Norwich City nut plots unique Wembley double
PUBLISHED: 14:39 25 May 2018 | UPDATED: 14:55 25 May 2018
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Paul Warne is aiming for a memorable Wembley double when he leads Rotherham United into League One combat.
Warne lifted the FA Vase as a player with Diss Town and returns 24 years later as manager of the Millers, bidding to reach the Championship at Shrewsbury Town’s expense.
The Norwich City nut will be roared on by former Tangerine team-mates and family making the trek from Norfolk for Sunday’s final - with one notable absentee.
“Unfortunately my father is not well enough to come down, which has broke his heart, he’ll be watching on television with my mum,” said Warne. “My brother will come down with my sister-in-law. I have about eight of my friends, school mates, a couple of lads I used to play with at Diss, all coming down on the train.
“If by some fate of God we manage to win then my brother will be able to film it in the crowd and send it to my dad because he’ll buzz off that.
“After we beat Norwich last season was around the time when my dad’s health started to decline.
“I was very emotional that day because it was a big deal for us to beat Norwich, as a fan.
“That might sound warped wanting to beat your own team but I had loads of people texting me saying they had mixed signals as well. It is amazing how sport can give you a boost.”
Standing in Warne’s way is former team-mate Paul Hurst and City loanee Carlton Morris, who was at Rotherham last season.
“He was a great lad. He has improved no end this year. He is a bit stronger and got 10 goals,” said Warne. “Me and Hursty played with each other for about 200 games. A lot of those he was left back and I was left wing so you can’t get much closer.
“It is weird. On my staff I have Ritchie Barker and Mike Pollitt as well and we were all in the same team so it will feel a bit surreal. In the semi-final we played Scunthorpe and Dawsy (Nick Daws) was another team-mate.
“It felt odd. I didn’t celebrate the win. If we do beat Shrewsbury I will be over the moon but it is not a great feeling to beat a mate. I would rather beat an enemy.
“They are a side not dissimilar to us; hard-working, fit and well-organised.
“They don’t concede many whereas we do but we score more goals. I think it will be a game that has maybe one goal either way.
“I am looking forward to it. I would look forward to it even more if I knew I am going to win.”