Cup Final Set to Break Record

Cup Final Set to Break Record

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The SSE Women’s FA Cup Final between Birmingham City and Manchester City is set for a new record-breaking attendance with up to 40,000 expected at the Wembley showpiece on Saturday.

The meeting of two top-flight sides is now set to surpass the 32,912 that saw Arsenal Ladies beat Chelsea 1-0 in the 2016 final.

This will be the third Final to be held at the national stadium and is set to continue doing so for the foreseeable future.

Four-time Women’s FA Cup winner Casey Stoney admits she will be looking on enviously when Manchester City and Birmingham City do battle for the historic trophy at Wembley.

Stoney, 34, has enjoyed a long and illustrious career in a game which has changed almost beyond recognition since she started out with Arsenal back in 1999.

“It’s the biggest day in the women’s football calendar without a doubt, with SSE’s sponsorship and it being at Wembley, you can’t help but get excited,” she said.

Birmingham – who won the trophy at Bristol City’s Ashton Gate in 2012, in front of fewer than 9,000 people – are in their second final, while Women’s Champions League semi-finalists Manchester City are yet to win the competition.

The 2016 Women’s Super League One champions beat Liverpool in this year’s semi-finals, while Birmingham knocked out 2015 winners Chelsea on penalties.

 

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