This years FA Cup Final is between Division 1 Norwich and Nottingham Forest. Nottingham Forest last won the FA Cup in Year 3, after beating Wimbledon in extra time. The bookies were expecting an Arsenal v Everton final, based on League performances, so the two finalists have surprised many to get all the way to the big game.
It will be an intriguing final as these two teams are amongst the most successful in my league and both reside in the top division. Norwich City have made it to their second consecutive final after losing to Arsenal last year. Nottingham Forest won the FA Cup a few years ago and are aiming to be the first team to win the Cup twice.
A Cup win for either side will help them put the league performances behind them and will launch the winners into the revamped (and larger) European Cup next year.
Nottingham Forest have been teetering on the edge of relegation this year and therefore no-one expected them to get to the Cup Final. During their cup run, they took apart Division 2 Southampton 4-0 before defeating Division 3 Leeds United. Their toughest game was the semi-final against holders Arsenal, where they went against the odds to book their place in the final.
Norwich were last years losing FA Cup finalists and are looking to go one better this year. During their Cup journey, they endured a tight encounter to get past Division 1 West Ham, before an easier game against Division 2 relegation favourites Derby County.
They were not expected to win the semi-final with Everton, but their never-die attitude brought them out on top. They now go to their second FA Cup final in two years and hope to get their hands on the trophy this time.
The ground staff at Wembley have been busy with the lawnmowers, with the pitch changing from the standard stripes to special a chequered pattern for the big match – although there are still a few bumps to iron out! C’mon lads, jump to it!
Meanwhile, the marching band are being put through their paces ahead of the Final, practising their marching skills ready for the traditional FA Cup Final ‘Abide With Me’ anthem. They have been in isolation for quite a while, so are pleased to be able to stretch their legs! There may even be an appearance from the Queen to hand out the trophy to the winners!