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FA Cup Dreams ahead of this weekend's First Round

The FA is giving young fans a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to have a sleepover with The FA Cup as a way of introducing a new generation to the magic of the world's oldest domestic football competition.

Children who visit The FA Cup Trophy Tour  which will visit key cities across the country  ahead of first, second, third and fourth round fixtures in the 2012/13 season will be chosen at random to win the iconic trophy in their house for the night and drift off to sleep dreaming of the heroes who have lifted The FA Cup before them.

Icons of the English game such as Bobby Moore, David Beckham and Steven Gerrard have all won The FA Cup in their playing careers and this summer saw 758 clubs confirm their competition entries with an overall aim of reaching The Final at Wembley Stadium on 11 May, 2013.

The FA's Sir Trevor Brooking commented: "The FA Cup goes hand-in-hand with some of English football's greatest moments and it's a competition that holds such fond memories for fans up and down the country.

"No other football competition in the world matches non-League minnows against giants of the game. You just have to look back at last season's Third Round and Tamworth FC travelling to Goodison Park against Everton FC.
It's that sense of occasion and the unexpected that gives The FA Cup such a magical feel.

"The FA Cup is one of the most recognisable pieces of silverware in world sport and we hope that a new wave of football mad youngsters can fall in love with the competition like generations of children before them."

The unique FA Cup Dreams initiative kicks-off in Birmingham today ahead of the First Round Proper fixtures on Saturday 3 November when the first winning child will be announced and The FA Cup trophy delivered to the family home ahead of the games.

Under-12 year-olds will be given the chance to enter a prize draw as part of The FA Cup Trophy Tour with four opportunities to win a sleepover with The FA Cup trophy before the Fourth Round Proper comes to a close.



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