Supporter To Represent Blackpool At FA Cup FinalBlackpool fan Michael Hartley will join supporters from other clubs in singing ‘Abide With Me’ at the FA Cup final this weekend.
Michael, 79, who is registered blind, was the winner of a Songs of Praise competition after he applied to take part in the once in a life-time experience at Wembley.
Sixty-four lucky football fans, who are a mix of male and female fans with ages ranging from early 20s right up to 100-years-old, will be representing their football club as they join with The Band of The Brigade of Gurkhas in front of almost 90,000 people on Saturday. Each fan represents one of the 64 teams who have made it to this year’s third round in The FA Cup.
Songs of Praise, who teamed up with BBC Sport as part of their FA Cup programming, asked for people to submit stories that reflect their personal memories and passion of the cup from every level of the game. The winning tales - selected by a panel of judges from the worlds of football, music and journalism – are a combination of amusing and moving stories which capture the spirit of the FA Cup and have a strong thread of family, community and tradition throughout.