March 1 2015 Latest news:
Saturday, March 8, 2014
Two of Wisbech Town’s players who have played at Wembley are as excited as any of their team-mates about the chance of playing at the home of football.
Former Football League striker Tony Battersby, 38, graced the hallowed turf of the ‘old’ twin towers while playing for Notts County in 1996 and 30-year-old Danny White featured in Wroxham’s famous FA Vase final at Wembley in 2010.
The pair can keep alive Wisbech Town’s dreams of making a showcase appearance in London if they help the Fenmen beat Sholing in today’s Vase quarter-final. And joint-boss Dick Creasey admits the experienced duo are desperate to make a Wembley return this term.
Creasey, whose side are three matches away from one of non-league’s showcase fixtures, said: “We had a little chat on Tuesday and Tony Battersby, whose played at the old Wembley, played many, many, League games was as excited as anybody about this weekend.
“Danny White sits in the corner, has been to Wembley in the FA Vase with Wroxham, and he’s saying what a fantastic experience it is. Not just the final, he said the actual two-legged semi-final was so exciting too. As for the rest of the lads, it’s all new to them. It’s something that only comes round once in a blue moon and when you’ve got the chance you need to make sure you make the most of it.”
Battersby and White were runners-up on their big day.
This afternoon’s match in Southampton will be Wisbech’s first appearance in the competition’s last eight for 24 years.
The Elgood’s Fenland Stadium outfit, who play in the United Counties League Premier Division, reached the semi-finals in 1985 and 86, but didn’t progress to the final. Their second successive last-four defeat was marred by serious crowd trouble at the club’s old Fenland Park home.
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