11/04/2009 13:20,
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Cup magic comes to town

The magic of The FA Cup will be coming to town on Monday 13 April 2009 as the all new FA Cup Trophy Tour comes to Albert Square, Manchester City Centre.

The Football Association and lead FA Cup Sponsor, E.ON, have joined forces to launch this  unique nationwide tour of The FA Cup aimed at giving young fans the chance to sample the history, heritage and magic of the world’s most famous domestic cup competition.

The Trophy Tour is a fully interactive experience, aimed at children between 7-11 and their families. It lasts approximately 30 minutes and leads visitors through a fun and engaging journey, reliving the most memorable goals, shock giant-killings and classic Cup Final triumphs from the past 128 years.

Taking centre stage is the opportunity for visitors to walk in the footsteps of Wembley legends, by scoring the winning goal at Wembley in a virtual FA Cup Final, and then create their very own piece of history as they get to hold the actual FA Cup trophy. These magic FA Cup moments will be captured on film and made available for download from

The website hosts a great FA Cup competition, with monthly prizes to win tickets to an FA Cup Semi Final game, as well as the chance to win a place for a child to walk out and accompany The FA Cup onto the pitch at The FA Cup Final 2009.

Interspersed with interesting energy information, The Tour’s interactive content will also provide an insight into how The FA Cup has evolved on and off the pitch; such as the first FA Cup game staged under floodlights on 14th September 1955, the most energy efficient ways to travel to matches, and how much energy a modern footballer exudes during a match.

Outside, visitors to the tour can get involved in the action by showing off their skills on the Tour’s mini football

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