Prime Minister will be at Wembley for The FA Cup Final.
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It was announced on Thursday that the Prime Minister will attend The FA Cup sponsored by E.ON Final between Manchester City and Stoke City at Wembley this Saturday.
The FA’s Chairman, David Bernstein said: “We are delighted to welcome David Cameron to Wembley. The Cup Final is a great national event and the Prime Minister’s attendance adds to its significance. We all look forward to a thrilling game.”
In his Cup Final Programme
message (below) Mr Cameron highlights the magic of The FA Cup and the importance of Respect.The Prime Minister's Programme message
It’s a huge privilege to be here alongside the Guest of Honour, Corporal Mark Ward of the Mercian Regiment. Mark recently won the Military Cross for his service in Afghanistan, where his inspirational leadership and bravery saved the lives of his men when they were ambushed by insurgents and pinned down by enemy fire.
I know we will all want to show him our appreciation, not just for his own achievements, but as a sign of the gratitude we feel towards all our brave servicemen and women who make such immense sacrifices for our safety. This is my first FA Cup Final and I’m really excited. It is Stoke City’s first Final too and I would like to congratulate them on their historic achievement. I’d also like to congratulate Manchester City on reaching their ninth Final, even though they knocked out my team, Aston Villa! There is something truly special about The FA Cup.
No other competition has quite the same history. No other competition offers quite the same drama, with its David against Goliath draws and its legendary giant-killings. And, perhaps above all, no other competition has such a magical Cup Final here each year at Wembley, the home of football.
From local parks and schools to football clubs across the land, the dream of The Cup Final has helped to inspire a fantastic legacy of grassroots football in this country. But it’s only possible because of the tireless work done by the 400,000 volunteers who give up their time each year to support football in our communities. And it’s right that The Cup Final should recognise these people. These volunteers are absolutely vital to raising the standard of our game at all levels. They find and coach many of the young people who will be the England stars of tomorrow. They help change lives.
Through football in our communities we can re-engage young people in our country who are going through hard times. Football offers them the hope and confidence they need to make something of their lives. That’s one of the reasons why the staff at 10 Downing Street have chosen to volunteer with Street League, a charity partner of The FA that helps young adults who are out of work to get back into employment or training. If you are interested in finding out more about Street League I’d encourage you to check out their website at www.streetleague.co.uk.
The FA Cup is a brilliant advert for English football and a tremendous source of pride for our whole country. I am sure that today Manchester City and Stoke City will write another memorable chapter in the history of the oldest and greatest domestic club football tournament in the world.
Enjoy the game!
The Rt. Hon David Cameron MP, Prime Minister
You can pick up the official FA Cup Final matchday programme from Wembley Stadium, or various WHSmith and Tesco outlets, priced at £10 including a £1 donation to official FA Charity Partner Action for Children
You can also buy your copy online, click here*...*Programmes ordered after Monday 9 May will not guaranteed to arrive prior to The FA Cup Final.