Ilford poet performs at FA Cup final with show of support for mental health

Hussain Manawer performed The Sound of Support at the FA Cup final opening. Picture: PA/Matt Crossic

Hussain Manawer performed The Sound of Support at the FA Cup final opening. Picture: PA/Matt Crossick - Credit: PA

An Ilford poet opened the FA Cup final with a message of support for those suffering with mental health issues.

Hussain Manaweer performed his poem, The Sound of Support, at Wembley stadium on Saturday, August 1.

The poet, who is a patron of Frenford Youth Club’s mental health counselling service Never Alone, tweeted it was: “An absolute honour to write and perform the opening.

Hussain Manawer reciting his poem The Night Tube to Mayor of London Sadiq Khan. Picture: PA/Yui Mok

Hussain Manawer reciting his poem The Night Tube to Mayor of London Sadiq Khan. Picture: PA/Yui Mok - Credit: PA

“Wembley may be silent but the conversation on mental health couldn’t be any louder!”

Fans were not allowed in the ground but millions watched on TV.


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Before Arsenal’s 2-1 victory over rivals Chelsea, Hussain said football was a place “where you champion each other through the good and the bad. That’s the sound of support. Sometimes I know it’s hard to find a listening ear or a helping hand”.

Hussain is an ambassador for the Samaritans.

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