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FA Cup can only hold so much romance
You wait 81 years for your football team to get to Wembley in the FA Cup, and then it falls on your wedding day.
My brother, a Cardiff City season-ticket holder,has waited until he is 45 to tie the knot, only to find his Bluebirds team are playing in the semi-finals of the FA Cup on the same weekend.
The last time CCFC were at Wembley was when they won it, in 1927.
It seems particularly cruel, as he as due to marry last November, but it was delayed because of problems with the venue and key guests being absent.
Now he faces the prospect of two of his ushers, also Cardiff City season-ticket holders, taking the trip up the M4 rather than down the aisle.
There’s not even the chance of a big screen to show the game – unless it goes up in the cathedral – as the wedding kicks-off at 3 p.m.
I thought I could sneak a radio and headphones into the service under a big hat. But I’m giving a reading, and it could be a bit dicey if a goal goes in.
I even suggested to my brother that if CCFC’s match was on the Sunday he could delay his honeymoon and book a London flight for that evening or following morning.But I believe his fiancee has already vetoed that idea.
They say you only get married once. But no disrespect to our beloved side,I can’t see Cardiff getting to the semi-finals again in my lifetime.
They also say the FA Cup is full of romance, but let’s be realistic: it can’t compete with a wedding.
SoI shall be toasting the bride and groom with good grace — and hoping I’ll get to see Cardiff at Wembley in the final.