Worcester City joint-manager Lee Hughes has been leading the walk down Memory Lane this week as Worcester City embark on the road to Wembley.
City kick off their first FA Vase campaign at Midland League Premier Division Boldmere St Michaels tomorrow (3pm) as one of the bigger names to grace the competition.
For Hughes, the dream of playing at the home of English football burns as bright as ever some 22 years after being part of the Kidderminster Harriers squad that lost 2-1 in the 1995 FA Trophy final against Woking at the old stadium.
And while he has been recalling that day to some players who were not born back then, the ex-West Bromwich Albion star reckons Worcester should need no motivating.
“To play at Wembley is an honour for anyone and even at my age, it would be fantastic to walk out at the new stadium having played at the old one,” said Hughes.
“The lads will need no firing up for this game but I have been mentioning what could be at the end of the tunnel. It should give them the lift to have a right go.
“It was a disappointing result on the day, of course, but it was nice to be there, play there and soak up the atmosphere. I have played at some really nice stadiums but Wembley is something else.
“I remember I just thought about blasting it into the goal when I went out for the warm-up before the game.
“We went down the day before, trained near the hotel and had a walk around the stadium. It is all about the couple of days you’re there, not just the match.
“It was a great time, a brilliant experience and something to tell the grandkids. I have kept everything from my career so I still have my medal along with the different things. My mum and dad kept them all for me and I have no room in the loft now.
“It was a dream come true and many players don’t get the opportunity. I think that makes it the most important cup competition we’ll play in this season.”
Hughes scored as a substitute having returned from injury in last week’s 8-0 thumping of Quorn and having managed his recent complaint will be in contention at Boldmere.
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