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FA Cup Final Preview and How it Happened

Wembley Andy Cole

The FA Cup is regarded as magical by football fans up and down the country and over the years has provided moments that many fans will never forget. This year’s FA cup has been no different, as we head into the Final at the home of English football, Wembley.

The FA Cup is the oldest Football competition in the world, founded in 1871 it has been going for 151 years.

Much Anticipated Round 3

The Premier League teams entered the fray in round three. There were no upsets for Manchester City who dispatched League two Swindon 4-1. Liverpool replicated that score line against a shy Shrewsbury Town. The goals were flying in for the Premier League sides as Chelsea ran riot against Chesterfield, knocking them out of the cup.

Fans flock from corner to corner of the country to see their teams try to go on a cup journey. One set of fans who did not have far to travel were Crystal Palace. Palace made the short trip across South London where they faced Millwall in a London derby. After a tentative start Crystal Palace powered past a hostile Millwall and booked their place in the 4th round.

For many of the lower league teams, the FA Cup is a chance to play teams they may never usually face and likewise for the teams at the top end of the footballing pyramid. The biggest shock of the third round happened at St James’ Park. Newly owned Newcastle United faltered against League One’s Cambridge United. Results like this is what make the FA Cup so special to many.

There were a couple of other third round shock exits as 14-time winners of the competition, Arsenal fell short against Nottingham Forest. Everyone likes to see the underdogs do well in the FA Cup. This year’s underdogs were Boreham Wood of the National League. They picked apart a struggling Wimbledon side to progress to round four after being in the competition since round one.

Giant Killing

February rolled around and we had the pleasure of more FA Cup action. If teams can get past this round, then Wembley would start to be on the mind of many fans and the ‘what if’ conversations start to be had.

Manchester United have won the FA Cup on 12 occasions and were looking to do well in the competition as they haven’t had much success of late in other competitions. They had a home fixture against Championship side Middlesborough. A tense game went to extra time, where the deadlock was still not broken. Penalties was to be the decider. A defiant Middlesborough beat Manchester United 8-7 on penalties, and they put themselves in the hat for the next round.

Another Premier League heavyweight were put under pressure in round four. Plymouth made the trip up to London from the South Coast to Stamford Bridge. A defiant Plymouth pushed the European Champions to extra time. Unfortunately for Plymouth, Chelsea’s quality showed as they scored in extra time knocking Plymouth out. Last year’s champions Leicester were stunned as Nottingham Forest dismantled them, winning 4-1, beating another Premier League side.

Premier League top dogs Liverpool and Manchester City yet again cruised into the next round with convincing wins against Cardiff and Fulham.

The shocks did not let up in round five. Most notably in the Middlesborough v Tottenham Hotspur fixture. Middlesborough found themselves a winner late in extra time. Tottenham’s miserable wait for a trophy continued.

Boreham wood’s magical journey also came to an end in the fifth round losing to Everton. Liverpool kept their hopes alive with a narrow win at home to Norwich with rivals Man City winning away at Peterborough

The Business End

The business end was approaching with the Quarter Final draw done. Some of the big hitters were still in the hat. In form forest hosted Liverpool which was a cagey affair. Liverpool prevailed triumphant with a 1-0 victory. Crystal Palace, who’s last trip to Wembley was six years ago hosted Everton. Crystal Palace got off to a slow start, but their quality shined through and ended up beating the toffees 4-1. This sent the Palace faithful into pandemonium, they were on their way to Wembley.

The Semi Final draw was made up of Liverpool, Man City, Chelsea and Crystal Palace. The draw was watched by many with anticipation. Chelsea drew Crystal Palace with Liverpool and City drawing each other in what was a massive fixture.

Wembley Bound

Wembley beckoned, Liverpool v City was first up. Liverpool got off to a flyer with an early goal. From there City never looked to be in the driving seat. With goals from Konate and a stunning brace from Mane, Liverpool were 3-0 up at half time. City fought back after half time with a Grealish goal and a late strike from Bernardo Silva, however it was not to be enough against a resolute Liverpool side.

The other semi-final saw Chelsea play Crystal Palace. With a raging atmosphere the players took to a sunny Wembley. Nothing separated the sides in the first half with chances for both teams. The game approached the later stages and Chelsea showed their quality with two goals in short succession. Palace hearts were broken.

This made the match up for the Final. Liverpool play Chelsea this weekend at Wembley for what will surely be one of the games of the season. Chelsea will be looking for their revenge after losing to Liverpool on penalties in the Carabao Cup Final. Who will you be backing?

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The Cricket season is here! Summer Preview

Cricket Summer The Oval

Cricket fans in the UK will not be left disappointed in 2022 with a packed schedule of high-class fixtures across all formats of the game in both the international and domestic arenas.

The Hundred

Domestically, all eyes will be on the return of The Hundred after the hugely successful inaugural season of English cricket’s franchise short-format game in 2021. Southern Brave, captained by James Vince and playing at Hampshire’s Ageas Bowl, won the men’s tournament last year; and Dané van Niekerk’s Oval Invincibles, playing at – you guessed it – The Kia Oval, were crowned the first women’s champions in this exciting new format of the game. With a compelling blend of both home-grown and overseas talent, this year promises to be as good, if not better than last.

The Hundred Final for both the men’s and women’s competition take places at Lord’s on Saturday September 3rd. See here for hospitality availability at this year’s tournament.

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Ben Stokes takes the reigns as Captain

Although this year signals the end of an era in English cricket with Joe Root resigning the test captaincy after just over five years in the role, there is plenty of room for optimism under Root’s replacement, with the box office, world-class all-rounder, Ben Stokes set to lead the team as the new captain of the English test side.

There are few easy matches in test cricket, and it doesn’t get much tougher for Stokes’ first challenge as England welcome the reigning ICC World Test Champions, New Zealand to play a three-match series. Starting at the Home of Cricket, Lord’s, on Thursday June 2nd, before heading to Trent Bridge just over a week later on June 10th, and rounding off the series in Yorkshire at Headingley with the final test starting on June 23rd. England vs New Zealand cricket in recent years has rarely failed to produce thrilling contests, most notably the ICC Cricket World Cup Final of 2019. If this summer’s test series throws up even half as much drama as that fateful date at Lord’s, we’ll be in for a treat.

Next up for Ben Stokes and England, India, as they conclude last year’s covid affected test series with the fifth and final match to be played at Edgbaston starting on July 1st. As things stand India lead the series 2-1 after wins at Lord’s and The Kia Oval last summer; however, England’s win at Headingley means the series can still be tied should Stokes and co triumph in the one-off test meeting this summer.

South Africa test series rounds off the summer action

The national side will then quickly turn their attention to the shorter formats of the game, again facing India, this time with three-match IT20 and ODI series to be played at The Ageas Bowl, Edgbaston, Trent Bridge, The Kia Oval, Lord’s and Emirates Old Trafford between July 7th and July 17th. The Bharat Army never fail to turn up in their droves when the Indian national side is in town and we can expect a scintillating atmosphere at all the games as a result.

After another IT20 and ODI series against South Africa, we welcome the Proteas test team to England for the major test series this summer. Since the last time England vs South Africa took place on home soil in 2017, much and more has changed for both sides, the rivalry on the other hand, remains fierce.

Dean Elgar now captains the tourists and has enjoyed a promising start to his reign, first winning away in the West Indies in his debut series as captain and backing that victory up with a 2-1 series win when India toured South Africa over the new year. Taking place at some of England’s finest cricketing venues: Lord’s, Emirates Old Trafford and The Kia Oval, this series is sure to provide the perfect end to a wonderful summer of international cricket. See here for availability and dates for all of England’s fixtures in 2022.

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Our Cricket Hospitality Options

With so many incredible matches this summer, there’s no shortage of hospitality opportunity for you up and down the country. Our official ICON hospitality at Lord’s, The Oval and Old Trafford is the perfect way to spend the day in the sun, stocked up with food, drink and entertainment on and off the pitch.

Call us on 0207 048 4848 or register your interest on your chosen event to enquire and secure your hospitality today!

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We’re Official Hospitality Agents of Emirates Old Trafford!

Emirates Old Trafford Cricket

We’re Official Hospitality Agents of Emirates Old Trafford!

We’re delighted to share with you that we have been appointed as Official Hospitality Agents of Emirates Old Trafford, showcasing some of the best cricket matches, concerts and major events in Manchester. The Emirates Old Trafford will now join the ICON portfolio, our collection of world class official hospitality that includes Lord’s and The Kia Oval, as well as at the best venues in the UK and around the world.

 

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Register your interest for England v India ODI, England v South Africa ODI and England v South Africa Test Match

Alongside the Manchester Originals in the Hundred, Emirates Old Trafford will host three crucial England matches, which will showcase some of the best England and international players around. Historically the wicket is the quickest in Britain, conjuring up plenty of action and drama in all formats of the game. England legend James Anderson, who has a stadium end named after him, has been playing for Lancashire for over 20 years and is hero in the area.

Firstly, there will be two England international ODIs in close proximity, smack bang in the heart of the British summer. On Sunday 17 July, India will be the visitors to Old Trafford, with the Bharat Army hoping to continue their good form against England in this format, having won a three match series 2-1 in India. Expect huge crowds and support for both nations in this final match of three, which could will be a crucial decider on the day.

England, the current ODI World Champions will then play South Africa on Friday 22 July, as the Emirates Old Trafford hosts two matches in quick succession. South Africa are 5th in the current world standings, just a place behind India in 4th so expect fireworks in this ODI match as well. With another World Cup in 2023, these ODI matches are extremely important for selectors and all eyes will be on the performances of England and captain Eoin Morgan.

South Africa will be in England most of the summer playing cricket, none bigger than an August bank holiday test match at Emirates Old Trafford, the second of a three match series. England are desperately trying to recapture some form in the purest form of the game and Joe Root and his team are under serious pressure to deliver. Expect a England line-up determined to put in a strong performance against South Africa and their new test captain Dean Elgar.

 

What do you get at ICON Emirates Old Trafford?

We have a fantastic hospitality package lined up for the cricket this summer and you can expect an incredible day out for clients, friends and families. Our established ICON hospitality has been at Lord’s and The Kia Oval for a while and we’re delighted to bring that same world-class hospitality and service to the north!

 

Provisional ICON Emirates Old Trafford ODI Hospitality

  • Glass of prosecco on arrival 
  • 3 course meal 
  • Afternoon Tea (served during the interval) 
  • Late match refreshments 
  • Complimentary beers, wines, selected spirits & soft drinks 
  • Glass fronted pitch view Suite with balcony 
  • Officially allocated blocked & reserved match ticket 
  • Official commentary radio 
  • Match programme 
  • World renowned guest speakers 
  • VIP Hostess Service 
  • Engage Concierge Service 

 

Provisional ICON Emirates Old Trafford Test Match Hospitality

  • Breakfast roll & continental breakfast platter 
  • Prosecco & orange juice on arrival 
  • 3 course lunch 
  • Afternoon Tea 
  • Complimentary beers, wines, selected spirits & soft drinks 
  • Glass fronted pitch view Suite with balcony 
  • Officially allocated blocked & reserved match ticket 
  • Official commentary radio 
  • Match programme 
  • World renowned guest speakers 
  • VIP Hostess Service 
  • Engage Concierge Service 

Concerts

Not only does Emirates Old Trafford host world-class cricket matches, it also has incredible music entertainment performing on a regular basis. The Killers, Red Hot Chili Peppers and Harry Styles are all playing in 2022, so please contact us on 0207 048 4848 or on our contact us form if you’d like to attend one of these events.