A goal, but it wasn't to be

Aldershot met Middlesbrough for the first time in the FA Cup - but it wasn't a happy meeting for the Hampshire side.

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Leona Lewis 'excited' to sing at FA Cup final

Leona Lewis says she is excited to be singing at the FA Cup final between Arsenal and Hull City at Wembley on Saturday.

Leona Lewis shot to fame after winning the X Factor in 2006. Credit: PA Wire

The former X Factor winner, from Islington, will sing Abide With Me and the national anthem prior to kick-off.

“I’m so excited, I'm really looking forward to it,” the 29-year-old said.

“I know it’s going to be a crazy atmosphere there so it’ll be fun. I’ve never done anything like it before so it’ll be a cool experience for me.”

Read: Arsenal to screen FA Cup final inside Emirates Stadium

FA Cup ticketing allocation 'could impact atmosphere'

Arsene Wenger has suggested the ticketing allocation for the FA Cup final at Wembley could impact on the atmosphere.

Arsenal and Hull will receive 25,000 tickets for the final at the 80,000-seater national stadium, with the rest of the tickets passed to their 'football family and Club Wembley members.

"One of the charms of the FA Cup final was always that the stadium was reality divided in two," the Arsenal manager said.

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger. Credit: PA Wire

"It's a shame that it doesn't happen any more because that was always an absolutely fantastic atmosphere.

"I remember I have been at European Championship finals of the nations and World Cup finals and always there's a little bit of a lack of atmosphere because it is so divided. I think the atmosphere will lose a little bit."

The north London side were supported by over 50,000 fans as they defeated Wigan in the semi-final last weekend.

Read: Arsenal 'disappointed' by FA Cup final ticket allocation

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Many City and Wigan fans head south for Cup final

Coach loads of Man City fans set off for London from the Etihad Stadium today
Coach loads of Man City fans have set off for London from the Etihad Stadium Credit: Peter Byrne/PA Wire

Supporters of Lancashire football clubs Manchester City and Wigan have begun their journey to London for the sides' FA Cup final clash.

The teams meet at Wembley at 5.15pm, with coverage starting on ITV at 3:15pm.

Follow the big match build-up on the ITV Sport website.

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Martinez: 'Wigan need to cope with demands of FA Cup'

Wigan Athletic manager Roberto Martinez Credit: Clint Hughes/PA Wire/Press Association Images

Wigan boss Roberto Martinez has said his team needs to be able to cope with the demands of the both the Premier League and the FA Cup.

He said: "People want to talk about which competition we prefer, we want both. It's clear that we need to cope with the demands of both competitions.

"It's something we want to get through. Reaching the FA Cup final is a momentous moment for the football club."

Read: FA Cup final build up

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