Ian Miller desperate to re-live Wembley memories with Grimsby Town
THE underdogs clinching glory in a Wembley final thanks to a goal in the final minute of extra-time.
It sounds like Roy of the Rovers stuff, but Mariners centre-back Ian Miller has lived that dream – and wants to do it again.
The 29-year-old was part of the Darlington team which claimed the FA Trophy in 2011 thanks to a 120th minute winner.
Now the defender is on the verge of a Wembley return as Town head into tomorrow's semi-final second leg with a three-goal lead.
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And, while the former Ipswich man refuses to take anything for granted, he admits it's difficult not to look ahead to March 24 and the final.
"Going to Wembley is like a drug that you want more and more of," he told the Telegraph.
"Playing there, experiencing it and being part of a winning team really is something special, and we won't get a better opportunity.
"Hopefully, we won't need to go there in the league play-offs and we'll get automatic promotion.
"It's a great opportunity to go there and win a cup competition, so we're looking forward to making that happen."
Mark Cooper's Quakers came through a tricky semi-final of their own two years ago to reach Wembley – and Miller remembers it as if it was yesterday.
"We had a tough semi-final against Gateshead where we were losing at one point but pulled it back and drew at that place to get through to Wembley," he said.
"The whole 'getting suited up' and build-up to the final was fantastic. We travelled down two days before and trained at QPR – the set-up and the way we were treated was spot-on.
"Mansfield took more fans than we did and it was the hottest day I can remember in a long time, while the pitch was immaculate because they had the Champions League final on there a few days later.
"It was 0-0 at full-time and we managed to score in the 120th minute. It was everything you could dream of.
"We felt such a buzz – even though there were only 25,000-26,000 in there, we were playing at the home of English football and I'll never forget it."
He added: "Every kid wants to play at Wembley and it's the pinnacle of everyone's career – to date it's been the highlight for me.
"But I think there are better days to come and hopefully at least two of those days can come playing in a Grimsby Town shirt."