Former FA Vase winner Steve Davis believes that the idea of having both non-league finals on the same day is a good one.
This season the FA have doubled up the FA Vase and Trophy on Sunday 22 May a in an event build as Non-league finals day at Wembley Stadium, which will see FC Halifax Town and Grimsby Town compete for the Trophy, while Hereford FC and Morpeth Town will battle it out for the Vase, the trophy which Davis won in 2006.
The Dabbers beat Hillingdon Borough 3-1 in the final at St.Andrews to lift the famous trophy.
Davis said: “I like the way they put the two finals together because of the crowds they get and doing it on different days it will be nice to get one crowd in and maybe people will stay for the second game.
“It’s almost a non-league day out and a lot of those grassroots football fans have a day’s football and I think if it appeals to people and they enjoy watching grassroots football it’s a great thing to do.”
Davis’ former club Nantwich Town were just one step away from appearing at Wembley this season in the Trophy final.
Having knocked out three National League sides a fourth was just out of their reach as they lost 6-4 to Halifax Town on aggregate in the semi-final stage.
Davis said: “They did brilliantly against the odds and they beat some teams on the way- Dover and Stockport County. Halifax, in the end, proved a step too far. But they did magnificently well to put up a fight in the semi-final because we were unlucky in the second leg.
“So to get the semi-final of a major trophy against the odds and some of the team with the calibre they have faced. It is a great achievement for me.”
The styled played by Nantwich this season in the Trophy was a throwback to 10-years ago when they lifted the Vase under Davis and it’s certainly helped with current manager Phil Parkinson being Davis’ captain back in 2006.
Davis said: “It sort of reverts back to when I was here playing the right type of football, the quality and type of football then want to watch.
“I hope the attendances continue to improve so people can come and support the club and hopefully they can get more and more as they get more successful. It’s also great to see, as someone said earlier, the sole is back in the club and I think that has returned.”
Davis was speaking at the NTISA FA Vase reunion night which was celebrating 10-years since the Dabbers won the FA Vase and for one night only the Vase was back in Cheshire to help kick start the celebrations.
Speaking about the night Davis said: “I really enjoyed it I had one or two things that I could have gone to tonight and Ian [Garnett] text me saying was I coming? And I said yeah I would rather come here and see the lads that I haven’t seen for a while but still keep in touch with. The likes of Schubs (Schueber), The Taylor’s and Donnelley. But,all in all, it’s been a good night.”
On Friday night was also the launch of the book ‘When Nantwich Turned The Vase Green’ which on sale for the just £4 in the club shop at Nantwich Town FC or by emailing email@example.com
Interview: Rich Scott (@RichScottMedia)