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FA Cup fever in Ja

Published:Friday | January 20, 2017 | 1:15 AMMarc Stamp
Glen Grant, Manchester United security, placing the FA Cup trophy for viewing at The Gleaner’s Sports Club yesterday.
Jamaica College’s Manning Cup players, including captain Oquin Robinson (second left), get a close-up view of the FA Cup at The Gleaner’s Sports Club yesterday.
Coach Vassell Reynolds (left) and Wolmer’s Boys’ captain Jahwahni Hinds posing with the FA Cup at The Gleaner’s Sports Club yesterday.
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The excitement was high yesterday as several local footballers and fans got a chance to get a close-up view of the world famous FA Cup.

A partnership between telecommunications giants FLOW and FA Cup holders Manchester United has given Jamaicans the opportunity to see the trophy here for the first time.

"We are excited that Jamaicans can see the FA Cup for the first time," Stephen Miller, FLOW's promotions and events manager said, after the FA Cup arrived at the Norman Manley International Airport yesterday.

"Manchester United are holders of the trophy and based on our partnership with Man U, the trophy is here," he added.

Meanwhile, the FA Cup made a stop at The Gleaner yesterday afternoon and several Manning Cup football stars are now dreaming of playing in England for a club vying for the FA Cup after viewing it for the first time.

"Seeing the trophy is added inspiration. The cup is beautiful, so I wish to be a member of a team that will play in the FA Cup," said Jahwahi Hinds, captain of FLOW Cup champions Wolmer's Boys'.

OVERJOYED

Oquin Robinson, captain of Manning Cup champions Jamaica College said: "It says a lot for local football that the trophy is here. I would certainly love to get a chance to play for the historic FA Cup trophy one day. I am excited that the trophy is here."

Aszett Williams of Holy Trinity High was also overjoyed after viewing the trophy.

"It is a great inspiration for me to see the trophy. This moment will boost my desire to play overseas, especially in England. I would also love to play for the trophy as the competition has been around for over a century," Williams noted.

The trophy is in the Caribbean courtesy of a deal between telecommunications giant FLOW and Manchester United FC. The deal was inked last February and gave FLOW distribution rights of the MUTV channel in the Caribbean.

The FA Cup is the oldest association football competition in the world. It was first played for during the 1871-72 English season.

Students at Charlie Smith High in Arnett Gardens will get a chance to see the trophy this morning at 7:30. Tomorrow, from 9 a.m. to noon, there will be a fan event at 100 Hope Road.