Wembley Stadium to stage FA Trophy and FA Vase double header in 2016

Friday 08th May 2015

WEMBLEY STADIUM will host Non-League football's first ever Cup Final double header next season.

On the eve of Saturday's FA Vase Final between Glossop North End and North Shields at the national stadium, the Football Association announced that next season's final and the FA Trophy's will both kick off at Wembley on Sunday 22 May 2016.

Over 10,000 fans are expected at Wembley this weekend to see the North East clubs in action after more than 500 clubs entered this season's competition while 276, including all of the Ryman League's 72 clubs, took part in The FA Trophy.

North Ferriby United beat Wrexham 5-4 on penalties in March to win the FA Trophy for the first time in their history and FA officials, who say they will announce more details on the showpiece finals combining next season, believe hosting the pilot for what could be a permanent festival of football will prove popular with clubs, players and most importantly, supporters.

The FA’s Director of National Game, Kelly Simmons MBE, said: “We’re lucky to have a fantastic Non-League football culture in this country. Having both The FA Trophy and Vase Finals on the same day will not only celebrate two great competitions but provide real value for money for fans and neutral supporters who want to be a part of an historical first for Wembley Stadium.

“Both competitions are over 40 years old and we’ve always been committed to hosting the finals at Wembley Stadium. BT Sport has backed up that commitment by broadcasting this season’s FA Trophy Final live and will show highlights of Saturday’s Vase Final."

She added: “There’s no doubt that next season’s Trophy and Vase campaigns will be the biggest ever with a place in the double header at stake.”

Tickets for the 2015 FA Vase Final, priced at £15 for adults, £10 for OAPs/students and £5 children, are still available to purchase online on the FA's website.

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