Page last updated at 12:13 GMT, Thursday, 17 April 2008 13:13 UK

Exam blues for two Cardiff fans

Jo Borley and Nick Young
Jo Borley and Nick Young want their degrees and to attend the FA Cup final

Two Cardiff City season ticket holders face missing the FA Cup final because they have a university exam on the morning of their club's Wembley clash.

Jo Borley, 20, who is the daughter of club director Steve Borley, has an accounting exam at Cardiff University.

Ms Borley and fellow student Nick Young, also 20, have appealed to be able to sit the exam an hour earlier.

The university said given the sheer number of students there would always be some fans who would miss the final.

The students say the three-hour exam on 17 May is due to finish at 1200 BST, which would make it almost impossible to reach Wembley in time for the 1500 BST kick off.

The Bluebirds, who face Portsmouth, are in the final for the first time in 81 years.

Ms Borley is studying business management and Mr Young is reading economics and finance.

The pair, who are both season ticket holders, have the same Managerial Accounting and Finance exam as a module on their courses.

I've been a supporter ever since I could walk - I was brought up with it - the whole family's going
Season ticket holder, Jo Borley

Mr Young said they had asked to start their exam an hour earlier so they could be away in time for an earlier train to London Paddington.

He said that would still leave them with only 40 minutes to travel across London in time for kick-off, he said.

Mr Young said: "It's such a big event for the city itself, rather just for the club, you'd think that they'd, hopefully, take that in to account and hopefully try and change it."

The two Bluebirds fans hope an appeal through Cardiff Business School will yet win the extra time they need to see their team challenge for some of football's top silverware.

Mr Young said they were looking at the idea of taking a motorbike taxi from London Paddington to Wembley.

'Participating teams'

He added: "As long as we get to see some of the game, it's worth it."

Ms Borley works in the club's ticket office on match days.

She said: "I've been a supporter ever since I could walk. I was brought up with it.

"The whole family's going. If it comes to it I will get across London on a motorbike taxi to dodge the traffic."

Cardiff University said more than 56,000 exam sittings would be held over five weeks and it that it had always held exams on Saturdays.

It said: "There is nothing new in exams being held on cup final days and, given the sheer size and diversity of the student population, there will always be some students who are ardent fans of the participating teams."

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