And the winner is...

At around five o'clock this afternoon Liverpool will, in all likelihood, lift the FA Cup for the seventh time in their history. If we're lucky West Ham - three-time winners themselves - will make a fight of it. Sadly though it's likely to be another instance of one of the big four clubs grinding their heavily-marketed boots into our faces.

Observant readers will have noticed that I am a Norwich City supporter. I didn't go to a single match this season - the first time in more than a decade that I have turned out to support my club at least once. What's happened in the last ten years?

Premier League winners 2006: Chelsea 2005: Chelsea 2004: Arsenal 2003: Man Utd 2002: Arsenal 2001: Man Utd 2000: Man Utd 1999: Man Utd 1998: Arsenal 1997: Man Utd

That's three winners in ten seasons. What about in the Cup?

FA Cup winners 2005: Arsenal 2004: Man Utd 2003: Arsenal 2002: Arsenal 2001: Liverpool 2000: Chelsea 1999: Man Utd 1998: Arsenal 1997: Chelsea 1996: Man Utd

That's four winners in ten years.

Of course, growing up a Norwich supporter I didn't expect to see my team lift many trophies. But at least there was hope and at least I could see clubs similar to mine growing and challenging and succeeding. What's the point now?

A lack of free time was part of the reason I didn't go to see City play this season but it wasn't just that. I find that I'm losing interest in giving up my time, and ever-larger sums of money, to do something that ultimately feels pointless.

Admittedly Norwich have been terrible this season - and spending £20 or more to watch them turns fandom into masochism - but even if they weren't, what then? Suppose we'd stormed the Championship and won promotion at a canter. What is there to look forward to? Another relegation or, at best, mid-table anonymity.

This might seem like a whinge or sour grapes but it isn't. I find it hard to muster the passion even for sour grapes. It's been sapped by a sport that is becoming less and less thrilling.

What is the point of supporting a club outside the big four? Why invest all that time and money? Surely the only purpose the remaining 88 league clubs serve is to generate money for the big boys?

It's a very capitalist model. The ultra-rich few kept in place at the top by the money of the minnows, who in turn are driven on by the hope of one day getting to the top. Except they never will.

Weirdly, in America, in many ways the beacon of global capitalism, sport is a socialist affair. Income is distributed equally among all the teams in the league because they know that the league is only strong when all the members are strong. Perhaps that explains why, as my interest in football dwindles, I find myself enjoying the NFL more. Here's what's happened in the States over the last ten years:

Superbowl winners 2006: Pittsburgh 2005: New England 2004: New England 2003: Tampa Bay 2002: New England 2001: Baltimore 2000: St Louis 1999: Denver 1998: Denver 1997: Green Bay

That's seven winners in ten years. How about in baseball?

World Series winners 2005: Chicago White Sox 2004: Boston Red Sox 2003: Florida Marlins 2002: Anaheim Angels 2001: Arizona Diamondbacks 2000: New York Yankees 1999: New York Yankees 1998: New York Yankees 1997: Florida Marlins 1996: New York Yankees

That's six winners in ten years. Now sport in the States, which is basically a closed market, is different from football, which exists in a Europe-wide market place, but surely it's time we learned some lessons from American sports?

I'm not about to give up being a Norwich supporter and I certainly couldn't take up supporting another club. But I don't know whether I'll go and watch them play anytime soon. It's no fun watching a sport become less and less competitive.

I hope West Ham strike a blow for the little guys this afternoon but I won't hold my breath.