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VICKY REPRESENTING IRON AT FA CUP FINAL

30 May 2015

Life-long Scunthorpe United fan Vicky Woodcock is today representing the club at Wembley Stadium in the FA Cup Final.

She was selected following an application process which saw Songs of Praise team up with BBC Sport, with one representative from each of the 64 teams making the third round forming a choir prior to kick-off at England's national stadium.

The choir, with ages ranging from 20 up to 100, will sing "Abide with Me" backed by The FA Cup Final military band; with a crowd of 90,000 expected. "Abide with Me" was first sung at The FA Cup Final in 1927 and has featured in a number of ways in the pre-match build up over the years.

Each applicant had to submit a story with her memories of the competition; with her first words on the application revealing that her birthday fell on FA Cup Final day back in 1981. It would be the only time that her Granddad would miss watching the final - with him being the key reason why she got into football.

As part of her application, she wrote: "FA Cup days are always special, especially when you get to play teams and visit grounds your team normally doesn't play - be it non-league or Premier League. We would always watch the FA Cup Final on television as well.

"Now my Granddad has passed away, I am watching Scunthorpe in the FA Cup with my children."

After learning that she was successful in her application, she said: "I am so proud to be representing Scunthorpe and all of my football friends. I never imagined I would represent Scunthorpe United at Wembley Stadium."

To view Vicky's application on the BBC website, click here.

Make sure you tune into BBC One for the FA Cup Final, with coverage of the build-up to the final starting at 5:15pm to see Vicky during her performance - after a full day of other programmes all related to the FA Cup - before Arsenal and Aston Villa lock horns to see who will lift the FA Cup at 5:30pm. For the full schedule, see the BBC website.



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