Wembley FC ready for the magic of the FA Cup

Football legends return to action as Club Website team makes FA Cup history.

Wembley FC manger Ian Bates (centre) with (l-r) Graeme Le Saux, David Seaman, Ray Parlour & Claudio Caniggia

Wembley FC step into the football spotlight tomorrow as a host of ex-internationals come out of retirement for the club’s FA Cup Extra Preliminary Round tie.

The semi-pro side – whose website is powered by Club Website – play in the ninth tier of English football, but tomorrow (Saturday) lunchtime their line-up will include over 280-caps worth of international footballing talent.

Ex-England internationals Martin Keown, Graeme Le Saux and Ray Parlour, Argentina legend Claudio Caniggia and 96-cap USA striker Brian McBride will step out for Combined Counties Premier Division side at their Vale Park home for the tie against Langford FC.

Former England boss Terry Venables will marshall the Lions from the dugout in his role as Technical Advisor, acting as a mentor to player-manager Ian Bates.

Venables, an FA Cup winner as both a player and manager, will be joined in the dugout by England legend David Seaman – in place as Wembley FC’s goalkeeping coach.

The big name appointments are part of Wembley FC’s new sponsorship deal with Budweiser and come as part of an ambitious bid for the club to go as far as they can in this season’s FA Cup.

A record gate is expected at Wembley’s newly refurbished Vale Farm ground and the game also marks a moment in broadcasting history as it will be the first time an Extra Preliminary FA Cup tie has been shown on live TV.

ESPN will broadcast the tie live in the UK, while fans around the globe will be able to watch a live stream on Budweiser’s Facebook page at BudUnited.com.

“The FA Cup holds some very special memories for me, from my time as both a player and a manager,” said Venables.

“The new boys coming in have a wealth of experience at the very highest level and people like Ray Parlour have the FA Cup winners’ medals to prove it.

“That can only help the lads here and shine a light on the importance of grassroots football here in the UK and around the world.”

Budweiser’s sponsorship of Wembley FC and the subsequent ‘Galactico’ signings have attracted criticism in some quarters, with claims that the move is just a publicity stunt for the US brewer that devalues the oldest cup competition in the world.

Budweiser state that the deal is part of their long-term FA Cup commitment to grassroots football, which will champion clubs at all levels and bringing the romance and heritage of the tournament closer to the fans.

It has provided Wembley FC with some financial security for the future and has enabled the club to improve their facilities, including a clubhouse upgrade and the provision of a team minibus.

Last season Budweiser hosted the first-ever live streaming of a sporting event on Facebook, also involving Wembley FC.

Over 30,000 people watched their Extra Preliminary Round match at Ascot United and now the latest coverage will also help to shine a light on the grassroots game to an unprecedented audience.

Fans of Wembley FC will be awaiting the tie with great anticipation, as will club chairman Brian Gumm, who said that Budweiser’s sponsorship had “given us a future”.

“We know the local community of Wembley has been hotly anticipating this tie since the draw was made and we announced the legends’ eligibility back in June,” said Gumm.

“We’re looking forward to our fans turning up on Saturday to share what will be a brilliant moment in this club’s history.”

You can watch Wembley FC’s FA Cup tie with Langford FC on ESPN tomorrow from 12.30pm (kick-off 12.45). The game will also be streamed live on BudUnited.com.

Wembley’s FA Cup journey will be shown as part of a documentary series Dream.On. The Journey of Wembley FC – to be broadcast on ESPN from 16 August at 10pm.

Stay in touch with Wembley FC at wembleyfc.co.uk or on Twitter @WembleyFC.

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  1. Marco on August 13, 2012 at 12:13 pm

    How is possible to have a trial?

  2. Horacio on August 26, 2012 at 10:54 am

    i think England can make it if there players have good cooidrnation but don’t think that they beat Spain last time they are strong enough , they’re not strong enough yet they need more practice, if Fabio Capello try to his best to select good players it might be England can make it , we can see now they are inform now there form getting better than before, Capello should put young players mix together with old players so they will win the Euro 2012. i support England i like Theo , Jones they are good players and young

  3. Kassim on August 27, 2012 at 3:08 am

    Budweiser to live stream opnineg FA Cup match on Facebook FA Cup FA Cup sponsor Budweiser will make history this Friday as they live stream the opnineg game of the FA Cup via an application on their Facebook page, the first such live sporting broadcast to take place on the social network.

  4. MartinGordon on August 27, 2012 at 11:57 am

    Accidently found myself watching your game yesterday, here in Ireland. To my surprise, there was my old friend Terry Venables. We go back to his Cheslea days, when I was ‘unofficial’ Catholic chaplain to the club. For your own information, I was also a Vice -President of your club, 1965-66, when a curate in the parsih of the Visitation, Greenford,and played my last charity game at the
    ground. Good luck with the replay.


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