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Aston Villa fan David Cameron to miss Arsenal match

Prime Minister David Cameron will not be at Wembley to cheer on Aston Villa in Saturday's FA Cup final against Arsenal.

Cameron will not watch Aston Villa in the FA Cup final. Credit: PA

Downing Street said the Prime Minister has a long-standing private commitment which will mean he cannot attend the game.

Mr Cameron's professed love for the Midlands club was called into question when he expressed support for West Ham United - who also play in claret and blue - during a general election speech in April.

He later blamed the blunder on a "brain fade", though critics noted he had previously told the House of Commons he was not a football fan.

Asked if Mr Cameron would be at Wembley on Saturday, his official spokesman said: "The Prime Minister won't be in the crowd for the FA Cup final. He has a long-standing private engagement."

Shay Given set to be fit for FA Cup final

Shay Given is set to be fit for Aston Villa's first FA Cup final in 15 years after returning to training following a groin injury.

Shay Given should be fit for the FA Cup final on Saturday Credit: PA

The goalkeeper was a doubt after missing the Premier League finale as Villa lost 1-0 to Burnley on Sunday but could return against Arsenal at Wembley.

Aly Cissokho (groin), Kieran Richardson (calf) and Jores Okore (knee) have also trained but Ciaran Clark (knee) is out while Libor Kozak remains sidelined as he continues to recover from a broken leg.

Provisional squad

Guzan, Given, Lowton, Hutton, Senderos, Bacuna, Vlaar, Okore, Baker, Richardson, Cissokho, Delph, Cleverley, Westwood, Grealish, Cole, Sanchez, Gil, Sinclair, N'Zogbia, Benteke, Weimann, Agbonlahor.


Villa fans warned no alcohol allowed on trains

London Midland are reminding fans travelling to the game that no alcohol will be permitted on their services to the Cup Final.

Fans are being warned no alcohol will be allowed on London Midland trains Credit: PA

Extra stops are also being added on routes to London at Wembley Central so supporters can reach the stadium.

London Midland’s head of West Coast services , Terry Oliver, said:

To make everyone's journey more pleasant, alcohol is will be banned on London Midland trains to and from Saturday’s game between Arsenal and Aston Villa.

Our advice to fans is plan ahead and allow plenty of time for your journey in case you need to wait for the next service.

After the game, London Midland's 19.40 and 19.56 services will call at Wembley Central for onward travel to Birmingham. These trains are expected to be busy.

Our advice is to take the London Overground service from Wembley Central to Harrow and Wealdstone, where fans can connect with London Midland trains to Birmingham New Street.

– Terry Oliver, London Midland’s head of West Coast services

How Villa won and lost the FA Cup in the same year

The first time Aston Villa won the FA Cup was back in 1887, just 13 years after the club was formed.

But it was the victory after that one, in 1895, which proved to be the most memorable.

ITV News Central correspondent Andy Bevan has been investigating the mystery of how Villa won and lost the FA Cup, in the same year.

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