News — May 4, 2012 13:28

Downing Wants Revenge On Di Matteo

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Stewart Downing wants revenge on Robert Di Matteo for the 1997 FA Cup final when the midfielder was playing for Middlesbrough.

Downing was a schoolboy with Middlesbrough when they played Chelsea at the old Wembley. It was the final in which Roberto Di Matteo scored the opener and it’s a memory that has stuck with the winger.

“Boro were massive underdogs and we all remember di Matteo’s goal so early, going in off the bar. “I’ve hated him ever since! I was a schoolboy at Boro at the time and we’d got tickets off the club, who took us and our families down on the coach. It was a good day out but with bad memories of the final.

“What did I call him at the time? Nothing I could really repeat. But he was a good player, scored a good goal, and has done well as manager at Chelsea.”

“Will I remind him of 1997 if we win? I might do, but there’s a lot of hard work to be done first. It’s going to be a tough test at the weekend, but one I’m looking forward to.”

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