Grimsby Town captain Craig Disley desperate for FA Trophy triumph at Wembley
CRAIG Disley has found himself on opposite ends of the emotional spectrum on his two previous appearances at showpiece finals.
In 2004, the current Mariners skipper tasted defeat when his Mansfield side lost on penalties to Huddersfield after a 0-0 draw at Cardiff's Millennium Stadium.
But Disley was then part of the Bristol Rovers side that beat Shrewsbury 3-1 at Wembley in the 2007 League Two play-off final.
Those two matches hold very different memories for the 31-year-old, who now stands on the brink of a return to Wembley with Town.
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The Worksop-born midfielder is looking forward to making more special memories in the FA Trophy final against Wrexham next Sunday.
But he insists he'll only be able to look back on the final with any enjoyment, if, like with Rovers six years ago, he leaves the capital with a winners medal.
"I've got brilliant memories of Wembley," he told the Telegraph, "I've won there but then I've also lost at the Millennium with Mansfield and the contrasting emotions are worlds apart.
"We've got to go there and enjoy the occasion, but it's imperative that we win in order to do that.
"If you go there and lose, you'll only enjoy the build-up and the lead-up to the game but afterwards, you'll go home feeling sick as a dog.
"It is probably the worst place to lose – Wembley is only a place for winners. Certainly, people only remember the winners at Wembley, and we want this Grimsby side to be remembered."
Disley is one of a clutch of players in the Town squad to have already walked out on Wembley's hallowed turf.
And as such, the skipper is well-placed to pass on some advice to those players who haven't before had the honour of playing at the home of football.
"You've just got to enjoy it and soak it in," he added. "We'll be coming down on the day before the final and having a look around which will be good because we have got quite a young side.
"It will give them a good opportunity to take it all in and make sure that we're not overawed by it.
"We've just got to play our game and not freeze. We have to do ourselves justice on Sunday and I know that we will.
"It's going to be a great experience for everyone and hopefully we've got some silverware to celebrate at the end of it."
As well as Disley, Derek Niven, Ian Miller, Marcus Marshall and Richard Brodie have all appeared at Wembley before, and the skipper believes that experience will benefit the Mariners' next Sunday.
But, speaking from experience, Disley knows that the success of a Wembley team is all down to how each individual handles the pressure of playing at one of world football's most prestigious venues.
"The lads that have been here before can give the other lads all the encouragement and advice they need but ultimately, it's down to them.
"I think it will help, but, when all is said and done, it's down to the individual player and how they react to the occasion.
"I've no doubt that we've got the right characters in the dressing room – because that's something that the gaffers have insisted on right from the off.
"Our players will handle the pressure and express themselves on the day. If we can do that, then we'll give ourselves a great chance."