Opinion: League is important, but we should still be excited about Grimsby Town's FA Trophy final
I AM really excited about our trip to Wembley for the FA Trophy. However, not everyone shares my enthusiasm.
In fact, even other die-hard Town fans like me are saying that they’re not bothered about it. Why? Because all anyone cares about is getting back into the football league.
I understand why people want to get back into the league. In some ways, it is the be all and end all. It means more money and we could become a big club again. The thing is, it’s not one or the other. Good sides try and win every competition they are in. I think we could win this cup and get promoted.
We’ve been to Wembley three times before – twice in 1998 and once in 2008. We also went to the Millennium Stadium in 2003 for a big final when Wembley was being rebuilt. I remember how exciting it was in 1998 because they had recently changed the rule. In older days, teams like Grimsby didn’t get to play at Wembley. I never thought I would see it in my lifetime. Suddenly, we had two games there in the space of six weeks. And to top it off, we won them both.
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In 1998, every man and his dog made the trip. We had about 30,000 people in the stands – although we had a few more people at home games back then. They were great days – but 2008 was a bit different. It was a great road to Wembley but when we lost against Cheltenham, it was devastating. It’s a great place to play but a horrible place to lose. Having been through all the build-up and excitement makes it all the more disappointing.
This time, I think we will win it. We’re on a good run of form and I’m a great believer in momentum. It’s great news for the town and we see a few more fans come out of the woodwork at times like these. This is also a great event for families. It won’t be a cheap day out, but it will be a great opportunity to take kids to our national stadium and support our local team.