Prince William attracted to Aston Villa by the emotional rollercoaster

FA Cup

The Duke of Cambridge has spoken about why he chose to support Aston Villa and his nerves ahead of the FA Cup final this weekend.

Villa face Arsenal in the showpiece end-of-season event on Saturday at Wembley Stadium, and Prince William will be in the royal box to present the trophy, but this week he has explained why he will have a particular bias during the ninety minutes.

Speaking to BBC Sport, Prince William explained how he chose to support Aston Villa: "I was looking round for clubs to support and all my friends at school were either Manchester United fans or Chelsea fans. I didn't really want to follow the run-of-the-mill teams, and I wanted to have a team that was more middle of the table, that could give me the more emotional rollercoaster moments. To be honest, now looking back, that was a bad idea…I could have had an easier time!"

Certainly Villa fans will concur that there are plenty of ups and downs as followers of the Midlands giants, with the season just finished a perfect case in point. Under manager Paul Lambert, Villa were heading out of the Premier League, with a run of six straight defeats spanning September and November highlighting Villa's issue, as they failed to score in five of them.

By February, Tim Sherwood had taken over the reins at the club and a dramatic recovery saw Villa safe before last Sunday's final game - despite it being their lowest scoring season in the Premier League - along with the added bonus of a sparkling run to this weekend's FA Cup final. 

Despite the emotional moments and the undoubted stress involved, Prince William is more than happy to allow his family members to follow in his footsteps in supporting Aston Villa.

"The responsible thing would be to say, to let [George] make his own mind up, but I think I might be quite biased. I haven't quite worked out how to play that yet. Of course he can support whoever he wants, but if he supports Villa, it'd be fantastic. I'd love to go to the odd match with him in the future."

For now, Prince William will be making a solo trip to Wembley on Saturday to present the trophy to the winning captain, but with his Villa attachment he admits "I'm nervous now. I'm terrified." 

Win or lose, the Prince will need to be at his diplomatic best when the victorious team approach him in the royal box.

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