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Non-League Football To Be Represented At The FA Cup Final

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Some of the unsung heroes of this year’s FA Emirates Cup will appear ahead of the showpiece final between Arsenal and Chelsea.

They hail from clubs who have enjoyed success in this season’s competition and will lead the singing of the FA Cup final traditional song- Abide with me.

Guernsey FC, Lincoln City,  Sutton United, Stourbridge and Westfields will represent the Non-League game.

Sam Cochrane was the first ever signing for Guernsey FC back in 2011 and was involved in this season’s FA Cup fixture that was the first to leave the mainland for a match day in the competition’s history as Thamesmead Town visited for a 2-2 draw, The Green Lions proceeded to lose the replay on penalties.

Sarah Ward has been a chef at Lincoln City for the last five years, she fuelled the team to become the first Non-League team to make the quarter-finals for 103 years, which saw Oldham Athletic, Ipswich Town, Brighton and Hove Albion as well as Premier-League side Burnley beaten before losing to Arsenal.

Steve King is a lifelong Sutton fan who was instrumental in setting up the club’s community programme at Ganders Green Lane. He saw AFC Wimbledon and Leeds United fall to his side before welcoming Arsenal to their ground, the Gunners ended the Vanarama National League side dreams.

The Northern Premier League will be represented at Wembley by Andy Bullingham of Stourbridge FC. The club’s vice-chairman saw the Glassboys reach the third round for the first time in their history after beating Northampton they would lose to Wycombe Wanderers.

Westfields also enjoyed a historic season as they made the first round of the competition and they will be represented by Andy Morris, one of the founding members of the club in 1966, Morris is now the club’s Chief Executive.

They will be joined on the pitch by Pru Buckley of Millwall FC, Buckley played over 500 times for the Millwall Lionesses and lifted the FA Women’s cup in 1997 and is now Head of Ticketing at The New Den.


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