FA makes fan's Cup dream come true
Desperate football fan Michael Jackson will see his heroes in action after travelling 6,000 miles (10,000km) for an FA Cup match without a ticket.
The 52-year-old, who now lives in South Africa, was so desperate to see his beloved Preston North End take on Manchester United that he even offered to sell a kidney in return for a ticket to the sell-out game.
But Mr Jackson will now watch the Lilywhites in action after the FA heard of his plight and stepped in.
He was invited to Wembley yesterday by the FA for a VIP tour, then shown the FA Cup trophy in the Royal Box at the stadium - with a match ticket for the game hidden inside.
Mr Jackson, who grew up in Preston but now lives in Cape Town, said: "As soon as the draw was made I said to my wife 'I've got to be there' but living 6,000 miles away from Deepdale means it's difficult to get hold of tickets. I decided to keep the faith that something would come up so made the journey.
"When the FA got in touch I thought the tour of Wembley would at least make the trip worthwhile.
"To then find two tickets for the game hidden inside the actual FA Cup was absolutely incredible - I'll be there on Monday and cannot wait for the game."
Lucy Roberts-Hartley, marketing manager for the FA Cup, said: "This season we're celebrating the adventure of the FA Cup - so as soon as we saw Michael's story we knew his specific adventure needed to end with him being at the game on Monday night.
"Making a journey from thousands of miles away goes to show how special the FA Cup is to the fans. Hopefully Preston's adventure continues and Michael will be back to see them in the final in May."