Football fans – get ‘Up’ for the FA Cup with Atlas Helicopters
If you’re a football fan and it’s January, then that can only mean one thing – the FA Cup.
It’s that special time of year when the lower league minnows test their mettle against the Premiership millionaires in the hope of providing a memorable giant-killing.
Here at Atlas Helicopters, with our south coast base on the Solent sandwiched between Southampton and Portsmouth, we know all about the magic of the FA Cup.
Who can forget Bobby Stokes’ fantastic strike which enabled Lawrie McMenemy’s Saints to defeat mighty Manchester United and win the 1976 final? Then there was Harry Redknapp’s Pompey team who lifted the cup in 2008 with victory over Cardiff City.
This season, Portsmouth, Southampton and Premiership neighbours Bournemouth will all be dreaming of Wembley glory for the final this May with third round ties against Ipswich Town, Crystal Palace and Birmingham City.
This season, Portsmouth, Southampton and their Premiership neighbours Bournemouth will all be dreaming of Wembley glory for the final this May with third round ties against Ipswich Town, Crystal Palace and Birmingham City.
Non-league Eastleigh Flying the non-league Flag
That south coast quartet also includes non-league Eastleigh, who have a mouth-watering third round tie against Championship outfit Bolton Wanderers at their Ten Acres ground on Saturday, January 9th.
Eastleigh’s stadium stands just a stone’s throw from Southampton Airport, which Atlas Helicopters operates out of. The club, who play in the fourth tier of English football, are known as The Spitfires, as a bow to the World War Two fighter jet which was built in Southampton and first flown from what was then Eastleigh Aerodrome in 1936.
As you can see below this is a big moment for them…
— Eastleigh Fan App (@EastleighFanApp) January 7, 2016
Beat the Jams by Flying in the Seat of Luxury
You will enjoy a lot more comfort flying in one of Atlas Helicopters’ fleet of luxury craft with a range of over 500 miles and capable of reaching speeds of up to 200mph – from the state-of-the-art six-seater Agusta A109 with its climate control and enhanced sound-proofing, to the silky smooth Sikorsky S-76, which can carry up to 13 passengers offering unrivalled levels of luxury.
At Atlas Helicopters, if you love the magic of the FA Cup and fancy a special treat to follow your team, then we can fly you close to most stadium locations nationwide and arrange for a chauffeur to make a short drive to the ground.
What a perfect way of beating the traffic jams, watching the game, and then getting home in time to view the highlights on television!
All Roads Lead to Wembley!
There are 64 teams in the third round this weekend, kicking-off with League Two Exeter City hosting Jürgen Klopp’s talent-laden Liverpool on Friday, January 8th.
All roads lead to Wembley Stadium for the FA Cup Final on Saturday, May 21st – so whether you want to follow your team in one of the earlier rounds, or perhaps walk up Wembley Way this May, then Atlas Helicopters is guaranteed to be a winner with fans every round.
For more details about being a flying fan check out our Football Flights Page
FA Cup Key Dates:
Third round: Weekend of January 9th.
Fourth round: January 30th.
Fifth round: February 20th.
Sixth round: March 12th.
Semi-finals (Wembley Stadium): April 23rd/24th.
Final (Wembley Stadium): May 21st.
For match details, fixture and results vist: The Football Association