Sunderland fan Muriel set to relive 1973 memories with FA Cup final performance

Muriel Greenwood will perform ahead of tomorrow's FA Cup final.
Muriel Greenwood will perform ahead of tomorrow's FA Cup final.
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A Sunderland fan is set to relive the memories of 1973 when she steps out at Wembley in front of 90,000 football supporters tomorrow.

Muriel Greenwood, 64, won a competition to be part of the choir which will sing iconic hymn Abide With Me ahead of the FA Cup final between Arsenal and Aston Villa.

It will bring back those memories of 1973. I’m sure I’ll be thinking of my grandad and mum, and the glorious day Sunderland won the cup.

Muriel Greenwood

Mrs Greenwood, who is originally from Sunderland but now lives in Hunsdon, Hertfordshire, will be one of 64 people in the choir after entering the BBC Songs of Praise FA Cup fans choir competition.

The choir will be led by famous tenor Alfie Boe and The Band of the Brigade of Gurkhas, and will be featured on Sunday’s Songs of Praise programme. Sunderland AFC have provided a 1973 replica shirt for Muriel to wear on her big day.

She won the competition because of her emotional recollection of Sunderland’s 1973 FA Cup win, and her memories of watching her favourite team with her grandfather, George Muirhead, and mother Nancy Muirhead.

She said: “They say the sound of the whole stadium singing Abide With Me is overwhelming, so I can’t imagine walking out there and then singing the song.

“I expect my legs will be a bit wobbly, and I’ll probably be a bit anxious, but that will be because of the excitement. It will bring back those memories of 1973. I’m sure I’ll be thinking of my grandad and mum, and the glorious day Sunderland won the cup.

“I think it will be emotional when it happens, because I’ll be thinking about that game and my family.”

Muriel is travelling to London today for a rehearsal, and will also enjoy a tour of Wembley.