Dale fan and gamer Matt Taylor, 26, will proudly represent the club in the Emirates FA Cup gaming tournament, competing for glory and the chance to lift the trophy at Wembley Stadium.
Matt will take on over 60 other video gamers each representing football clubs from across the country to battle it out for Emirates FA Cup supremacy and bragging rights. The gaming event, which debuted last year, has generated an even higher interest from both gamers and football fans alike for the 16/17 season, with Matt beating over 12,000 other entrants to secure a place.
Matt will fight off stiff competition when he travels to Wembley Stadium, the home of football, in the hope of lifting the Cup aloft. The gamers will also be joined on the day by YouTube stars and FIFA gaming fanatics – Tobiias, Theo Baker and ReevHD – with the opportunity to test their skills against the pros.
The one day tournament will kick off with one gamer representing each of the 64 teams from the third round of this year’s Emirates FA Cup. The tournament will be played on FIFA 17 on PlayStation 4 consoles.
The knockout tournament will take place across a variety of iconic locations within the stadium including the changing rooms, players’ tunnel and the team dugouts, with the final played out on the pitch.
The event will take place on Sunday 7 May, three weeks before the real Emirates FA Cup Final, with this once in a lifetime opportunity to make every gamer’s dream come true.
The victor will receive four tickets to The Emirates FA Cup Final on Saturday 27 May, as well as the prestige of being this year’s champion.
Lucy Roberts-Hartley, The Emirates FA Cup Marketing Manager said: “The chance to represent your beloved club at the home of football, Wembley Stadium, truly is an unrivalled experience and we’re thrilled to offer this opportunity to this winning group of mega fans and gamers. Just like the real Emirates FA Cup tournament, we’re sure that the gaming competition will provide many twists and turns, giant killings and shock results. What better way to warm up for the Emirates FA Cup Final just a few weeks later in the very same iconic venue”