FA Cup Final
Football in England is taken very seriously and the FA Cup is one of the oldest football competitions and one of the most hotly contested. This year is special as the final has the day to itself and there will be no other matches to distract fans.
Predictably Manchester United has won the most times with 11 followed closely by Arsenal with 10 wins. The next few names are all well known in the English Premier League – Spurs, Liverpool, Chelsea and Aston Villa. However, the competition can often throw up a few surprises as last year the mighty Manchester City was bested by Wigan athletic in a nail-biting 1-0 match.
If you are lucky enough to have tickets this is one of the most exciting matches in the football season and the atmosphere in the stadium will be electric.
Getting to Wembley Stadium is pretty easy as it has its own underground stop. You can either get the Piccadilly line from Green Park or the Metropolitan line from King’s Cross, and then it is only a short walk to the ground.
Alternatively, if you don’t have a ticket or just don’t fancy the 40 minute train ride, central London has loads of sports bars to suit all tastes where you can watch the game in the warm with a pint and make some new friends.
Riley’s Sports Bar Haymarket is one of those places that is not fancy but just serves good beer, cheap and cheerful pub grub and has every sport going under the sun on one big screen or another. You will find a lively atmosphere especially if the ref makes a dodgy decision, and don’t they always?
The Freemasons Arms has a connection to the FA as it was the meeting place of the founders who thrashed out the rules and regs of the game in 1863. So this is the ideal location to watch the final, sup a pint of genuine Real Ale and relax.