Mike Weatherley, the Conservative Member of Parliament for Hove and Portslade, joined in the Football Association’s celebrations of its 150th anniversary and, with the First Round of The FA Cup approaching, took the opportunity to get his hands on the FA Cup.
Mike was invited to join England Manager Roy Hodgson and FA Chairman Greg Dyke at a special event in Parliament to celebrate this landmark anniversary and learn more about how the FA supports football in England. In England, there are seven million players of all ages and backgrounds who regularly play the game, as well as 400,000 volunteers, 300,000 coaches and 27,000 referees.
Mike is actually a qualified football referee and former centre-forward for Brighton local team the Martha Gunners. For more information about how to get involved in football locally, whether through playing, coaching or refereeing, click here.
Commenting, Mike said: “Football has certainly come such a long way since that first meeting back in 1863 which created the first rules of the game. Brighton & Hove Albion fans now have the wonderful Amex stadium as their home and I still get a great buzz when watching a game in this excellent facility. It won’t be happening this year, but I certainly look forward to the day when the Seagulls bring home the FA Cup to Brighton & Hove.“