FA Cup & Premier League predictions: Lawro v Soccer AM star Tubes

A total of 737 clubs have competed in his season’s FA Cup – now just four remain.

This weekend we will find out who will make the final – the semi-finals see Chelsea play Manchester City on Saturday (live on BBC One at 17:30 BST) before Leicester face Southampton on Sunday.

Lawro’s guest predictor this week is Soccer AM legend Tubes, who has been speaking to players to get their previously unheard stories around the FA Cup as part of his Lifting the Lid series with the Football Association.

Tubes is a Chelsea fan, and there was never any chance he would support anyone else.

“I’m from a big Chelsea family,” he told BBC Sport. “When I was born, the first picture they took was of me lying next to [Chelsea mascot] Stamford the Lion, so I couldn’t ever follow any other team after that.

“I wouldn’t want to, either. My dad was a massive Chelsea fan and my mum and dad were the first people to hold their wedding reception at Stamford Bridge.

“When he died a few years ago, his ashes were scattered on the pitch. John Terry sorted it out for us, which was amazing of him.”

Chelsea, last year’s runners-up, are going for their ninth FA Cup triumph but it is a competition that that has already provided Tubes with plenty of moments to remember down the years.

“The first final I saw us in was 1994, when we played Manchester United,” he said. “We properly went for it. Both sides of my family are Chelsea, so my uncle hired two stretch limos and 14 of us got driven to Wembley.

“We made a full day of it, and it was great going up there… but then we got spanked 4-0 by Manchester United, and everyone was just in silence on the way back.”

Chelsea were back at Wembley three years later to play Middlesbrough in the 1997 final. Did Tubes and his family take limos again that time? “Absolutely not! We were not doing that again. We got the tube that time.

“That was a very different occasion though, and it was such a great day. We scored so early and we always seemed in control. I just remember the…


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