Whilst most of the world’s eyes will be on the Royal Wedding (!) today, the 137th FA Cup Final takes place at Wembley Stadium, between Chelsea and Manchester United (17:15KO), and RAF airman Senior Aircraftman Tom Claisse has been chosen to carry the trophy to the Royal Box after the match.
The UK Armed Forces skipper has played for numerous sides over the years, including Ossett Town, Ossett Albion, Tadcaster Albion. This season he has been registered with Yorkshire Amateur then in October made the switch to Pickering Town who recently won promotion to the EvoStik Premier Division East.
Claisse told forces.net, “”It’s a massive honour… I was a bit shocked… [but] it’s absolutely brilliant. Especially with it being 100 years of the RAF, as well, it’s a bit more pertinent. It’s exceptional, really.
“I’ll probably look down, to be honest. Normal servicemen [would have their] head up, shoulders back but I think I’ll be head down to floor [looking at the] steps… [to] make sure I don’t fall!
“It’s just like being on parade really… It’ll be a proud moment for myself and my family.”