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YOUR money: Get up for the Cup... SHOP TALK.


WHETHER you're watching Coleen McLoughlin and the rest of the WAGs, or you're more interested in the game, Saturday's FA Cup Final promises to be a cracker.

So, no matter why you're watching, we can help your Cup party kick off in style.

Morrisons has a huge Footy Nut Cake surrounded by smaller cup cakes for pounds 7.99 while Tesco has tableware from Duni - plastic cups with football logos for pounds 1.37, matching plates for pounds 1.57 and packs of six balloons for pounds 1.67.

If you don't agree with some of the referee's decisions, Tesco also has whistles at pounds 1.47 for four - and to recreate a mini-Wembley in your front room, you can pick up some clackers, 78p for two. Noisier fans can get an air horn for pounds 6.99 from which also has tubs of facepaint for pounds 3.25. To make sure you don't miss the start of the big match, Debenhams has a football alarm clock for pounds 10 and a ball-shaped bottle opener for pounds 7.50. And for those going out and about for the day, has curly wigs in red and white or blue and white for pounds 2.95, football rattles for 95p each, football confetti at 75p per packet and rosettes for pounds 1.95 each.

The website also has soccer tablecloths at pounds 2.25, cascading football centrepieces for 95p each and - for all your snacks - football stadium combi boxes at pounds 4.50 for 10.

And to make sure your team definitely comes away with the Cup, there's an inflatable trophy for pounds 3.95 and winners' medals for just 35p each.

But if your team needs extra help, Wyevale ( has kneeling pads for pounds 4.99 for those seeking a little divine intervention.

According to a recent Virgin Money survey, Chelsea fans think about their team for 90 minutes each day while Manchester United supporters devote 71 minutes a day dreaming about their club. The research suggests the more your team needs you, the greater the thinking time. Kneeling pads at
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Publication:The Mirror (London, England)
Date:May 16, 2007
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