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A STOKE City fan has cancelled her wedding – because the date clashed with the FA Cup Final.
Football-mad Suzanne Dono called off her big day to watch her beloved team at Wembley declaring to her husband-to-be: ‘Stoke have to come first.”
Disgruntled fiance Steve Wakefield – who doesn’t even like football – will now have to wait until August to marry his sweetheart
Suzanne, 29, from Stoke has followed the Potters all her life and had themed her May 14 wedding around the club’s colours.
But after the team’s triumph over Bolton, she could not miss a chance to watch them at Wembley again.
Everything had been booked and paid for in preparation for her big day, but it has now been put on hold in the hope she will get tickets.
Suzanne, a full-time mum, said: “Stoke have to come first. I’ve only been with Steve for three years but I’ve supported Stoke City for almost 30!”
The couple got engaged 12 months ago and began planning their wedding in October.
The wedding was due to cost between GBP2,500 and GBP3,000, with everything from Suzanne’s dress to the flowers taking a red and white theme.
A cake had also been booked in the shape of a football pitch with a Stoke City badge on it.
Suzanne camped out overnight to get tickets for the club’s semi-final game against Bolton.
But Stoke City have only been allocated 25,000 tickets for the final and with 21,000 season ticket holders, the club does not expect any tickets to be left over for general sale.
Suzanne, who does not have a season ticket, said: “I never thought Stoke would be in the FA Cup final when I booked the wedding, but I have been saying for a while that I’d cancel the wedding if they got there.
“The semi-final was brilliant. It was such an amazing day.
“I queued up from 7.30pm the night before tickets went on sale, but I’ll be queuing up a lot longer this time.
“I’ll be disappointed if I don’t get tickets, but I will get the big television out of the living room and have a barbecue outside.”
Market trader Steve never expected Suzanne to cancel the wedding in favour of the match, but he did camp overnight at the Britannia Stadium to help her get semi-final tickets.
The 35-year-old said: “We have paid a fortune for the wedding.
“I didn’t think she was serious about cancelling it until she rang me up to say she had done it. But there is no point arguing with her because she does what she wants.”
Luckily, the pair have managed to move their bookings to August 13, so the arrangements for their big day will stay the same.
All they have had to pay is a GBP20 charge to change the date with the register office.
Suzanne’s mum Jackie Dono, aged 51, said: “Suzanne said all along she would cancel it. I knew she would.”
Suzanne’s children, Lewis and Harvey Edwards, went with her to Wembley for the semi-final and are now hoping to go back for the final.
Lewis, aged seven, said: “I was looking forward to the wedding, but I don’t mind if we get to go to Wembley.”
Harvey, aged eight, said: “I would prefer to go to Wembley.”