Grandstand seat for Kessingland youngster at cup final
17:58 16 May 2014
It is the oldest football competition in the world and arguably the most prestigious.
Tomorrow, the FA Cup Final will be the focus of millions across the globe as the eagerly-awaited clash between Arsenal and Hull kicks off at 5pm.
But one football-loving youngster from Kessingland will be the envy of thousands of people.
Eight-year-old Ipswich Town season ticket holder Samuel Binks and his dad Nigel will watch the match in some of the best seats in the stadium – as they head off to the Club Wembley box tomorrow to see the likes of Mesut Özil and Jack Wilshere clashing with Tom Huddlestone and the other Hull players.
It comes after Samuel won a competition run by the Match of the Day magazine, which means that, as well as watching the final, the youngster will also get the chance to mingle with some of the nation’s leading sports writers and media personalities in attending the after-match press conference.
Here he could potentially pose questions of Arsène Wenger or Steve Bruce, and if that is not all, he will then have the honour of seeing his very-own match report of the game reproduced in the popular Match of the Day magazine.
After successfully answering “who scored the winning goal in last year’s FA Cup final” correctly, Samuel was selected as the winner of the national competition run by the magazine.
And the Kessingland Primary School pupil admitted he was not nervous “just excited” about tomorrow’s trip.
“I did not believe it when they said I had won,” he said. “I have been on a tour of Wembley before but have never seen a match at the stadium. I like to see good professional players playing and don’t really mind who wins – the best bit will be seeing the cup getting lifted.”
So has he thought about posing a question to Mr Wenger after the match?
Samuel said: “If Arsenal win, I will say what was it like to win the trophy.”
His delighted mum Sarah Boast said that both Samuel and his dad were “looking forward” to the chance of a lifetime trip.
“The main thing is he has a really good day,” she said. “Samuel loves watching football – we went to the semi-final of the Olympics at Old Trafford in 2012, and as well as watching Ipswich he looks forward to going to see Lowestoft play.
“Nigel was chuffed to bits when we got the call to say Samuel had won,” she added. “It is a chance of a lifetime and something they will never forget.”