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16 May 2018

Norma Sherratt worked at Springfield Park and the DW Stadium for over 35 years and will represent Wigan Athletic during the traditional 'Abide With Me' performance before Saturday's Emirates FA Cup final.

  • Popular former DW Stadium staff member Norma Sherratt to represent Wigan Athletic at Saturday's Emirates FA Cup final between Manchester United and Chelsea
  • Norma worked at Springfield Park and in the DW Stadium Ticket Office for over 35 years
  • Norma will be part of the FA Choir for the traditional FA Cup Final hymn 'Abide with Me' along with fans of 13 other clubs from across the football pyramid

Popular DW Stadium staff member Norma Sherratt will be one of 14 club representatives joining the FA Choir at Saturday's Emirates FA Cup final between Manchester United and Chelsea for the traditional performance of the FA Cup final hymn 'Abide with Me'.

Norma was a staff member at both Springfield Park and the DW Stadium for over 35 years until her retirement in March and when Latics were contacted about the potential to put forward a deserving representative for the club at the final, it was obvious that Norma was the perfect choice.

The club received many messages of thanks for Norma's service when it was announced she would be retiring in March and Latics' chief executive says Norma "embodies everything that makes us proud to be Wigan Athletic."

“Norma embodies everything that makes us proud to be Wigan Athletic," Jackson said.

“A local lady, with a Wigan Athletic supporting family, Norma has seen it all in her years of service; from selling tickets for fixtures in our early Football League days to FA Cup finals and semi-finals at Wembley. 

“In more recent years, Norma has worked closely to provide quality service to disabled supporters attending fixtures at the DW Stadium and the feedback we have received from that has always been incredibly positive.

“The responses from supporters when it was announced Norma would be retiring were really special and were a great thank you to a lady who has committed her life to the club.

“We wish Norma a happy retirement and are delighted that she will be representing Wigan Athletic at Wembley on FA Cup Final Day.”

The clubs who accepted the invitation to take part are AC London, Bath City, Boreham Wood, Chelsea, Coventry City, Fleetwood Town, Framlingham Town, Hereford, Litherland REMYCA, Manchester United, Newport County, Notts County, Truro City and Wigan Athletic.

Sporting their club colours, the individuals nominated by their clubs will form the ’For All’ choir and take centre stage on the pitch before kick-off alongside four vocalists from the RAF.

Andy Ambler, The FA’s head of professional game relations said: “The singing of ‘Abide with Me’ remains one of the iconic moments on Cup Final day and we wanted to use this moment to recognise clubs across the football pyramid who have made it such a special season in the Emirates FA Cup.

“We are grateful to the clubs who selected such deserving representatives and wish them a very special day.”

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