Pool stars bring cup back home

FA Cup at Ma Kellys. Paul Kelly and Mick Sugden (centre) with Blackpool fans. BELOW: Frankie Kelly.

FA Cup at Ma Kellys. Paul Kelly and Mick Sugden (centre) with Blackpool fans. BELOW: Frankie Kelly.

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EVERY young footballer dreams of lifting the famous FA Cup.

Yesterday, hundreds of football fans realised at least part of that dream as the iconic trophy was delivered to Ma Kellys Station by Blackpool FC players.

Frankie Kelly with the FA Cup at Ma Kellys.

Frankie Kelly with the FA Cup at Ma Kellys.

Almost 60 years on from the last time the Seasiders won the cup it has returned to Blackpool thanks to the bar on Talbot Road.

Though not winners this time the Blackpool players were still given a glorious welcome by locals.

Karaoke singers and bar regulars serenaded the cup as fans gathered round to have their photo taken with the piece of footballing history.

Frank Loco, 51, of Northcliffe Road, Norbreck, said: “It’s been a superb night.

“It’s everybody’s dream to hold it, seeing it is second best.

“The Blackpool players were lovely guys, I’d love to see them lift it themselves.”

The event had been organised to celebrate a new drinks deal secured between Ma Kellys and Inbev/LWC, the parent company of Budweiser, which sponsors the FA Cup.

Ben Holland, of Torquay Avenue, Blackpool, said: “It’s the oldest and most famous cup in the world.

“Being a Blackpool fan you don’t get to see it much. To see it in the flesh is amazing.”

The 27-year-old had seen the FA Cup once before when he was younger and dreams of seeing the Seasiders lift the cup one day. He added: “Hopefully in my lifetime I’ll see Blackpool win the FA Cup. I’m Blackpool through and through.”

Revellers said that as much as having the silverware in their midst, it was special to have the team in their local.

Mick Sudgen, director at Ma Kellys, said: “It’s been a fantastic atmosphere.

“It made the locals’ day to see the players here.”

Players, including Ian Evatt and Alex Baptiste, were greeted by hundreds of fans and locals at the Talbot Road bar.

Sandy Plant, 47, of Whitegate Drive, Blackpool, said: “It’s been absolutely fantastic. “Seeing the players was awesome.”

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