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Five-a-side team handed Wembley dream

PUBLISHED: 11:14 09 October 2008 | UPDATED: 15:30 25 August 2010

WEST HILL FC manager Dean Marchant couldn t believe his luck when he was told live on a Time FM radio station programme that his 5-a-side squad had been randomly selected to play at Wembley in November.

WEST HILL FC manager Dean Marchant couldn't believe his luck when he was told live on a Time FM radio station programme that his 5-a-side squad had been randomly selected to play at Wembley in November.

The 90,000-capacity stadium is set to host the finals of the nationwide Umbro Fives tournament, in which they will compete.

Although West Hill did not qualify from the regional heats for the Football Association (FA) backed event in their own right, they were plucked from a hat to play in the 'lucky loser' section of the tournament.

They will now battle it out with seven other teams from around the country to earn the right to climb the venue's famous steps and collect the winner's trophy from the Royal Box. Mr Marchant said: "Initially I didn't believe the DJ when he said I would be able to walk out as a player on the Wembley pitch.

"I have been playing football since I was about eight and never though I would have the chance to do this."

Aside from being able to live his dream for the day, Mr Marchant and seven other lucky members of his squad will be treated like their England heroes throughout.

They will arrive at the ground on the official national team coach before having a guided tour of the stadium.

Then they will get to use the same changing room used by the likes of David Beckham and Rio Ferdinand before taking to the field in the new kit, supplied by Umbro.

All in all not a bad return for Mr Marchant and Co from a tournament they entered 'just for fun'.


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