FA Cup trophy comes to Northumberland

The FA Cup.
The FA Cup.

The FA Cup will be visiting a Northumberland football club to celebrate the famous competition returning to BBC television this autumn.

As part of its whistle-stop tour around the country next week, the iconic trophy will be showcased at Westfield Park, the home of Longhoughton Rangers FC, on Monday afternoon.

The club’s U14 coach Steve Mullen, who scored in the FA Cup for Alnwick Town and featured on Match of the Day in 1992, will be there on the day.

He will be joined by Jonni Quinn, from Alnwick, who is currently on loan from Newcastle United and playing for Blyth Spartans, who face Altrincham at home in the first round proper on Sunday, November 9, at 2pm. It is one of the ties that will feature in the BBC’s FA Cup Final Score with Jason Mohammed.

Charles Runcie, head of BBC Sport, English Regions, said: “The FA Cup has got to be one of the most famous trophies in world sport. It’s great we’re able to bring it to so many different places where there some inspiring footballing projects going on.

“To see the trophy up close and personal – it’s almost as good as scoring the winner at Wembley.”

In a first for FA Cup coverage, the BBC will be giving extra prominence to the early rounds of the competition, placing lower-league clubs in the spotlight.

Fans will be able to enjoy every twist and turn along the road to Wembley this season with extensive coverage across all platforms. This includes up to 16 live matches on TV, live commentaries on Radio 5 live and BBC local radio, and every FA Cup goal being available to watch online at www.bbc.co.uk/sport

BBC Sport has a four-year FA Cup rights contract running until 2018 in partnership with BT Sport.