Canaries fan in fine voice on the pitch at Wembley

David Cuffley with his souvenirs from singing at Wembley in the BBC Songs of Praise FA Cup Fans Choi

David Cuffley with his souvenirs from singing at Wembley in the BBC Songs of Praise FA Cup Fans Choir. - Credit: submitted

Canaries fan and former Evening News sports writer David Cuffley was in fine voice at the weekend when he joined 63 other football fans on the pitch at Wembley.

Mr Cuffley was chosen as the fan to represent Norwich City Football Club in the BBC Songs of Praise FA Cup Fans Choir which led a rendition of Abide With Me ahead of the FA Cup Final on Saturday that saw Arsenal beat Aston Villa.

The choir was led by tenor Alfie Boe and accompanied by The Band of The Brigade of Gurkhas.

Mr Cuffley said: 'It was a once in a lifetime opportunity to go and sing on the pitch before the FA Cup Final in front of 90,000 people. It is the kind of experience you cannot buy.

'There were 64 fans from 64 different clubs and we rehearsed on Friday and again on Saturday before the game.


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'Having been there last Monday to see Norwich win the Championship Play-off Final and then going back to Wembley on Saturday - that made it quite a memorable week!

'We even had a pep talk by England manager Roy Hodgson. It was all quite an experience.'

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Each fan in the BBC Songs of Praise FA Cup Fans Choir represented one of the 64 teams who made it to this year's third round of the FA Cup.

More than 1,300 people applied to take part in the unique experience to sing Abide with Me, which has become a constant fixture since it was first sung at the FA Cup Final in 1927.

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