The most famous trophy in club football was on display today as the 2008/09 FA Cup kicked off at Wembley. This was no multi-million pound stadium, however, but the humble surroundings of Vale Farm, home of Wembley Football Club.
Sitting in the shadow of the world famous archway, Wembley FC have the shortest road to Wembley of all the 762 teams who have entered this season’s competition – 2 miles to be precise – but they also have the longest road possible at the same time.
Chelsea captain John Terry joined Premier League colleagues yesterday to launch ’Get On With The Game’, a programme to improve standards of behaviour in the Premier League this season.
In line with the FA’s Respect programme announced last week, Premier League players, managers and chairmen have signed up to charters detailing standards of acceptable behaviour in the season ahead.
Club Website’s Wembley FC are to appear on ITV this weekend in the first round of matches in this season’s FA Cup.
The Combined Counties Premier Division side, whose website is hosted by Club Website, take on Cambridgeshire side Royston in the FA Cup extra preliminary round at 3pm on Saturday 16 August.
The FA is inviting every league in England to sign up to the principles of the Respect programme and to introduce some practical steps at club level to ensure football is played in a safe, positive environment from this season.
The scheme, which underwent a successful pilot at the end of last season, is free to join and there are resources available to support clubs to introduce Respect.
Football chiefs throughout the game today welcomed the FA’s Respect programme, a cross-game approach dedicated to improving standards of behaviour at all levels of football in England.
Premier League Chief Executive Richard Scudamore said: “Football engages, motivates and inspires – but at times we know it can spill over and get ugly. We all have a responsibility to deal with these excesses, and I sense there is a commitment from all quarters of the game, including the media, to deal with it.