One of the Fylde coast’s most famous sons was pitch perfect as he took the field to sing the national anthem and traditional hymn Abide With Me ahead of this year’s FA Cup Final.
Before Arsenal defeated Aston Villa 4-0 at Wembley, Fleetwood’s Alfie Boe entertained the 90,000-strong crowd with God Save The Queen as well as the traditional song Abide With Me – which has been performed at every cup final since 1927.
The singer, who is currently playing Jean Valjean in the West End musical Les Miserables, said: “The atmosphere was electric and I know that the excitement of the game transferred to each household and venue around the world.
“As a kid we would wear our own personal team colours, even if they weren’t playing and tune in for the cup final and celebrate the teams that made it through such a difficult tournament.
“The FA Cup Final seems to bring everyone together to unite the magic and glory of our national game – I’m thrilled to be a part of it, plus for the first time in my life, I got a cup final ticket.”
Goals from Theo Walcott, Alexis Sanchez, Per Mertesacker and Olivier Giroud fired the Gunners to victory, equalling the biggest winning margin in a cup final for 21 years.
Alfie Boe’s performance of Abide With Me saw him join the BBC Songs of Praise FA Cup Fans Choir – made up of 64 supporters – accompanied by The Band of the Brigade of Gurkhas.
The choir, which included two Elvis impersonators, a karaoke champion, and a 100-year-old supporter, was brought together after Songs Of Praise launched a competition to find a representative of each of the 64 teams which played in the third round of the competition this year.