County fan and part-time Poet Sean Edwards visited Wembley stadium this weekend to watch the Emirates FA Cup final between Manchester United and Chelsea, representing the Exiles as one of the thirteen teams involved in an upset from this season's competition.
Sean jumped to FA Cup fame when he wrote a poem entitled "A Cup Run For All" ahead of Newport County AFC's clash with Premier League giants Tottenham Hotspur.
The FA filmed the poem with lines read by County players, backroom staff and manager as well as local Newportonians and one of South Wales' most famous sons, Michael Sheen. You can watch that special video by clicking here.
Sean's poem on the incredible match against Spurs caught the eye of the FA who selected him individually to represent the club and sing 'Abide With Me' moments before kick-off on Saturday.
Andy Ambler, The FA’s Head of Professional Game Relations said: “The singing of ‘Abide with Me’ remains one of the iconic moments on Cup Final day and we wanted to use this moment to recognise clubs across the football pyramid who have made it such a special season in The Emirates FA Cup.”
A County fan since the 1970s, Sean really did enjoy his day at Wembley. So much so, he has picked up a pen once again to describe it. He said "I had a truly amazing weekend up in London for the FA Cup final. Here is a little rhyme that sums up a fantastic occasion!"
I was asked if I could write a poem,
A poem from the heart.
With a community reading out the words,
And I would take a part
A story about the famous amber army,
To us the greatest team
On an unbelievable football journey,
Chasing a Cup final dream
My words now take me to an iconic ground,
singing down Wembley way.
Singing a traditional song on a famous pitch,
Before two giants get to play.
I will endeavour to sing my heart out,
I will inject much needed pride.
For I owe a debt to Newport County,
The finest football side.
Thanks for representing us at Wembley, Sean! We hope you enjoyed your day.