The Combined Counties Football League
Published 21st June 2012
The list included Claudio Caniggia (Argentina, River Plate, Boca Juniors), Brian McBride (USA, Fulham, Chicago Fire), David Seaman (England, Arsenal), Ray Parlour (England, Arsenal), Martin Keown (England, Arsenal) and Graeme Le Saux (England, Chelsea), to help them go as far as they can in next season's FA Cup.
The signings by Wembley were secured with the support of its sponsor Budweiser, the lead partner of the FA Cup, which earlier in the year recruited former England manager Terry Venables as the club's Technical Advisor.
The all-star line-up has been coaching the thirty-four-player strong non-League squad for the past four months and will now add their experience on the playing field, starting with the first kick of the new FA Cup 2012/13 season - an Extra Preliminary Round tie on August 11th.
Jason Warner, Global VP Budweiser, said: "As a long-standing supporter of football at all levels, Budweiser is committed to championing the magic of the FA Cup and its ability to create unique memories that players and communities will never forget. We are pleased to continue to support Wembley FC as they strive to achieve their dreams and we think their story will appeal to - and inspire - football fans around the world."
Budweiser is also announcing that it has partnered with Evan Weinstein, Co-Executive Producer of `The Amazing Race` and seven-time Emmy Award winner, to document Wembley FC's preparation and progress through the world's oldest domestic cup tournament in a new international TV show, `Dream. On - The Journey of Wembley FC`.
The show will premiere in the UK on ESPN and will air globally with a variety of broadcast partners to be announced at a later date.
Ray Parlour, former England and Arsenal player, said: "I've always believed grassroots football is essential to the lifeblood of the game so when I got the call asking if I would like to come out of retirement and help raise its profile I jumped at the chance. I'm looking forward to working with Terry Venables again and helping a group of talented footballers achieve their dreams of playing in The FA Cup and seeing how far they can go in the tournament."
Goalkeeper David Seaman, however, said he was not expecting to don the gloves on the pitch again. “I will be coaching the keepers,” he said. “My 45 minutes of football per season comes in the `SoccerAid` game – and that`s too much for me really nowadays!”
Wembley FC chairman Brian Gumm said: "We're not a big club but we have big ambitions. With Budweiser as our sponsor we now have a shot at making those dreams come true."