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People’s Cup winners Wembley bound

Posted onPosted on 3rd May

Portland College’s football team will go to the FA Cup final at Wembley to collect the 2017 FA People’s Cup.

They won the cup in the Adult Male Disability League after entering for the first time.

Matt McAndrew, manager and member of staff at the college, said: “I don’t see seven people with disabilities out there, I see seven players.”

The team made up of current and former learners and staff, who all have disabilities, started the competition at Long Eaton and then qualified for the finals at Birmingham.

In the final, Portland equalised in the last minute against Mill Hill to draw 3-3. Portland won the penalty shoot-out 3-1.

Dave Winter, sports co-ordinator at the college, said: “Credit goes to the FA for giving everyone an opportunity to compete.

“The highlight was seeing everyone come together.”

The team was captain Shaun Lebeter, Sam Crowther, Ben Atkin, Adam Ashley, Zac Day, Chris Burton, James Horsley and Amir Haziza.

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