FOOTBALL-MAD youngsters got a taste of cup glory as a special visitor arrived at a Sheffield school.
Pupils at Mundella Primary School, Norton, were all smiles as former England goalkeeper Dave Beasant popped in – with the FA Cup.
The youngsters were then treated to a coaching session indoors.
Children in Years 3 and 4, aged seven to nine, won the chance to have one of English football’s most sought-after pieces of silverware at their school for the day after taking part in a competition organised by appliance firm Beko, one of the FA Cup sponsors.
Mundella was one of 10 schools chosen from hundreds who entered through children’s newspaper First News.
To be considered for the prize, entrants submitted a photograph of a class, club or school team posing with a cardboard cut-out of The FA Cup.
Helen Bush, Mundella headteacher, said: “We were delighted to be chosen as a winner of this exciting competition.
“The children put a lot of effort into creating their entry and were all thrilled about the FA Cup coming to our school.
“It was a very exciting day for us all.”
Dave was chosen as a fitting star to embark on the cup tour, as he is best remembered for his part in Wimbledon’s 1988 FA Cup victory, when he became the first goalkeeper to save a penalty in an FA Cup final.
After the training session the children were given the chance to follow in the footsteps of sporting heroes by touching the cup themselves.
Sir Trevor Brooking, the FA’s director of football development, said: “We’re thrilled to be taking the FA Cup to schools and communities all over the country, giving hundreds of children and families a once-in-a-lifetime chance to see cup close up.”