As all football fans will be aware, this weekend (May 17th) saw the FA Cup final take place at Wembley Stadium, with Arsenal ending their nine-year wait for a trophy by beating Hull City 3-2, courtesy of an extra time winner from Welsh midfielder Aaron Ramsey.
The day after the game, the Gunners paraded their new piece of silverware through the streets of north London in front of tens of thousands of adoring fans, giving their legion of supporters the chance to see the cup up close.
However, if you weren’t able to make it to either the match itself or the victory parade then fear not, as there will be plenty more opportunities to see the FA Cup over the course of the next year – and perhaps even have your photograph taken with it.
Indeed, on previous occasions when Arsenal have won the trophy – the most recent of which occurred in 2005 – they have put the cup on display at their stadium, with several open days being staged throughout the year in order to give fans the chance to have their picture taken while holding the FA Cup itself.
Although the team has yet to get its hands on the famous piece of silverware since moving from Highbury to the Emirates Stadium back in 2006, there’s already talk that the old tradition will be revived this season, with supporters very keen to celebrate the team’s first trophy since the move took place.
Should the club decide to allow fans to have their picture taken with the FA Cup, it is likely that demand will be very high, meaning long queues are to be expected at the Emirates.
So, be prepared to arrive early in the day, and be sure to arrange some comfortable accommodation to rest your tired feet both before and after your encounter with the FA Cup – and with the Montcalm Hotel located just a short tube ride away from the stadium, it is the perfect choice.