all its glory, with the world watching serves as a stage upon which the ORDINARY can quite literally become… EXTRAORDINARY (cue a quote from the 300 spartan warriors)!

So why not in our quest to become the best we can be remember this philosophy? Remember the immortal words of Mark Twain who recognised that it’s not the size of the dog in the fight that counts, it’s the size of the fight in the dog. And maybe when that comes to mind, think of this too...remember that even the smallest of dogs can grow (e.g. Optimum Nutrition Serious Mass or Reflex Nutrition Instant Mass) and when all is said and done, the limits of our boundaries are only as big as our ambition. Boundaries are there to be broken right!?

A final word...

CONGRATULATIONS to Wigan Athletic for winning the FA Cup last week, congratulations on beating the billionaires that are Manchester City, well done for stepping up and being counted when all had gone against you, and congratulations for making history! THANK YOU for reminding us that although a man may get knocked down, the only thing stopping him from getting back up again…is himself.

About the Author

Job Role Qualified Dietitian and Sports Nutritionist Qualifications BSc (Hons) Sports Science | BSc (Hons) Dietetics Tom has always participated in sport both recreationally and competitively which led to an unquenchable thirst for information on anything health, nutrition and fitness. After leaving school Tom went on to play for a football academy during which time he studied Sport and Exercise Science. From here he went on to study a BSc (Hons) Sport Science at UEA followed by his second BSc (Hons) degree, this time at the University of Hertfordshire studying Dietetics. Tom has worked in the fitness, educational and clinical nutrition industry starting out at David Lloyd Health and Leisure Clubs. He then went on to work as a Dietitian (RD) in the NHS, during which time he conducted clinics for healthy eating, weight loss and weight gain, as well as specialised consultations on Diabetes, IBS and Coeliac disease to name a few. He has vast amounts of experience at devising diet plans and supplement regimens, as well as working in the community with schools and competitive athletes. As Head Nutritionist and Supplement expert at Discount Supplements Tom is here to provide current and evidence based health and nutrition information to help you reach your health and fitness goals!
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