Ex-Canary Drury says Wroxham players must embrace Wembley dream
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Adam Drury is urging Wroxham’s players to take full advantage of the opportunity to dream of Wembley - even if his own memories of English’s football’s spiritual home are sketchy at best.
Adam Drury is urging Wroxham's players to take full advantage of the opportunity to dream of Wembley - even if his own memories of English's football's spiritual home are sketchy at best.
The Yachtsmen are two steps from an appearance at Wembley in the FA Vase after their stunning weekend win over Stowmarket Town.
Preparations begin for the next step after Monday's draw saw them handed a home game against Bitton, of the Western League Premier Division, in the quarter-finals. Former Norwich City left-back Drury knows what's it's like to have Wembley in your sights - he played for Peterborough United in their 2000 Division Three play-off final win over Darlington, although he didn't quite make it to half-time.
"I don't remember anything about that day," said the 41-year-old. "I came off with concussion.
"But this has to be a dream in a players' career. These games are what you play for and Wembley is the carrot at the end of it.
"As a player, no matter what level to play at, you aspire to play in big games - you never know who is watching, if you have a good game and also, it is something you will look back on.
People like me will, as part of my management career wherever it goes. Jordy (manager Jordan Southgate) will, and the players will. You will remember these games."
A crowd of just over 1,000 lined all four sides of Trafford Park for Saturday's 2-0 win over a Stowmarket Town side running away with the Eastern Counties Premier Division title and who were among the favourites for Wembley glory.
"We spoke about it before and I said it doesn't matter what level you play at, whether it is non league or professional, these are the days you train and play for," said Drury. "The Tuesday nights when you finish the shift at work and come training to play on Saturday, these are the games you want to play in.
"And Jordy said when we started out - he said, 'look lads, it may sound silly but this is a chance to get to Wembley'. You never know what can happen and if you get things right and you do things right you give yourselves a chance."
Wroxham's Vase quarter-final is expected to be on February 29 - but there's league business before that with a game at Swaffham Town on Tuesday night.
Draw: Corinthian v Leighton Town, Wroxham v Bitton, Atherstone or Worcester v Consett, Hebburn v Plymouth Parkway.
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