Pupils at a Sheffield school had the chance to enjoy the romance of the cup – but were more interested in a spot of keepy-up.
Wednesday legend Trevor Francis brought the FA Cup to Hillsborough Primary School as part of the build-up to the Owls’ fifth round tie with Charlton tomorrow.
The school is in the shadow of the stadium and the visit came about due to its close links with the club.
And among the visiting party was keepy-uppy expert Billy Fincham, who was keen to test the youngsters’ skills as part of a national challenge backed by home appliance giant Beko.
Headteacher Angela Lant said the children had enjoyed a fantastic time.
“The pupils were really up for the whole thing. They were really excited about it as we are a football mad school,” she said.
“They loved seeing the cup, but to be honest what really thrilled them was the performance by Billy, who ran through his repertoire of tricks and skills.
“Today they are all busy in the yard trying to copy what he taught them and are still buzzing about it all.
“The pupils learned some good practical skills and the whole event was great for promoting exercise and healthy lifestyles which is very much what we are all about,” Angela said. She added that staff had needed to explain to the children that Trevor had been a great player for Wednesday, as well as a manager who took the Owls to the FA Cup final in 1993.
“They appreciated that he was a star, but to be honest it was the staff who were really excited to meet him. Trevor spoke to groups of children and it all made for a really fun day,” she added.
Later the FA Cup went to Hillsborough itself giving fans the chance to have their photo taken with the famous trophy.